Dear Parents, Students, Staff and Friends of the Magdalene Community,
Last week students in Years 7 and 9 undertook the NAPLAN tests over three days. All students approached the tests with diligence and commitment and should be praised for the mature manner in which they completed each test.
With the accumulation of NAPLAN data over recent years, teachers have continued to focus on improving literacy and numeracy as a means to improve learning at Magdalene. Ms Maher has been introducing literacy strategies across the school to ensure the areas of deficit are addressed and the students are extended in their learning. We look forward to the NAPLAN results later in the year as a means of adding to the data we already possess and as a means of setting directions for the future.
This week students in Years 9 and 10 have been undertaking their Half Yearly Examinations. These examinations provide an opportunity for students to display what they know and to also assess what they need to further develop. The skills gained by being involved in examinations will also prepare students for external examinations in the future. I encourage all parents and students to see the examinations as a learning opportunity, which can be built upon in the coming semester.
Next Wednesday the school will conduct the Year 11, 2016 Information Evening. This evening provides insights into senior school. I remind all members of the community of the challenging nature of senior school and the need to be fully prepared for the demands of senior study. I also stress that the journey to the Higher School Certificate does not begin with Year 11. In fact it begins in Year 7 with the habits and skills learned and developed along the journey to Year 12. I encourage all students to recognise the need for that commitment in all stages in the lead up to the HSC. This will ensure that students have the skills necessary to meet the demands of their ongoing education. The impact of commitment and self belief is always positive where learning is concerned.
Since our last newsletter students have reverted from summer uniform to winter uniforms. The majority of students have certainly presented in a commendable manner and I thank parents for their support in this area. I believe that the uniform reflects not only a student’s respect for their school but also respect for themselves and in a way, their education. It is essential that students set the highest possible uniform standards. I continue to seek and rely on parental support in this area.
The following students were presented with the awards below at the recent assembly. Congratulations and well done for your effort.
JackScettro7Improved learning and assisting others
Marcus Cabrera9Assisting others with their learning
Vivienne Kaiser10Improvement and application in her studies
Teegan White11Consistent application in her studies
Jessica Daniel12Overall commitment to her learning
Next Sunday is Pentecost Sunday this is a celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit. Christ promised his apostles that he would send the Holy Spirit to be with them. Ten days after he left them the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles and they were granted the gifts of the spirit. These gifts given to the apostles are gifts that are also available to each of us and give us the strength to live truly Christian and faithful lives.
PRAYER FOR THE SEVEN GIFTS
OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
God grant me
The Spirit of Wisdom
that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal
The Spirit of Understanding
to enlighten my mind with the Light of Your divine truth
The Spirit of Counsel
that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven
The Spirit of Fortitude
that I may bear my cross with You and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose
The Spirit of Knowledge
that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints
The Spirit of Piety
that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable
and the Spirit of Fear
that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease him.
Mr John Lo Cascio