Academic Achievement in Term Two

Welcome to Term Two!  I hope all families enjoyed the blessings of Easter and that the boys also had the opportunity to have a decent break.

Term Two is very much a ‘meat and potatoes’ period of time: the hurly burly of the start of the year with its assemblies, carnivals and other activities is behind us.  Ahead lies eleven weeks of study, examinations for all boys and a full academic report at the end of the semester.

For our Year 12 boys, Term Two is obviously a critically important time with numerous SACs, SATs and the General Achievement Test on the horizon.

Whilst it is not, perhaps, as immediately apparent, this term is also a critical one for boys in Years 9, 10 and 11. Semester One academic performance plays a pivotal role in determining if boys will be promoted to the next level and, if so, in terms of shaping subject selections for 2018.

In this context, boys in Years 9, 10 and 11 are reminded that promotion to the next year level will be challenged if boys receive overall scores of less than 50 in two or more subjects.  Further, there are a set of minimum standards that boys must meet if they wish to access certain subjects.  These details are clearly set out in our 2018 Subject Selection Prerequisites Policy which appears on Salesian Live (please go to Salesian Live and then hit the Learning and Subject Selection tabs, or click HERE.)

It is important to note, too, that whilst we have an appeals process, this will be more stringently applied for the 2018 Subject Selection process than has been the case in previous years. I wish to stress that appeals will only be granted if a boy narrowly misses a prerequisite mark, or has truly compelling extenuation circumstances.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all boys every success for the important term ahead.  As outlined above, it is imperative that all boys are working diligently and systematically towards achieving their academic goals.

Mr Neil Carter
Deputy Principal