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From the VCE Coordinator and Head of Staffing

Semester 2 staffing changes

As detailed fully in the last Newsletter, we have a number of staff changes for Semester 2.

We welcome to the Woodleigh School Community Ms Irene Balder. Irene has taken over Ms Danielle McDonald's role. We also welcome Ms Claire Wearne who is taking Mr Nick Donaldson’s classes during his Semester 2 Long Service Leave.

Holiday Homework letters

VCE parents may have received correspondence about overdue holiday homework over the past week. In all VCE studies, staff do set holiday homework each holiday break. This work provides essential preparation and/or revision over the VCE years. We would really appreciate your support in ensuring students complete and submit this overdue set work.

Year 12 English Practice Examination

On Tuesday 16 July, we ran a Practice Examination for Year 12 English students. These exams are being marked and feedback will be provided soon. Further Practice Examinations will be held during Year 7-11 Activities Week from 12-16 August and also at the start of Term 4 on Monday 6 October.

Change of Subjects Unit 2 and Year 9/10 Semester 2

Straight after the Year 11 mid-year exams (last term) we commenced all of our VCE Unit 2 studies; Unit 2 subject changes should all now be finalised.

After the mid-year holiday, we began Semester 2 electives for Year 9 and 10, so students in Years 9 or 10 wishing to make changes to their electives should do so asap. Any students who would like to enquire about changing their Year 9 or 10 program should speak with Ms Tracey Glen (Year 9) or Mrs Gina Bolch (Year 10).

Year 12 Practice Exam Week 12-16 August

During Week 5 (Activities Week 2 for Year 7-11 students), our Year 12 students will all sit practice written examinations in each of their subjects. Staff will mark (and grade) these examinations as well as provide feedback on areas for improvement. Unit 3 and 4 studies all have written examinations – they commence on Wednesday 30 October (with the English examination). All students have access to the VCAA Examination Dates and parents may also wish to check this timetable.

Second round of Parent–Student-Teacher Interviews and VCE Assessments

We have a second round of Parent-Student-Teacher Interviews coming up for all year levels over the latter part of Term 3.

The second round of Interview opportunities will be held on:

  • Thursday 12 September 9.00am - 8.30pm
  • Tuesday 17 September 4.00pm – 8.30pm

Normal classes will NOT run on Thursday 12 September for Years 7-12 students.

However, concurrently to the full day of Interviews, we will be running some COMPULSORY SACs/Outcomes including a Year 12 English SAC, a Year 11 English Outcome and a Year 12 Specialist Math SAC. We also plan to have Open Studio for Art and VCD students, Open Workshop for PDT students, Open Drama Room and Music Performance area for students rehearsing for their upcoming VCAA Performance examinations as well as looking into the possibly of providing LOTE Oral Examination Practice opportunities.

SAC Absence Reminders

Just a reminder that parents must notify Woodleigh Reception as early as possible on the day their daughter/son is absent from school – this includes all senior students. Senior students who will miss a Unit 3 and 4 SAC or SAT due to absence MUST have a Medical Certificate (or similar) and present it to me as soon as they return to school so that Special Provision arrangements can be put into place. Students who know they will miss a SAC because of sport, excursions or OES trips etc., MUST see me prior to the event to organise a change of date and to complete the required VCAA paperwork. The SAC/SAT Calendar is available on SEQTA documents.

Illness and difficult circumstances

It is important that all VCE families are aware of the special consideration available to students diagnosed with illness or undergoing difficult circumstances. The options include SEA (Special Examination Arrangements) and SEAS (Special Entry Access Schemes). If issues arise please let me know so I can advise the best possible course of action, and I can put supports in place where they are needed.

Many students will qualify to put in SEAS Applications – these are submitted online after a student has submitted their VTAC preferences – the closing date for SEAS applications with supporting evidence is 11 October.

Mrs Gina Bolch will raise SEAS with all Year 12s during their Careers appointment this term so that they understand the process and assist them to open an application if they are eligible to apply. Many staff, including Pak, tutors, Pathways staff and myself are able to provide the supporting statements that students need to provide as evidence for a Difficult Circumstances application. Applications on grounds of Medical Conditions must be supported by appropriate Medical Practitioners – it can take time to get these medical appointments/statements so please plan well in advance. To read more details about SEAS, please click here. 

Contact with VCE staff

I invite parents to make phone contact with me, or other VCE teachers that you may wish to contact, via phone whenever possible. Emails sometimes end up in staff junk email boxes or are not seen early enough to be acted upon in a timely matter – so if the matter is urgent, or you wish to discuss something that is concerning you, please do make contact with staff by calling Reception.

Deb Agar
VCE Coordinator and Head of Staffing