STUDY SKILLS TIP FOR MAY – SET TIMES FOR HOME LEARNINGPARENTS: Many students come home from school and end up just waiting until they might ‘feel’ like doing schoolwork. Or else they drag everything out over the whole night. A much better way is each night have set allocated times for home learning. Many students find that learning in 20-30 minute blocks works well for them. During this time students should do homework first, then work on any assignments or upcoming tests, then use the rest of the time allocated for schoolwork to complete independent learning activities such as reviewing work they find difficult, making study notes or doing practice questions to build their skills. All distractions should be removed during this time, so students learn to focus for 20-30 minute blocks of time. It is a great idea to make a timetable of the home learning and place it on the fridge so everyone is clear when students are focusing and when they are doing other activities or having free time.
STUDENTS: Some of the benefits for students of having set times allocated for home learning are:
You are more likely to learn at home if you know when to start and when to end.
You will be more effective when you remove distractions and learn to focus for 20-30 minute blocks.
In all the times NOT allocated to schoolwork you can do whatever you like without feeling guilty about it.
Having set times stops arguments between students and parents as everyone has agreed when the timeslots allocated to students will be.
You know that you are definitely doing enough work for school.
Keeping your home learning and personal life separate means you will be able to manage all of the distractions in your life and still complete your work for school.
Learn more this year about how to improve your results and be more efficient and effective with your schoolwork by working through the units on www.studyskillshandbook.com.au . You can also print a sheet outlining independent learning activities (click on the More menu then on Things to Print). Our school’s access details are:
NAPLAN - Years 7 and 9Students in Years 7 and 9 will sit the NAPLAN online tests between Tuesday 11 May and Friday 21 May 2021. Tests will be scheduled at Caroline Chisholm in the first week of testing, allowing time for any missed tests to be completed in the second week of testing. The online test schedule at Caroline Chisholm is as follows:
|Wednesday 12 May||Writing||42 minutes|
|Thursday 13 May||Reading||65 minutes|
|Friday 14 May||Conventions of language||45 minutes|
|Friday 14 May||Numeracy||65 minutes|
Catch up sessions will be run throughout this week and the second week of the testing period to enable students who are absent to sit the tests.
All students will require their laptop, a set of headphones and a pen/pencil for the tests. It will be helpful to remind students to fully charge their laptop and pack their headphones Tuesday night.
These tests should not be a source of concern for students or parents. Please be assured that the teachers are working with your daughter to ensure she is developing the necessary skills to complete these tests successfully. You may wish to read NAPLAN Online information for parents and carers or access the Public Demonstration Tests. If you have any questions about special provisions for the tests please contact Mrs O’Brien; if you have any other questions about the NAPLAN tests, please contact Mrs Smith at the College.
Thanks to everyone for the great start to the term with uniforms. A final reminder that students need to wear their blazers and stockings to and from the college EVERY day until told otherwise towards the end of Term 3. Students who are medically unable to wear stockings need to provide medical documentation to their Year Leaders.
- There is no official school scarf but students may choose to wear one. However, they must be plain (not fluffy) and either navy or black only.
- Students may only dye their hair in a single, natural colour. This would also apply to hair braids. Braids which are markedly different in colour or not of a natural colour will have to be removed which could be quite a waste of money.