Newsletter

Term 1 Newsletter 2019

Welcome to 2019! I sincerely hope that you have all had a wonderful break over the holiday period.

 

Firstly I would like to offer congratulations to all 2018 students on their academic achievement. I will also take this opportunity to extend a welcome to both returning and new students and I look forward to meeting you all again in the first weeks of term.

 

A reminder that school commences on Tuesday January 29th, just after the Australia Day long weekend.

Lessons do begin on the first day so make sure you have pen and paper. As all learning spaces are air-conditioned there is no hot weather policy at the College.

 

If you are a Year 12 student and have ordered books through the College they will be at the College for you to collect; just ask Kate at the front desk.

STAFF CHANGES

I would like extend a warm welcome to our new teachers, Shane Rowett and Jacob Davison. Shane will be teaching Physics, Science in Action, Forensic Science and the Research Project. Jacob will teach Chemistry and Stage 1 Biology.

For more on staff profiles and background visit https://muirden.sa.edu.au/our-staff/

LAB REFURBISHMENT

During the holidays the lab has received a makeover. New cupboards, shelves, benches and a new fume cupboard all of which have made for a very modern lab.

NEW SUBJECTS

This year we are instigating several new subjects. Under the umbrella of Scientific Studies we are going to be offering Science in Action in Stage 2, and Forensic Science in Stage 1. These subjects are geared towards students who wish to ‘dabble’ in the sciences or want to invest in further scientific learning. Another new Stage 2 subject is Work, Life & Employment, this subject will enable students to examine the ever changing nature of the workplace. It will be taught by both Mathew D’Aloisio and Vana Arulmuruganar.

 

Research Practices has also been added as a Stage 1 subject. The teachers for Research Practices are Angela Facchini, Ryan Lynch and Amber Clark, however many other teachers will be involved in this subject. This subject will coach students in developing healthy study habits while also offering study support, it will also allow students to commence their Research Project and gain an understanding of what is expected of them when they do their Research Project in Semester 2.

 

For Stage 2 students we have introduced Study Hall. This will provide them with a mentor who can assist them with study timetables while promoting good study habits. The Study Hall is also a place where students can work on assignments and/or revision at the College and receive help where necessary. All Stage 2 students have been allocated a weekly time for their Study Hall and attendance is compulsory.

 

Student attendance and constructive use of Study Hall will be documented in each term’s report. All teachers will be involved in facilitating these sessions which are being kept small, an average of 4 students per session, to ensure that all students can reap the benefit they will provide.

For more information on these subjects please visit https://muirden.sa.edu.au/stage-two-subjects/

EVENTS

Stage 1 & 2 Orientation will be held during the first two lessons of term on Tuesday 29th January. All students will be directed to the large upstairs classroom.

Students will be given their logons and password, shown how to access our electronic system and Moodle. This is a great opportunity for both new and ‘old’ students to meet and engage with each other, as well as providing important information for both Year 11s and 12s for the coming year. All staff will be present so students can familiarise themselves and put faces and names together, even for teachers whose classes they are not taking. The College will be providing pizza & drinks for lunch.

 

Parent Information Night –Tuesday 5th of February 6pm- 7:30pm. All parents/caregivers are encouraged to attend.  Drinks and nibbles will be supplied.

 

Sausage Sizzle or Icy Pole Freeze (depending on the weather) will be held during lunch Wednesday 13th February.

TERM 1 REPORTS

Term 1 Interim Reports for Year 12 students will be sent out at the end of Week 5, 1st March. These reports signify if students are on track and provide that little bit of information at the crucial half way mark of the term. A more comprehensive report will be sent at the end of the Term for both Year 11s and 12s.

Please contact me or the office if you have any queries. And again welcome to the new academic year.

TERM DATES

Term 1 – Tuesday 29 January – Friday 12 April

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

Adelaide Cup Day – Monday 11th March

Easter – Friday 19th April & Monday 22nd April (during the school holidays)

ANZAC Day – Thursday 25th April (during the school holidays)

Dr Barbara Harding, Principal