ANZAC Day Public Holiday & Term 2 Start

Anzac Day Public Holiday

Rockdale Coaching College will be observing the ANZAC Day Public Holiday. No classes will be held today. All classes will return for Term 2 on Tuesday the 26th April.

Please note there have been changes made to the class timetable for Term 2.

There are time changes for most of the high school mathematic classes. Please see the new schedule here.
There is only one class change in the English schedule. Year 7/8 English classes will now be held on Thursdays at 5pm to 6pm.

Year 12 students who wish to use the centre for study, please contact Rob or Jennyfer. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

What homework and study should kids be doing in the holidays?


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Should kids be doing any extra homework and study during the school holidays? The quick and fast answer is ‘generally not’. The focus here is on the ‘extra’ part. There shouldn’t be anything more than what is assigned and what is due. However, we know there are many parents out there who don’t want to lose that momentum of what has been gained in the term just past. What homework should we look at?

Holiday homework for primary school students

  • Have fun!
  • Make sure you keep up your usual reading routines. Ideally primary school students should be reading a minimum (20) twenty minutes a night.
  • Complete any projects that are coming up. Finish off any homework you have – school and tutoring. You should be spending about an hour a week – max!
  • Play mental games and keep it fun. Have a look at the suggestions below.

Mental games & challenges

  • Perfect for long or short drives anywhere, test them on their mental maths. Ask them their timestables. Ask them number problems.
  • Get them involved in the shopping. Ask them about price differences, multiple purchases, discounts etc. Get them thinking about maths in everyday usage.
  • Do word finds and crosswords together
  • Play board games like Scrabble and Scattegories to keep that vocabulary building engaged
  • If your kids enjoy playing on the PC or tablet, get them involved in Mathletics or games like those found on Top Marks.

Holiday homework for Year 7-11

  • Chill out. Relax while you still can.
  • Make sure you get ahead of any assignments that are due. Get the research done.
  • Finish your homework! If you get this done early on in your holidays, you can rest assured you won’t be trying to squeeze everything the Sunday night before school returns.

Holiday homework for Year 12

  • Catch up! This is your chance to catch up on your study notes. You should be up-to-date with the syllabus “dot points” by the end of the holidays for each subject.
  • Write those draft essays!
  • Finish reading and watching your upcoming prescribed and supplementary texts for English.
  • Get all subject homework done early.
  • Either get a head start on assessments – especially those that require planning and research. Finish as many of your assessments before the last weekend of the holiday. You want to be able to get everything done and enjoy some last few days off.

The holidays are a good time to relax and reset for the new term. Take that breather but don’t lose that steam! Have a great break, everyone! Rob & Jen

End of Term 1, 2016

End of School Term 1 | Rockdale Coaching College Today marks the end of the first term for 2016. Classes will return for Term 2 on Tuesday, 26 April. Note – classes will not be returning on the Monday as we will be observing the ANZAC day holiday. Year 12 students who wish to study at the centre during the holidays, please contact Robert or Jenny.

Why has Year 10 become so critical again?

Year 10 Subject Selections

Once the School Certificate was banished and less students chose to leave school, year 10 lost its mark as a critical schooling year. Seeing the rise of heated conversations, meetings and information evenings for students and parents, year 10 has once again been recognised as quite the educational turning point for many students.

The change that may be needed for study habits

Up until year 10, some students relied heavily on their natural ability to achieve academic success. Yet upon arriving on this year, it’s these same students that begin to feel pressure. They start to realise that those high marks no longer come as easily as they had before. Instead, they find their top ranks superseded by students that have long-persisted and worked hard over time; now catching up or even overtaking them. Will you adapt or will you maintain your junior year study? With over 25 years experience of watching year 10 students grow, I can tell you the type of student you are in year 10 sets the pattern that will you follow all the way through to the HSC.

Senior Subject selections

One of the most important decisions a year 10 student needs to make is selecting the subjects they will sit for their Preliminary and HSC years. More often than I’d like to acknowledge, I’ve seen students that have performed well in their junior years at high school, only to lose interest and pick easier subjects in their senior years, which ends up restricting their ATAR.

Tips for Year 10 Subject Selection

Consider a minimum of 2U Advanced English and 2U Advanced Mathematics

I strongly recommend that anyone wishing to attend university consider these subjects. As these are higher-level subjects, Year 10 students will be required to demonstrate their competency in these subjects to their school that year. By doing so, you are not pressured into selecting easier levels of English and Mathematics, which can restrict your subject offerings.

Choose the subjects you’re good at

The remainder of your subjects should be chosen according to your individual interests and abilities. It does not matter whether they ‘scale’ highly or not. If it is one of your stronger subjects, choose it. You will perform well and thus, rank well.

Try those harder subjects in Year 11

It’s important to remember that you can always try a harder-level subject and then drop down to an easier one later. Generally speaking, schools will not allow you to start on a lower-level subject and then move up to a higher-level subject.

Take your time and choose wisely

Take the time to draft it and plan alternatives and options. What happens if your favoured subject is not offered at your school? Don’t hand in your selection forms without sharing your ideas with another peer, a parent or your tutor. What you choose now affects the last two years of your high school education: your HSC years.

Until next time, Rob.

Feel free to speak to us if you want us to look over your subject choices!