ONLINE LITERACY AND NUMERACY ASSESSMENTS (OLNA)
Correspondence has been sent to families/students with the dates of the relevant test/s.
Before and after-school OLNA help sessions:-
Students seeking OLNA assistance can attend the following Maths help sessions that currently occur on:
Mondays, 7.30am – 8.20am in the Library
Mondays 3.30pm – 4.30pm in the Library
Tuesdays 7.30am – 8.20am in the Library
Important Note: Please mention to the supervisor that you require maths OLNA assistance.
OLNA literacy help sessions will run after school on Monday, 26 February with Mrs Watt/Mr Langford-Smith in D3.
YEAR 10 HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCE(HASS) HEADQUARTERS ‘EXPERIENCE’ LEARNING PROGRAM
The All Saints College Humanities and Social Science Department has launched its Year 10 ‘HASS Headquarters Experience Learning Program’. What’s in the name? Humanities and Social Sciences is often shortened to ‘HASS’, the new learning area acronym rather than ‘SOSE’ representing the Studies of Society and Environment. Our ‘Headquarters’ references the ‘Head’, to encompass our reach and curiosity; striving to be the best we can be, the fostering of a growth mindset, mindfulness and emphasis on developing thinking skills. In ‘HASS’ we have our ‘Quarters’ which are Geography, Economics and Business, Civics and Citizenship and History. ‘HASS Headquarters’ is organised in a series of conference formats that structure the Western Australian Curriculum. Each conference links to the HASS skills, knowledge and understandings which have relevant historical and contemporary focus, recognising personal to global contexts, and consideration of the opportunities and challenges for the future.
This program is framed around the imperative to equip and build the capacity of our 21st-century learners, further enabling them to develop an understanding of the world in which we live and how people can participate as active and informed citizens in the 21st century.
The program is deliberate in providing opportunities to question, think critically, make decisions based on evidence, devise proposals for actions, and communicate effectively. In addition to these key skills, we need to foster and develop interpersonal and independent learning skills, often called ‘soft skills’. Thinking about, reflecting on, and responding to issues require a range of pedagogical approaches with clear learning intentions, scaffolds and differentiation, to allow students to extend and enrich their understanding.
In the development of our conference program, students engage in weekly tutorials, workshops and Independent Learning sessions. Students are expected to engage, prepare and consider the key concepts and ideas with pre-readings and activities that link to the learning within each conference program.
Our conference program runs for all of Semester 1. In Term 3 of Semester 2, students engage in a rotation around four learning areas with the ‘Experience’ program which engages them in the disciplines of HASS as they operate in the world beyond the boundaries of All Saints’ College. In Term 4 students are able to select a HASS subject that is of interest to them and undertake the ‘Intensive’ course program.
The (HASS) Headquarters Experience Learning Program is here to privilege thinking, scaffold and break down the curriculum and skills into a relevant and engaging program that aims to develop independent and empowered learners.
CHANGES TO THE YEAR 10 SCIENCE PROGRAM
In Year 10, students have the immensely important task of choosing the subjects for their Year 11 and 12 pathway. In the past at All Saints’, all students at every ability level would work through a rotational model where they studied Chemistry, Physics and Biology over the course of Terms 1 to 3. The disadvantage of this model was that students would have to choose their subjects in Term 2, well before they had studied one of these important fields of Science. This lack of exposure to content meant that some students were making ill-informed decisions about their choice of subject for the future – for example, choosing Chemistry without having studied Chemistry in Year 10. Some students were also poorly placed in Year 10 due to their ability level and were resultingly discouraged from any future science study as a result of low motivation from a lack of success.
Accordingly, the Science department has adopted a new model for 2018, and students in Year 10 have been streamed into two courses. Some students have been placed into the “Science – General” course to best prepare them for General Courses in Year 11 and 12 (although not necessarily precluding them from Biology, Human Biology or Psychology at ATAR level), and others into the “Science” course to prepare for all possible ATAR Courses in Year 11 and 12.
Students in the “Science – General” have been identified as those that have encountered a lack of engagement with Science in the past. To increase their engagement, we have created a modified program based on the Australian Curriculum, which we hope will foster a greater interest in Science, increase their skills in scientific inquiry and have them meet with a level of success that will motivate them in the future.
Students in the “Science” course will study Physics, Chemistry and Biology for approximately five weeks each in Semester 1, followed by an exam in Term 2. These “starter” courses will give students the opportunity to try each of these subject areas prior to the selection of Year 11 courses. The Year 11 Courses that students may choose from are: Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology, Physics, Psychology and Integrated Science (General).
For Semester 2, following the selection of Year 11 Courses, students will be placed into either a “Physical Sciences ATAR preparation course” if students have chosen Physics and/or Chemistry as one of their Year 11 subjects, or a “Biological Sciences ATAR preparation course” if they have chosen Biology, Human Biology or Psychology. Students who choose either Chemistry or Physics and a biological science will be placed into the a “Physical Sciences ATAR preparation course”, as this has more difficult content. These courses will increase the level of students’ preparation for their Year 11 and 12 pathway, and will make the transition to ATAR level smoother and less stressful.
NAPLAN – May 2018
These tests are scheduled for the mornings of Tuesday, 15 May, Wednesday, 16 May and Thursday, 17 May 2018. All schools across Australia must complete the test on the same days.
Brochures have been given to Year 7 and 9 students in Week 3 via their Tutor. An email will also follow with the 2018 Information for Parents brochure.
2018 DIARY AND SEQTA IN THE SENIOR SCHOOL
Information that was previously located in the Homework Diary has been relocated in SEQTA so that it is easily accessible to students and families.
Policies relating to uniform, lateness, and other procedures may be found as individual documents. Parents who have used the notes at the back of the Diary to explain lateness or a uniform mishap and have run out can also find them in SEQTA. The graphic below shows where they are all located for your use. It may be good practice to print off one or two sheets of the notes and keep them at home, or in the car for that last-minute communication.
The graphic shows SEQTA Engage for parents, and the page in SEQTA Learn for students is the same.
PARENT INFORMATION NIGHTS - YOUR FEEDBACK
Thank you to all of the parents and guardians who attended the recent series of Parent Information Evenings. We welcome your feedback on these sessions and ask that you take just a few minutes to complete this survey so we can continue to refine and improve these events for 2019.
ITALIAN EXCHANGE STUDENTS
The College is fortunate to host several students from overseas for varying lengths of time each year and has associations with different organisations across the globe.
The students love their experience of Western Australian and the All Saints’ College culture, and are very grateful for the generosity shown to them by the ASC families who host them. In turn, we enjoy getting to know them and learn about their countries of origin.
Through our partnership with one particular organisation, goYonder, we hosted three Venetian students in 2017. We currently have with us Anna Giovine (Year 11) who will study at the College for all of Semester 1. We have invited three more students from Venice to join us later this year for stays of three months each. In this arrangement, host families are paid an amount of money each week (approximately $290) towards the cost of including an extra member in their family.
We expect to host Elisa Brocca from Venice in Term 2. We are grateful that a College family has already offered to host Elisa for most of the term but wish another family to host her for the final two weeks of her stay, from Sunday, 17 June to Saturday, 30 June 2018.
In Term 3 we will host Pietro Corezzola and Isotta Zanon. We are also seeking two families to host Pietro and Isotta - ideally one with a boy for Pietro and one with a girl for Isotta.
Please contact the College’s Dean of Student Wellbeing, Steven Davies [email protected] if you are interested in hosting any of our visiting Italian students (for three month stays) and would like more information.