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Year 7 2013 - Academic Bulletin Term 3 Week 2 Dear Parents and Carers of Year 7 Boys, Welcome back for Term 3. I hope you were able to have some down time with your sons over the school holiday break and the boys managed to recharge their batteries for another busy term. The boys have settled into the new term very quickly. It was noticeable to Anthony and me that they now feel very comfortable at Joeys and are going about their daily activities with the confidence which comes from having been here for 6 months.

Study Effort Awards Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of helping Mr Tarlinton present Study Effort Awards to boys in Year 7. These boys had received 4 or more nominations from their teachers indicating great effort in classwork and study over Term 2. Congratulations to those boys who received awards: Anthony Barakat, William Burton, Joseph Dalton, Charles Davis, Aaron Han, Matthew Kocx, Nicholas Lees, Angus McDonald, Wilson McKelvey, Gabriel McLachlan, William Pogonoski, Thomas Ryan, Xavier Ryan, John Salvaris, Matteo Schettini, Gus Webster and Justin Wiridharma. Well done boys! I was also delighted to find that 97 (60%) Year 7 boys received at least one study effort nomination from a teacher. This is a very positive outcome and indicates a pleasing effort on the part of many boys. I would challenge all boys to aim to achieve one of these awards over their time at Joeys.

Report Reflection It is important that after receiving their Semester 1 Report, the boys take some time to reflect on their report and think about areas that were pleasing and areas which can be improved. To this end we have talked about these issues in recent form meetings. In particular, I have asked the boys to think about the actions they will take in order to make improvements over Terms 3 and 4. The boys have completed an online survey for me and you may like to ask your sons about their goals and proposed actions for the next semester.

Term 3 Assessment Calendar I have included the Term 3 Assessment Calendar with this email and the boys also have a copy. I spent some time today reminding the boys about the difference between homework and assessment tasks and this is summarized below. The key point is that report marks are determined by results in assessment tasks. So while continuing to make a good effort with their regular homework, boys need to ensure they make their best efforts with their assessment tasks and that all parts of a task are completed.

Colo Merit Awards Congratulations to the following boys who achieved Colo Merit Awards for their great effort at Colo at the end of last term: Hunter Goodrick, Tom Hewson, Lewis Kennedy, Harrison Lind, Tom Morrell, Oliver O’Kane, Joe Rainnie, Ben Tate and Carl Urm.

Kids of Dreams Please read the information below from Ms Emma Fielding and Ms Judy Gillespie about our wonderful annual publication Kids of Dreams. Your sons will be encouraged by their English teachers to be involved and you may like to ask about their entries. Every year Joeys puts together an anthology of the best student prose, poetry and artwork. The magazine is entitled ‘Kids of Dreams’ and gives the boys an opportunity to see their work published and acknowledged in a special way. All boys are encouraged to enter their work for inclusion and judging, with prizes awarded in the three categories across three age levels – Junior (Years 7 and 8), Intermediate (Years 9 and 10) and Senior (Years 11 and 12). In November, there is a special presentation night at which our guest judge speaks to the boys and presents their awards. Previous judges have included authors including Anthony Hill and Mark Pesce, journalist Paul Sheehan and film-maker Adam Elliot. This year’s judge is writer JC Burke, who was our Joeys Writer-in-Residence in 2012. To encourage and assist the boys with their writing, informal workshops are held every Wednesday after school in the library. We warmly welcome any boy who would like to come along and develop their ideas and writing.

TAS Display and Books & Blokes Breakfast Please see invitations for the annual TAS display and this term’s Books & Blokes Breakfast which are attached to this email. The TAS display showcases some the wonderful work done by senior boys across a number of subjects and is always well worth a look. As many of you know already, the Books & Blokes Breakfasts are entertaining events and this term, one of Black Caviar’s part-owners will be speaking.

Help Needed! The librarians are desperately looking for helpers to cover some newly purchased books. The target week is next week – Week 3 but a day has not yet been set. Tuition and morning tea will be provided! If you are possibly able to help, please contact librarian Judy Gillespie at or on 9816 0854. Many hands make light work!

As always, if you have any concerns about your son’s school work please do not hesitate to contact me at

Donna Quinn Academic Coordinator

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