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Yr 9 Parent Learning Group . T erm 2 27 th May 2014. Areas for Today. Mid Course Examinations Preparation, Study and Review Creating Awesome Science, PDHPE and Social Science focus Technology Safe and the Cyber Arena Project Based Learning. Mid Course Examinations.

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Yr 9 parent learning group

Yr 9 Parent Learning Group

Term 2

27th May 2014

Areas for today

Areas for Today

  • Mid Course Examinations

  • Preparation, Study and Review

  • Creating Awesome

  • Science, PDHPE and Social Science focus

  • Technology Safe and the Cyber Arena

  • Project Based Learning

Mid course examinations

Mid Course Examinations

  • Begin Monday 2nd June

  • Timetable issued to all students by email and is on website

  • Exams held in Hall supervised by class teachers

  • 40 min Hist, Geog, Commerce, PASS, Music

  • 80 min English, Maths, Science,

  • Blackout period week 26 – 30 May

Preparation and support

Preparation and Support

Study and revision need to be a constant journey!

Stay Up to Date


Revise and Review

Assessment Calendar on Website


Help Your Children Learn – MHS Website

School Moodle- Practice Papers, Review Sheets

Discuss Notifications with Class Teachers

Refine, Update, Re-invent

Constant ongoing review

Constant, Ongoing Review

Success in assignments

Success in Assignments

Some key skills to develop

  • Defining the requirements of the assignment

  • Locating and selecting appropriate information from a variety of sources

  • Analysing and interpreting information

  • Planning and organising a task – building a framework, use a scaffold

  • Presenting work in an interesting and well constructed manner

  • Celebrating and Reviewing – look at the accomplishment after a job well done.

An approach that works

  • READ

  • On the day you receive the assignment, just READ it

An Approach That Works !


  • Then HIGHLIGHT all the key words and instructions


  • Re-read the highlighted words then DEFINE IN YOUR OWN WORDS


  • Break down the large tasks into smaller more manageable CHUNKS

  • PLAN

  • Create your PLAN OF ATTACK. Allocate blocks of time to complete each chunk of work in a planner


  • Now you understand WHAT you need to do and you have a clear PLAN to get your work completed by the due date.

Creating awesome

Creating Awesome

  • The Yr Advisors Ms Cocking and Mr Donaldson have been working hard on fostering a “Year Identity”

  • Regular Emails – keeping them up to date encouraging teamwork and cooperation

  • Study groups,

  • Support person – be accountable

  • Yr Activities – pizza challenge, Karaoke Competition, Random Acts of Kindness Wk 8

  • Becoming More Awesome

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-gQLqv9f4o



Don’t just wait – go out and seek!

  • School Camp – Urban Challenge “ Problem Solving Odyssey” ; Oct 22nd -24th Notes and Information on Website (Recent Notes)

  • Leadership Passport

  • Website – Student Leadership; Careers Advisory

  • SRC

Technology safe

Technology Safe!

  • What are they on?

  • When are they on?

  • How much do we know?

  • How can we help?


Yr 9 parent learning group

  • Privacy Settings – check on them as they change and need updating

  • It is all Public – Billions have access

  • Friends of Friends – approximately 250,000

  • Friends – those you have met in person and keep contact with on a regular basis (it is not a competition)

Yr 9 parent learning group


- 17+

- Messaging Service

- Anyone can look you up!

- Know how to “block” and “ignore”

  • Tumblr

  • Anonymus

  • - Social Media

  • - Posts, Images, Messages

Yr 9 parent learning group


- All about “pictures”

- Can add captions, text

- Settings on Private


- Picture Messaging “Hyped Up”

- Thing their Messages are Deleted!


- Lots of ways pictures can be copied, saved, resurrected!

Things to watch out for

Things to Watch Out For!

  • Quick screen closures

  • Promote technology in Shared Space

  • Can we talk in private (Go Private)

  • It is illegal for an adult to even make contact with a person under the age of 16

  • Watch for grooming – common questions (personal)

Emphasise responsible use


  • Digital Footprint / Profile follows us

  • Illegal transmission of inappropriate images

  • Once it is deleted, it isn’t deleted

  • Block, shut out, defriend

  • Think before you post

  • Police Liaison

  • Login