Senior School News: Looking Ahead to Term III

June 20, 2024  
Mr Nick Hackett - Head of Senior School



The Year 9 2025 Parent Information Evening is scheduled to take place on the evening of the first day of Term III, Tuesday 23 July, commencing at 5.30pm. In Stage 5, students will continue to learn subjects such as English, Maths and Science but will have the option to select two elective courses that align with their passions and interests. The event will take place in the IGC and Year 8 students, and parents/carers are warmly encouraged to attend. During the evening, there will be a brief presentation by our Head of Academics, Mr Chris Breheny, which will be followed by an opportunity to talk to a number of our teaching staff, representing each of the Stage 5 elective subjects on offer. A ‘Stage 5 Subject Selection Guide’ containing details of the elective courses on offer will be emailed to Year 8 families before the event and a paper copy will be provided to all families in attendance. Should you have any questions ahead of the evening, please contact Mr Breheny, or speak with Ms Rowe, Dean of Year 8.


Changes to Student Leadership and Seniority

At the start of next term, students in Year 10 and 11 will be invited to submit their applications for formal Student Leadership positions. In 2025, the majority of positions will be undertaken by Year 11 and Year 12 students (with the exception of our three senior Student Leadership positions which will remain open to six Year 12s only). This will provide new opportunities for appropriately-gifted Year 11 students to serve the School and support Year 12 students who are seeking to balance the demands of leadership with maintaining their commitment to their HSC studies in their final year of school.


This week, Dr Greenhalgh wrote to Year 9 families to confirm that, from Term I 2025, Year 10 will commence wearing the senior (red) uniform, formally marking their progression into their senior years in the School.



ICAS is an annual online academic competition that gives students the opportunity to challenge their higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills. It is open to students from Years 2 to 12. Students who participate in an ICAS assessment are provided with a printed certificate and an online results report. Top performers are eligible for one of the highly coveted ICAS medals. Further information about ICAS assessments can be found here: icasassessments.com/products-icas/

Illawarra Grammar Senior School will be supporting English, Mathematics and Science ICAS assessments in 2024. These assessments will be held during Term III:

If you wish for your child to participate, please:

  1. Read the ICAS Privacy Collection Statement which outlines how your child’s data will be kept secure: https://janison.com/privacy-policy
  2. Go to the Parent Portal to sign up to chosen subject areas here: icasassessments.com/pages/pps
  3. Enter our school’s access code –URQ971
  4. Enter your child’s details, select the subject areas your child would like to participate in, then proceed to payment.

Each assessments costs $19.95. After payment is made, you will receive an order confirmation email; please keep this for your records. Registrations close Monday 29 July 2024.

All assessments will be conducted online at School. We will notify you of the specific date(s) that we will run ICAS assessments in due course. Once completed, your child’s ICAS certificates will be delivered to School and we will recognise their success, usually during our weekly Assembly. The back of the certificate will show details of your child’s ICAS results and the login details required to access the ICAS Results Portal https://orti.icasassessments.com/ortiSchool.



Congratulations to all the students who have made use of the Library on Saturdays. Our final Saturday session for Term II will be 22 June, with the Library resuming Saturday hours from 27 July.





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