The commencement of any term signals an opportunity for all our students to reflect on the previous term and hopefully put into place strategies that will assist them in becoming better people and better learners. By reviewing their DSE reports students in Y7 – 10 are encouraged to immediately place these strategies into place as the end of their academic year is fast approaching. Y 10 in particular only have two teaching and learning weeks before their examinations in Week 5 and then their camp in Week 6. Y11, on the other hand, have just completed their HSC Preliminary course and commence the HSC proper. I encourage all students to become the great people we know they are and in doing so making St Dominic’s, great.
Last week, the Federal Government issued a National Apology to victims of child sexual abuse. Edmund Rice Education Australia has written to all communities on behalf of our schools not only apologising but committing our communities to this apology and to ensuring that the future for all is safe and inclusive. The St Dominic’s community whole-heartedly supports this apology. I share with you the announcement for your consideration.
Outside the normal teaching and learning activities that populate each day, there have been many College activities in the month of October including:
- HSC Examinations
- Senior Retreat
- Staff Wellbeing Day
- Y7 STEM catapult challenge
- Co-Curricular Assembly
- Investiture of the 2019 College Student Leaders
- Y7 & Y 8 Disco
- Y7 2019 Testing
- Y7 2019 Orientation Day
- Y7 2019 Parent Information Evening
Students in Y7 & Y9 have received their NAPLAN results with some outstanding group and individual achievements, read more here. This is a one off set of exams, that provides the College with some insight to how well our literacy and numeracy intervention strategies may be tracking. I was extremely pleased to read of the numerous success stories of students and year groups who have achieved beyond expected growth in one of more of the NAPLAN domains. The reading results, in particular, are impressive. Though greater inspiration required with our written responses. Overall, the results provide us with great encouragement that our students are focused on their learning improvement. There is still much to do and I encourage all students to continue to pursue their personal best.
Let Your Light Shine
Mr M. Ronchetti