Dear Parents and Guardians,
Below is a Learning and Teaching update on upcoming events:
Exams and GAT (Wednesday June 7 – Wednesday June 14):
Year 8 to 11 students will begin their exams at the end of the week and into next week. Your son and/or daughter would have received the dates of the exams in an email. Teachers would have begun the revision process for these exams and I would encourage you to assist in this process by ensuring that students implement a homestudy routine to ensure they are prepared, so that they can maximise their potential for success. I have included in this email the timetable of when these exams are on. Students will be in their core group for these exams.
Students studying VCE subjects will also be partaking in the GAT. The GAT is general knowledge and skills that students are likely to have built up through their school years and because of this, 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.
Please note for all exams that require a calculator other than their Maths exams, students will need to use a standard scientific calculator.
Year 8-10 Exam Timetable:
Year 8-10 Exam Timetable (272 KB)
Year 11 Exam Timetable:
Year 11 Exam Timetable (304 KB)
Parents and Students Subject Selection and Pathways information night (Monday June 26 5.30pm-7.30pm)
Students will be selecting their preferences and pathways for 2018 on Tuesday July 25.
There is an extensive process leading up to this day and to assist parents and students, the College will hold a parent and students pathways and information night for students in Year 8, 9 and 10.
The main purpose of the night is to generate active discussion at home to facilitate effective decision making with respect to student subject choices and pathways. I encourage parents and students of all years to attend this night so that to understand the pathways and subjects offered at Damascus College.
An inclusion at this year’s information night is a Career workshop entitled ‘What do I want to be? Where Do I Go? And How do I get there?’. This workshop will focus on assisting parents and students in working out the career options that are available for students and how to maximise their success in reaching that destination.
The program for the night and process for subject and pathways selection is included here:
Further information including FAQ, subject selection material will be available from the Damascus Website. A link will be available in the Damascus News in the next week; however, students will be privy to this information on Tuesday June 13.
Reports (available Friday June 30)
The Victorian Curriculum Foundation - 10 (F-10) sets out what every student should learn during their first eleven years of schooling. The curriculum is the common set of knowledge and skills required by students for life-long learning, social development and active and informed citizenship.
The Victorian Curriculum F-10 incorporates the Australian Curriculum and reflects Victorian priorities and standards.
The College's end-of-semester student reports includes a course description, work habits, assessment task grades and a comparison against the Victorian Curriculum standards. These reports are available via the Parent Access Module (PAM) at the end of each semester.
During the semester, assessment task grades and teacher comments will be available via PAM. In this way, teachers will provide timely and directed comments to students and parents to improve learning outcomes. This means that there will be no written comments on the end of semester reports.
The reports progression points is similar to AusVels from previous years. The progression level chart that you can use to see what the expected levels are for your son and/or daughter is available here:
Progression Point Scale (117 KB)
The end of semester reports will be available Friday June 30.
Ashwin Pillai (Assistant Principal - Learning and Teaching)