Middle School News

Term Two Important Dates

Monday 14 May:                              Photo catch up day

Tuesday 15 to Thursday 17 May:     NAPLAN Years 7 and 9 Testing

Friday 18 May:                                 Pastoral Period

Thursday 31 May:                             ACC Cross Country Carnival

Monday 4 June:                               Public Holiday

Friday 8 June:                                  Pastoral Period

Monday 11 June:                               STEM – Year 9 all week

Friday 22 June:                                Corpus Christi Day

Tuesday 26 June:                             College Awards Assembly

                                                         Quest Retreat Catch-up – Year 7


Friday 29 June:                                Term Two concludes

                                                          Personal Project Planning – Year 9

New members of the Academic Excellence Program (AEP)

Each year, all Year 7 to 9 students undergo some standardised tests. Year 8 and 9 students completed these tests at the end of 2017 unless they were new to the College. In which case, they would have undergone the testing at the start of this year. All Year 7’s undertook the testing at the start of Term 1.

 The tests measure student aptitude or ability in numeracy, literacy and abstract reasoning.

Based on the test results the students who performed in the top 10-15% are selected and invited to become a member of the Academic Excellence Program (AEP).

 As part of the program students:

  • Meet with me formally and informally on a number of occasions throughout the year in order to set themselves iSMART goals- that being inspirational, specific, measurable, achievable, results driven goals that are time bound to a particular term or semester.
  • Set themselves specific actions to put into place to achieve their goals and later in the term or semester review their goals, setting themselves new ones.

 In addition, students:

  • Are invited to take part in various incursions and excursions during the year
  • Are offered a student mentor to provide them with support
  • Are invited to take part in the Academic Excellence Extension Program (AEEP) which runs during Terms 2 and 3.

The following students are now members of the AEP.

Year 9

Christopher Bardill

Ashley Morgan

 Year 8

Jacob Allanby

Chloe Duxbury

Alyssa Slaim

Christopher Shanahan

Christophe Yao

Year 7

Riley Baginski

Keerthana Binu

Noah Brown

Jared Budiman

Florence Chapman

Marcus Dalley

Bridget Dass

Michela De Boni

Jayden Fung

Justin Fung

Zac Hampel

Josh Laboudeuse

Yusay Li

Cambell Orazi

Isaac Pavy

Lachlan Putt

Hayden Treby

Angelyne Varen

Cohen Vescio

Elia Woods

Isabella Zammit

Filipa Carvalho

Head of Academic Excellence


Mothers’ Day Breakfast

We invite mothers and your children to a Mothers’ Day Breakfast on Friday 11 May, 7.15am to 8.00am.

Click on the link below to RSVP your interest (Including how many of your children will be in attendance).  Please provide accurate numbers to we can cater accordingly.

RSVP no later than 5.00pm Wednesday 9 May

Tea, coffee, juice and fruit will be provided and bacon and egg rolls can be pre-ordered. (Follow the booking link below for information)

We look forward to seeing as many Mothers and their children as possible.

Link to booking Here.

NAPLAN YEARS 7 and 9 - 2018

NAPLAN will be occurring in week 3 at the following times:

Tuesday 15 May: Periods 2 and 3 (Language Conventions and Writing)

Wednesday 16 May: Extended Homeroom and Period 1 (Reading)

Thursday 17 May: Periods 1 and 2 (Numeracy both calculator allowed and non-calculator – no break between the two parts)

Friday 18 May: Periods 2 and 3 (Catch up)

If you teach Year 7 or Year 9 during the above times, you will be allocated NAPLAN supervision at that time. Staff will be provided with a supervision schedule closer to the dates. A copy of the test administration handbook and instructions will also be provided.

More information or additional NAPLAN resources can be found at http://www.nap.edu.au

Parents and Friends

The Parents and Friends (P&F) Year 7 Sundowner will be held on Friday 18th May. The event provides Year 7 parents with an opportunity to meet each other and socialise in a relaxed environment.  Please click here for more information, and to register.

Smart Goals

As we move into Term 2, every student should be setting new iSMART goals in SEQTA.  They will be timely, measurable and subject specific.  Students are encouraged to share these goals with parents and work towards their completion. 

Revision Strategies

Students are encouraged to use a variety of revision strategies including:

·       Popplet

·       Padlet

·       google docs

·       quizzes

·       practice questions

·       summary sheets



Year 9 Retreat

A couple of great days have been spent giving the Year 9’s the opportunity to interact with each other and think about the community with the Kindness Programme and the Schoolbags for Jesus activity.

The students have also been involved in the Youth Mission Team Retreat Day of ‘Relationships’. Here they focussed on:

Students who are free from pressure to conform to the expectations of others

Students who can identify how they have hurt others and how they themselves have been hurt and seek the strength to overcome these tendencies, and

Students who recognise that coming to know God more personally in our lives increases our capacity to love others.

These two days have been a great chance for the Year 9’s to settle back into the term, work with their peers, develop relationships and provide service to others. These skills help to empower the students and engage them in their community.

Yvette Pearce

Head of Year 9