Grace to you and peace….
By the time you are reading this, Year 12 should be well and truly entrenched in revision and preparation for their HSC examinations. Delivery of mandatory content, in most subjects was completed by Week 7 and the crucial task of revising this content and refining skills commenced. It is imperative that Year 12 use the time between the Trials and each HSC examination to revise course content, complete practise papers and seek teacher feedback. To assist them we are once again offering a Study Block in the coming holidays - Tuesday 8 October - Thursday 10 October, 9am - 1pm. During this time students will have the opportunity to use the Nirimba Library for quiet individual study, collaborative study, to complete timed practise papers and meet with class teachers. It is expected that all students studying for an examination attend the THREE days.
Along with final academic preparation for the HSC examinations, Year 12 are preparing to graduate from 13 years of schooling. This is an exciting time but it can also be a sad time as they come to realise that they will no longer have the routine of attending regular classes, sharing daily time with school friends and the support of teachers and school personnel. We wish all our Year 12 Graduates every success and joy in the future. May their hearts’ desires be fulfilled. May they know they are always welcome at St John Paul II. And may they remember the love and blessings of the Lord.
Year 11 are nearing the end of their Preliminary courses. As we write they are sitting their Preliminary Examinations. The Preliminary course is foundational for success in the HSC. From student results and engagement in the classroom, teachers will determine strategies to enhance their learning and, consequently their final HSC results. After the conclusion of the examination block Year 11 will be given information regarding how to change course levels and discontinue subjects in preparation for the commencement of the HSC course work. HSC course work officially commences Term 4 Week 3 for 2 unit courses and Week 6 for 1 unit courses. The time between the conclusion of the Preliminary examinations and the commencement of the HSC is an opportunity for students to reflect on the strengths and weaknesses that have emerged throughout the year and design strategies to build on the strengths. The Year 12 - 2020 Assessment Information Evening is scheduled for Tuesday 12 November, 6.30pm - 7.30pm. It is an expectation of the College that all students attend with a parent or caregiver as there will be important information presented pertaining to completion of and success in the HSC.
Minimum Standards Numeracy and Literacy Examinations
The next stage of the testing process for the Year 10 minimum HSC Literacy and Numeracy standards will take place in Week 8. The examinations are for all Year 10 students. The students have worked hard over the past year to improve their levels. The standard is set at level 3 of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF), which means students will have the basic reading, writing and maths skills needed for everyday tasks and future learning after school.
Year 10 students have provided their first round of preferences for Year 11 2020 and the next step will take place on Monday 16th September. Please make sure that you have booked an interview time so that discussions can be held around the preferences that have been selected in relation to the constructed study lines. Please contact the Stage 5 team if you have any further questions.
Stage 5 Examinations
During Week 3 - 4 of Term 4, Year 10 students will be sitting their yearly examinations. As indicated in the Year 10 Assessment Booklet, students will experience the process of a formal examination period and these assessments contribute to their RoSA. The purpose is to create in the students, an awareness of examination etiquette and a sense of the seriousness and significance of the situation. Overall, it is hoped that this will reduce pre-exam anxiety, improve student confidence and learning achievement, as well as, prepare them for the formal examinations that occur in Stage 6.