Secondary School


Term 3 Week 8

Saying goodbye to the QCS 
On Tuesday and Wednesday this week our Year 12 students completed the Queensland Core Skills test (QCS) which in fact was the last ever Core Skills test to be completed. Many readers of our newsletter will have participated in the OP system and would have themselves taken the QCS. 

The Year 12 group this year, and like many before them had spent many hours in preparation for the two days of testing. At Canterbury we devote one lesson each week in Year 12 to working on the skills required by our students to give them the best opportunity to succeed in these exams. 

The two days this week were quite exhausting for the students, and I am sure that they are glad to have completed them. There was a round of applause when the final examination session finished to mark the end of the 2019 Core Skills test.

Within the new QCE system, which awards ATARS, not OPs to Year 12 students, our current Year 11 students will be the first group to be assessed.

Exam block next week
An exam timetable was released to students via Canvas last week, as next week students in Years 7 -12 will be participating in their end of term exams. 

Although this process is quite familiar to senior Secondary School students, it is still quite new to Years 7- 9 who would have experienced an exam block for the first time last term.

Years 7-10 next week will have examination sessions and allocated times to work on assignments. Our Year 8 students will also be taking part in a NAPLAN online School Readiness Test which is not to measure student performance, but rather tests the College’s  technology capabilities for running NAPLAN online in the future.

Students are encouraged to thoroughly prepare for each of their exams by completing any revision tasks that their teachers have set, and by also studying the content and skills learned throughout the term.

New House Colours 
At the Secondary School assembly last week the two new House colours were decided live on stage.

Kime (named after Karen Kime, who was the first indigenous woman ordained as a Deacon in the Anglican Church) will be orange and Goldsworthy (named after Kay Goldsworthy, who was the first female Archbishop in the Anglican Church/Episcopal Church/Church of England anywhere in the world) will be purple.

Channel Seven Weather broadcast from Canterbury
Last week, Tony Auden from Channel 7 Weather visited Canterbury to talk to the Year 5 students about weather events, how he uses technology to predict the weather and how we should prepare for storms and floods.  It was an engaging presentation, with Tony answering the many questions that our students had on the topics. Footage from the visit was aired on the Channel 7 News weather report that evening. We hope to get Tony back in the future to present to more of our students.

R U OK day
Next Thursday is R U OK day. This campaign was created to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with the people around them and start a conversation with anyone who may be struggling with life.

It is important to remember that you do not need to be an expert to reach out, you just need to be a good friend and a great listener.

To mark the occasion there will be an R U OK Assembly for Years 7-10. Students are also invited to wear a splash of yellow in support of the day, such as a yellow hair ribbon, a yellow pair of socks or even a yellow wrist band.

James Jenkins
Director of Learning and Innovation Years 7-12