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– Be Connected. –

A message from the Dean of Teaching and Learning 19 July

Understanding ATAR - Information Evening for Parents and Students in Years 10 and 11 

To complement the subject selection information evening held for Year 10 parents at the end of Term 2, we hosted a QTAC presentation last Monday for Years 10 and 11 parents and students about the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). This was a popular evening, which provided comprehensive information about ATAR calculations, inter-subject scaling and changes to tertiary entrance procedures that are part of the new QCE system in Queensland.

For parents who missed one or both of those evenings, the slides are available in the Subject Selection page of the Academic Life@Glennie Google site.

Subject Selection for Year 11 2020 (beginning Term 4 2019)

This week, Year 10 students attended a subject selection information talk and received their subject preferences form for Year 11 2020. The form was sent via email and outlines how the process will occur. 

Students and parents are encouraged to consider the information provided in the 2020 QCE Curriculum Guide and the slides used at the parent information evenings when making subject choices for 2020.

Students will also have the opportunity to attend Spectrum, our subject showcase run by the senior Academic Committee. Students can hear from others currently studying the subject. Students are welcome to speak to teachers about subjects they are considering as well. If you have any specific questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, Ms Sharon Currie, Mrs Belinda Paul or the relevant Heads of Department.

We look forward to working with you and your daughter as she decides on her pathway through the senior years.

The Learning Hub – Term 3 2018

‘Procedure Oriented’ not ‘Answer Oriented’ tutoring

In the context of a new SATE system, underpinned by syllabuses designed to develop in students 21st-century skills, the primary purpose of tutoring must be to help students help themselves: to assist or guide them to the point at which they become independent learners.

Tutoring is not teaching, nor is it just helping students with their homework or assessment task questions. Good, proper tutoring should help students become independent learners, acquire critical learning skills, and help them learn how to help themselves. 

To repurpose the old Chinese proverb – ‘help students solve a problem, and you allow them to complete their homework. Help students learn how to find the solutions on their own or together, and you help them to become lifelong independent learners’.

The Learning Hub operates in the Middle and Senior Years library before, during and after school and is run by teachers across a range of subject areas. It is a vibrant learning space which facilitates students getting together with other students and teachers to solve problems, answer questions, formulate questions of their own, discuss, explain, debate and brainstorm ideas and concepts. Students in Years 7 to 12 are encouraged to use the Learning Hub to work collaboratively, share skills and knowledge, and deepen their understanding of their coursework. Students can also use the Hub to develop effective study habits and writing skills. Specifically, students can attend sessions related to effective note taking, applying spaced learning techniques and using flash cards effectually.

Opening hours for the Learning Hub as well as the timetable of sessions are now available in the “Study and support” page of the AcademicLife@Glennie site. A copy of the timetable has also been circulated to each Tutor Group.

Ms Tonia Gloudemans
Dean of Teaching and Learning