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Mercy in the age of STEM

As a teacher of languages I am drawn to not only the beauty of words but also to their possible origin and therefore original meaning. Read more...

Examination Season

It has been said that a little stress is in fact a good thing for performance. We are clearly hardwired to perform either a flight or a fight when certain chemicals course through our bloodstreams. Read more...

 

Men from Mars, women from Venus

As the saying goes, men may be from Mars and women may be from Venus, but then where exactly are teenage girls from? It's an interesting question, as I'm all sure that at some point in the raising of your daughter you may well have thought the same thing! Read more...

 

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From the Deputy Principal

Mercy Leaders 

Speaking to the members of the orchestra for this year’s musical production of ‘Annie’, I explained to them that they are indeed the leaders of the production.

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The Year of Mercy 

2016, the Year of Mercy – Ano de la Misericordia, as announced by Pope Francis, is a year devoted to the giving of service and compassion to people who are poor, rejected by society, sick, unable to access education, lonely, people without a voice and in need of help.

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PEDAGOGY at ST ALOYSIUS: WORKING TOWARDS A GREATER LEARNING EXPERIENCE FOR OUR STUDENTS

Just recently, whilst picking the piles of dirty clothes from off the laundry floor, I noticed a small pile of fine sand. This sand had travelled a fair distance to reach my laundry floor and its mode of transport was most likely the damp, beach towel that still carried a faint smell of seaside. 

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Learning & Teaching

Technology skills everyone should teach to adolescents

It is very common for those of us born well before the age of the Internet to feel intimidated by the technology savvy of young people. In 2001, author Marc Prensky came up with the terms “Digital Natives” and “Digital Immigrants”. By digital natives, he means those who speak the terminology of computers, video games and the internet.  

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Learning experiences do not only occur inside our classrooms

So many learning experiences do not occur inside our classrooms.  In some cases this is because it is not possible for them to occur within this space.  The connections that are made between the classroom & ‘real world’ are often the difference between students being able to simply recall facts compared with being able to analyse, apply and evaluate key ideas and concepts.

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Study Smarter

No one is born knowing how to study. It takes time and experience to know how to study well and the following guidelines about student study support were developed and present by Deakin University. These study skills have been developed specifically for high school students currently undertaking VCE, but they will also be useful in university and the workplace

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Supporting your daughter’s home-study programme

The following research was recently presented in an Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australia Newsletter.

An Australian study has found that parents who become too heavily involved in their child’s Homework can hinder that child’s development.

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