Term 1, Issue 4 - Learning and Teaching | Siena College
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Learning and Teaching

Parent Teacher Interviews

Interviews are now complete! A warm thank you to everyone for your participation and consideration during these events. For those of you who, due to specific circumstances, emailed a subject teacher to request a conversation outside of the interview dates, we will endeavour to facilitate these conversations within the first two weeks of Term 2. Activities Week commences on Monday and most teaching staff will be supporting and accompanying students on a wide variety of activities and will therefore be unavailable during the school day. Next week we will invite parent feedback via a survey available through News Digest. All comments will assist to inform our approach to Term 3 Parent Teacher Interviews.

Activities Week

Next week promises to be a wonderfully fun-filled week of myriad educational adventures as students are invited to ‘See the Possibilities!’. The weather is looking spectacular with a few days in the high twenties – don’t forget the sunscreen!

Year 7 and Year 8 students will head off to camp, and we look forward to hearing about their learning experiences through the many activities on offer during the camps. No doubt, they will have much to share upon their return.

Year 9 students will participate in an Arts and Technology focussed discovery of Melbourne City, ‘Siena in the Interconnected City’. The program offers enrichment of student understanding in the Arts and Technology subjects through carefully selected city experiences. Students will reflect upon these experiences as a source of inspiration to explore ideas, technologies, sustainability, and community, through the lens of ‘Be Possibility’, as the basis of a Term 2 unit of work within their Arts and Technology elective. The culmination of the students’ engagement will be displayed in the SITC Showcase, on June 1.

Year 10 and Year 11 Students have the opportunity to engage with a variety of activities offering further development of study skills, careers profiling, engagement with alumnae, body image workshop, leadership workshop, first aid workshop, and university tours, culminating with Melbourne City experiences on Thursday. With the range of experiences, the week offers many opportunities to further all aspects of student development.

Year 12 Students have the opportunity to reflect upon their learnings of Term 1 and to further connect with our College theme, ‘Be Possibility” during their retreat.

Semester 1 Examinations and Assessment Dates

Students studying a VCE Unit 3 and 4 subject will sit the compulsory VCAA GAT (General Achievement Test) on 9 June, between 10.15am – 1.00pm. Please note there will be no Year 11 or 12 classes on this day.

Year 9, 10 and 11 students will undertake Semester Examinations in June. The Year 9 to 11 Semester 1 examinations will commence on 11 June and conclude on 18 June.

The Siena ‘S’ date is the final date for unit assessment for each year level.

• Year 7 and Year 8 ‘S’ date is 11 June

• Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11 ‘S’ date is 4 June

• Year 12 Unit 3 ‘S’ date is 18 June

Term 1 Holidays

The Term holidays are a great opportunity for our students to relax and be reinvigorated. We expect that the Years 10 to 12 students will dedicate some of the holiday period to completing set work, preparing for Term 2 topics and revising for their Semester Examinations. Year 7–9 students will not have any set home learning over the holidays, but we do encourage them to continue with their wider reading.

I wish our students, parents and guardians a well-deserved break and a joyful Easter.

Donna Laughlin

Deputy Principal Learning and Teaching
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