Middle School Report

November 9, 2020

by Mr Michael Busscher, Director of the Middle School 

Last week saw the Year 9 boys engaging in their Challenge Days activities which included a hike and BBQ at the top of Mt Buninyong, the Victoria Park Experience which included a 10km hike with a weighted backpack, an orienteering challenge, tent set up and Trangia cooking; and finally they undertook a great race throughout the streets of Ballarat. By the end of these three days everyone had been given an opportunity for all of our boys to develop an appreciation and respect for the natural environment, increase their understanding of team work and resilience and ultimately continued to develop their leadership skills. In light of restrictions COVID-19 has thrown at us in 2020, this proved to be a very successful experience and one where both staff and the students were able to bond more closely with each other in an experience which took them beyond the borders of the College gates.

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. All boys are expected to remain at school for the entire week. Unfortunately, at this point in time, parents are not able to be invited to the Middle School Awards Ceremony.

The 2020 Final Middle School Examination Timetable is available here: 2020 Year 9 Semester 2 Examination Shedule (1)

 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