From the Head of Junior High

Year 7 Camp 

It was my pleasure to attend the Year 7 Camp last week. As its name suggests the ‘Year 7 Fun and Friendship Camp’ provides an opportunity for students to get to know each other in a fun and friendly environment. This is particularly important as we focus on creating cohesion between those students who have continued at the College from Year 6 and those students we welcomed in to our community this year.

From a teacher’s point of view, a camp such as this is an incredible opportunity to lay the foundations of strong relationships with students. Even after twenty-five years of attending school camps, I am still amazed by how much a teacher can learn about the young people in their care in just a few days at camp. It provides the perfect opportunity to observe their level of social confidence, independence, resilience, problem-solving and team work. It was a great week and I commend the ‘Class of 2023’ (scary isn’t it!) for their enthusiasm and participation.

Junior High Leaders

This year, Junior High will once again have leadership positions for students in Year 9. The standard of applications has been extremely impressive and those who were shortlisted for the position of Captain presented speeches to the Junior High students and staff at Assembly on Tuesday. We are in the process of shortlisting those students who have applied for Student Representative positions and they will be notified in coming days, with interviews to occur next week. We hope to be able to finalise the process and announce our new leaders in Week 5. An installation ceremony will occur as part of our Junior High Assembly in Week 7, and students will take up their positions of responsibility as our 2018 Junior High Leaders.

Leadership Speeches

Candidates who were shortlisted for the position of the 2018 Junior High Captains presented speeches on assembly. Well done Nanditha, Rachel, Sophie, Ella, Leopoldo, Josiah, Oscar, Jackson.

Information Evenings

Thank you to all the parents who have attended our Junior High Year Level Information Evenings over the last two weeks. I hope these evenings have provided you with the opportunity to fully understand the support networks we have available to you as your child progresses through Junior High. Information presented on each evening has been placed on Firefly > Resources / Secondary Indooroopilly / Year Level Pages / Junior High Parent Information – Years 7, 8 or 9. We recommend that, if you were unable to attend on the night, you read through the information provided and connect with your child’s Form Class teacher or Year Level Coordinator.   

Anticipation Gives Way to Reality

As we move through Week 3 the level of energy, driven by the anticipation of all that the new year has on offer, quickly gives way to the reality of homework and routines.

Adjusting to the increased workload each year can be difficult. The amount of homework issued and time required for study and assignment preparation varies throughout the term and from subject to subject. If you feel your child is doing ‘too much’ or ‘too little’ homework and needs some support in managing their time and routine, please:

  • Spend some time with your child to look at how they are using their study/ homework time to see if there are any obvious issues of distraction, time wasting, trouble getting started etc. 
  • Encourage your child to seek out their Subject teacher or Form teacher during a lunch time to discuss how they are travelling. 
  • If the concern is related to the amount of homework being given in a specific subject, making contact with the subject teacher is essential. Contact can be made via email, telephone, personal appointment or through the student diary. In cases where homework has been unable to be completed a quick note in your child’s diary will suffice. 

Study Techniques

Study is different to homework. It usually involves students revising and learning material covered in class that will need to be recalled at a later time – usually during an exam. If your child finds it difficult to know ‘how’ to best approach studying, I recommend a visit to the following website After completing a brief questionnaire, students can discover which is their preferred learning style.  Printable ‘SWOT – Study Without Tears’ sheets are available and great study techniques are listed, which you can encourage your child to use.

Award Ceremonies

Next Tuesday 13 February, we will hold our Junior High Academic Excellence & Ironbark Awards Ceremony. The event will be held in the Performing Arts Centre Auditorium and will run from 8:15am until approximately 9:45am.

Academic Excellence Awards recognise academic excellence across all academic subjects studied during the previous year. Academic Excellence Awards acknowledge individual academic performance within the academic subjects studied by the student. There are two categories for awards – Gold and Silver. The Proxime Accessit and Dux are awarded to the student within each cohort who achieves the second highest and highest overall GPA. Enquiries about GPAs should be directed to Mrs Rachael Turnbull, Head of 7-12 Curriculum – Students. Parents and Guardians of award recipients were sent their invitation via email earlier this week.  

Year 7 Camp Lost Property

We still have some lost property from Year 7 camp. Parents are welcome to come to Junior High Reception to look through these items or alternatively call Mrs Alison Arnold on 3377 6503. Items have also been on display for students to see. Any unclaimed items will be disposed of at the end of February.

Trish Allen, Head of Junior High