Curriculum News

Ms Jennifer Smeed, Mrs Roxanne Rosenberg and Ms Tara Franklin

Year 12 External Assessment

Congratulations to our Year 12 students who have now all completed their final External Assessments!

 

Over the past 3.5 weeks, the College has run 33 Year 12 external exams for students enrolled in General subjects. I would like to commend the boys on the way they completed these exams being prepared, punctual and working hard throughout the entirety of each paper. Most impressively, the boys were consistently supportive of one another before and after every paper. Well done, gentlemen.

 

As they have now completed their final Year 12 assessment I wish them all the best for celebrations throughout this week. QCE and ATAR results will be released online to students on Friday 17 December 2021.

Year 12 Prizegiving

At the Year 12 prizegiving later this week, students will be acknowledged by the presentation of several academic awards. These awards include:

  • The Champagnat Award for Conspicuous Effort in Study is awarded to students who receive a minimum of 90% of A’s in Areas of Application throughout Year 12.
  • The Brother Cyprian Memorial Trophy for Conspicuous Effort in Study is awarded to a Year 12 student who demonstrates academic diligence and receives the highest percentage of A’s in Areas of Application throughout Year 12. In the event of a tie the following criteria are used in the following order to narrow the selection to one student; 
    • Highest level of Pastoral grades throughout Year 12 
    • Highest percentage of A’s in Areas of Application throughout Year 11 
    • Highest level of Year 12 Academic Achievement 
  • The Brother Harold Memorial Award for Applied Vocational Studies is awarded to a Year 12 student who has received a VET Award throughout senior and is enrolled in two or more VET Certificate courses. The recipient must have completed a minimum of three Work Experience placements through the College or have actively sought a School Based Apprenticeship pathway, secured an apprenticeship or is in a strong position to receive one in the future based on their hard work, perseverance and commitment. 
  • First, second and third in subject awards are presented to students whose total marks in General and Applied subjects from Unit 3 and 4 place them as first, second and third of the cohort of students who studied this subject. In the event where there is a tie in Unit 3 and 4 marks (e.g. both students finish on 75/75) the marks from summative assessment across Unit 2 and 1 will be used to determine the placings. 
  • The Brother Ignatius Memorial Trophy for Senior Proficiency is presented to a Year 12 student whose confirmed aggregate results from the internal assessment items of Units 3 and 4 rank in the fourth highest position.
  • The Brother Andrew Memorial Cup for Third Aggregate in Year Twelve is presented to a Year 12 student whose confirmed aggregate results from the internal assessment items of Units 3 and 4 rank in the third highest position. 
  • The Thomas Foley Memorial Cup for Second Aggregate in Year Twelve is presented to a Year 12 student whose results confirmed aggregate results from the internal assessment items of Units 3 and 4 rank in the second highest position.
  • The Brother Terence Heinrich Memorial Prize for Frist Aggregate in Year Twelve is presented to a Year 12 student whose confirmed aggregate results from the internal assessment items of Units 3 and 4 rank in the highest position.

Year 10 and 11 Exam Block

Year 10 and 11 Exam Block began today and will run through to Tuesday 23 November. The block provides students with the opportunity to study for their exams from home when they are not required on campus for exams. This exam block privilege is provided to students who are up-to-date with assessment for all subjects (including their VET courses and Work Skills modules). If your son has not submitted assessment or completed the tasks to a reasonable standard, he will be required to remain at school over this exam block in order to catch up on this work. You will be contacted before the commencement of exam block via email if this applies to your son. If you have any questions about this process please do not hesitate to contact the Secondary Learning Leader, Mrs Tara Franklin, at franklint@marash.qld.edu.au.

 

On Friday 19 November, there are no scheduled exams for students in Years 10 and 11. This is to allow these students to attend the Year 12 farewell celebrations. Students are expected to be at the College in full school uniform by 10:45am. They will need to sign in and out at the CLE to show when on campus. Boys will be allowed to leave after the event has concluded at approximately 1:00pm. 

 

Year 7 to 9 Exam Block

The Middle School exam block (Years 7-9) will run from Monday 15 November to Tuesday 23  November.  All students will remain in normal timetabled lessons, unless there is a scheduled exam. 

 

Please ensure that you have all of your equipment ready.  This includes:

  • Pens (at least two)
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Ruler
  • Highlighter
  • Specialist equipment (eg calculator if required)

Ensure that during this week you keep a regular schedule.  Eat a healthy diet, exercise and get plenty of sleep.  Please also remember to bring a water bottle into the exam. It can get quite hot in the exam room so having some water to keep you hydrated is important. 

If your son misses a scheduled exam due to illness or family matters, he will be able to make up this assessment on 23 November from 3:00-5:00pm in the Senior School library.

Friday Academic Detention

As per the College diary, students will be placed on Friday academic detentions for not meeting classroom expectations.  This may be due to missed homework, incomplete drafts or non-submission of assessment to name a few. 

 

The College has introduced Pastoral Comment (PC) entries for Curriculum Leaders to enter details for Friday academic detentions.  This process will send automatic notifications to parents and students via parent lounge and student café.  Parents are asked to acknowledge notification of this detention when issued. 

 

Parents and guardians will be notified via email of a PC entry and will be directed to Parent Lounge to view and acknowledge the notification. 

 

Steps to follow are:

 

1. Parent Lounge: click on the notification tile 

 

 

2. A drop-down item will appear with details pertaining to PC Entry.  Click on ‘see more’ to read further details for the Pastoral Care Entry.

 
 

 

3. Once you have read the reason for the detention, please tick on the acknowledge box.  If you would like to see other PC Entries your son may have received please click on the ‘show history’ link.

 

Week 7 Study Tips 

It goes without saying that cramming places too much stress onto the brain, pushing it beyond its limits. When the brain is strained, too often, it increases feelings of anxiety, frustration, fatigue and even confusion. Like the human body, the brain needs time to breathe, relax and refocus. Research has shown that a good night’s sleep and a healthy diet is optimal for exam performance.

 

Study Hall has concluded for the year. Term 1 sessions will focus on organisation. 

 

 

We wish all students all the best with their end of year assessments!

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