Mr David Mowbray
It has been all go across the College and although next week is the last week of Term 2 we continue to move at a frenetic pace.
The senior students in Years 10 to 12 have concluded their mid-year exams last week, with the Year 12s undertaking the very important GAT exam. The General Achievement Test is a test of general knowledge and skills in: written communication, mathematics, science and technology, and humanities, the arts and social sciences. Each represents a body of general knowledge and skills that students are likely to have built up through their school years.
The GAT is an essential part of the VCE assessment procedures. All students enrolled in one or more VCE or scored VCE VET Unit 3 and 4 sequences must sit the GAT. Although GAT results do not count directly towards a student’s VCE results, they play an important role in checking that school-based and external assessments have been accurately assessed, and in calculating Derived Examination Scores.
The GAT is used in these ways because achievement on the GAT is a good predictor of achievement on other assessments. If students have done well on the GAT, then their achievements are likely to be high on their school-based and external assessments.
Now the Year 11 and 12 classes have started Units 2 and 4 respectively as they continue with the VCE studies.
Meanwhile, the Year 10 students are on a two-week work experience program which is an exciting connection to the real world and can shape their future pathway and subject choices. During this time teachers will visit on-site and check to see how the students are progressing.
The annual VCAL city camp was in Melbourne last week and the students enjoyed a range of educational and personal pursuits that was very successful – well done VCAL team on preparing and running a great experience.
On the junior campus, last Friday, the school made welcome various Grade 5/6 students for our Awareness day. Here the students participated in a range of classes and activities that showcased what our school can offer. By all accounts the day was extremely successful with students buzzing about their experiences – great job by Year 7 team in hosting this important transition program.
On Tuesday and yesterday, the Year 9 students began their transition to the senior campus with orientation and familiarization activities, along with more detailed explanations of subjects and pathways that are available to them over the next 3 years. This is where students really begin to shape their future by determining which subjects and pathway they wish to travel down. The Year 10 team and senior staff have placed an enormous amount of planning and effort into these days as we support students and parents in their journey from the junior to senior campus.
Last week Sue Coffey and I attended the Principal region forum for our region in Melbourne. The event was unique and a great opportunity to understand how we can develop Traralgon College further into an excellent provider of high quality educational experiences for your children. The forum had world leading speakers and local schools presenting impactful initiatives, approaches and practices that we will investigate further – some things we already do. We will continue seek to adapt new ideas and modify existing approaches or programs in our school…because we want to be the school of choice for you and any potential students and their families.