From the Leader of Learning and Curriculum

From the Leader of Learning and Curriculum

Processes: Assessments and Illness/Misadventure

Parents and carers should be aware that when a student does not sit an in-class test or submit an assessment on the due date, an SMS is triggered in COMPASS to advise them. The SMS is a notification and a reminder that an Illness/Misadventure Application is to be made by the student. If an application has been submitted, then no further action is required.

Information on assessments and Illness/Misadventure Processes is documented in the Assessment Handbooks.

Year 11 Study Skills Session

This week Dr Prue Salter from Enhanced Learning Educational Services ran a study skills session with Year 11. The session focused on helping students identify changes and improvements they could make to their approach to their studies to maximize their results in their final years of school.

The main areas covered with Year 11 were working effectively in the evenings, dealing with distractions, managing time efficiently, planning for assessments, making brain-friendly study notes on a regular basis and using a wide variety of active study techniques to suit individual learning preferences.

Parents are encouraged to review the handout from the session with students and discuss the main areas identified where changes need to be made.

Download from here.

Filmed Version of the Session

We have arranged for you to be able to access a filmed version of Dr Salter’s study skills session at home.

The study skills seminar has been broken down into bite-sized chunks so if you do not want to do it all in one go, you can work through the session at your own pace. You can also go back and watch any of the videos again, up until 25 April 2022. The video page will prompt you to download the handout for the session and show you at the end where you can then access all the slides from the session shown in the video.

The link to access the session is:    

Username: MSCW11
Password: expires22april

Year 11 and 12 UAC Evening

Thank you to those families that joined the UAC zoom on Tuesday evening. Trudy Noller, the UAC Community Liaison Officer, provided a comprehensive overview of ATAR and applying to university through UAC.

Two key messages from the presentation were:

  • Do the best you can in each subject to generate the best ATAR outcome; and
  • Prepare by using the 2022 UAC Guide.

In early Term 2, the UAC Guide will be available and distributed to students in Year 12. The guide will contain all the necessary dates for applications.

NAPLAN Practice Test

On Thursday, Year 7 and 9 students undertook the NAPLAN practice test. If you want to help your child feel comfortable with the kinds of questions in a NAPLAN test, you can view past NAPLAN papers and answers for practice or visit the NAPLAN online public demonstration site. The actual tests will be held in mid Term 2.


Mr Justin Hodges, Leader of Learning and Curriculum

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