5 things to remember about NAPLAN

It’s almost NAPLAN time and as the community debate re-commences, students and teachers at Mater Christi College are at the ready.

Students nationwide in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will complete four tests covering reading, writing, language conventions and numeracy between 14 – 16 May.

Four ways to manage the mid-year blues

The month ahead can be the most challenging for the whole year for some Year 12 students (and students at other levels and parents and teachers).

We can barely remember the beautiful long, summer days. Mornings are darker and colder. The excitement of the new year and the Formal is long forgotten.

The real value of a hot chocolate

Where do students go for help with important issues?

Support from parents (82.1%) is very significant, only just behind that of friends (87.4%) and the internet (58.8%).

The high attendance and engagement of students and their parents at our recent Progress Meetings confirms this key finding from the recent Mission Australia Youth Survey.

Am I over-parenting?

Dr Judith Locke, acclaimed psychologist and author of “The Bonsai Child” was the third presenter in our “All about Girls” Welcome Nights.  Judith takes a refreshing and challenging look at 21st Century parenting. She strips away all the “reach for the stars fluff” that we are constantly exposed to through social media and unpacks some of the reasons why she believed we are “over-parenting”.

As both a parent and teacher, I attended with an open mind and below share my top 7 reflections:

As parents, we need to “step-back in order for our children to step-up”.
Create a technology free afternoon at home every weekend.

High Achievers College Assembly 2018

Taken from a presentation by senior teacher Peter Kadar at the recent High Achievers College Assembly.

I would like to speak about the notion of achievement.

Please imagine that it is 1965.

A young school student has just started Year 11. A year later the student repeats Year 11.
In 1967 that student finally commences Year 12 and the following year he repeats Year 12.

Now fast forward eight years to 1975. That student, now an adult, older and perhaps a little wiser stands nervously in front of his first class, as a teacher.