Posted on August 17, 2021 / Senior College
Senior College News
As we become adjusted to the reality of the latest extension to Melbourne’s lockdown, we have been seeking and made adjustments to support students pastorally and with their academic studies. The school provided another opportunity for students to come on campus last Thursday to collect essential learning materials and shortened lessons by 10 minutes to allow students to move around between classes. Feedback from students is so important as staff seek to managing the diversity of needs during remote learning.
This week in Year 10 Marlee Batterham and the Pastoral Mentors have set up small group check ins rather than the larger groups so that students have more personalised contact twice in the week. Monday’s pastoral session will focus on gaining further feedback and reminding students about ‘Teams Etiquette’ while the other levels have made adjustments to allow for small group check ins. The Year 10 students will also be receiving some information about the University of Melbourne’s Kwong Lee Dow Scholarship in terms of eligibility and the application process. Further information can be found at: https://study.unimelb.edu.au/study-with-us/programs-for-high-achievers/kwong-lee-dow-young-scholars-program
Year 11 students are focusing on the role of leadership in the Senior College and also the process of nominating and selecting the positions for next year. While the most recent extension to lockdown creates uncertainty, we had confirmed a new date for the Year 11 and 12 Formals as being Tuesday 7 September. Our intention was to dismiss students at 1.00pm and allow them to arrive later at school during recess time the next day. Both Ms Morphett and Ms Tsai Bove are committed to working through the challenges of lockdowns so further information will be provided to families as circumstances allow.
Over the next fortnight, Year 12s are creating their entries for the Valedictory Book and such traditions are particularly important in what must feel like a shifting world for school events. In terms of Careers, my focus is on tertiary applications and pathways beyond school and I have included some resources in the Careers section of Aspectus. I wish to remind students to obtain their Unique Student Identifier (USI) required when applying to VTAC and a Tax File Number (TFN) needed when enrolling in a tertiary institution. Another important reminder is the 31 August closing date for the Swinburne Early Conditional Entry program and the RMIT Early Offer Program.
The Year 12 students will be contacted this week about the University of Melbourne’s Principal Scholarship and the application process. I have also included the excerpt from Career News for your reference.
Melbourne’s Principal Scholarship
Offered to Victorian Year 12 Australian students, this $5,000 scholarship is being offered and will be awarded to students in recognition of their academic achievement and contribution to their school or wider community. Eligible students with an excellent academic record and a strong record of contribution to the school or wider community will be considered for this award.
Find out more at Melbourne Principal’s Scholarship
Monash University Year 12 Busting Procrastination Webinar
As a partner school of the Monash Scholars program, Tintern Grammar has been provided access to the Year 12 ‘Busting Procrastination’ Webinar but the workshop would be valuable for families with students in Year 10 as it currently clashes with our Year 11 and 12 Formals.
“The Year 12 ‘Busting Procrastination’ webinar will provide you with practical advice and strategies to support you during Year 12 and with your upcoming exams.”
“This workshop will focus on what causes procrastination, provide you with strategies on overcoming procrastination (especially in the lead up to Year 12 exams) and discuss the importance of mindfulness.
The workshop will be facilitated by Dr Richard Chambers, a clinical Psychologist and an internationally recognised expert in mindfulness. He is the author of three books, is heavily involved with mindfulness research and has developed two award-winning mindfulness courses. Richard was also involved in the development of Smiling Mind, a free mindfulness app and has worked with many educational institutions and businesses interested in using mindfulness to improve wellbeing and performance. He is currently leading a university-wide initiative to embed mindfulness into the core curriculum at Monash University.”
Source and Registration: https://www.monash.edu/study/why-choose-monash/information-for-high-achieving-students/monash-scholars/monash-scholars-events/monash-scholars-year-12-busting-procrastination-webinar?utm_campaign=SCHLR_SRA&utm_source=Event_Invitation&utm_medium=email&utm_content=75401_category_3_invitation_intro_cta_1
Date: Tuesday 7 September from 5.00pm to 6.00pm
Mid Semester Break
Our mid-semester break will be Friday 20 August.
Student Progress Meetings
The first of our Student Progress Meetings will be online on Monday 23 August with students being set asynchronous learning to allow them to participate in the conversation with their teachers. Further information will be provided regarding arrangements for the onsite sessions as they will be switched to an online format.
Finally, I do request assistance from families to use the Absentee Hotline prior to 10.00am on 9845 7722 if your child is away for the entire day but also to contact the relevant teacher or Pastoral Mentor if a class is missed due to internet connectivity issues etc as we are wanting to support the students but also monitor their remote learning. Your communication and feedback are always appreciated as we work together with our students.