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VCE Information Evening

Dear VCE parents and students,

Unfortunately, due to the ever-changing COVID-19 restrictions like in 2020, we cannot bring you our VCE Information Evening in its usual form. We would like to provide as much clarity surrounding the transition into the Senior Years as possible.

We particularly welcome into the VCE journey any new families and students who are undertaking a VCE subject for the first time. We appreciate that many acronyms, terms, and procedures require broader consideration. To assist with this, we have created this video (below) that walks through aspects of the main components and covers off most (certainly not all!) of the information we would have presented in person during the evening.

Our Senior Years Handbook can be downloaded here. Please read this in conjunction with the video. Hopefully, we’ve managed to answer many questions that some of you may have. This will also be made available on SEQTA Engage under Documents.

The VCAA and VTAC websites also have excellent informational clips on Study Scores and the ATAR. As expected, several variations can apply to an individual’s VCE pathway, and it is impossible to cover them all here.

VCE 2022 Orientation Week and First Day 2022

During the week 29 November-3 December, our Year 10 and 11 students moved into their 2022 Year 11 and 12 classes. This week was vital preparation for 2022, and all studies were set some holiday homework tasks to be completed over the break.

Friday, January 28 2022: Day 1 for Unit 3 and 4 Studies 2022 (Day Zero)

On Friday, January 28 2022, the school year will begin for our Year 7 and our VCE Unit 3 and 4 students (note that this includes all Year 11s doing a Unit 3 and 4 subject). A particular 6 lesson program will operate on this day whereby all Unit 3 and 4 classes will run one class each. The timetable for the day will be emailed when finalised, which will likely be in late January – it is expected that all Unit 3 and 4 students attend on this day.

Special Exam Arrangementsapplications to the VCAA through the school

Special Examination Arrangements (SEA) may be approved for students with disabilities, illnesses, or other circumstances that affect their ability to access a VCE external assessment, i.e., Unit 3 & 4 subject exams and the GAT. Disability and illness do not automatically entitle a student to Special Examination Arrangements.

Special Examination Arrangements applications are made to the VCAA through the student’s school and must be endorsed by the principal. The VCAA will consider such applications following its policies. The VCAA considers each application for Special Examination Arrangements based on independent professional and educational and academic assessments, any school-based evidence and recommendations provided with the application, and the VCAA’s assessment.

Students are eligible for Special Examination Arrangements if it can be demonstrated that their capacity to access a VCE external assessment is impaired due to one or more of the following:

  • Mental health conditions
  • Health impairment or physical disability
  • Specific learning disorders
  • Language disorder
  • Motor coordination disorders
  • Deaf and hard of hearing
  • Vision impairment

Specific paperwork must be completed, some of which must be done by an external professional (i.e. a GP, psychologist, psychiatrist, paediatrician, etc.). Please contact me should you wish to be emailed this documentation, as I appreciate that appointments are difficult to obtain. Students have been extensively briefed on this requirement and are encouraged to chat with me about the process.

The closing date for these applications to be returned to school is Friday, April 1. No further extensions can or will be granted beyond this date – this is a VCAA mandated deadline that the school has no control over.

Finally, in any year, navigating your way through these processes can seem daunting, let alone after a year like we’ve all just endured. If any outstanding issues or things require further clarification, please don’t hesitate to reach out to either Haydn, Sam, or myself.

My very best wishes to you all for a safe and restful holiday season after what has been another incredibly demanding and challenging year.

BRYN BOWEN
Acting VCE Coordinator