Welcome to Year 8
In Year 8, it is expected that students will maintain, extend and develop many of the skills introduced during Year 7. In particular, much more will be expected of them with regard to how they organise and keep up with daily lessons, with the way they maintain and look after their property, and the way they behave both in class and towards their fellow pupils. By Year 8, students are expected to take a more mature and responsible approach to their studies.
The Year 8 academic program is designed along very similar lines to that of Year 7, enabling students to consolidate and extend their understanding and skills in each subject. However, students will begin studying a new Language Other Than English (LOTE) subject; they can choose either Chinese (Mandarin) or Indonesian in addition to French or German.
Homework should be completed every night of the week. Students should aim to complete at least 11/4
hours per night, in sessions of 15 to 20 minutes with a five minute break between sessions. On the weekend, students would be well advised to spend an average of about one-hour revising and reviewing their work. In the weeks leading up to the end-of-year examinations, these sessions should both be increased and extended a little in time.
Homework should be considered in two parts:
1. Work set by teachers
2. Student-directed revision
After completing the set homework, students should then choose something extra to make up the 11/4
hours to 11/2 hours of work. They could, for example, having completed 20 minutes of set maths work, then read a novel for 20 to 30 minutes, complete 15 to 20 minutes revision of LOTE (vocabulary and grammar) and 15 minutes revision of science work.
Each night, students should use their
Record Book to check-off completed work and record the extra work they do. They should also look ahead and check reminder notes for Music lessons, Physical Education classes (pack gear into the school bag the night before), project work due soon, etc. Parents are to check and sign Record Books once per week.
Development of Skills established in Year 7
Year 8 is a continuation of the transitional phase begun at the end of primary school. During this year, key areas are revisited to both enhance and refine the underlying skills required for success.
These key areas are contained within the Generic Skills program which promotes thinking and learning, organisation, teamwork and communication. As a further extension to this Generic Skills program, the boys are to undertake an Outdoor Learning Program. This will be for one week in Term 2 and the focus will be on extending the Generic Skills program through an Outdoor experience.
Parent Contact with the School
In addition to keeping in touch with the school via the student
Record Book, parents should contact either the Class Teacher or Form Teacher for specific or general information about school work and progress but the Head of Year is also always available to discuss issues. The school contact number is 9810 4321.
Mr J S Prior Mr P L Cutinelli
Head of Year 8 Head of Middle School