Dear Parents, Students, Staff and Friends of the Magdalene Community,
On Wednesday last week Year 10 students were involved in an information evening for Year 11, 2017 subject selection. The evening was an opportunity for students and parents to gather information in relation to senior school and senior subjects. It is also a very important time for students as they have quite significant input into their future directions. Clearly the decisions made at this time should not be taken lightly. To emphasise this fact, during the evening the students were reminded that their future is in their hands and each individual can have significant impact on their destiny through their commitment effort and wise decision-making at this time.
As part of the evening two of our senior students spoke about their experiences. Isaac Percy from Year 11 and Eliza Rourke from Year 12 gave their insights into subject selection and senior school. I include Eliza’s reflection for all students in approaching elective choices but also for setting future directions.
“...I have been asked tonight to share with you some of my experiences of subject selection for Year 11 and 12. The process of subject selection seemed very daunting at the time as I was suddenly thrown the challenge of choosing subjects that could well determine my future endeavors at university or any future study I might choose to do. Fortunately I had a goal in mind and was able to do some research to find out if there were any subjects that were mandatory for the course that I was considering that I would need to choose in Year 11 and 12.
What I did know and kept in mind were the subjects that I was considering choosing had to be ones that I did well in and enjoyed studying the content, because at the end of the day my ranking in each subject would go towards my final ATAR result.
Upon reflection on the process you are about to undertake I figured the best advice I could offer to you all would be to provide you with an A-Z directory of subject selection tips for the HSC, minus a few letters of the alphabet that just didn’t seem to match my task!
So here we go…
A – is for ATAR, choose your best subjects to get the best ATAR
B- is for be prepared. The first six subjects you choose may not be the one’s you get. In my experience choosing mostly HSIE subjects, I had to change my subject choices twice to fit into the timetable.
C- is for choose, choose subjects that emphasise your strengths and interests.
D- is for dedication, anyway who tells you it’s not hard work has never done the HSC!
E- is for explore, explore your career path and future endeavors, as you choose your subjects.
H- is for help, my greatest advice is to seek help from family, teachers and older peers, if you are undecided about what subjects to choose.
K – is for key. The key to subject selection is to choose for yourself and not for anyone else.
M- is for Mrs. Haines, her guidance and advice as Curriculum Coordinator is paramount when making these choices.
P- is for partnership. It is imperative that you build a relationship with your subject teacher. They become your other best friend and greatest support person.
T- is for 12 units, your minimum amount of units for Year 11.
U- is for university, it seems a long way off but believe me it sneaks up on ya.
V- is for valuable, use the next part of tonight’s presentation when subjects are showcased to ask lots of questions.
W- is for wait. Once you hand your subject choices in the wait can often be the most nerve wracking time, and sometimes your subject choices may need to be revised, but don’t worry it will all work out in the end.
Y- is for yes! I bet you are really pleased I am nearly out of tips!
Z- is for zero! I have no tips to offer…. but what I hope you have gained from my A-Z directory, is a few tips that might assist you tonight and take away some of the anxiety that you may be feeling right now.
My greatest tip by far is choose what suits and interests YOU! It would be a very long two years if you find your subject uninteresting or too difficult. Ask about the requirements of the subject as you visit the teachers tonight and ask yourself….are there lots of essays to write? Is the subject based on lots of inquiry? Do I need to do a lot of mathematical calculations? Then make your choices wisely based on information.
Good luck, I wish each and every one of you all the best in your subject selections. I was you, only 18 months ago, and now look at me with only 5 months to go before the HSC, I’m resorting back to my ABC’s…… it becomes quite evident that the building blocks we set at the age of 5 become the corner stones of our future learning.” Eliza Rourke
As part of the subject selection process, the Year 10 students will be interviewed by members of staff. The purpose of these interviews is to help with wise decision-making and appropriate subject choices. I thank the parents and students for their attendance at the Information Evening and acknowledge and thank the teachers and senior students present for their support.
This Friday the school will be conducting professional development for staff. The Staff Development Day will involve a focus on curriculum differentiation and student engagement and the promotion of higher order thinking skills in the classroom. The development of these skills will promote engaging for lessons and enhance student learning.
Yesterday was National Sorry Day, which is an Australia-wide observance held on May 26 each year. This day gives people the chance to come together and share the steps towards healing for the Stolen Generations, their families and communities. Stolen generations refer to Indigenous Australians who were forcibly removed from their families and communities. This is an important day in our history as it allows us to attempt to heal some of the pain caused by previous generations’ treatment of Aboriginals and Torres Strait islanders.
National Sorry Day is followed by National Reconciliation Week (May 27 - June 3). The 2016 theme of National Reconciliation Week is 'Our History, Our Story, Our Future' “Our History” reminds us all that historical acceptance is essential to our reconciliation journey. Historical acceptance will exist when all Australians understand and accept the fact that past laws, practices and policies deeply affected the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, often having devastating immediate impacts and causing much of the disadvantage that exists today. It is also a commitment to ensuring these wrongs are never repeated. The following prayer allows us to reflect on the events of our past while promoting a positive future.
Lord God, bring us together as one,
Reconciled with you and with each other.
You made us in your likeness.
You gave us your Son, Jesus Christ.
He has given us forgiveness from sin.
Lord God, bring us together as one,
Different in culture, but given new life in Jesus Christ:
Together as your body, your church, your people.
Lord God, bring us together as one,
Reconciled, healed, forgiven,
Sharing you with others as you have called us to do.
In Jesus Christ, let us be together as one.
© Prayer by Bishop Arthur Malcolm taken from APBA
Mr John Lo Cascio