Middle School Report – March 3, 2016

March 2, 2016

With the term now more than half way completed, I thought it would be an opportune time to address the study habits of our Middle School students. Many parents have approached me recently for advice for their sons to improve their study habits. Whilst homework is an expected aspect of school life, often the difference between -‘set homework’ and -‘study’ is not always abundantly clear. I have complied a list of 10 -‘hints’ for Middle School students as they find which method of study is effective for them. Hopefully they can be of some assistance for our boys as they undertake their upcoming assessments!

1. Select a consistent place to study

Some people need total quiet while others can study well with music in the background (try classical music). The key is to find a comfortable place and study there regularly, such as the kitchen table, a desk, a favorite chair, bed, etc. Make sure it has adequate lighting and keep all your study supplies in reach.

2. Don’t wait until the last minute

Study a little every night instead of cramming late the night before the test. A good night’s sleep helps. Bleary eyes and a tired body do not. Your chances of retaining content is also minimal!

3. Reserve an hour for homework each night regardless

It is important even if you do not have set homework that you make time to revise subject notes and content from that day’s lessons to reinforce your knowledge.

4. Dedicate a space for every class in your organisation

In supermarkets and stores such as Officeworks, there are boxes and boxes of binders, folders and organizational tools. For every class, dedicate a binder, folder or notebook. There should be a place for class notes, handouts and homework assignments. Some of the larger binders can accommodate all classes. It is really a matter of personal choice; just keep papers separated by class.

5. Stay organized throughout the year

Most students have many binders and folders, but they do not use them. Many stuff every single paper from school into one binder. Half of their papers become misplaced or lost. Do not use the -shove” method when papers are returned, i.e. shove everything in one binder. Place them in the correct folder. If you are using a three-ring binder to keep papers organized, take the time to open the metal prongs and place them securely in it. If someone helps you organize your papers, take the time to continue putting everything in its place.

6. Make study cards

On the front of a note card write the word or idea. On the back, write the definition or important information. Have a friend or parent ask you about the word and/or provide a definition. You can access an App from the App store called Flashcards which can be used on the iPad.

7. Make your own study guide

One great way to study is to make a list of the important information from a chapter and write it in your own words. Copy down any words that are written in bold or in italics. Look at chapter headings, section headings and review sections at the end of a chapter for other important information to add to your study guide. Merge this information with class notes.

8. Talk about assignments with friends

Discussing assignments with friends is another great way to study. This is very helpful when studying for novel tests. Friendly discussions about books help deepen understanding. Working collaboratively can only be a good thing!

9. If you are struggling, ask for help!

Start by talking to the teacher. You may also wish to employ the services of a tutor for subject areas which require particular attention. One to one guidance can be extremely beneficial.

10. Make academics a focus in your life

Studying takes time and effort. Get organized, ask for help and put forth effort aimed at improving your study habits now.

The lessons taught in middle school are building blocks for Senior School and beyond. Starting good study habits now will help you later in life. It does take more effort to study and to become organized; however, academic success will make you feel good about yourself and your parents smile.

Adapted from: from http://www.studytips.org/

The Queesncliff camps are now finally upon us. Please see below a message from Year 9 Coordinator Mrs Ashleigh Giampaolo.

I hope that the students have a great time on camp!

Kindest regards,

Mr Ross Wise

Director of Middle School

Queenscliff Camp:

During week 7 and Week 8 of Term 1 the Year 9 students will be attending what is the first of their many experiential learning activities for the year, in conjunction with the Rite Journey Program. Each camp will be held over three days (two nights). During the camp, the boys will participate in a number of challenging experiences including surfing, snorkeling and canoeing at the YMCA Camp Wyuna in Queenscliff. All activities will be conducted by YMCA Camp Wyuna staff and assisted by St Patrick’s College staff.

The dates for the camps are as follows:



Pastoral Care Teacher

Camp 1

Monday, March 7 to Wednesday, March 9


Nathan Geaghan


Andrew Agardy


Sam Cue

Camp 2

Wednesday, March 9 to Friday, March 11


Emmanuel Desfosses


Stephanie Parsons

Camp 3

Tuesday, March 15 to Thursday, March 17


Shane Hayes


Caroline Pruscino

Camp 4

Wednesday, March 16 to Friday, March 18


Chris Giampaolo


Michael Weadon

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me at the College.

Kind regards,

Mr Ashleigh Giampaolo