11 August 2017
Our current Year 9 students will be the first cohort to be exposed to the new senior curriculum. Students will still obtain a Queensland Certificate of Education, but instead of an OP or Field Position as their tertiary entry requirement they will receive an ATAR score.
Staff at Glennie are hard at work preparing for the new system while still ensuring that the Year 12s of 2017, 2018 and 2109 are fully prepared for their assessments and QCS tests. We will not take the eye off the ball for these students and will continue to support them with the same dedication that we have in the past to ensure they obtain their best possible OP.
In preparation for the new curriculum (for implementation Yr 11, 2019) we have done the following:
- Created a Senior Curriculum Working party made up of staff from across the MSY, who meet regularly to discuss subjects, assessments and implementation plans.
- Received input from all staff so that we can make the most use of their expertise.
- In order to determine best practice, senior staff spent time at high achieving schools in Victoria who have been involved in a very similar system for many years. The schools visited were Korowa Anglican Girls’ School, The Knox School, Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School, Caulfield Grammar School and Mentone Girls’ Grammar School.
- Chris Rider, the CEO of the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority has addressed staff about these changes on a number of occasions. QCAA’s key role is to assist and support schools to deliver the best curriculum and assessment practices for all young people from Kindergarten to Year 12. We work closely with QCAA to ensure that we make correct decisions around standards, and that these decisions are made reliably and with validity.
- All teachers of senior classes are attending workshops facilitated by the QCAA on the new syllabuses.
- Our Year 11 cohort took part in an external English trial exam in June and achieved far better than State average.
Mrs Jo Matherson, in her Headlights article this week, highlights what teachers and parents can do to help their child, no matter the age, to perform well. She quotes a book by Wendy Berliner & Deborah Eyre where they provide practical advice on how to make your child think in different ways by using cognitive skills, values, attitudes and attributes.
As you can see we are doing solid groundwork in anticipation of the changes and are ahead of the game as far as planning for the new system is concerned.
Mrs Kim Cohen