With the HSC Trials drawing to a close, we now turn our attention to the marking of the Practical Projects in Design and Technology, Music, Drama and Visual Arts. I have watched a number of these important major works take shape and they look exciting. Major works need to be at school according to the NESA rules. Italian students are examined in the oral section of the HSC later this month and the Society and Culture Personal Interest Projects have also been completed.
Whilst on the topic of examinations, and there seems to be a never ending round of them...Year 11 soon start the Preliminary final examinations. I hope all students are preparing as best as they can and that families are supporting them by keeping outside events as low key as possible in order to maximise study time. Students also need to keep their priorities in order to give the best account of themselves. These examinations commence on September 11 and a timetable will be issued for students soon. Year 11 and Year 12 will also have final Support Evenings to help them in their preparation.
The process for moving from one stage to another is well under way, as students in Year 8 and Year 10 make their selections for their chosen subjects for 2018. We have been very impressed with the maturity and level of responsibility that students have had in approaching this task. There has been excellent attendance at information evenings and students have asked pertinent questions and sought assistance in making their selections. The first round of selections that the students submit are the basis of the decisions that the College makes about the final possibilities of subjects that we can successfully offer. A second round of final selections should be available before the end of this term.
The 2017 NAPLAN student reports were posted home earlier this week to all families with students in Years 7 and 9. The staff have had a “first look” at the overall summaries and have been pleased to see that the attention given to comprehension strategies has made an impact across both of these cohorts. Broadly speaking there has been a shift upwards towards the higher bands.
National Science Week has been an exciting week at MCC. There have been competitions to enter with some amazing prizes. Students have had a week long of extra activities including;
- Learning to code on swift playground with the new apple iPads
- Learning how to compound a cream like a pharmacist would do
- Problem solving by trying to balance as many nails as possible on one single nail
- Building and racing cars from scratch
- Designing and flying the best paper planes
- Building pressure rockets and launching them on the oval
- Following instructions for making origami animals
- Building no less than four Tardis’ for the Science Family extravaganza
- A Quiz and essay competition for Year 7
- Three mystery sounds per day to submit an hypothesis as to what they were
- A mystery image each day to also have an educated guess as to what it was
- Classroom door decorations
We will finish the week with a Family Science Extravaganza on Friday night 18th August where all families have been invited to share a meal while they look over the student works in the Hall. The Chemistry and Physics senior students will have some science to demonstrate and explain while the Tardis’ will be available to enter and listen to the Year 7 and Year 8 podcasts. The year 9 will display their models and the Year 12 will display their motors. It will be a hive of SCIENCE.
Some Year 12 students leave on Sunday bound for a science filled three day excursion to Sydney and Canberra. They will experience hands on relevant Science at the University of Sydney, ANSTO Nuclear facility, Sydney Observatory, Power House Museum, Australian National University and the University of Canberra. They will meet scientists working on current ideas and learn from the experts prior to their HSC examinations. What a wonderful opportunity!
We certainly have students who are building brains in the science department and we are building experts for the future.
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