Term 2, Issue 03 - Learning and Teaching | Siena College

Learning and Teaching

End of Term 2

Congratulations to the Years 9 to 11 students on the way that they have approached the Assessment Week. Assessments will be returned to students at the start of Term 3. Year 7, 8 and 12 students have also been working well to complete the term. All Year 7 to 12 results will be published on Siena Central by Friday, 26 June and Semester 1 reports will be available on Wednesday, 1 July.

Tuesday, 23 June is the final day for all students. Years 10 to 12 students are required to complete any set home learning during the holiday break. Years 7 to 9 students are encouraged to catch up on some reading.

Staff will participate in three staff professional learning days from Wednesday, 24 June to Friday, 26 June. Over this period, assessments will be marked, reports prepared and Semester 2 subject planning will take place.

Thank you to all the staff who have done an incredible job providing the best learning experience for our students during remote learning, and then adapting to the staggered return to school. We have been well supported by our support staff working tirelessly behind the scenes.

Term 3 Subject Selection

The 2021 subject selection process will commence in Term 3. As a result of COVID-19, we will run the subject selection process differently this year. Years 7 to 11 students will access the Heads of Learning subject presentations online during a Pastoral session and these will also be accessible for parents via Siena Central. Year 8 students will also receive a PDF version of the Year 9 Handbook, and Years 9 to 11 students will receive a PDF version of the Year 10 to 12 Handbook in Term 3, Week 1.

The Year 9 and 10 Senior Pathways evening will be a virtual event held on Thursday, 30 July from 6.00pm to 7.45 pm. Parents and students will be provided a link to enter Year 10 (2021) and Year 11 (2021) rooms, via Zoom. The purpose of the virtual evening will be to respond to any parent and student questions regarding subject choices. This will take place instead of the usual subject expo held at school.

Parents and students will be able to post questions prior to the evening and further information regarding this will be sent to parents early next term.

Accelerated Studies Program

Students in Years 9 and 10 can apply for an accelerated study. The Unit 1 and 2 accelerated subjects are: Biology, Drama, Physical Education, Product Design and Technology and Psychology.
A Year 9 student must meet the following criteria:

  • An overall result of 80% or higher in the accelerated subject area
  • An overall result of 75% or higher in all other Year 9 subjects studied in Semester 1.

The Unit 3 and 4 accelerated subjects are: Biology, Business Management, Drama, Further Mathematics, Geography, Physical Education, Product Design and Technology and Psychology.
A Year 10 student must meet the following criteria:

  • An overall result of 80% or higher in the accelerated subject area
  • An overall result of 75% or higher in Year 10 English
  • An overall result of 75% or higher in at least two other Year 10 subjects studied in Semester 1

A high level of literacy is beneficial to a student studying an accelerated subject. A student who does not meet these criteria in Semester 1 may reapply at the end of Semester 2 but cannot be guaranteed a place.



Bernadette Donnelly

Deputy Principal Learning and Teaching
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