Posted on July 20, 2021 / Matters
July Curriculum Matters
Welcome back to Semester Two after a bumpy ride across the finish line at the end of Semester One. The holiday break brought some much-needed respite, especially for our students and staff. On our staff day last week, all of our teachers across the school reflected on the manner in which our school promotes a Culture of Thinking within our classrooms and staffrooms. This was facilitated through the sharing of recent classroom experiences between colleagues, whereby many classroom practice goals set by our staff last semester were informed by and structured around the routines and cultural forces espoused by the Harvard Project Zero Cultures of Thinking Project. We are excited that this focus will be expanding in 2022 to encompass many more areas of our teaching and learning, and we know that it can only support the development of our students as independent and confident thinkers.
Update on Semester Reporting
Secondary Semester Reports were distributed at the end of the first week of the holidays through the school portal and these gave our students the opportunity to reflect on the feedback received from teachers and to gain insights to help them rise to the challenges of their upcoming coursework and end-of-year assessments. The unexpected lockdown in June affected our Year 10 and 11 examination schedule, which meant that a number of Year 10 and 11 reports had “Pending” results, due to staff not being able to correct and finalise examination results. There were also disruptions to many VCE Semester 1 SAC assessments, and some of these are still outstanding, due to the recent lockdown.
As this newsletter goes live, all Year 7-10 results have been updated on the portal and Comparative Reports will be sent out later this week to parents who have requested them. Any VCE subject “Pending” results are still being finalised and will be available by the end of July. If you wish to be sent a copy of the comparative report for your child’s year level (available for Years 1 to 10 only), please email email@example.com. Your request should include your child’s name and year level.
Subject Selection Showcase, 22 July (online)
Parents are reminded that the Subject Showcase Evening for Years 9 and 10 will take place this Thursday 22 July. This will be an online Teams event again this year. Initial details of the event will be sent to parents via email today, with further instructions regarding accessing meetings forthcoming in the next day or so.
Normally, Year 9 students and families are invited to attend a special information session at school regarding Electives and VCE Studies in Year 10. This presentation will be available behind the 2022 VCE VET Showcase tile. Families should view this prior to the start of the interactive sessions which start at 5.00pm on Thursday.
For Year 10s, there are four Maths and four English subjects available and the overview videos which will be available on the portal should be viewed prior to Thursday to provide guidance with subject selection in those areas. All individual senior subjects on offer next year will be outlined behind their respective tiles and subject teachers will be available to answer specific subject-related questions at the Showcase on Thursday evening. We invite you and your child to attend and hear specific details about the various VCE and VET subjects on offer in Senior College.
As in previous years, subject selection will be made on-line. This year, that process will commence on Saturday 24 July and will close at midnight on Monday 2 August. All Year 7-11 students attended Subject Selection Assemblies last week in the CM Wood Centre, where they were given instructions on how to follow this process.
Students will receive a personal message via their Tintern email account on Saturday 24 July with a link to the on-line subject selection portal.
Course Guides and Handbooks are available through the Senior College Handbooks link on the portal or though the school website.
The Showcase Evening mentioned above will assist students to select the most suitable pathway and subject choices for 2022. Individual teachers and our Careers Consultants are available to assist with this process throughout the evening. Please read the instructions in your invitation email carefully, so you know how to access staff on the night.
Parents are reminded that it is not possible to meet all student preferences during the subject allocation process, due to the constraints of timetabling and blocking based on an overview of all students’ choices.
Student Progress Meetings
At this stage, we plan to run a full day of Student Progress Meetings online on Monday 23 August from 9.00am to 4.00pm. Secondary students will not attend school on this day but will, instead, be expected to complete non-contact asynchronous work at home left for them by their subject teachers that day. Students are expected to take a break from their work and log in to these Teams meetings with their parents.
We then will run two afternoon Student Progress Meeting events onsite at school between 4.00 – 8.00pm on Wednesday 25 August and Wednesday 1 September. We have adopted this hybrid model in response to feedback from parents and staff and trust that families will find a mode which suits their circumstances. Further information regarding the booking arrangements for these events will be forthcoming in the near future. The teachers look forward to meeting with both students and parents to discuss your child’s progress.