Academic Matters and Assistance during Assessment

Mr Andrew Hawkins – Head of Secondary School

Teachers are constantly reminding senior students regularly that in order to achieve strong academic results, whatever grade your son is in he should do a minimum of that many hours work per week outside of the classroom. That means that our Year 12s are required to do a minimum of 12 hours per week extra work – be it set classroom work, assignment writing, or reading to improve their reading stamina.

Week 4, 5 and 6 of each Term brings time challenges for students to overcome in order to maintain their work schedule out of the classroom. In the last few weeks we have had regular GPS Football and Tennis fixtures, Cross Country lead-up meets, disruptions to timetabled classes with the Photo Day/Learning Analytics, The House Drama Festival, Public Holidays and Anzac Services, and of course, the Year 12 Formal last Saturday night.

It only takes one or two functions, as well as co-curricular participation and the boys can quickly begin to feel overwhelmed with their study workload, as well as becoming very fatigued.

As well as maintaining a nutritious well-rounded diet, regular exercise, and consistent sleep patterns, TSS senior students can communicate with their classroom teacher if they require extra assistance leading in the busy assessment schedule. As well as seeking assistance from their Teachers, the boys can take advantage of Study Gym that occurs on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons in the Library or The P & F funded tutoring in N4 and N 5 – no need to book just turn up 6:30pm – 8:30pm Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings. Both of which are free of charge.

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