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Academic Matters: Term 1 Week 5


2 March 2018

Academic Matters: Term 1 Week 5

Academic Matters: Term 1 Week 5

At the moment all of our students from Year 3 – 12 are providing feedback to our teachers. This is the third year that we have used the PIVOT process, but it’s the first year for our year 3 and 4 students. This feedback provides the teachers with really useful information like making specific changes to teaching practice and working with other teachers to discuss and develop learning strategies.

The second round is conducted in Term 3 and it’s here that we are able to use the information to provide guidance for our professional learning. From last year’s feedback this year we are concentrating on technologies in the classroom.

This week the organisation called She Flies came to give our students in Year 8 and staff opportunities to learn to fly drones (parrot mambos). Their premise is around improving female participation in STEM. The presenter asked our girls if they ever felt they were discouraged to do Maths and Science and their overwhelming response was “no”. Apparently, we are the first school to say this – Michelle McGrath, Head of Science and Olga Kumar, Head of Mathematics were particularly pleased about this response.

Morrisby testing occurred for all of our Year 10 students this week. This is an important test as it helps to provide a unique profile for students and illustrates how important school qualifications are for students to achieve their goals and career aspirations. The results will be distributed at the Parent Evening on April 3.

Last year as part of the parent identified that homework was identified as an area that required attention in the middle school. This year our staff have been making homework visible in seqta in relation to the homework timetable. Students from Year 7 – 10 have different amounts of time that they should be spending on homework:

  • Year 7 students should spend 45 minutes on homework each night.
  • Year 8 students 60 minutes
  • Year 9 students 75 -100 minutes, and
  • Year 10 students approximately 120 minutes on homework each night.

Also last week our staff have been setting assessments and providing feedback to students about their learning. Please take the time to logon to SEQTA and see the progress comments at this stage and don’t forget that you can download the SEQTA Engage app for your mobile devices. If you have any concerns about the progress of your child then please contact the Head of House, Head of Faculty or myself.

Teresa Hanel
Deputy Principal - Teaching and Learning



Beyond Scotch

There are essentially three options for students at the end of their secondary education. These are:

  1. Higher Education (University)
  2. Vocational Education Training/TAFE
  3. The workforce

Entrance into university courses requires completion of the SACE, attainment of a competitive Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR), and possibly also fulfilment of course specific entrance criteria (such as the UMAT, an audition, submission of a portfolio, attendance at an interview, etc).

The VET/TAFE sector has different entrance criteria and often involves the completion of Certificate II, Certificate III, Certificate IV or Diploma courses. These courses can lead to either direct employment opportunities in industry or trades or can also lead to further education entrance into Bachelor degrees at university.

The workforce requires students to have an up to date resumé, be prepared for an interview and may include on the job training. Some students also choose to undertake a gap year to travel, work and consider their options.


Applying for University

Applications for the 2019 academic year will open in the first week of August around Australia. Applications are processed by an administrative organisation in each state. Students may apply to as many states for university entrance as they wish – these applications are all independent of each other and have a processing fee of approximately $35 per state.

The websites for applications in each state are:

  • South Australia & Northern Territory – SATAC            
  • Victoria  - VTAC                                                             
  • New South Wales & ACT                                              
  • Queensland                                                                   
  • Western Australia                                                        
  • Tasmania                                                                      

Students may apply for up to 6 – 8 different university courses in each state, with the opportunity to keep adding, deleting and re-ordering their preferences for courses until early January 2019 (for domestic students). This allows them the opportunity to make informed final decisions about their university applications when they have their final Year 12 results from 2018.


Preparing for Applying to University

Scotch students will be presented with information about:

  • how to search for university courses
  • the timeline of the application process
  • how bonus points work in South Australia
  • checking for prerequisite subjects and assumed knowledge
  • how to compare university courses
  • university fee structures
  • how to research accommodation and scholarship opportunities
  • how to manage their preferences
  • responding to offers in January/February 2019

The first session for our Year 12 students is on Friday 9 March. We will make a copy of the presentation available and encourage you to begin the important dialogue about post-secondary options. We are available to meet with students at any stage during the year. Students in Cameron, Campbell and Stewart are asked to contact Mrs Belinda Sorensen, while students in Douglas, Gordon and McGregor are asked to contact Mr Mark Kelly.

Belinda Sorensen and Mark Kelly
Careers Counsellors