Term 2, Issue 1: Learning and Teaching | Siena College
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Learning and Teaching

Being an Effective Learner

This week, students from Years 7 to 10 have participated in learning reflection sessions, focusing on the attributes of an effective learner, their own strengths as a learner and strategies they can further develop. The session materials can be accessed here. We ask for your support in continuing this discussion with your child as we assist students to exercise their onsite learning muscles. We will also have follow up sessions, supporting students to build their independence as learners.

NAPLAN Testing

Year 7 and 9 students will take take part in NAPLAN testing on:

  • Wednesday, 11 May
  • Thursday, 12 May
  • Monday, 16 May

Parents have been notified of the schedule.

Term 2 Examinations

As we move towards the examination period for Year 9 to 11 students, we will be holding specialised classes that focus on learning and revision strategies, as well as exam and test writing skills, to help students optimise their assessment outcome.

It is so important that our students approach study in a consistent and continuous way, to help prevent anxiety and a sense of being overwhelmed. We ask for your support to encourage your daughter/s to complete homework tasks on time and prepare well in advance for formal testing.

Examinations commence on Friday, 10 June and finish on Friday, 17 June. Examination timetables will be made available on Friday, 21 May and revision outlines will be published via Siena Central on Monday, 23 May.

Horizons Week

Horizons Week was well attended and thoroughly enjoyed by our students during the final week of Term 1. A lot of thought and preparation went into ensuring the activities and events scheduled were relevant and worthwhile, and that our students acquired skills and valuable learning. Horizon Week activities included camps, university visits, career suitability exercises, city trips to explore culture, history and art, as well as community service trips.

Horizons Week was a small but valuable step in helping our students to develop skills that will allow them to actively participate in the world around them, to contribute in a meaningful and positive way, to be curious and confident, to know their limitations but also be prepared to take healthy risks and embrace who they are as an individual.

Learning Conversations

The Learning Conversations that took place in Term 1 were impacted by an unfortunate technical glitch, whereby external links outside the Siena College intranet were not operational. Our IT Department was able to quickly diagnose the problem but it was time consuming to resolve the issue. We have touched base with all parents impacted by this and sincerely apologise for the inconvenience. Learning Conversations will take place again in Term 3 and we look forward to a seamless experience.

Donna Laughlin

Deputy Principal Learning and Teaching
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