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StevenB_low resHead of Middle School – Mr Steven Bennett

Rising above Disappointment
Heads of Independent Co-educational Schools (HICES) Mathematics Tournament
Annual Speech Night
Years 7-9 Academic Reports
Middle School Assembly:  Academic and Sports Awards
Year 9 2014 Mathematics Classes
Welcome to Senior College Letter
Key Dates for next year for Year 9 students (Year 10, 2014)
2014 Middle School Curriculum Books, Textbooks and Equipment Lists
Unwanted Middle School Books
Middle School Uniform
Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award Recipients
Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award for Students who are 14 years of Age

Rising above Disappointment

Whether it is missing out on a prize at Speech Night, not going on Exchange or not making a sporting team, life has many disappointments. As much as we'd like to spare our children from missing out, we can't and in many ways that is a good thing.

When children learn at an early age that they have the tools to get over a disappointing situation, they will be able to rely on those skills throughout childhood and even as adults, says Robert Brooks, PhD, co-author of Raising Resilient Children. If you bend over backwards to shield them from disappointment, you are keeping them from developing some important skills. If you help a child learn to ask for realistic support, lean on others, communicate well, and stay optimistic, you are assisting them to handle whatever life throws at them.

Learning how to cope with disappointment is part of growing into a responsible young adult. Failure can also motivate children to practise harder, study longer or attempt a different approach. Children can learn more about problem solving through failure. Through trying and failing, then trying again and succeeding, our children learn about patience, perseverance and justified pride in their accomplishments.

Your child may feel like it is the end of the world. Help them see the light at the end of the tunnel. Some children will say that this one experience has ruined their life and they will often look to you, their parents, to contradict that belief.  Remind your children that while this disappointment hurts, there will be many other successes in their lives.

As a society, we are focused on success.  We can become so focused on the final outcome that we miss the important role our effort plays.  Research has suggested that children who are praised for their effort and hard work are more likely to try harder to solve difficult problems than those who are praised simply for getting the answers correct. 

So, praise how hard your children work, how much they studied, or how frequently they practised. Help your child see what they have learned from that hard work, even if the final outcome wasn’t exactly what they wanted.

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Heads of Independent Co-educational Schools (HICES) Mathematics Tournament

Recently, Maggie Dorey, Tanya Boag, Jemma Smith and Nic Baines combined to form the Central Coast Grammar School (CCGS) Mathematics team for the HICES Mathematics Tournament at William Clarke College, Kellyville. The team consisted of two students each from Year 7 and Year 8. The day involved competitive and non-competitive challenges. The day was a huge success for our students. Overall they came 6th out of 22 schools. This is a great effort.

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Annual Speech Night

The Annual Speech Night will be held in the RLC on Wednesday 11th December commencing at 5:30pm. It is compulsory for Year 9 students to attend this function. All prize recipients will be notified the week prior to Speech Night.

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Years 7-9 Academic Reports

The Middle School Academic School Reports will be posted home Wednesday 4th December 2013. There may be aspects of your child’s report you would like to discuss with your child’s teacher/s before the summer vacation. You can either place a note in your child’s diary or telephone the teacher directly.

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Middle School Assembly: Academic and Sports Awards

At the Middle School Assembly on Wednesday 4th December the Academic Growth Awards for students in Years 7 and 9 will be presented as result of the 2013 NAPLAN Assessment Program. Various competition certificates and the numerous 2013 Sport Champions Awards will also be presented to students at the assembly.

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Year 9 2014 Mathematics Classes

In Year 9 and 10 (Stage 5) there are three levels of Mathematics. These include 5.3, 5.2 and 5.1. Students have been placed in a Year 9 Mathematics course based on their achievements in Year 8. A letter has been included in your child’s Academic Report outlining their Mathematics placement in 2014.

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Welcome to Senior College Letter

Year 9 2013 students will receive a Welcome Letter to Senior College with their end of year Academic Reports.

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Key Dates for Next Year for Year 9 students (Year 10 2014)

It seems like a long way off but the beginning of the year is packed with events and information evenings that can take us by surprise if we are not prepared. There is a comprehensive list of key dates for Year 10 2014 in the Download section of the School Portal, Please avail yourself of this information in preparing for next year. The team at the Senior College looks forward to meeting you!

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2014 Middle School Curriculum Books, Textbooks and Equipment Lists

Curriculum Books, Booklists/Exercise Books and equipment lists for Years 7-9 2014 are available at the following link:

http://portal.ccgs.nsw.edu.au/Community/Downloads.aspx

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Unwanted Middle School Books

If students have any unwanted Middle School books, I would appreciate if they can be brought to the Middle School Office. Occasionally, students lose books or new students commence the school during the year. Families always appreciate if they are able to borrow books for a limited period.

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Middle School Uniform

I am requesting any unwanted pieces of Middle School Uniform, not being used, be sent into the Middle School Office. We lend various pieces of clothing to the students for short periods of time when they forget, lose or damage their uniform in some way.

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Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award Recipients

Congratulations to Toby Dickinson and Sophie Totonjian (Year 9) who recently completed their Bronze Award. We are waiting for final approval by the New South Wales State Office. These students will receive their Bronze Medallions at a future Middle School Assembly.

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Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award for Students who are 14 Years of Age

Last week I spoke to Year 8 students about the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. This is an optional program for students with a minimum age of 14 years. The Award is a self-development program which is non-competitive and encourages young people to set and achieve goals at a level appropriate to their needs.

There are four sections that must be completed for a young person to qualify for an Award: Volunteering, Skills, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey. These activities provide an opportunity for students to acquire and develop skills and build initiative and self-esteem which will help them become more confident and contributing members of the community.

To learn more about the award and to register go to www.dukeofed.com.au. For further information about the Bronze Award please contact myself or Anita Parsons in the Middle School. Should you require information about the Silver or Gold Awards please contact John Horsley in Senior College.

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