Friday, 19 May 2017 00:00

Issue 7 Deputy Principal Teaching and Learning

  • An Amazing Two Letter English Word                                                                 BACK    

  • Year 10 Portal Page

  • ESTs for Year 12 General and Foundation courses

  • Year 11 and 12 Examinations 

An Amazing Two-Letter English Word
The following is an abridged version of a presentation I delivered to the Secondary School earlier this term taht I want to share with you all.

What is one word in the English language that can be a noun, verb, adjective, adverb and preposition? 

This two-letter word in English has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word is 'UP'. It is listed in the dictionary as an adverb, preposition, adjective, noun or verb.

It is easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP? At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do we speak UP? We call UP our friends, brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and fix UP an old car.

At other times, this little word has real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses. To be dressed is one thing but to be dressed UP, is special.

And this UP is confusing: A drain must be opened UP because it is blocked UP.
We open UP a shop in the morning but we close it UP at night. We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP!
When it threatens to rain; it is clouding UP. When the sun comes out; it is clearing UP. When it rains, the earth soaks it UP. When it does not rain for a while; things dry UP.

People can give UP on their dreams.

is indeed a confusing word, but it is also a powerful word. Especially when combined with nine other two letter words.

If it is to be, it is UP to me.

Now expand on that sentence. If it is to be a tidier school, it is up to me to put my rubbish in the bin or pick it up. If it is to be that I get better academic results, it is up to me to make that happen. If it is to be that the school is a kinder place, it is up to me to be kind to others.

Rather than feel powerless to make a difference, students should take responsibility for some of the aspects of their own lives, such as academic results, but students should also know that they can contribute to make changes in the local and global community.

I have been very privileged to spend Term 1 of 2017 volunteering and travelling in South America and Antarctica. One of the highlights of my trip was volunteering at an animal sanctuary in the Amazon for native wildlife rescued from the black market. The lady who ran the centre embodied the phrase, if it is to be it is up to me. At one of our upcoming Secondary Assemblies I will be expanding on this further.

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Year 10 Portal Page
A new SEQTA portal page has been opened on Learn and Engage to current Year 10 students called ‘Course Selection 2018’. This page has a copy of the Year 11 course prerequisites required for the 2018 Year 11 courses. The page will also feature information about course selections and VET applications as we commence the process in Term 3.

ESTs for Year 12 General and Foundation courses – Monday 22 May – Wednesday 24 May
Students enrolled in Year 12 General and Foundation courses will be sitting Externally Set Tasks (ESTs), commencing Monday 21 May. These are compulsory 50 minute assessments that all Year 12s enrolled in these courses in WA, are required to sit and constitute 15% of the course assessment. The tasks are set by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA). However, teachers at the School will mark the assessments using a marking key provided by SCSA and sample scripts will be forwarded to them for moderation purposes. Examination conditions apply for students sitting ESTs. ESTs are sat before the examination period commences in order to meet SCSA requirements and deadlines. The regular timetable continues to apply except for when a scheduled EST is to be sat.

Year 11 and 12 Examinations  Friday 26 May – Friday 2 June
Year 11 and 12 Examinations commence Friday 26 May and conclude Friday 2 June. Students have received their examination timetable and a copy of the conditions (rules) that must be observed for examinations. Year 11 and 12 students only attend school on the days that they are to sit a scheduled examination. Most examinations are scheduled for the morning, commencing at 8:40 am. After sitting their examination (students must stay for the full duration of the examination), students should return home. Should a student wish to attend school at times when they do not have a scheduled examination, they must sign in at Student Services Reception on arrival (or after their examination if they intend remaining at school) and sign out when they depart the School. Provision will be made for students to study/work in the Library Resource Centre.

Classes for Year 11 and 12 ATAR, General, Foundation, Preliminary and Certificate courses are generally suspended for the examination period. However, please note that teachers of these courses may require their students to attend some lessons. If this applies to your son/daughter (you will receive notification from the teacher), the expectation is for him/her to attend these lessons. VET students continue with their regular programme on Thursday and Friday but do not attend school Monday to Wednesday, unless their teachers require them to do so.

When not attending school for a scheduled examination, the expectation for all students is to be studying at home, completing course tasks, attending work placements or attending TAFE (VET students). The time should not be viewed as additional free/holiday time. All classes recommence on Tuesday 6 June. Monday 5 June is a public holiday.


Best wishes
Anne Harris
Deputy Principal Teaching and Learning

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