Congratulations to our Year 12 students

We are thrilled to share final results from Year 12 class of 2016.

• 18.5% of students in top 1% nationally
• 48.2% of students in top 5% nationally


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Monthly Archives: November 2015

Remembrance Day

IMG_4851On Remembrance Day, students and staff paused to reflect on the sacrifices of others. A moving ceremony was held on the steps of the Arts Centre for all to gather and share a minute’s silence.






What Remembrance Day means to me

This week’s edition of Behind the News featured a fabulous report from one of our students, Lily, who travelled to Turkey for the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings. It’s a touching reflection.

Primary Maths Challenge success continues


Each and every year I am amazed at the wonderful work created by our students for the Primary Maths Challenge. This year is no exception!

All of the students who entered this year should feel extremely proud of their fabulous investigations, whether they were awarded Certificates of Participation, were Highly Commended or were State Winners.

On Friday 16 October our Highly Commended and State winning students were presented with their awards at the Fogolar Furlan Function Centre.

pmc-educatorsOn Friday 20 November we will be presenting all certificates and trophies at the Junior School Assembly, which will be run by our Year 2 class. I would ask that all certificates and trophies be brought into my room (MB 209) by Wednesday 18 November.

Here is a taste of the work that was entered:

Devika was looking at Maths in Medicine and one area of medicine she investigated was Obstetrics. Devika attended an ultrasound of a baby and looked at the various measurements that were being taken. She then made some calculations about the predicted weight for this baby and compared the predictions with the actual weight at birth.

“The EFW of the baby was 3269g. The birth weight was 3790g. If the baby, by the stage it was at, was expected to grow 200g each week and there were roughly 3 weeks in between the ultrasound and labour then the baby should have grown by an estimate of 600g. That means that there should be an estimate of 600g difference between the two weights. If we look at the weights 3790g and 3269g is there 600g difference? The answer was close – 521g! So the baby grew roughly the estimated amount for its age.”

In a few weeks time, all of the entries from this year’s competition will be returned. I am looking forward to having all of the entries on display in the Learning Strategies room for a few weeks prior to the end of the year.

Please feel free to come and view this amazing work. It may inspire you to enter next year!

Congratulations once again to all of our amazing entrants – I can’t wait to see what you all come up with in 2016!

Mrs Catherine Kelly
R-6 Learning Strategies

See Bond return in ‘Spectre’ with the Old Scholars

You’re invited to an exclusive movie experience!

The Old Scholars’ Association movie afternoon will feature the highly anticipated release of ‘Spectre’. The plot for the latest James Bond movie sees 007 on a quest to uncover a sinister organisation while M (Ralph Fiennes) battles political forces trying to shut down the British Secret Service.

Tickets are $25 per person, and includes champagne on arrival and chocolates.

3pm for 3:30pm start
Saturday 14 November 2015
The Regal Theatre, Kensington

For tickets, visit

Study tips for Year 12 students in final exams

Year 12 exams commence today, with IB exams beginning on Tuesday. We wish all students the very best as they take their final exams for 2015.

The next few weeks can be very stressful, so it’s important to remember to take time to relax and enjoy some ‘down time’ with friends and family. School Counsellor Katherine Hunt recently put a few study tips together for students.

Here are three lifestyle factors to help overcome exam-related anxiety. Although we all know the importance of these activities, our perennial inability to prioritise them warrants some attention.

Sleep – It is recommended that adolescents get between eight and nine hours of sleep every night. Insufficient sleep will cut short the REM period, which is the best part of sleep for learning – it’s when we process information.

Nutrition – The old saying, ‘you are what you eat’, has a lot of truth to it. Eating a balance of good foods will help you to function at your full potential and maintain a healthy weight. Breakfast should always been eaten and try not to snack on sugary, junk foods. Limit your intake of caffeine and remember to drink water throughout the day to stay hydrated and reduce headaches.

Exercise – ‘Stress’ chemicals like cortisol are reduced through exercise while ‘happy’ chemicals like endorphins, dopamine and serotonin are released into the brain with physical exercise. It is recommended that adolescents get outside for 30 mins a day during swot vac to aid in the reduction of stress and anxiety.

Good luck to all the Year 12s and we look forward to finding out the final results of your hard work and dedication that you’ve displayed during your school career!