A Message from the Head of Senior Years

14 July 2017

With Queensland’s system of senior assessment set to change, a great deal of work has been done by teachers to ensure The School is ready for 2018 and beyond. Central to the changes include:

  • new processes to strengthen the quality and comparability of school-based assessment
  • an external assessment introduced in most subjects
  • a move away from the Overall Position (OP) rank to an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)

Although we have most of the information we need to make decisions about how we will implement the changes at Glennie, it is important for parents to note that some of the fine print has yet to be released. What does this mean for parents of students who are currently in Year 9? In terms of making decisions about elective subjects for 2018:

  • We may not have enough syllabus information to outline the detail of those subjects on offer
  • We may not have all the answers to questions about student acceleration in the Senior Years
  • We may not know how special arrangements will work for individual students seeking a unique study program 

All parents are invited to read the attached QCAA information sheet outlining a comparison of the current and new systems. We will also have a Year 9 Parent Information Evening later in the term outlining the changes as they will affect students at Glennie. Note: this evening is not the one next week! A date will be determined in the next few weeks.

Ms Tonia Gloudemans
Head of Senior Years

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