A Message from the Head of Senior Years

4 August 2017

With only 15 – 18 months until QCAA officially implements the new senior curriculum (recently re-named the new Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) System), schools and teachers are busily making decisions about subjects and timing, as well as immersing themselves in the detail of the new senior syllabuses. I have attached a new document for parents from the QCAA outlining popular questions and answers for families with students beginning Year 10 in 2018.

While this document outlines some general changes, it is important to note that at Glennie:

  • Staff have already been involved in professional development to learn about the new quality assurance processes and to familiarise themselves with the new General syllabuses
  • Heads of Departments have begun to plan for changes associated with more defined syllabuses, quality assurance processes for school-based assessment, and the introduction of external assessment
  • Senior leadership staff have already facilitated a number of professional conversations with teachers about the underpinning construct and design features of the General syllabuses as well as the new QCE system

When the last of the QCAA decisions are made about how the new system will operate in schools, we will hold an information evening for Year 9 parents and students. We had hoped this detail would be available by now; however, it looks as though it will be released by QCAA in October. As such, this evening will be held early in Term 4. In the meantime, please take the time to read the new QCAA flier for parents and be assured that extensive planning has been underway all year to ensure The Glennie School develops a curriculum model of the Senior Years that will be the envy of all schools in the region.

Ms Tonia Gloudemans
Head of Senior Years


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