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Deputy Principal ELC - 12 Term 2 Week 6

08.06.17

Image: Year 1 students James and Harry along with their Art Teacher, Mrs Emily Kenny, proudly show Mrs Anna Mirasgentis their paintings now on display in the Primary Administration Building foyer.  

“The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution and that questions can have more than one answer.” 
Elliot W Eisner

On Tuesday evening, I had the pleasure of attending the Primary Arts Night which was filled with colour, creativity and music. It was a wonderful opportunity for the Primary School to come together and showcase the students’ many creative talents. Their artwork and music engaged their imagination and provided them with an opportunity to express their creative gifts. Art is one of the multiple languages available to children promoting the children's sense of freedom and cultural expression.  

Thank you to all the families who came along to support their sons and to the staff and students who contributed to making this such a special occasion where our community gathered to celebrate the many achievements of our students.

 “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” Albert Einstein

Examinations
Year 11 and 12 Examinations are scheduled during Week 10, Monday 3 July to Friday 7 July 2017. All Examinations will commence at either 9:00am or 12:30pm and SACE Board conditions and procedures will be adhered to during the examination period. Please note, Friday 23 June 2017 is a pupil free day. The Semester 1 Examination Schedule, together with the Examination Procedures are attached below for your reference. An email has been distributed to all students and their families through SEQTA.

Examinations help to critically evaluate and apply learning and help guide decisions about future pathways. Many SACE subjects have examinations as a form of external assessment to help students discern their progress and for Year 11 students, ascertain whether they can manage these subjects in Year 12.

Examinations should be used by students, parents and teachers to build a shared understanding of the progress students have made in their learning. Examinations measure performance, academic knowledge and key competencies, by presenting the student with a series of questions, problems, or tasks, to ascertain the amount of knowledge and skills they have acquired and the extent and effective way that they can apply them. This feedback will assist teachers and parents to teach and guide students through their learning journey. Students will also have the opportunity to reflect and change their own learning behaviour. We recognise that examinations are not the only form of assessment and our reporting of student progress is consistent with this view. However, an appropriate examination program encourages students to develop skills that will benefit them greatly in the future. Learning to plan, review, recall, critically and creatively apply knowledge within time constraints are invaluable skills that are transferrable into any future pathway whether it is further study or employment.

Students are expected to take the examination process seriously and prepare accordingly. We seek parents’ support in encouraging a regular and effective revision program.

During the examination period students who do not have an examination on a given day, are free to study at home and we trust they will use their time effectively. However, any student who wishes to study at school and use school resources may do so. Students who find themselves easily distracted at home are advised to take advantage of this option. The Library will be available to the Year 11 and 12 students as a quiet space for study during the examination period.

During Examination Week, students are expected to adhere to the following requirements:

  • Students are to attend examinations, study sessions and conferences with teachers, wearing full school winter uniform.
  • Students should arrive at school 15 minutes before the start of each examination.
  • Students, who are ill for any reason and are unable to attend an examination, must notify the school before 8:30am on the day. A medical certificate will be required to cover such absences and students will need to see their Head of House to submit the medical certificate on their return. Students will also need to arrange with their Head of House to complete any of the examinations missed.
  • Students will not be permitted to leave the school grounds between examinations. They must remain at school until their examinations for the day have finished.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to ensure they have sufficient equipment for the examinations
  • Pens, pencils, calculators, erasers, rulers must be in a clear plastic bag
  • Students may not leave an examination room before finishing time.

If students, parents or caregivers have any concerns regarding the Year 11 or Year 12 examination schedule or procedures, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Semester Changeover and Reports
In 2017 Semester 2 commences in Term 3 Week 1 which is a change from previous years.  In the lead up to examinations the next few weeks will be stressful for students as assessment deadlines loom and students anxiously revise for their examinations.

Semester 1 Reports are scheduled to be distributed on Friday 7 July 2017 to all students. On that day students will be dismissed at 1:00pm. Information regarding the Student, Parent, Teacher Learning Conversations will be included in the Report envelope.

The Student, Parent, Teacher Learning Conversations are scheduled for Term 3 Week 7, Wednesday 6 September 2017, 2:00pm – 8:00pm in the Gymnasium. On this day, students will be dismissed at 1:00pm. We encourage all families to take the opportunity to request an interview with their son’s subject teachers. Young people’s wellbeing and capacity to achieve their potential are increased when families, schools and communities work together in productive partnerships. Please remember that if you are concerned about your son’s progress you can contact his teachers at any time not wait for the scheduled Student, Parent, Teacher Learning Conversations.

Semester 2 Timetable
Students will receive their Semester 2 Timetables on Friday 30 June 2017 during Home Group. If students would like to make changes to their Semester 2 subjects, they will need to collect a Change of Preference Form from Mrs Daniela Piteo. The form needs to be completed and signed by a parent/guardian and the Curriculum Leader before it can be processed and the changes actioned. Changes can be made up until Friday 7 July 2017.

Mrs Anna Mirasgentis
Deputy Principal ELC - 12