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In the last week of Term 3 we announced our 2019 Student Leadership Team. The process for selection was rigorous and the strength of candidates was phenomenal. All staff involved in the process were tremendously impressed by the calibre of student applications and high level of interest in formal leadership positions. At our Celebration Evening this weekend the School Captains, Vice-Captains, Leaders and House Captains will be formally presented to our community. I look forward to working with these students next year and know they have some great initiatives and plans for our school.

As we begin the final term for 2018 it is a time of mixed emotions for students and staff in the Senior College. For our Year 12s it is a time of sadness as they complete their school journey, some of whom have been part of the Tintern Grammar community for 14 years, but for most students they are ready and excited for what the future ahead holds (post exams), even if it is an unknown at this stage.

Upon their return to School last week, and after a holiday break that involved practice examinations, revision and hopefully some activities to help them unwind and recharge ahead of their final examinations, Mr Fry spoke with our Year 12s about the final weeks of schooling. Students were asked to look after themselves and each other during what is a stressful time and were also reminded of how much influence they hold over their results as they enter these final weeks before examinations. If this time is used carefully and productively, students may make a significant impact on their final examination result, best summed up by Mr Fry quoting C.S Lewis “you can’t go back and change the beginning but you can start where you are and change the ending”.

On behalf of our Class of 2018 and the wider learning community at Tintern Grammar, I think it’s important to acknowledge and thank the families of our Year 12 students. The last two years of school are challenging for our VCE and IB students. The whole family is affected during this time and provide so much support to Year 12 students; giving them encouragement, unconditional support, emotional energy and guidance, as well as recognising when it’s necessary to step back and allow these young adults to make their own decisions and their own study plans.

As all families would be aware, this year’s Celebration Evening is this Saturday 20 October at Robert Blackwood Hall – with a prompt 7pm start. This is a very special evening which enables us to celebrate all of the wonderful achievements of our Tintern Grammar students. It also provides an opportunity for the School Community to farewell our Year 12 Class of 2018 before their final examinations commence.

Our Year 10 and 11 students are also fast approaching their examinations, which begin on November 19 they and are encouraged to implement good study habits over the start of this term. Students should reflect on their work practices in the lead up to their Semester 1 examinations and consider some strategies for improvement. These could include:

  • concentrating and working effectively in class during Term 4
  • seeking teacher support and clarification where needed
  • beginning examination preparation early
  • factoring in and planning ahead to manage any work, sporting and social commitments that may coincide with exams/preparation
  • changing study routines to focus on understanding of content
  • increasing the number of hours spent on homework and revision

Last term Mr Fry wrote to families to introduce SchoolTV, a new ongoing resource that is now available to our parents online. Although it is new to our community, I can already see the enormous potential this resource has to help support parents and staff and ultimately benefit students. SchoolTV aggregates information from many great resources such as BeyondBlue and ReachOut, amongst others, providing a single stream of independent factual information that saves parents time and the confusion of searching online across multiple sites for information. At this time of the year, I think it is timely that parents of Senior College students consider the resources available in the ‘exam jitters’ edition which includes expert interviews, fact sheets, parent quiz and recommended apps. It answers questions such as ‘what students can do the night before or the morning of an exam’, ‘is cramming helpful’, ‘how important are practice exams’ and gives advice on how to deal with stress, and much, much more. I encourage you to visit https://tintern.vic.schooltv.me/ and click on ‘Go to Topics’ to see the resources available to you.

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