2 September 2022

Learning and Teaching

2 September 2022

Learning and Teaching

As we move toward the end of Term 3, for many, hopefully, the end-of-year examinations come into focus.

From Year 9 through to Year 12, over the coming months students will be required to complete exams in one or more subjects. This season begins with the GAT next week – Wednesday, 7 September.

Preparing for these assessments takes time. It is important for students to start exam preparation early, to give themselves the best chance of retaining the information they need and giving it the meaning that will help them excel.

I was recently fortunate to be privy to some advice from some of our states leading universities. I thought it worth sharing here. It is worth noting that students achieving the highest results in VCE studies, report that they spend 3 – 4 hours per night, and up to 6 hours over the weekend on studying. They also identify that they complete as many practice exam papers as possible, with an average of 5 practice papers per subject.

Click here to access an Exam Tips Document.

While we are reflecting on exams the General Achievement Test (GAT) has changed format this year. While in previous years it has been a 3-hour task, this year VCAA has introduced compulsory literacy and numeracy elements to the GAT.

The new standards will indicate whether students have demonstrated the literacy and numeracy skills typically expected of someone completing their secondary schooling – giving another indication of their readiness to move onto further education, training or employment. This does add an element of importance to the GAT and I encourage all to make themselves very familiar with information provided on this upcoming

Home Study Club
I am delighted to be able to announce that we have recently engaged four Pre-Service Teachers (PSTs) to support our Home Study Club.

I hope that this will be a huge support to students in the lead-up to exams. These PSTs are currently completing their teaching degrees at Australian Catholic University, Monash University and the University of Melbourne. As well as offering up-to-date educational models they have currency in their understanding of requirements of their fields and specialities in Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, English and Humanities.

We also have representatives from our Mathematics team available on both afternoons: Year 7 – 12 (including Maths Methods) support is available on Tuesday’s and a specialised Year 7 – 10 Maths teacher is available on Thursday.

As we move into Term 4, with the support of the new members of our Home Study Club support team we will be looking to set up some subject specific study groups. Please look out for the opportunity for students to register for these activities.

The Home Study Club operates in the Library on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, between 3:30pm and 5:00pm, and is open to all students, at all year levels.


Suzanne Farley
Deputy Principal – Learning and Teaching