Curriculum Matters

Coaching our VCE students to optimise their achievements in 2023

At Tintern, we are committed to implementing ways to maximise the growth of our VCE students, in both academic learning and development of broader personal and social capabilities, so they can move to their desired future pathway successfully.

Last week and over the coming few weeks, each Year 12 student will meet with a member of our Senior College team to have a coaching conversation about their desired pathway beyond school and, therefore, their goals for Year 12. We trust that the reflection, goal setting and action planning will be a motivating process that fosters independence and enables optimal growth.

For some students, the goal might be around developing skills for the workforce, or for application to courses requiring interview, audition, or folio presentation. For others, academic achievement in their studies to enable an ATAR entry into tertiary courses will be the focus. We aim to work with each student to make these goals a reality.



 NAPLAN testing for our students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will commence on 15 March.

From this year, parents and carers will receive earlier, simpler and clearer information about their child’s NAPLAN achievement based on new national standards.

Education ministers have agreed to change the way NAPLAN results are reported to parents and carers, now that all students are taking the tests online, and with the move to an earlier NAPLAN in March. New proficiency standards with 4 levels of achievement for each year level will replace the previous 10-band structure that covered all 4 levels tested and the old national minimum standard set in 2008 when tests were on paper.

Resetting the measurement scale and restarting the time series once all schools are online was a recommendation of the 2020 Independent Review of NAPLAN. NAPLAN continues to measure student achievement in numeracy, reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation. The new proficiency standard will be included on all NAPLAN reporting.

The numerical NAPLAN bands and the national minimum standard will be replaced by the following 4 levels of achievement:

  • Exceeding
  • Strong
  • Developing
  • Needs additional

The descriptors for each category will make it clear to parents what their child’s literacy and numeracy skills are at the time of NAPLAN testing and will support discussions with our teaching staff on their child’s progress.


Student Progress Meetings across all schools

Dates for your diary: Student Progress Meetings

Years 7-12 will be conducted this term on Monday 27 March (9.00am – 4.00pm), Tuesday 28 March (4.00 – 8.00pm) and Monday 3 April (4.00 – 8.00pm).

ELC and JS Student Progress Meetings will be conducted on Tuesday 21 March (3.30 – 8.00pm) and Monday 27 March (9.00am – 4.00pm).

Further information regarding bookings for these meetings will be forthcoming closer to the time.


Alison Bezaire | Director of Studies



2023 Term Dates