Calendar 2021

Aug
05
07:00PM 05 August
College Musical
Beauty and the Beast: The Musical
Aug
12
11:30AM 12 August
Madagascar: Junior School Musical
Aug
18
09:15AM 18 August
Week 5
Early Learning Centre Tour (T3W5...
Aug
19
09:00AM 19 August
Week 5
Middle & Senior School Tour (...
Aug
24
09:15AM 24 August
Junior School Tour (T3W06 2021)
Sep
09
09:15AM 09 September
Week 8
Junior School Tour (T3W08 2021)
Sep
14
09:00AM 14 September
Week 9
Middle & Senior School Tour (...
Sep
16
09:15AM 16 September
Week 9
Early Learning Centre Tour (T3W9...
Oct
19
09:15AM 19 October
Week 2
Junior School Tour (T4W02 2021)
Oct
27
09:00AM 27 October
Week 3
Middle & Senior School Tour (...
Oct
28
09:15AM 28 October
Week 3
Early Learning Centre Tour (T4W3...
Nov
11
09:15AM 11 November
Week 5
Junior School Tour (T4W05 2021)
Nov
17
09:15AM 17 November
Week 6
Early Learning Centre Tour (T4W6...
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Academic Matters: Week 3

News

7 May 2021

Academic Matters: Week 3

Academic Matters: Week 3

NAPLAN is the measure through which governments, education authorities, schools, teachers, and parents can determine whether or not students have the literacy and numeracy skills that provide the critical foundation for other learning and for their productive and rewarding participation in the community.

The tests provide parents and schools with an understanding of how individual students are performing at the time of the tests. They also provide schools, states, and territories with information about how education programs are working, and which areas need to be prioritised for improvement. NAPLAN tests are one aspect of each school’s assessment and reporting process, and do not replace the extensive, ongoing assessments made by our teachers about each student’s performance.

The order of the tests is very important for the ‘tailoring’ and must be done in the following way – Reading, Writing, Conventions of Language and Numeracy. The testing schedule is below, if possible, please do not schedule any appointments during these times. If you cannot schedule another time, then let us know. Students who are sick there will be an opportunity to do the tests on Friday May 14 please contact Debra Murray dmurray@scotch.sa.edu.au  

On Torrens Park Campus students will be undertaking all the tests in the Chapel. The following is the schedule for Year 7 and Year 9.

Year 7 Test Time

Tuesday May 11

Reading

11.35 am until 1.05 pm

Wednesday May 12

Writing

8.35am am until 10.05 am

Wednesday May 12

Conventions of Language

11.35 am until 1.05 pm

Thursday May 13

Numeracy

11.35 am until 1.05 pm

 

Year 9 Test Time

Tuesday May 11

Reading

8.35am am until 10.05 am

Tuesday May 11

Writing

1.55 pm until 3.30 pm

Wednesday May 12

Conventions of Language

1.55 pm until 3.30 pm

Thursday May 13

Numeracy

8.35am am until 10.05 am

 

Future Capabilities project

Last year the SACE Board asked schools if they would like to be involved in reframing the SACE to support the work in schools to create thriving learners. Scotch will be involved in learner profile work which is about showcasing the knowledge, skills, and capabilities of the whole student. This complements our work with the University of Melbourne, where we are developing the Ethics capability for our students. Mark Goreham and Michelle McGrath attended sessions this week and next week David Albano and Amanda Johnson will look at the personal enterprise capability. 

The Capabilities project is a core component of the SACE Board’s Thrive agenda which is committed to fulfilling the learning entitlement of students. The work is about developing capability assessment frameworks which can be used as a developmental and evidencing tool.   

 

Da Vinci Decathlon 2021

Inspired by one of the world’s greatest thinkers, Leonardo da Vinci, the Decathlon is an academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of your students. Students compete in teams of eight across 10 disciplines: Mathematics and Chess; English; Science; Code Breaking; Engineering Challenge; Ideation; Creative Producers; Art and Poetry; Cartography; General Knowledge.

Shannon Davey and Ed McInnes have eight Year 7 students who will be attending on Wednesday 19 May at Saint Peters Girls and we are looking for some year 9 students who would like to go along on Thursday 20 May. If you are keen to go along then please let me know ASAP.

 

Australian Curriculum Review

Currently ACARA is asking for public consultation about the curriculum from F – 10 if you are interested in having a say then please see here. The consultation period is open until 8 July. Many of our staff are involved in subject associations where they will give specific feedback about the learning areas and as an independent sector Scotch will participate with AISSA.

 

Elevate Parent Webinars

Today I had an email from Elevate Education letting me know the following: “We are so glad to have seen so many parents of Scotch College - Adelaide participating in the webinar we ran last week on Time Management. Of the 2000 parents who registered for the event, 53 were parents from Scotch College - Adelaide, which makes you one of our most engaged schools across Australia.” Congratulations and thank you for supporting the program. The next webinar on 19 May will focus on Memory and Strategies for Effective Revision and parents can register here

Teresa Hanel
Deputy Principal - Teaching and Learning