This week we celebrated the last of our 2020 student academic achievements at our Academic Awards assembly. A total of 76 students across Years 5 to 12 were formally recognised for their Semester 2 achievements. Primary students received Academic Merit and Academic Excellence medallions and our Secondary girls received either half or full colours. For the first time we also formally recognised students who showed significant academic growth from Semester 1 to Semester 2. These awards are appropriate recognition of student achievements and are the culmination of an academic analysis process. The academic achievements of all our students from Year 4 to 12 are periodically tracked in a variety of ways. Our teaching staff dedicate professional development time each term to analysing each student’s overall and subject specific achievements and improvements. This analysis then forms the basis to better know your daughter’s academic profile. I have previously outlined the process we use each term for student academic goal setting. This is where girls analyse their own achievements and use this information to set S.M.A.R.T. academic goals for the term ahead. At the commencement of Senior School (Year 10) each student is allocated an academic mentor from a member of the executive of the school. Mrs Johnston and I are currently individually interviewing each Year 10 girl to determine and document her post school aspirations and goals. We then assist the girls with unravelling what can be a complex myriad of pathways to their future. At Girls Grammar, we strongly believe in knowing each girl and providing her with the ability to self-analyse and self-manage her academic growth.
Dr John Fry
Deputy Principal - Studies