Dean of Studies | Mr Mason Hellyer

As we come to the end of the examination period, it is important to take time over the upcoming holiday break to reflect upon the term. Term 1 can potentially be a difficult term for students as they re-enter at a new year level or even a new school. It takes time for students to settle and become comfortable. Terrace prides itself on the pastoral focus provided to students at this time in order to ensure that students are happy and settled.

Early next week, you will receive your son’s Term 1 report. The results contained within this report will provide point in time data to indicate your son’s progress. As I mentioned in my article last week, this data is simply the starting point for discussions and reflection to occur regarding a student’s progress.

Whilst the individual subject result is an important indicator, reflection on how the result was achieved is a much more powerful message. A strong result will reinforce a student’s work ethic or positive change to study habits. A disappointing result will highlight the need to modify existing work habits and work ethic. It is vitally important that these messages are explained and reinforced.

To support the discussion you will have with your son, Parent/Student/Teacher interviews will be held on 1 and 8 May. These interviews are an opportunity to reflect on the Term 1 result and to work with teaching staff to develop strategies to enhance academic performance. Booking times for these interviews can be made through the Parent Lounge. Further information regarding this process will be available with your son’s report.

Year 12 students are continuing their QCS preparation this week, with a two day workshop on Thursday and Friday. The 2019 cohort have started the QCS program well during Term 1 and these two days provide an opportunity to consolidate work, especially in the Writing Task and Short Response Item tests.