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VCE & Senior Homestead Update

Thank you for your continued efforts throughout our remote learning period. We realise how challenging the environment can be and are immensely proud of how you continue to tackle the obstacles that 2020 presents.

One of those hurdles was the impact of our pre-scheduled practice exams for Year 12 subjects, which were due to occur in Week 8 of this term. Due to the lockdown, we had to postpone them, which was frustrating. With the recent announcement by the VCAA regarding access to schools for Essential Assessments, we were preparing to run those postponed practice exams from the end of Week 10 and throughout the first week of the holiday break, however current guidelines have made this impossible at the time of writing. It remains a fluid and dynamic situation that we monitor closely and adapt to as best we can.

In terms of our end of year celebrations for our Year 12 students, planning is well underway for these events, including the Reflection Service, Final Assembly, and Valedictory. The exact form that each of these essential milestone events will take is still evolving, due to the changing nature of the COVID-19 environment and subsequent restrictions; however, we are confident and committed to ensuring these events are a fitting farewell for our valued Year 12 students and their families.

The GAT – Wednesday, October 7.

Another reminder that the GAT is scheduled for Wednesday, October 7, between 10 am-1:15 pm at school. This is a compulsory VCAA assessment for all Year 12 students (including unscored) AND any Year 11 students studying a Year 12 subject OR completing a scored VCE VET program. Many of our current Year 12 students will have completed the GAT in 2019, so will have ‘fond’ memories. I will do a more formal information session about it and the examination rules in Week 9. Still, I want to pass on a couple of crucial bits of information now for consideration.

The GAT must be taken seriously as it becomes a point of reference for the VCAA to consider against both your coursework and exam marks. However, GAT results:

  • Do not count directly towards a student’s VCE results
  • Help check that school-based and external assessments have been accurately assessed
  • Contribute to statistical moderation of school-based assessment results
  • Help calculate Derived Examination Scores
  • Determine scores in school-based assessment, external assessment, and if a derived examination score is required due to illness, accident, and trauma.

Those last two points are an insurance policy if anything is going less than favourably across the exam period. While it is not something anybody can strictly study and prepare for like a regular subject, it is well worth looking at, and completing some past/practice GAT questions throughout the holiday period.

BRYN BOWEN – Acting VCE Coordinator, HAYDN FLANAGAN – Director of Pastoral Care (Senior Homestead) & AMY WHITE – Head of Teaching (Senior Secondary)