6 May 2022

Learning & Teaching Report

6 May 2022

Learning & Teaching Report

Term 2 is a busy term for Learning & Teaching, with NAPLAN very quickly approaching, exams for Year 9 and 10 students, and our focus already starting to turn towards subject selection and careers pathways for 2023.

NAPLAN – Year 7 and 9 Students
The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) will be conducted for Years 7 and 9 students on Tuesday, 10 May, Wednesday, 11 May and Thursday 12 May.

Families can find more specific details about the NAPLAN testing by visiting MyMC.

This year the testing moves to an online format, so it is important that student laptops are in a good condition. Students who have damage to their laptops or are concerned about battery capacity or how the machine is functioning, should visit the ICT Helpdesk for assistance promptly. Students will also require a working pair of headphones.

Morrisby Profile – Year 10 Students
As part of the College’s approach to Careers Education and subject selection, all Year 10 students complete a careers profile via a program simply called Morrisby during periods 1 & 2 on Tuesday, 10 May, Wednesday,11 May and Thursday, 12 May.

The Morrisby Profile is a comprehensive online career profiling system that provides an objective measure of a few aptitudes, as well as describing your child’s interests and personality strengths. This information is used to generate suggestions around careers, study areas and programs and subjects they may enjoy and be suited to.

The goal of this profile is to increase the discussion around careers and pathways for our Year 10 students. It is not meant to be prescriptive but, the points highlighted should trigger a discussion and may perhaps provide previously not considered information for students. Students will be working with their Pastoral Leaders and our careers team to unpack and discuss the results.

The profile provides an excellent discussion point as we lead into subject selection for 2023.

Exams – Years 9 and 10
Year 9 and 10 students will engage in their first exam period from Monday, 30 May to Thursday, 2 June. This involves examinations in Religious Education, Mathematics, English and Science subjects. A timetable can be viewed on MyMC.

The purpose of the College-based exam program is to provide an opportunity for students to experience the preparation for, requirements and conditions of examinations. They also provide an essential opportunity for students to develop their understanding of the writing types and language of exams, and practice formulating written responses.

Not all of the essential skills are gained during the actual exam. The study and preparation in lead up to completing the papers requires a particular skill set that we hope to develop in our students during this experience. For this purpose, prior to the exams students in Year 9 and 10 will engage in a series of activities, through classes and the pastoral program, to develop study timetables and learn techniques to support their review and revision of content.

Monday, 30 May has been set aside for a structured student exam revision and preparation day. While students will not be onsite on this day, they will have work to continue with and have information to support them in structuring their day. During the pre-exam period for our Year 12 students much emphasis is given to student directed and planned revision, we endeavour to begin the development of these essential behaviours here.

Please refer to the information provided via MyMC for more details.

Subject Selection for 2023
It won’t be long, and we will turn our attention to students selecting their 2023 programs.

This will begin with the Year 10 students completing their Morrisby profiles in the coming week, and with Parent Information Nights towards the end of this term. Students will also be provided information in assemblies before they are asked to select their programs early in Term 3.

As a College, considering program offerings for a new year always brings a time of reflection. This is perhaps even more relevant after two years so heavily impacted by the pandemic. It should always be our goal to adapt to the changing needs of students, families and the learning and teaching environment. This we will continue to do as we endeavour to provide a holistic education, and one that empowers students and embeds effective life-long learning behaviours.

This aspect of reflection will mean that some may notice differences in subject selection this year. We are committed to providing a personalised learning environment for our students. This does not mean they have free choice in their subjects but, it’s important to us that we provide a variety of different options to support students in achieving to their potential.

So, you will notice the following:

  • We will be offering all of the new Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) qualifications: The traditional VCE option, as well as the new VCE Vocational Major and VCE Pathways Certificate.
  • Some change in language: As we work to support students and families in the selection program, we will be focusing on student year levels to clarify and aid that discussion. Terms like ‘breadth’, ‘depth’ and ‘pathways’ will be changed to reflect the student year levels involved.
If at any point families have any questions about subject selection for 2023 please don’t hesitate to reach out. I look forward to working with you all on this process.
Suzanne Farley
Deputy Principal, Leaning & Teaching