From the Deputy Prinicpal

From the Deputy Principal

Welcome to 2019, a year which will be filled with inspiration, challenges, success, journeys, roadblocks, resilience and most importantly individual excellence!  I am looking forward to working with our College staff and importantly students, to continue to develop learning and teaching programmes which are not only engaging but also provoke deep thought and engagement.    Each year staff identify a range of literacy and numeracy goals (and associated actions) across the College to improve the learning outcomes for our students.  In 2019 staff will be focussing on –

  • Improving the use of punctuation and grammar
  • Developing critical thinking skills
  • Developing skills such as note-taking, note-making and paraphrasing
  • Creating vocabulary/glossary lists for each subject, focusing on correct terminology and key words and terms
  • Using and applying numeracy skills within the context of each subject, using real-life scenario’s where applicable (this is one families can assist at home with)
  • Familiarising students with different assessment styles

Outstanding Year 12 2018 Results
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the class of 2018 on their commendable final results.  We are very proud of the journey that these young women have begun.  Congratulations to all students who were successful in attaining WACE, completing a Certificate II or III (some of the girls completed multiple certificates, and studying additional courses at TAFE to achieve this on top of their regular studies), to the students who completed a Certificate IV allowing them to be considered for university entrance  and are employable straight out of school, completed the reading, writing and numeracy sections of the OLNA – for many it was at times a ‘labour’ but you got there, who have received an offer for university or TAFE placement for this year and those who have been successful in gaining employment.  We are very proud of you all.  A special acknowledgement must go also to the following students who achieved outstanding final results, with ATARs over 90.  A special note of congratulations must go to Lauren Knight achieving 99.2 (plus a Psychology Certificate of Excellence) and Annalise Fragomeli 99.15 (plus an Italian Certificate of Excellence)

  • Lauren Knight
  • Annalise Fragomeli
  • Julia Casella
  • Eve Cooper
  • Charlotte Kitchin-Fyffe
  • Niamh Reidy
  • Kiara Harris
  • Erin Ford
  • Alexandra Dow
  • Sophie Fazioli

The following students attained a Certificate of Distinction

  • Julia Casella
  • Annalise Fragomeli
  • Lauren Knight

The following students attained a Certificate of Merit

  • Eve Cooper
  • Alexandra Dow
  • Claire Engel
  • Sophie Fazioli
  • Erin Ford
  • Kiara Harris
  • Charlotte Kitchin-Fyffe
  • Delilah Ottley
  • Anna Schneider
  • Caitlin Stanley

Again congratulations to all students and we wish to Class of 2018 all the best, we look forward to you popping past and sharing your life post-SBC with us.

International Baccalaureate
A focus for 2019 in both the Primary and Middle Years Programmes is agency in all year levels.  Agency involves further creating a ‘culture which honours the full participation of the learning community in learning and teaching.’ (IBO, 2018) and promotes parents, students, teachers and the wider community working together to achieve positive learning outcomes for students.  An inquiry approach compliments our Western Australian Curriculum but adds another dimension which includes student interests, promotes deep questioning (equally as important in the early years as in Year Ten) and students to seek possibilities and connections in their classes.  We look forward to encouraging our students to be agents of their learning and sharing this with you.  Further information can be found on the College website and also at https://www.ibo.org/.

Western Australian Curriculum
Often I am asked ‘Do you do the WA Curriculum at St Brigid’s?’.  The answer is most definitely.  The College, as all schools are, is mandated to deliver the curriculum, meeting assessment and reporting requirements and implement SCSA (School Curriculum and Schools Authority) requirements according to mandated timelines.  All of our Teaching and Learning programmes are extensively mapped against the required syllabus and teachers regularly engage in auditing and moderating their programmes, to ensure standards are met in all year levels.  Further information can be found at http://k10outline.scsa.wa.edu.au/ and also in the Curriculum Handbooks on the College website Enrol – Student Essentials – Handbooks.

Selected key dates for Term One and Two to mark in your calendar

  • 15 February                  Last day for Year 12 course changes (due to course commencement in 2018)
  • 5 March                         OLNA – Writing
  • 6 March                         OLNA – Reading
  • 7 March                         OLNA – Numeracy
  • 8 March                         Last day for Year 11 course changes
  • 8 April                             K – 12 Assembly (Spirit of Mercy)
  • 11 April                           PK – 12 Three way conferences (all day)
  • 13 May                           Year 12 Externally Set Task (General Courses) commences
  • 14 May                           NAPLAN Online commences for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9
  • 20 – 29 May                 Year 12 Examinations Semester 1
  • 4 – 12 June                   Year 10 and 11 Examinations Semester 1
  • 1 July                               K – 12 Assembly (Spirit of Mercy)
  • 4 July                               PK – 12 Three way conferences (all day)

OLNA – Years 10 – 12 – Reminders
Students are required to have met Band 8 in their Year 9 NAPLAN results in all areas of literacy and numeracy.

If students do not demonstrate the required standard, they will not be eligible for a WACE.

All students receive a Western Australian Statement of Student Achievement (WASSA), which records every course and program a student has completed in secondary school.

If students demonstrate the required minimum standard after they have left school, they will be awarded the WACE (assuming they have met all other WACE requirements).

Extensive support is provided at a College level but we do need reinforcement at home, whereby review packages are sent home in areas such as numeracy.  Please speak directly to your daughter’s Language and Literature (English) and/or Mathematics teachers for individual strategies, however, all teachers work in collaboration to meet literacy and numeracy requirements and are an additional source of support.

Result Reminders Years 10 and 11 2019
Year 10 Students

The Semester One Report is used to determine courses available to students in Year 11 (A Grade of 5 is needed for an ATAR course entry)

Year 11 and 12 Students

Students are required to achieve 14 C grades (or equivalents) in Year 11 and Year 12 units (i.e. 7 subjects), including at least six C grades in Year 12 units (or equivalents) (3 subjects).  This is as outlined by the Schools’ Curriculum and Standards Authority, as part of graduation requirements.  Students who in 2018 achieved 2 or more D grades in their Year 11 subjects have been offered a mentor to assist them – but students and parents do need to be aware that Year 12 students must work with their mentor!

Organisation
Being organised isn’t something that you are born with – it is a learnt behaviour.  It takes time and we can’t expect our Year 12s to all of a sudden be motivated and focussed learners, if the preparation has not been done by students in earlier years (it begins in the Junior School years).

It is important to note that a student needs to be balanced in their approach to their studies.  If your son or daughter appears to be regularly exceeding these hours, please contact his or her class teacher.

Year Level                                                    Time Per day
Year One                                                    15 minutes
Year Two                                                    20 minutes
Year Three                                                 25 minutes
Year Four                                                   30 minutes
Year Five                                                    45 minutes
Year Six                                                      60 minutes

Year Level                                                    Time per week
Year Seven                                                 7 hours
Year Eight                                                   9 hours
Year Nine                                                    12 hours
Year Ten                                                      12 – 15 hours
Year Eleven                                                18 hours
Year Twelve                                               18 hours

bIBliotech – Change of Hours
A reminder that the bIBliotech’s hours are Monday – Friday, 8 – 4 pm.  Students who are working in the bIBliotech are reminded to sign in after school and importantly sign out.  Junior School parents are asked to collect their student from the bIBliotech and to sign them out when you leave.  Programmes such as Homework Clubs and Robotics may still access the venue outside of these hours, please speak directly with the supervising teacher for further information.  In the past three years we have run a very successful Breakfast Club programme for parents on a variety of topics; 2019 will see a revamp of this programme and the retention of some ‘old favourites’ with the year commencing with a series of ‘iPad’ workshops.  We would like to extend an invitation to parents who would be able to run a workshop with other parents throughout the year … topics are endless and we know we have a lot of expertise in our community.  If this is something you would like to explore further or have a topic you would like to have presented, please contact me.

Please do not hesitate to contact me regarding any curriculum matter on either 9290 4234 or via email on walsh.janine@stbrigids.wa.edu.au.

I wish everyone a fantastic 2019 – happy 90th Anniversary to everyone.

Janine Walsh