From the Deputy Principal: Teaching and Learning Lucy D’Angelo Vol. 16

//From the Deputy Principal: Teaching and Learning Lucy D’Angelo Vol. 16

From the Deputy Principal: Teaching and Learning Lucy D’Angelo Vol. 16



It is essential for students to be using their time wisely and prepare for the end of year examinations, which will begin on the Senior Campus on the Thursday 8th November 2018.  Once the examination period is completed, students and teachers will begin following the 2019 timetable through our Headstart Program.

Year 7 English exam on the 19th November at the Junior Campus
Year 8 English & Maths exams on the 19th November – taking place at the Senior Campus
Year 9 Exams for all of their core subjects commencing 13th to 16th November
Year 10 Exams for all of their subjects commencing 9th to 16th November
Year 11 Exams for all of their subjects commencing from 8th to 15th November
Year 12 VCAA exams commenced on the 31st October and will conclude on the 21st November

Wishing all the Year 12 students great success as they approach their VCE exams.

Best wishes also to the Year 12 VCAL students as they embark on the world of work and further study in their chosen field.


All current Year 9-11 students will be required to have all of their resources ready for the Headstart Program which commences on Wednesday 21st November and concludes on Friday 7th December 2018.  All DIGITAL ONLY resources are activated soon after payments are made. There will be no refunds for any digital resources purchased. If parents have not placed their orders yet, the Campion portal continues to be open for home delivery.

The Campion Sell Date for Years 10 – 12, (2019) will be on Wednesday 14th November from 2.00 – 6.00pm in the Mary MacKillop Auditorium, Green Room (entrance from the Piazza) between the Technology and the Performing Arts buildings.  This is when parents come to collect their orders of physical/print resources.

Year 7 & 8 students will receive their Campion Resources List the week beginning 12th November. Orders are due by the 7th December.


Year 9 into Year 10

Year 10 into Year 11

Year 11 into Year 12

1st & 2nd Week of Headstart: 21st – 30th November
Year 8 into Year 9

Year 9 into Year 10

Year 10 into Year 11

Year 11 into Year 12

3rd week of Headstart: 3 – 6th December
Year 6 into Year 7 Orientation Day (Glenroy) 7th December



The NAPLAN results were mailed out to families at the end of Term 3. In the coming week, families of Year 7 & 9 students will be receiving a NAPLAN pack from Mrs. Sandra Harrison. This will include the writing piece completed on the NAPLAN testing day, information regarding the individual growth rate and some reflective questions. We are encouraging students, together with their parents, to analyse their NAPLAN results with particular focus on the growth in their writing, reading and numeracy scores from Year 5 to Year 7, and from Year 7 to Year 9.  Students are encouraged to reflect on the reasons why their growth rates have been high, medium or low and to discuss work habits and attitudes to their learning as they set goals in preparation for their end of year examinations and for 2019.

We encourage all of our students to develop a Growth Mindset toward their learning journey, an approach to learning researched and developed by Carol Dweck, Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, USA.

A reminder about Growth Mindset…

How Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset Affects Learning

Children who understand that the brain can get smarter, who have a Growth Mindset, do better in school because they understand that learning occurs over time and that the learning process is empowering. They focus on improvement and see effort as a way to build their abilities. They see failure as a natural part of the learning process. In contrast, students who have a Fixed Mindset, those who believe that intelligence is fixed, tend to focus on judgment. They are more concerned with proving that they are smart or hiding that they are not which means they tend to avoid situations where they fear they might fail or that they might find challenging.

Many studies show that children who have a Growth Mindset respond differently in challenging situations and do better in school over time.

Follow this link to view Carol Dweck explaining Growth vs Fixed Mindset on YouTube –

Or view this RSA Animate – with Carol Dweck explaining: How to help each child reach their potential –

How can parents assist with examination preparation?

Encourage your child/children to:

  1. Post the examination timetable on the fridge, or where all of the family can see it, to avoid any confusion.
  2. Dedicate time to study from now – don’t leave it to the last minute.
  3. Organise a study space, whatever works for you.
  4. Use flow charts and diagrams to help with summarising and revising study notes.
  5. Complete past exam papers to be confident about the format and type of questions as well as timing according to exam conditions.
  6. Explain answers to you – you don’t have to be an expert in the subject area for your child to explain what they have learnt. It helps get ideas clear in a student’s head.
  7. Take regular breaks and develop a study routine that works – e.g. 25 minute focus time, 5 minute break.
  8. Snack on ‘brain food’ and drink plenty of water – choose nutritious foods, not high sugar foods to maintain energy levels. Being well-hydrated is essential for the brain to work at its best.
  9. Plan the exam days – organise all the material required for each exam, including I.D cards and transport arrangements to ensure punctuality.
  10. Get plenty of sleep without mobile phones nearby– 9 hours of sleep each night is recommended for teenagers.

And of course, follow all of the great advice your teachers have given you and attend all of the revision classes offered!

In conclusion, as Jeff Haden, author of The Motivation Myth reminds us:

“Growth happens when you’re stretched. Growth happens when you’re pushed. Growth happens when you’re forced to overcome challenges, obstacles and self-doubt. If you aren’t uncomfortable, you aren’t growing.”

Lucy D’Angelo
Deputy Principal
Teaching & Learning

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