Junior Curriculum

Senior Sub School
Year 12 Parent Information
5th February 2013
 Senior School Team
 2012 A Review
 2013 Our Focus
 At risk process
 Senior School expectations
 Exams and the GAT
 ATAR’s – What are they?
 Pathway Planning
 Helping Students Achieve their best in year 12 – Miss Smith and Miss
 ‘How to support my child through the VCE without becoming the enemy’, Elevate
Senior School Team
Mr Wayne Terrill
Assistant Principal
Mr Keith Halge
Head of Senior School
Mr Jason De Araugo
Senior Curriculum Manager
Ms Jan Homsi
Senior Program Manager
Mr Eden St James
Student Pathways Manager
Ms Neisha Macrae
VCAL Coordinator
Ms Jessica Stone
VET Coordinator
Ms Sandra Avellino
Year 12 Coordinator
Ms Candice Smith & Ms Claire Smyth
Year 11 Coordinator
Ms Emily Hawes & Ms Karen Jacobson
Year 10 Coordinator
Ms Rachel Barney& Ms Naomi Muir
Senior School Team
Educational Support
Senior School Support
Ms Megan Penn
Careers Support
Ms Tanya Jizba
Attendance Officer
Ms Helga Pullin
2012 a review
 VCE Pass Rate: 96%
 Top ATAR score: 92.15 – 6 students received 90 or above
 115 students in 2012 cohort
 89 students put in a VTAC offer
 71 received offers in the first round.
All students who missed out applied directly to universities and
have since received offers.
Student Pathways
Games Development (Monash University)
Occupational Therapy (Deakin University)
Science (University Of Melbourne)
Education (P-12) (Victoria University)
Building Design (Gordon Institute Of TAFE)
Professional and Creative Writing (Deakin University)
Aerospace Engineering (Monash University)
Animal and Veterinary Biosciences (La Trobe University)
Business Systems (University Of Ballarat/Melbourne Institute of Technology)
Midwifery (Victoria University)
Events (William Angliss Institute of TAFE)
OUR FOCUS for 2013 is:
To offer the best support to our students and
teaching staff through programs, activities and
resources for both to achieve their best.
 VCE/VCAL results
 Social, emotional development
 Take ownership of their own learning
 Supporting students into a positive destination
post Year 12
 Deakin University exploring the campus and tips for Yr 12
 2 week Transition classes process
 Summer Homework
2013: This week students will take part in a range of activities designed to assist them
with the challenges of the year:
 Year 12 Orientation camp (7th and 8th Feb) - University of Ballarat. They will take a
number of tutorials delivered by both the senior school team and outside agencies:
 Motivational seminars
 Study skills techniques
 Summarising and Note taking
 ATAR Scores and Pathway Planning
 Tribe Challenge
Deakin University Excursion
2012 Ballarat Camp
What’s to come 2013…
 Study skills and other workshops: will occur during spares
 It is expected that all year 12s will attend.
Elevate Education workshop-
Ballarat camp
RACV Free to go -
17th April P4
WRICA careers expo
9th / 10th May
22nd May
RMIT / GAT information session- 24th May P4
Year 12 Elevate -
More to come…
 Trivia nights
Monday 25th March
End of term 3
7th September P4
Senior School Expectations
 All senior school students are expected to come to class
 Textbooks
 Workbooks
 Charged Netbooks
 Senior School Students are all expected to be in complete
school uniform. (refer to page 28 in the Parent Handbook)
 Significantly out of uniform
 Footwear
 It is an expectation that all students will complete 3 hours of
homework a day (homework is revising, not finalizing work not completed
during the day).
Senior School Expectations
 Meeting deadlines: all students will need to submit both
coursework and SACs by the date set by the teacher. (Refer to
page 17 of the Parent Handbook)
 SAC dates are available from a SAC calendar from Mr St James
 If a student requires additional time they must approach the
teacher of that class OR the senior school PRIOR to the due date
and complete an ‘request for extension of time’ form – extensions
will only be granted in exceptional circumstances
Senior School Expectations
 Senior Students are expected to attend a minimum of 90% of
all classes (refer to page 23 of the parent handbook)
 If Absent when sitting a SAC VCAA requires a medical certificate
to be provided.
 Authentication: All VCE and VCAL students sign a document
at the beginning of the year stating that all work submitted will
be their own (refer to page 20 of the parent handbook).
Senior School Expectations
 Students doing VCE will
sit exams set by VCAA
 All students enrolled in Unit 3 / 4 studies must also
undertake the General Achievement Test (GAT)
 GAT Wednesday 12th June (12th and 13th)
 End of Year Exams Wednesday 30th October to Friday 22nd
At Risk Process
In 2013, a student in Year 12 will begin the ‘At Risk’
process once they fall behind in coursework in one of
their subjects or fail (less than 50%) a SAC / SAT.
The classroom teacher will notify the coordinators
when they are concerned about a student and either the
classroom teacher or the coordinators will contact
home. If the student does not complete the work an ‘At
Risk’ form will be sent out to notify both the Senior
School and Parents and Guardians of the incomplete
See page 18 of the Parent Handbook
At Risk Process
 Once a student becomes ‘At Risk’ they will have to…
 Attend Homework club on a Wednesday or work after school
on a Friday in B3
 Stay in B3 during all their study periods to complete the work
 Come in before school to complete SACs or necessary
 Ask the Classroom teacher to sign the ‘At Risk’ form once all
the required work is completed
At Risk Process
During Year 12 in both VCAL and VCE, there are
other ways for a student to become ‘At Risk’.
 Absence - makes it difficult for teachers to authenticate
the work that the student completes
 Lateness – students continually missing substantial
periods of time from their lessons
See page 20 of the Parent Handbook
At Risk Process
If a student continues to fail to submit the required
coursework from the ‘At Risk’ form then the classroom
teacher will have no option but to fail that student from their
class therefore placing their VCE/VCAL at risk.
Ms Smith or Ms Smyth will organise meetings with students
and their families to discuss the consequences of failing a
subject in Year 12.
See page 19 of the Parent Handbook
Exam Preparation
 Prior to the end of year exam students will sit practice
exams either in class or during their spares.
 Students will receive feedback from their teachers and a
report will be generated for the end of year practice exams
and sent home.
 There are many lectures prior to exams
 During the term breaks and in particular the September
Holidays teachers will be running exam preparation days
with an expectation that students will attend.
General Achievement Test
 All students attempting a Year 12 VCE subject in 2013 are
required to sit the GAT
 The GAT will take place for all Victorian students on
Wednesday 12th of June at 10.00 am
 The test will run for three hours with fifteen minutes reading
What is the GAT used for?
 It is a good predictor of student performance
 If a student does not perform as the GAT result predicts,
VCAA may re-mark particular exams that contradict the
expected result:
 On the basis of this re-marking, a student’s score can only
be adjusted UPWARDS.
 In short, the process can only advantage the student.
 The answer to this is an emphatic…YES!
 It is vital that each students GAT result reflects their ability
as a student.
 The GAT is the insurance policy against the unforeseeable
 If VCAA have to estimate results it is better to have them
based on your best effort rather than a “who cares?”
Based on:
 English
 Next 3 best subjects
 10% increments of any extra subjects
Sample ATAR Scores
1. English
2. Health and Human Development
3. Biology
4. Further Maths
5. Physical Education
22 (2.2)
Aggregate Score
ATAR Score
Sample ATAR Scores
1. English
2. Further Maths
3. Psychology
4. Accounting
5. Media Studies
30 (3.0)
6. VCD
32 (3.2)
Aggregate Score
ATAR Score
Pathway Planning: Our Goals
 To provide a successful pathway from school to further
education, training or employment.
 To provide students with a range of opportunities to support
the development of a pathway plan.
 To support and encourage students to make the best possible
choices for their future.
 University
 Apprenticeship/Traineeship
 Employment
Research is the key
The year so far…
 Pathway planning forms – outlining interests and aspirations
 Year 12 Orientation at University of Ballarat & Deakin
University late 2012
 Course counselling – researching and understanding options
for 2014 and beyond
Still to come…
WRICA Careers Expo – obtaining
information from a range of
University, TAFE, private
institutions and employment
providers – 9 / 10th May Period 2-3
Campus Tours during University
and TAFE open day - August
PPP Program – Victoria University
SNAP Program – RMIT
VTAC application process
Valedictory Dinner
Change of Preference
VCE / VCAL Certificates Handed
out – 19th December
Exam preparation lectures – VU
HCSC Careers Evening – Thursday
2nd May
Senior School Honours Night – 18th
Victorian Tertiary Admissions
Centre (VTAC)
 Administers the application and selection process
 Undertakes scaling, calculates and distributes the ATAR
 All students are expected to complete a VTAC application. (Can
act as a safety net, especially for those students focussing on
moving into full time employment)
 Students need to purchase a VTAC guide, which lists and
describes all tertiary course available. The VTAC guide will be
available in newsagents from early July.
 TAFE certificate courses can also be made by direct application to
the TAFE college itself.
VTAC application process
Students are able to make 12 preferences in order of priority, made up of
both TAFE and University courses.
There will be a three stage VTAC counselling process comprising of:
1) VTAC Information session for all students
2) Individual counselling appointment for every
3) Internet session with staff from the Career Resource Centre for
VTAC application
Change of Preference – After ATAR results are released there is an
opportunity for students to change their preferences based on their results.
Special Entry and Access
Scheme (SEAS)
 Access and equity application - ongoing disadvantage
throughout the course of your schooling
 Special Consideration – For circumstances occurring
through Year 12 only
 Medical
 Family isuues
 Applications for scholarships
 Applications to be completed online.
SEAS Access and Equity
 Non-English Speaking background
 Recognition as an Indigenous Australian
 Difficult family circumstances
 Disadvantaged socio-economic background
 Under-represented schools
 Women in non-traditional course
 Personal disability or medical condition
 One pathway option is to go through SNAP:
Student A was really good with her studies throughout the year and
became very unwell immediately before her exams she had put in a
SNAP application and International studies in RMIT accepted her.
Traditionally this course has an ATAR requirement of 95 however
she had received 65
 Another pathway planning option is to do a PPP:
Student B wanted to become a teacher, which is a highly competitive
course. The required ATAR of this course is a minimum of 65. This
student got an ATAR score of 60 which was close given that we are
an ‘under represented school’ but due to his PPP was guaranteed a
place in the course.
Portfolio Partnerships Program
Victoria University
 Alternative entry program at Victoria University for Year 12
students, based on a portfolio, not ATAR score.
 Available for ALL undergraduate degree courses and Vocational
Education Courses. However, to be eligible for degree courses, the
student must achieve an ATAR score of 50.
 Designed for students who have a HIGH preference for one of
VU’s courses.
 Applicants are required to submit a portfolio of evidence that
indicates a commitment to their proposed area of study.
 Over 85% of eligible students who applied through this program
in 2012 were successful.
Portfolio Requirements
 Goals – study and career goals
 Work experience and references
 Community contributions
 Educational achievements
 School assessed work
 Explanation of why you want to pursue the course
 Evidence of your appropriateness for the course. Why
should VU select you?
 The Schools Network Access Scheme (SNAP) is
RMIT’s non-ATAR based equity admissions scheme
for under-represented schools. This means that
selection through SNAP into RMIT programs is not
determined by your ATAR score.
1. Applicant statement
2. School Recommendation
 In addition to the VTAC application process, students will
be supported and assisted in looking for apprenticeships,
traineeships, or full-time employment.
 This will carried out through:
 Individual MIPs interviews
 Resume building classes
 MIPs sessions
 Interview(s) with Student Pathways Manager
 Job hunting skills classes
 All students will be contacted in 2014 to determine their
initial destination from school, and again after 6 months.
 This allows us to provide ongoing support for students,
particularly those who may be seeking employment.
The Careers Resource Centre
 Open to students at recess, lunch time, after school, and in
their spares. Students are welcome to pop in, or make
appointments to see me during these times.
 Access to university and TAFE guides, course and
employment information.
 Internet access is available for all students to use job search
engines, university and TAFE websites, and general word
processing to update resumes and application letters.
 Parents are invited to make appointments with their
children for career counselling and pathway planning
Helping students achieve
their best in Year 12.
What can Parents do?
 Develop the partnership between parents, students and the
 Encourage effective communication with Teachers and
 Encourage Goal Setting and Time management.
 Stay informed.
 Become involved in your child’s schooling.
 The best way for us to remember something is to teach
someone else. Encourage your child to teach you about
their work.
 Always remain calm.
 Encourage healthy eating, plenty of exercise and the
importance of rest.
 Remind your child that they need a balance between
their social life, part-time work, sporting
commitments and school.
 Provide a quiet place for them to work without distractions.
 The other “AT RISK”
Helping students achieve their
best in Year 12.
What will the school do?
 Offer a range of programs for students.
 Study Skills
 B3 Available before school and after school each day
 Study Group in B3 (Wed / Fri)
 Time and stress management
 Goal setting
 Motivation
 VTAC counselling
 Ensure students have access to Special Provision at school
and during exams when necessary.
 Provide students and parents (via the senior team and our
student wellbeing team; Jane Williamson, Melanie Cousins,
Kirsty Warren & the new school Nurse Trish Worthington )
with counselling and personal support in times of need.

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