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From the Director of Teaching & Learning (Issue 1 2018)

Written on the 8 February 2018

Year 12 Examination Timetable 2018
Students with SACE Stage 2 (Year 12) written exams at the end of the year have been emailed the final exam timetable, which is available to view here.

These exam dates/times cannot be changed - everyone in the state/NT/world(!) does the exams at these times. There are no "catch up" times or opportunities to re-sit.

A list of recommended dictionaries for exams can be found here. Students are not permitted to bring a thesaurus to exams (nor a dictionary with integrated thesaurus entries). Last year I noted that many students had the "Macquarie School Dictionary". Please be aware that this dictionary has integrated thesaurus entries - hence students should NOT bring this edition to exams.

For exams that allow calculators, only APPROVED models are permitted. If you purchased your calculator through Sacred Heart, it is an approved model. If you purchased your graphics calculator elsewhere (eg Officeworks), please go to the SACE Board website here to check if your calculator is on the approved list. Note that the Casio fx-9860GII is definitely NOT an approved model - even though it looks like the fx-9860G AU PLUS. Students should NOT bring a Casio fx-9860GII calculator to Year 12 exams - it will be confiscated.

Students who have a long term illness or impairment (for example: a medical condition, dyslexia, anxiety disorder, depression, learning difficulty, etc) may be eligible for special provisions for exams. The special provisions available to students may include supervised rest breaks, separate invigilation, extra time or use of a word processor, depending on the circumstances. Students must contact me if they require special provisions for Year 12 exams. 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 for special provisions.

Information regarding SACE completion and inclusion of Certificate III (or higher) qualifications towards the ATAR for current Year 12 students was emailed to students and parents/caregivers of Year 12 students this week.

SACE Information Evening
All parents/caregivers of Year 10 students are invited to an information evening outlining the requirements of the SACE on Tuesday February 27 at 7.00 pm.

The South Australian Certificate of Education 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.

Every year the College publishes important assessment dates in the School calendar. I would like to remind families and give ample warning of these important assessment dates.

It is not appropriate for families to book holidays during these important assessment periods. In keeping with SACE Board policy, "matters of the student's own choosing (e.g. family holidays)" are not acceptable grounds for special provisions (such as rescheduling). Being absent for exams due to a holiday will result in a zero mark.

In the event of special provisions or exceptional circumstances, please contact me for advice at karenbailey@shc.sa.edu.au.

Further information regarding exam times and locations for Year 10 and 11 Semester 1 exams will be distributed next term.

Year 10
End of Semester 1 examinations for General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods, Specialist Mathematics and Science will be held on Wednesday June 20 and Thursday June 21.

End of Semester 2 examinations for English, General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods, Specialist Mathematics and Science will be held from Monday November 26 to Wednesday November 28.

These are the only Year 10 subjects with examinations.

Year 11
End of Semester 1 examinations for Stage 1 subjects will be held from Friday June 15 to Thursday June 21.

End of Semester 2 examinations for Stage 1 subjects will be held from Monday November 19 to Friday November 23.

Year 11 students should enquire with their teacher or refer to the Curriculum Handbook if they are uncertain as to whether their Stage 1 subject will have an exam.

Year 12
Trial exams (and workshops for some practical-based subjects): Monday July 2 to Friday July 6.

SACE Board exams: Monday November 5 to Tuesday November 20. (Exam timetable included in this newsletter and emailed to students and parents/caregivers of Year 12 students.)

Karen Bailey
Director of Teaching & Learning



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