Principal's Message (26 May, 2023)
I pray this edition of our newsletter finds you well. There is much happening across our College from sporting events, including the Human Powered Vehicle race in Tailem Bend last weekend, through to Black Ranges netball and Black Ranges intermediate football. I thank all the staff and volunteers who have greatly supported these opportunities being able to take place. From an academic perspective, our secondary students will begin their revision next week ahead of exams. In addition, the Junior School will participate in their diagnostic testing next week, specifically with reading and maths, to best support all of our learners.
At times for the students, exams can bring about many emotions, especially if these are their first ones. However, this is exactly why we do them, to prepare students early. I would hope for our senior secondary students, they are feeling optimistic and positive about them because they have been a part of their school life since Year 7. This is why we intentionally begin exams in Year 7, to build the confidence, resilience, and normality, long before the final years of schooling.
One of the best ways to approach exams is with preparation. As adults, we know the importance of making sacrifices at times in order to succeed. As we approach a time of exams, dedicating time for study, including on weekends, will be necessary. This also teaches invaluable life skills, as when the students finish school, there will be many instances where they have to choose what to devote time to. If you would like some support in how to navigate exams with your child, I would encourage you to view the Exam Jitters series on SchoolTV, available in the Wellbeing section of this newsletter.
Please pray for our students as they enter this next part of the term. For many students, it will be a time to celebrate the learning they have undertaken. In addition, please be praying for our Year 12s who will sit the General Achievement Test on Thursday, 15 June.
May God bless your weekend, and for those playing sport and participating in other activities, that it would be enjoyable!
Mr James Phillips, Principal