At a glance: What is in this newsletter today:
- Important Notice regarding School Fees and Reports
- Study tips for exams
- Parent Teacher Interview – 10 September
- Cakes Sale Day
- Dates to remember
- Hilton Arts Festival
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING OVERDUE SCHOOL FEES AND REPORTS
No High School Mark Reports and No Junior School Report Back Reports will be given to parents whose accounts are overdue. These will be held back until accounts are brought up to date.
10 Study Tips for exams
1. Pick a Place and a Time
Everyone has their own idea about the best place and time to study. If it’s in your bedroom at night, or at the dining room table, find a study space and a regular study time that works for you and stick with it.
Set Up Your Study Space – Your study space should be quiet, comfortable and distraction-free. It should make you feel happy and inspired. Decorate it with your favourite pictures or objects. If you want to listen to music or burn incense, pick a space that lets you do that.
Find Your Best Time – Some people work better in the morning. Others work better at night. Work out which time suits you and plan to study then. Don’t study much later than your usual bedtime – pushing yourself late at night can make you too tired to study properly.
2. Study Every Day
If you study a little bit every day you’ll be continually reviewing things in your mind. This helps you understand things. It also helps you avoid the stress of last-minute cramming. An hour or two a night might be enough to stay on top of things. Closer to the day your write your exam, you might need to study more.
If you’re finding it hard to find time to study, cut back on some (but not all!) of your other activities. Prioritising study might mean spending less time online, or it might mean cutting back on TV time, or giving weekend sport a miss for a while.
3. Plan Your Time
It helps to have some plans in motion so you can make the most of your study time.
Set Alarms – Set alarms to remind you about your study plans. A regular reminder keeps you honest and your plans on track.
Use a Wall Planner – Stick a calendar or wall planner up so you can see it whenever you’re studying. Mark it up with important dates, like exams and assignment due dates. Use it to block out your regular study timetable too.
Make To-Do Lists – Lists break tasks down into manageable chunks. At the start of the week, make a list of the things that you need to have done by the end of the week. Make a to-do list at the start of each study session too, so that you’re clear about what you need to be doing with your time.
Set Time Limits – Before you start your study session, have a look at your to-do list and give yourself a set time to spend on each task. If you don’t get something done in the set time, consider whether it’s the best use of your time to keep going with it, or to start working on something else.
4. Discover Your Learning Style
Auditory learners learn by listening. If you’re an auditory learner you could try reading your notes aloud and discussing them with other people. You might like to record key points and play them back.
Visual learners learn by seeing. If you’re a visual learner you could use colours in your notes and draw diagrams to help represent key points. You could try to remember some ideas as images.
Tactile/kinaesthetic learners learn by and touching doing. If you’re a tactile/kinesthetic learner you could use methods like role-playing or building models to revise key points.
5. Review and Revise
At least once a week you should go back over the things you’ve studied in class. Thinking things over can help you to understand the concepts and help you remember when you need them the most.
Quiz Yourself – Get a friend or family member to quiz you on key concepts. Offer to help your friends with their work too. Quizzes are great ways to get confident about what you know and find out what you still need to learn.
Make your Own Study Materials – Think up some practice exam questions or create your own flash cards to help you study. This way you learn it all twice: once when you make the study materials and once when you use them to revise.
6. Take Breaks
It’s important to take breaks while you’re studying, especially if you’re feeling tired or frustrated. Working too long on a task can actually decrease your performance.
When you take a break, make sure you get away from your desk or study space. A bit of physical activity – even just a walk around the block – can sometimes help you to look at a problem in a different way and could even help you to solve it.
7. Ask for Help
If you’re stuck on something, or something just doesn’t seem to make sense, you can always ask for help. Talk to your teachers about the things you don’t understand. Talk to your friends and fellow students too.
8. Stay Motivated
When you’re studying it helps to keep in mind your reasons for doing all this hard work. It can help to have something in your study space to remind you of your goals. You could also decorate your study space with inspirational quotes or photos of people you admire and family members you want to make proud of you.
9. App it Up
There are heaps of apps out there for helping students with all aspects of study. Have a chat with your friends and teachers to see which apps they recommend.
10. Look After Yourself
You’ll study better if you take care of yourself. Make sure you eat well and get enough sleep and physical exercise. Don’t reward yourself with too many sugary or fatty snacks or push yourself to study late into the night. It’s also a good idea to make sure you drink lots of water when you’re studying.
Parent Teacher Interviews
The booking appointment sheets will be up from Wednesday 2 September for the parent/teacher interviews on the 10 September from 2:30pm.
BUT IF YOU PREFER
We are inviting all parents to make an appointment at school for a round table discussion with staff and parents, if they would like to discuss their child. This is a great opportunity to speak to each other so everyone is on the same page regarding your child’s education. If you would like to make an appointment, please phone Tracey and we can schedule an 30min meeting. They are less noisy and very time effective.
Cake Sale Friday- Please send your child to school with money
This Friday is the Maths and Business Study Group’s turn to supply cakes for the cake sale. They have decided what they will be bringing. Please discuss this with your child and support our fund raising drive. The goodies will be sold at first break.
We have a competition running: the group that makes the most money will get pizza to share on Monday 21 September.
Cake Sale dates:
Grade 8-11 Maths and Business Studies Classes – 4 September, this is a class project were the learners will be learning about profit, loss and working out expenses.
Junior Primary – 11 September
Grades Money Collected
Grades 8 – R360.00
Grades 9.a – R580.00
Grades 9.1 – R353.00
Grades 10 – R560.00
Grades 11 & 12 – R310.00
TERM 3 DATES TO REMEMBER
Parent/Teacher Meeting: Thursday 10th September from 2:30pm
Term 3 Tests: Monday 14th September to Friday 18th September
Public Holiday Compulsory School Day: Thursday 24th September (Compulsory School Day) 8:am to 12pm
Break Up Day: Friday 25th September at 10am (Reports to be emailed unless printed copies are requested)
Hilton Arts Festival
We will be going to the Hilton Arts Festival on Thursday the 17th September. We will be leaving school at 8:15 and will be back at 11:00. Learners my leave when they return back to school.
If you could assist with transport please could you let us know.
If learners have the Capulum College golf shirts please could they wear these, or they will need a royal blue golf shirt (these can be purchased from Pep or Mr Price or Asmal’s) with a pair of jeans or a knee length skirt or knee length shorts. They will not be permitted to go to the arts festival if they are wearing clothing that is not appropriate.
No Make-up. Long hair neatly tied up. No high heeled shoes. No revealing clothing. No short shorts.