From the Senior School


24 July, 2020


Welcome back to Term 3

Welcome back to Term 3. I hope that all families have had a restful winter break and are looking forward to a wonderful term of learning.  Please refer to the Return to School – Stage 3 FAQ document as it has a lot of important information with regards to school adjustments in Term 3.  With winter well and truly upon us, we ask all parents to follow the protocols and not send any child to school who is unwell, especially with any cold and flu-like symptoms.  Please ensure your son/daughter has a COVID-19 test if they display any cold or flu-like symptoms and stay at home until they no longer display symptoms.  We thank you for your assistance and co-operation on this matter.

Kate Croft
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School


Winter Sport

In the last week of Term 2, all students in Years 7-12 attended a winter sports meeting and received information regarding winter sport.  All students are expected to participate in the modified Term 3 program.  If any student who wishes to change their sport option or discuss the requirements, can I ask that you speak directly to the Sports Co-ordinator, Mr Rob Jeffery as soon as possible.

Kate Croft
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School


Penquite Change Rooms are now open

A reminder that all students on the Penquite Campus may use the change rooms to get changed for HPE and for sports practice.  There is no need to wear sports uniform to school unless otherwise indicated for a special program.

Kate Croft
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School


TCE Information Evening & Subject Selection Process for 2021

On Wednesday, 29 July there will be a Subject Choice Webinar, for 2020 Years 10 and 11 students and parents, commencing at 7.00pm. This will also include a Live Q & A for parents and students. On Thursday, 30 July we are offering Subject Choice Information Conferences with Heads of Departments for parents and students via MS Teams at the following times:

6.00pm – 6.15pm – English (Sharon Beattie)
6.20pm – 6.35pm – HPE (Paul McKendrick)
6.40pm – 6.55pm – VAPA (Stephen King)
7.00pm – 7.15pm – D & T (Lauren Knight)
7.00pm – 7.15pm – Ed Outdoors (Mark Munnings)
7.20pm – 7.35pm – Science (Anna Waites)
7.40pm – 7.55pm – Maths (Anna Waites)
8.00pm – 8.15pm – LOTE (Leigh Cordell)
8.20pm – 8.35pm – Humanities (Sarah Lillywhite)

Parents will be emailed a link to each of these events on Monday 27 July.  Please refer back to the communication sent via email.

Kate Croft
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School


Tuesday 28 July TCE – Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

On Tuesday 28 July TCE Virtual Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences will take place from 4.00pm until 7.00pm.

Parents may book a MS Teams meeting, phone call or request an email from teachers. To book a Microsoft Teams meeting(s) CLICK HERE.  To request a telephone call or an email, please register your request HERE, ensuring that you provide a reliable email address and your best contact number.  Please also note that staff will contact you when time permits and this may mean communicating with you on a day close to Tuesday 28 July.  Bookings close on Monday 27 July at 12.00pm.

Kate Croft
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School


Year 9 investigate statistics


Year 9 Advanced Maths students were asked ‘Which article uses longer words – a magazine, tabloid or broadsheet newspaper, a textbook or a novel?’   Using statistical measures of centre (mean, mode, median) and measures of spread (range, interquartile range) students compared excerpts of approximately 300 words from two different articles. Each student analysed their two excerpts and then posted their calculated statistical measures onto a collaborative page on MS Teams, so all students had access to a variety of data to answer the question.

Using graphs like ogives and box and whisker plots students were able to see their original calculations in a visual format to use for comparison. Each student determined their own order from shortest to longest word length and justified their choice.

Margaret Hughes

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