Heathdale flower 14th November 2019

Revising Your Good Habits

It's a busy time of year with exams, here's how to get into good habits early.

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It is a busy time of the year for our Years 7 and 8 students as they head towards their Semester Two exams next week. Be assured that learning continues right up to the end of the school year; after exams students engage with key skills and content that will enable them to move confidently into the next year of learning.

The task of preparing for exams encourages the consolidation and revision of the semester’s learning. Over the past fortnight, teachers have been advising students on the best ways to prepare for their exams and providing guides for revision in their subjects. A good study routine with manageable chunks of study time is the key to being well-prepared and calm.

Other things to remember:

- A good night’s sleep is so essential to memory and critical thinking. More than ever exam week is a good time to encourage healthy sleeping habits and switching off devices at a reasonable time.
- Good food is great fuel for a healthy mind. Breakfast, a well-packed snack and lunch are a great help to keep concentration and energy all day.
- Perspective is important. There’s a healthy balance between not caring at all and feeling like the whole world depends on the next hour’s work. Family time and a good laugh now and then help us keep the balance right so that striving for our best doesn’t become driven by a fear of failing.
- Teachers are a great resource. Remember to check revision guides carefully – don’t just assume you know what’s going to be on the exam. Check back over your previous assessments and look at feedback carefully to see what you might need to focus on during revision.
- For more tips for parents wanting to support their children’s learning, head over to the government resource site Learning Potential.

Middle School Awards Nights

We are looking forward to seeing you at the Middle School Awards Night which will be held on Wednesday, December 4. This night will be run in two sessions: Years 5 and 6 commencing at 6:00pm and Years 7 and 8 at 7:30pm.

Please note the following details:

-Year 5/6 students need to arrive at 5.45pm for a 6.00pm start and will sit in their 2019 Homerooms.
-Year 7/8 students need to arrive at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start and will sit in their 2019 Homerooms.
-The dress code is Formal Summer Uniform, including ties for male students.

Secondary Information Night

An information night for parents of students in Years 7 – 12 in 2020 will be held in the Senior School A Block building on November 20 at 7:30 pm. Parents are encouraged to come and hear about the new secondary structure and meet the coordinators for their children’s year levels. Parents who wise to attend are encouraged to RSVP via Eventbrite.