Middle School Report

October 27, 2020

by Mr Michael Busscher, Director of the Middle School 

This week has seen the boys do our traditional Roll Call photos. Despite the change of date we still attracted winter like weather but I would like to personally thank the boys for bearing the experience and completing the task in a timely and orderly manner.

Next week, following the Melbourne Cup Long-Weekend (4/11 – 6/11) the Year 9 students will attend their three Challenge Days which replaces their Grampians Experience. These experiences will encourage all of our boys to develop an appreciation and respect for the natural environment, promote team work and resilience and continue to develop their leadership skills. The boys will be involved in a rotating program moving between a hike in the Mt Buninyong region, a great race day around Ballarat itself and a Victoria Park experience.

PAM notifications have been distributed to all families last week and can I please ask that all requirements be attended to as soon as possible. This helps our Challenge Day activities run as smoothly as possible. We are all very excited to get the chance of doing something significant as a cohort and early weather forecasts are looking favourable.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Year 9 Coordinators; Mr Sam Cue, Mr Shane Hayes or myself.

The Year 9 Examination period starting Monday November 30 until Friday December 4, will be the final day in Year 9 for your son. This day will conclude with our Middle School Awards Ceremony starting at 2.10pm and concluding at 3.25pm. Unfortunately, at this point in time, parents are not able to be invited to the Middle School Awards Ceremony and we will have to conduct it with the boys remaining in their Pastoral Care Groups.

The 2020 Final Middle School Examination Timetable will be available in the next Crest

 To continue my theme of final Examination preparation can I suggest the following:

Firstly, boys’, YOU must accept full responsibility for the preparation YOU must complete towards YOUR final Examinations. This preparation must begin in full earnest immediately. YOU must commit yourself to an increased level of effort and undivided dedication in every attempt to, not only improve upon YOUR Semester One results but also set a clear goal of achieving YOUR personal best. This can be achieved when you:

•Complete all set homework nightly.

•Synthesise class notes and complete any extension questions.

•Never waste time whilst in class or at home completing tasks.

•Keep up to date with all class work by setting completion deadlines for these activities.

•Follow your teacher’s directions explicitly and personally see your teachers for extra assistance regularly.


KNOWLEDGE is POWER and therefore Middle School SUCCESS is very POWERFUL!

Please click on the following link for more suggestions on helping you study for exams. Exam Help Study Habits

As always, I hope that all of our boys achieve the success they are busily working towards throughout this last term in the Middle School.

Mr Michael Busscher

Director of Middle School