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www.mn.catholic.org.au Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle
Walka Grange Lifestyle Village
Waterworks Road, Rutherford
PO Box 12 Maitland, NSW. 2320
Phone: 4932 1901 Fax: 4932 1929
Walka Grange will be a master-planned retirement village in the Hunter
Valley, offering residents privacy and seclusion in a fully-maintained over
55's community environment.
Walka Granges' design enhances the magnificent natural environment. Set
on eight hectares with open spaces, tree-lined streets and delightful vistas
of Walka Water Works and the Maitland region.
A rural, tranquil ambience surrounds the estate.
In such a beautiful, natural and pituresque village, it will be easy for our
residents to forget just how close to the city they are.
Expressions of interest
are now being taken
Call now on 4932 1901
I also recommended
w Determining strengths and
weaknesses across subjects
w Breaking subjects down into
smaller, manageable chunks/
w Getting support from teachers --
asking for feedback, and,
w Asking when you don't know
how to do something.
Within study sessions
w Set goals
easy subjects, but be careful
not to avoid the hard ones
w Do it, don't think about doing it
w Reward yourself for starting and
seeing a session through (eg
short activity, friends, food)
w Study in 40-50 minute sessions
with 5-10 minute breaks as
opposed to large blocks
w Repetition, repetition, repetition
of material and study habits
w Reduce distractions such as
themobile phone, Facebook or
other social media sites
w Study with like-minded peers
or a tutor
w Practise remembering
w Time yourself on tasks
w Practise tests
w Plan time away from study!
As examinations approach
w Talk with your parents about
your study needs, acknowledge
the family's needs and finding
w Talk with your parents/guardian
often about how you're doing.
Expect them to ask you as well
because they care!
We worked on some of these ideas in
session as well as setting practice and
As I recall, Mark's parents had
encouraged him to cut back on part-time
work. Initially, he was reluctant, but after
the first couple of assessment tasks
in Term 1, he saw reason. In its place
he had more time to rest, study and
socialise with friends. I thought this was a
We had a couple of sessions to refine
his study and set up a routine. He made
good progress with study and with this,
the feeling of being overwhelmed eased.
Having a clear plan of attack and taking it
step by step seemed to be the key gains
from the counselling.
For all students I emphasise following
dreams and goals, but also realising that
the HSC is not the end of the world, nor
is it the only focus of an adolescent's
life. Finally, there is more than one way to
reach a career or vocational destination
beyond school. I often encourage
adolescents to talk to Universities, TAFE,
careers advisors, mentors, employers,
parents, uncles and aunts and so on.
Having a sense of purpose or direction
and knowledge of different pathways
makes the journey so much easier.
Hopefully, this recollection of my
conversation with Mark will assist you in
your final preparations for the HSC. Good
luck and enjoy!
Photo courtesy of Melissa Histon.
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