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April Senior School News

26/04/2016
News from the Senior School
 
Our senior students have participated in a number of activities in the past few weeks.  Here are a sample of just a few:
 
Elevate Sessions
For the past couple of years we have engaged an outside agency, Elevate Education, to
deliver sessions to our students around the topics of study skills and techniques, time management, goal setting and self-belief.  The presenters are young, energetic, knowledgeable and engaging – the perfect combination to sell these topics to students!
Years 10 and 12 students attended their first sessions for the year at the end of last term and the Year 11s attended their session last week.   The Year 10 program was called Study Sensei and provided students with information on study methods, note organisation and what is needed to engage in an effective study session.
 
The Year 11 program was entitled Memory and Mnemonics which of course provided students with effective ways to study and remember content.  Year 12s attended the Student Elevation program, covering short-term planning, goal setting and the importance of self-belief. The feedback from all of the year levels was again very positive.

Invitation – Parent Elevate Session – Tues 10 May
We are hosting a parent Elevate session on Tuesday 10 May at 6.00 pm in the Star Theatre.  This session is aimed specifically at providing parents with an overview of the information that students received so that you are able to reinforce the skills at home.  It is not uncommon for parents to wonder how best to help their students at home with study and homework and this session will certainly give parents some extra skills and tips.  I will send an email out to parents in the coming week with full
details.

QCS Practice Tests
Our Year 12 QCS students have now completed their first round of practice tests which consisted of a Multiple Choice test (90 mins) and a Short Response test as well as a Writing Task test (both 120 mins).  We have already provided the students with results and feedback from these practices.  From our perspective, an analysis of the results will allow us to tailor the next phase of their QCS preparation to suit student needs.  The final practice tests will be held in the last week of Term 2, directly after the exam block ends.

RYPEN Camp
Last weekend, three of our Year 10 students attended the Rotary RYPEN camp at Camp Duckagang.  The aim of the RYPEN camps is for young people between 14 and 17 years to “develop a greater sense of self-awareness, appreciate diversity in society and realise their own and other’s potential.” 
 
Gavith De Silva, Kai Bowen and Nina Seychell were our attendees this year and by all accounts, they had a great experience.  The students told me that all enjoyed the leadership building activities, meeting new people and the activities designed to build trust and learn to rely on other people.  When I asked each student what the best part of the camp was for them, they replied with the following:

Kai: “Meeting everyone else and seeing how well you gel with them.”
 
Gavith: “The problem solving scenarios and the confidence I have gained.”
 
Nina: “Building confidence and the friendships I’ve made have really made a difference already.”
 
Wynnum SHS would like to sincerely thank the Rotary Club of Wynnum and Manly for sponsoring Gavith, Kai and Nina to attend the camp and for all of the organising that goes on behind the scenes to produce such a great experience for young people.