SACE Information (Issue 2 2017)

Written on the 22 February 2017

SACE Information Evening for Year 10
All parents/carers of Year 10 students are invited to an information evening outlining the requirements of the SACE on Tuesday February 28 at 7.00 pm.

The South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) is awarded to students upon the successful completion of Year 12 studies. Compulsory studies that contribute towards the SACE begin at Year 10. There are a number of implications for SACE completion that relate to subject choice, levels of achievement and compulsory elements. SACE studies are also relevant for University entry direct from school.

These important issues will be addressed on this evening. The Information session will be held in the Br Stephen Debourg Performing Arts Centre. It is anticipated the session will last for about 45 minutes.

We look forward to your attendance.

SACE Special Provisions - Year 12 Exams
Many Year 12 students have externally assessed exams at the end of this year. Some students may be eligible for special provisions for their exams. Any student with a long term illness or impairment (for example: a medical condition, dyslexia, anxiety disorder, learning difficulty etc.) may apply for special provisions for their exams. The special provisions available to students may include supervised rest breaks, separate invigilation, extra reading or writing time or use of a word processor, depending on the circumstances.

Applications for Special Provisions must be made to the SACE Board by Friday April 7. Please email me (karenbailey@shc.sa.edu.au) or students can see me in my office during school hours, should you wish to enquire about eligibility and/or submitting an application.

Senior School - Rules for Assessment
Senior School students have been directed to the Academic Integrity Policy, information about Drafting and Verification of Student Work and the Assessment Provisions Policy in the Senior School Diary (pages 20-28) via email.

It is essential that students clearly understand the rules for assessment and the consequences, should rules be breached.
When Senior School students register for the SACE, they also have to sign the SACE Assessment Declaration. Students have been emailed a copy of this document which can also be downloaded from the SACE Board website via this link: Assessment Declaration (Form 1).

One of the rules that I would like to highlight appears in both the Academic Integrity Policy and SACE Assessment Declaration. It is a breach of SACE rules to permit a student to copy or otherwise use another student's work. Students should be aware that if they use the Google "Share" facility with another student for summative work that will be individually assessed by a teacher towards their grade, this rule has been breached. Of course it is totally acceptable for students to share work with their teacher, and there may be times that teachers are happy for students to share work for group tasks or formative classroom activities. Students should check with their teacher if unsure before sharing work with other students.

Students are reminded that if they are having difficulty with any assessment task, their first port of call should be the subject teacher.

The Senior School also provides after school tutoring in the library every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3.30-5.00pm. Several teachers from a variety of subject areas are available to assist students. The Learning Enrichment Centre is also open on Monday afternoons for assistance.

The Academic Integrity Policy includes rules regarding the verification of student work, in line with SACE policy. It is essential that teachers see summative assignment work in progress so that they can verify that the final assignment submitted is the work of that student. Sharing a draft with the subject teacher is a good way for students to satisfy this verification requirement. Students who do not commence summative tasks as required in order to show the teacher work in progress prior to due dates may be required to attend an after school detention to ensure work is underway.

There is also information in the Senior School Diary about drafting work on pages 23-24. This information addresses issues such as the teacher's role when checking drafts, how many times a draft can be checked etc.

Finally, students should familiarise themselves with the Assessment Provisions Policy (pages 25-28 of the Senior School Diary) which clearly outlines expectations with regard to due dates and correct procedures for seeking extensions.
By alerting all students and families to this information early in the school year, there can be little recourse for students who choose to ignore the rules and requirements for assessment.

Please contact me should you have any questions regarding any of the aforementioned policies and procedures.

Karen Bailey
Director of Teaching & Learning

 

 

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