High school 11/2/22: Positive Habits, Routines and Attitudes

I’d like to welcome all our families and students back to the start of the 2022 school year. We look forward to another positive year of growth with quality learning outcomes for our students. A special congratulations to our 2021 HSC students on completing their HSC. They were required to exercise skills in endurance, resilience and staying focused for an extended period of time. We look forward to seeing how they progress in the next stage of life.

Starting the year well for students requires them to make positive habits so that they can get the most out of this year. As parents we can help them by setting up positive routines, such as getting enough sleep, exercising, eating well, and being prepared for the day ahead.

Below are some other things that you can do as parents to assist your child/ren at school.

  • Attend the Meet the Teacher Evenings.  These nights are an opportunity for you to meet your child’s teachers and provide any information that will be helpful to the teacher and find out what your child is studying for the year. This year we are using a new booking system – Edval.  You should have received a code and instructions on how to book your appointments.
    The meetings will be conducted online using MSTEAM. Year 7, 10 and 12 cohorts are on Wednesday 16th February and Year 8, 9 & 11 cohorts are on Monday 21st February.

  • All students should have received the ‘Medication Authority Form’ this week. Please complete the form and have your child return it to their PC teacher as soon as possible. This information allows us to provide the best medical care possible for your child/ren.

  • Your child/ren has many support people that you or your child/ren can seek assistance from when help is required. We welcome the new Dean of Students, Mr Phil Kaye and look forward to seeing him serving our junior students. Pastoral Care teachers are a valuable connection for your child/ren and then for serious concerns the Year Advisers are there to support and direct.

In 2022, the Year Advisers for each cohort are as follows:

Year 7

Mr Cartwright (Year Adviser)

Mrs Morris (Assistant Year Adviser)

Year 8

Mr Gabin (Year Adviser)

Miss Leech (Assistant Year Adviser)

Year 9

Mrs Ioannidis (Year Adviser)

Mr Hypatidis (Assistant Year Adviser)

Year 10

Mrs Russell (Year Adviser)

Mr Miller (Year Adviser)

Year 11

Mrs Chow (Year Adviser)

Mr Liu (Assistant Year Adviser)

Year 12

Mrs Rawson (Year Adviser)

Mr Robinson (Year Adviser)

  • Ensure you can access Edumate and the School App and check both weekly. The School App provides quick access to excursions, latest information and providing absence explanations. Edumate provides all the information that the School App does but provides further details on welfare issues and assessment task notifications.

  • Attendance at school. Students should not miss days from schools as this can impact a child’s learning. During this COVID time, if your child has to remain home due to being a close contact, our Covid students can access their lessons via Google Classroom.  The lessons will provide clear instructions and work to be completed.

  • If a student is well enough to work at home, they must use MS TEAMs to contact their PC teacher at the start of the day (8:40am). If students log onto MS Teams in the morning and meet the participation requirements, they will be marked as flexible timetable. If they don’t log on to MS TEAMs, students will be marked as absent, and you will be required to provide a reason for their absence.


I hope you find this information helpful in building positive habits. In the next newsletter article, I will discuss conversations we can have with our child/ren and the comments they make about themselves which can be reframed so that they can grow by having a positive attitude towards life and learning.


Anthony Hudson

For I know the plans I have for you” —this is the Lord’s declaration— “plans for your well-being, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29-11.