This week we have had our Year 11 Parent-Student-Teacher Evening, during which I presented some important reminders about how the ATAR is calculated, and the importance of Year 11 in the journey towards the HSC. Attached is a copy of the PowerPoint I used on Tuesday evening.

Our Year 12s are now well and truly on that journey, with the Trial HSC coming up in Week 3 of Term 3. During the upcoming school holidays, our Year 12s and their dedicated teachers will meet together at School for the annual Year 12 Study Conference, coordinated this year by Head of Year 12, Mr David O’Donohue, and Head of Curriculum 7-12, Mr Mark Harrington. The focus of the conference is academic study, but some bonding activities are included at the conclusion of each day, and a visit to Macquarie University will give the students some insight into university life.

The very comprehensive Sydney Morning Herald’s Year 12 HSC Study Guide is worth a close read; recommended by NESA in this week’s ‘NESA News’: 

Another related academic date on the horizon is the Year 10 Subject Selection Evening held on Tuesday 25 July. Mr Harrington, who will be covering my leave of absence in Term 3, will write to parents about this in due course.

May I take this opportunity to wish students, staff and all Hills Grammar families a well-deserved winter break!

Geoff Gates | Director of Academic Programs Pre K to 12