Senior School Report – November 1, 2018

October 31, 2018

Year 12 written exams commenced yesterday with English and most boys and teachers here appeared pleased with the questions and their ability to write responses.- A good start.- Many Year 12’s are using this study time to come in and see their teachers as they work towards preparing as well as they can with the time that remains. – We encourage them to continue this.

Year 12’s and 11’s with Unit 3/4 exams are encouraged to arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the exam’s scheduled starting time so as not to be in a flustered state, and their equipment should be sorted days before.- Lists of allowable materials and the exam timetable can be found on the VCAA website in the -Exam Navigator-, accessible via this link.

Students have also been sent a personalised print-out of their exam timetable which includes the time and venue of their exam.- Encourage them to display these in a prominent place at home so that others in the house are aware of when things are occurring.- In the past, those who have relied on friends telling them when exams occurred have sometimes turned up at late; you don’t want to be that person.- Should something occur, not of a student’s making or choosing which prevents them from achieving their best, (e.g. sickness on the day of an exam or a death/funeral of a grandparent) they should contact Mr O’Loughlan (5322 4387) to see what arrangements can be made and whether an application for a Derived Exam Score (DES) would be appropriate -“ students should sit the exam where practicable even if an application is being made for a DES.

School Closures next week and VCAA exams

  • Monday November 5

There will be VCAA exams running but the rest of the school will be enjoying a four day weekend.- Exams will still take place in the Pavilion. – Wilding and the Year 11 / 12 locker area will be open.- Students are welcome to use Wilding for study on this day.- The rest of the school will be closed.

  • Tuesday November 6

There will be no VCAA exams running and the school will be closed.- Unless a student has arranged with a specific teacher to receive assistance on Tuesday, they will need to study at home on that day.

Year 11 exams commence Friday November 9 and conclude Friday November 16.- Students who have a clash with another Unit 2 exam need to reschedule with Joe Carmody or Jeremy Daniel prior to the exam taking place. (Unit 3/4 exams cannot be rescheduled).- Through preparing for exams, students should both strengthen their base in each subject as well as improve their ability to perform in exams, both necessary for achieving their best in Year 12.- Students returning to complete Year 12 in 2019 take part in the Head Start program from November 19 to 27 inclusive.- In this time students will commence their Year 12 courses, typically covering a section of work and getting some additional work to do over the long break.- Year 10s doing a 3/4 Study in 2019 will also attend these classes at this time, and will need to catch-up on work missed in their other classes.

Year 10 exams will run from November 28 to December 6.