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by Heads of Learning (Years 7-9 & 10-12) - Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 2:24 PM

We have reached a pivotal time of the academic year when young people need to navigate their way around examinations. This can cause much anxiety for some students, who can become fixated on perfection and attainment of certain grades. They may panic at not having completed sufficient work over the Semester or be ill prepared with a home study timetable. Others, on the other hand, approach this time of the year with a sense of calm purpose, organisation and the knowledge that they have tried their best all year and have put revision strategies in place well in advance, so are well placed to sit the examination.
The concept of examinations, particularly Unit 3 & 4 exams, as life-defining events can be very real for students who have spent 13 years of schooling leading to this single moment in time. At least that is how many see it. We need to help young people take a realistic view of examinations and remind them that they should avoid focusing all their hopes on one examination result. As generations of young people have found, life after completion of secondary education does not always take the path they imagined and in fact many varied pathways are available to them in order for them to reach their goals. Parents also need to keep dialogue open with adolescents  at this time, discuss varied options and be flexible about potential future pathways for our young people. We have a number of structures at the College to support students in preparation for their exams so we ask that families and students contact their House Leader or Pastoral Leader if they feel they would like to access that support.