From the Senior School

Getting ready for Exams

Mr Blake Fatouros | Director of Teaching, Learning and Innovation

As we continue to head towards the end of the school year, the various examination blocks for Years 8 to 12 will soon be upon us. Examinations for students in Years 8 to 11 can be an effective tool for students to understand their knowledge base; a reflection of their dedication, and hard work across the year, as well as identify areas for improvement in the new year. For our Year 12s, Mock Exams are a great diagnostic tool to identify any gaps in knowledge and assist in your preparation for the final external assessment.

To help you navigate this important phase effectively, we’ve put together some valuable tips and strategies for preparing for the upcoming exams.

  1. Start Early: The Power of a Study Schedule

Procrastination can be your worst enemy during exam season. The key to success is starting early. Create a study schedule that outlines what topics you need to cover and when. Allocate specific time slots for each subject and stick to your schedule. Starting early allows you to cover the material thoroughly and reduces last-minute stress.

  1. Understand Your Learning Style

Everyone has a unique learning style. Some students are visual learners and benefit from diagrams and charts, while others are auditory learners who grasp concepts better through discussion or listening. Understanding your learning style will help you tailor your study techniques. Experiment with different methods to discover what works best for you.

  1. Summarise and Organise Your Notes

Effective note-taking is crucial. Review your class notes and textbooks and create concise summaries or outlines of key concepts. Use colour coding or highlighters to emphasize important information. Organising your notes in a structured manner makes it easier to revise and retrieve information during your exams.

  1. Practice, Practice, Practice

The more you practice, the more confident you’ll become. Solve past exam papers, sample questions, and additional exercises related to your subjects. This not only helps you understand the format of the exam but also reinforces your understanding of the content and assists with your ability to recall information. Don’t forget to time yourself to simulate exam conditions.

  1. Seek Help When Needed

If you’re struggling with a particular topic, don’t hesitate to ask for help. Reach out to your teachers, pastoral care tutor or classmates. Clarifying doubts early can prevent confusion and ensure a solid understanding of the subject matter.

  1. Stay Healthy and Maintain a Balanced Lifestyle

A healthy body and mind are essential for peak performance. Make sure to get enough sleep, eat nutritious meals, and stay hydrated. Regular exercise can also help reduce stress and improve concentration. Remember, taking breaks during your study sessions is crucial. Short, frequent breaks are more effective than long, infrequent ones.

  1. Minimise Distractions

Create a quiet, organised study environment that is free from distractions. Turn off your phone or use apps that block distracting websites during study hours. A focused study session of 2 hours can be more productive than a distracted one of 4 hours.

  1. Practice Mindfulness and Stress Management

Exam stress is natural, but it can be managed. Practice mindfulness techniques, such as meditation and deep breathing exercises, to stay calm and focused. Remember, a positive attitude and self-belief can go a long way in boosting your confidence.

  1. Review and Revise Regularly

Don’t leave all your revision for the last minute. Regularly review the material you’ve covered to reinforce your memory. Use flashcards, self-quizzes, or group study sessions to consolidate your knowledge.

Success in exams is not just about intelligence; it’s about smart and consistent preparation. These tips and strategies can assist you to be well-prepared to tackle your exams with confidence. Remember, it’s not about being perfect; it’s about giving your best effort.

We wish you all the best in your upcoming exams. You’ve got this!


Embracing the Spirit of Giving: A Journey in Community Service

Mr Richard Dobrenov | Deputy Principal and Head of Senior School

Throughout the year, the College has continued to serve the Warwick community through the commitment of our students. Led by School Prefects Hamish Swift and Mitch Twidale, the Community Service Team have joined hands to embody the true spirit of giving back through an array of community service initiatives.

From organising food drives for the Warwick Community Caravan and the Lighthouse Program to 25 students volunteering for Riding for the Disabled in Terms 2  and 3, assisting at the Uniting Church Fetes, and honouring the brave men and women of our Armed Forces at memorial services, the College has become a beacon of compassion and empathy. These endeavours not only exemplify the power of collective action but also nurture the values of empathy and social responsibility in our students.

Our next endeavour will be the Ponytail project where a member of staff and several Year 12 girls bravely chop off their ponytails both raise money for cancer sufferers but also to make wigs from their donated hair for those bravely battling through the effects of chemotherapy. As we reflect on our journey this year, we are reminded that even the smallest acts of kindness can create ripples of change that extend far beyond our immediate surroundings, fostering a stronger, more connected community for all.