June 8, 2022

Senior School Update

Timothy Randell

Dear Families, Students and Community Members,

 

Well that’s a wrap! At the end of this week Semester 1 comes to an end and we begin Semester 2 from next Tuesday.

 

Students and teachers have spent the last 17 weeks getting back into the swing of ‘normal’ classes and our normal routines as a school community including assemblies, sports carnivals and special events. Overall, the students have settled back in well and have been engaging in all aspects of school life without any of the restrictions of the past couple of  years.

 

It has been a busy last few weeks for the Senior School as the semester came to a close, with the Year 12 students completing a large number of assessment tasks to round out their Unit 3 studies. The Year 10 and 11 students have been completing their end of semester exams over the last two weeks, providing them with the opportunity to get a feel for exams and how they differ from classroom assessment. This hopefully will let them be better prepared come the end of year exams that they will face in Year 12.

Year 10 and 11 Examinations

A reminder that Year 10 and 11 Examination marks (these will be included on semester reports) are not pass or fail. Students who have met all course requirements (most of our students) were only completing their first exams to experience the demands of revision, studying and to demonstrate their knowledge of a full semester of content in a timed situation.

Students will be receiving their reports at the end of term and I would encourage them to look through them and reflect on how they have started the year, including where they have gone well and where they need to continue to improve in Semester 2. They should use these reports as a guide to set themselves some goals for the second semester.

The Year 12 end of year examination timetable has been released on the VCAA website and I would again urge students studying a Year 12 subject to check this so that they can begin to plan out their study routines in preparation for the exams.

As we move into the second half of the year we also start to plan for next year. Students will be given information next week about subject selection for 2023. This is followed by students completing a preselection form before the end of the term which is then followed up with course counselling interviews in Week 2. Letters about the interview times will be sent out later this term. The interviews will be done via Google Meet with Year 11 students happening on Tuesday 19 July and Year 10 students happening on Friday 22 July.

We are in the middle of moving into the newly renovated Senior Centre and should be completely moved in by the end of term. This new space will allow a more centralised space for the Year 11 and 12 VCE and VCAL classes in particular.

 

The College is currently seeking a Chief Examination Supervisor to be responsible for the administration and management of the GAT and VCE exams at the College. Please contact the College on 9580 1184  if you are interested or would like further information.

We look forward to a positive Semester 2 and remain committed to supporting and working with our senior students through the rest of the year.

Timothy Randell

Acting Director of Senior School