Kinross year 12 students prepare for HSC exams with study camp

STUDY TIME: Year 12 students Fran Casti from Sydney and Chloe Wilson from Grenfell returned to Kinross Wolaroi School for a study camp. Photo: TANYA MARSCHKE
STUDY TIME: Year 12 students Fran Casti from Sydney and Chloe Wilson from Grenfell returned to Kinross Wolaroi School for a study camp. Photo: TANYA MARSCHKE

Boarders from Kinross Wolaroi School have travelled back to the school this week to take part in a three day study camp.

The students have returned to classrooms to prepare for the Higher School Certificate (HSC) exams, which start on Monday.

Kinross Wolaroi School year 12 coordinator Emma Bylsma said of the 125 year 12 students at the school, 85 were attending the three day camp and 75 of those students were boarders.

Mrs Bylsma said the study camp gives students a chance to come to school and access staff resources and other resources such as individual tuition, silent study sessions and group study sessions and collaboration.

She said it was also important because there were so many boarding students who have to readjust and settle into a boarding environment.

“It’s getting them into the regular study sessions before the HSC,” Mrs Bylsma said.

As well as being set in a study based environment, students were also given folders with study goals and personalised study timetables as well as areas they need to focus on.

“It’s all very organised,” Mrs Bylsma said.

“It’s the whole idea of collaboration as well, collaboration is really important as well.”

Fran Casti from Sydney, Chloe Wilson from Grenfell, Sam Eberle from Stockinbingal near Young and Ross Alston from Lake Cargelligo were among the participants.

Kinross Wolaroi School year 12 boarding students Sam Eberle and Ross Alston studied chemistry during the study camp on Thursday afternoon. Photo: TANYA MARSCHKE

Kinross Wolaroi School year 12 boarding students Sam Eberle and Ross Alston studied chemistry during the study camp on Thursday afternoon. Photo: TANYA MARSCHKE

“We are able to get back into the environment and get everything set up in the boarding house,” Fran said.

Each of the students said the study camp gave them an ideal distraction free environment for them to study and to cover any areas that they were worried about ahead of exams.

“I’ve got a farm, it was all right [but] I have little brothers and they were a bit distracting at times but I got a lot done,” Chloe said.

“It’s a lot better definitely than being at home, there’s always chores everywhere,” Ross said.

English teacher Angela Malone tutored students and helped Chloe and Fran prepare for the Advance English exam next Monday and Tuesday.

“It’s wonderful they can also form study groups and collaborate their study before their exams and be in a wonderful supportive environment,” Ms Malone said.

“I’ve been really impressed by their maturity and conduct and support for each other working as a year group.”