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Week 4,
Term Two, 2016

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Examination time tables have been emailed to all Year Levels and I urge parents to familiarise themselves with these examination dates. In Week 6, Term Two Examinations will begin for Senior School.


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The specific dates are as follows:

  • Years 7 and 8 exams commence on Thursday 19 May and conclude on Tuesday 24 May.
  • Years 9 and 10 exams commence on Thursday 19 May and conclude on Wednesday 25 May.
  • Year 11 OP and IB exams commence on Thursday 19 May and conclude on Wednesday 1 June.
  • Year 12 IB exams commence on Wednesday 18 May and Year 12 OP exams commence on Thursday 19 May.

Below are some inspirational quotes about the process of studying for examinations:

  1. “Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted.”David Bly. For starters, you have to have at least worked hard to excel. You cannot expect to ace an exam without putting in any effort at all.
  2. “Success is a function of persistence, doggedness and the willingness to work hard for 20 minutes to make sense of something that most people would give up on after 30 seconds.”Malcom Gladwell. Sometimes you look at a complex problem during revision and during exams and give up instantly. You’re surprised by your classmate’s ability to comprehend the complicated theory. You then resign yourself to statements like, “He’s smarter than me”. But you need to stop coming up with excuses. If you’re willing to put in more effort to understand something, you too will excel. Nobody can look at something new for a short while and expect to understand it immediately and thoroughly. Persistence is the key to success!
  3. “Fall 7 times, stand up 8.” – Japanese Proverb. Not everyone has a flawless academic record and experiencing setbacks is okay. Sometimes we get so haunted by one failure, which usually happens to be trivial, that we get too terrified to even try again. But as this proverb suggests, even if you fail seven times, you stand up on the eighth.
  4. “Forget all the reasons it won’t work and believe the one reason that it will.” – Anonymous. Your perspective means everything and by changing your thought process, you can change your world. So stop coming up with 100 reasons why you won’t do well. Instead, believe that your hard work will be rewarded.
  5. “Either you run the day or it ruins you.” – Jim Rohn. We have all been victims of a bad day. Like when your computer crashed, you were drenched by unexpected rain and you ended up being late for your test. You have two options upon plopping down at your exam desk. You can channel all your energy into being angry and give up on the test you had studied so hard for. Or you can take control of your emotions and shove those negative feelings aside to focus on your test.
  6. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt. The problem with most people is that they doubt themselves. How can you be so sure that you can’t do this and can’t do that if you haven’t even tried? When you believe in yourself, you’re achieving the first step of success, to try.
  7. “We become what we think about.” – Earl Nightingale. What you think consciously will affect your subconscious mind, which in turn affects your actions. An optimistic student will fight until the last second whereas a pessimistic student will give up easily.
  8. “Don’t wait. The time will never be right.” – Napoleon Hill. Does this sentence, “I will start studying properly soon, on Monday, after I play this game,” sound familiar? You’re simply just making excuses for yourself. Your test will still happen in a month’s time, so playing that game can always wait.
  9. “People often say motivation doesn’t last. Well neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar. Motivate yourself to be motivated. It will benefit you tremendously in the lead up to the exams. Surround yourself with positive and hard-working people as they will remind you to keep the right attitude.

Finally, I would like to wish all students success in this exam period. Remember that it is important to measure success not by comparing yourself with others but by looking at how much you have improved and just how close you have come to realizing your potential.

I would like to wish you all the very best for this examination period. Remember that good fortune comes to those who strive and first do the groundwork.

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