Tiverton Campus News
Primary School — Years 5 and 6
In the Year 6 classroom, the students have started to prepare for their final week of Primary School. The students have all undertaken roles for the Graduation Dinner as they aim to make the final weeks of the school year count. They have written speeches and letters, formed ideas about special performances for the night and worked collaboratively with all staff to create a special experience for all the students and their families.
We look forward to celebrating with you at Merrimu Receptions on Tuesday 3 December from 5:30pm.
We will also be sending all Year 6 families some ideas in the next few weeks regarding effective transition into Year 7. Miss Olivia Wenzcel, Director of Learning and Development, and I will be guiding the current Year 6 students with some literacy and numeracy activities over the holiday break to ensure they are ready, confident and positive for Year 7 at the beginning of February next year. Some information will be sent out to Year 6 parents in the coming weeks
Lastly, our Year 5 students will undertake some PAT (Progressive Achievement Tests) testing over the course of the next 2 weeks. This will provide us with some invaluable data for the Year 6 teachers for 2020 to ensure they differentiate the curriculum in regards to literacy, numeracy and inquiry to assist all learners in 2020. This will enable all students to perform to the best of their standard, finish the 2019 school year off strong and be confident going into Year 7 in 12 months’ time.
Year 7 and 8
In both Year 7 and 8 assemblies this week we will be revisiting two important values that we have explored in 2019 — Work Ethic and Organisation – as we finish off the school year at the Tiverton campus. We believe these values will assist them in the Headstart classes, as well as into 2020 and beyond.
We believe a good work ethic is about forming good habits such as focusing, staying motivated and finishing tasks immediately. It takes effort to build up but helps in every area of life. In the last month of the school year, worth ethics looks like homework and assignments being completed as soon as possible and not left to the night before. Work is completed before relaxing (not procrastinating) and persisting when work is difficult. It also positive self-talk and holding yourself accountable to Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely (SMART) goals that the boys will draw up as part of their Headstart program.
We believe if students are organised it will increase their productivity and will provide them more time for the important things. Being organised also reduces your stress and anxiety.
What does this look like?
- Arriving on time to each class
- Arriving to class with all materials you might need
- Having a study or homework plan
- Submit tasks on time or early
- Work is kept in order and dated, and
- Lockers are clean and tidy
We look forward to finishing off the year strongly with the Year 8 camp at Phillip Island next week from Monday to Wednesday, and the Year 7 students are busily getting ready for their final assembly in a few weeks’ time where each mentor group will present an evaluation of their year at De La Salle.
Mr Martin Gibbs
Director of Students — Middle Years