From the Assistant Principals: Messages to Stages 4, 5 and 6

Stage 4:

Year 7 students have settled into the routines of high school very well. They are becoming more independent and are happy to be in their classrooms. Their interactions with their peers and teachers are respectful and they are putting a great deal of effort into their learning.

As formal assessments are being completed, some students may be feeling a bit overwhelmed. Please remind them, as we do, that they are supported during this period and that good organisation will help them to achieve their goals. They can also attend and Maths Assistance (Wednesday afternoons after school) if they need further support with maths.

The Year 7 camp is scheduled for next week, 23-24 March, 2017. As you know, it is being held at YMCA, Yarramundi. Students should arrive at school at the normal time (prior to 7.45am) to leave on time. They will return to school at 3.00pm on Friday afternoon.

Year 8 students continue to apply themselves to the tasks at hand. As for Year 7 students, they are in the midst of a busy time for formal assessment tasks. We continue to work with students on ways they might need support, but please remind them that they can seek further support from their teachers where necessary. However, the best way to help themselves is to be attentive and tuned into all lessons, and to approach the learning in an organised fashion.

Stage 5:

Four students represented Stage 5 at the Metropolitan Catholic Schools Public speaking competition that has been held over the past three Friday nights. They were given various topics to select and had to present a five minute speech. Sarah Sheehy, Sarah Henson, Annointed Erhunmwunse and Madelyne Laite. They were all outstanding with their delivery as it is a highly competitive competition. Annointed progressed through the Zone Final against 17 other students and into the Grand Final which will be held on Friday 17th March. It is an outstanding achievement and we wish her all the best for the Final.

Thank you to the staff, students and parents who attended the Parent / Teacher / Student interviews on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th February. The interviews that I observed and the feedback received were overwhelmingly positive with the sharing of some excellent strategies on how students in Stage 5 could improve their learning and results. It was a great opportunity to sit down with your son/daughter and set new learning goals for semester I.

If you have any issues / concerns with your son/daughter in Stage 5 please don’t hesitate to make contact with the stage team:

Yr 9 Student Learning Liaison: Ms Peronni

Year 10 Student Learning Liaison: Mr Ford

Stage 5 Leader of Learning: Mr Green

Stage 5 Assistant Principal: Mr Regan



Stage 6:

As you would expect, it has been a busy term at Nirimba. Year 11 have settled into Senior studies and are preparing for or have completed their first formal assessment for each of their courses, and Year 12 have completed their mid-course assessments. The assessment process is not just about marks or grades. The assessment processes is fundamentally about improvement. A student’s response informs their teacher of what they know and what they need to know, and enables them to adjust the teaching and learning activities to ensure each student learning needs are addressed. Conversely, the feedback students receive for their work, this includes class work or formative assessment, informs them of what they need to do to improve, to bridge the gap between what they know and what they need to know to achieve at a higher level. I encourage you to discuss with your child their assessment results and feedback, and, most importantly, the strategies they will employ to apply the feedback and ultimately improve.