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Principal’s News

10th September 2018

Dear O’Loughlin Community,

Assessments, assessments, assessments …

Have you heard your child exclaiming this word?

At this time of the term it is often heard, as students and teachers work on assignments, tests and projects. With Parent/Teacher interviews coming up (Wednesday, Week 9) all teachers need to report on how students are progressing. Therefore, it may be that students are inundated with work and may be feeling the pressure. Assessments are vital elements in our education, however, they should not cause undue stress, or stress that can’t be managed. We try to space out assessments and minimise as much as possible; however, if there is concern about undue stress from overloading of assessments, please contact the Year Level Coordinator or
Head of Faculty to discuss and work out strategies to overcome the challenges.

Our students in Year 9 and 10 are working through subject selections for next year and I have been very impressed with the mature and responsible approach that all have taken when approaching this important task. Our student numbers in the senior school continue to grow which means that we are able to offer a wider range of subjects and employ more specialist teachers. There are more exciting times ahead for our senior school.

As a parent of an O’Loughlin Year 12 student this year, I am even more aware that there is not long to go for our Year 12s. The last day of formal classes is Friday of Week 2, Term 4 – only FIVE weeks away! A study week is in Week 3 and then examinations start in Week 4. I have had the privilege of working with O’Loughlin Year 12s for many years and am once again so excited and keen to be side by side with them as we enter these last weeks. If you are also a Year 12 parent, keep your spirits up and keep that positive support going.

Our Swimming Carnival was a great success. The College Spirit was on show for the world to see and I felt so proud, again, to be a part of our community. Well done and thank you to all students, staff and families for your participation and energy on the day. And well done COLLINS for winning the House competition.

All the best.
Rhett Bowden