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

Siena in the City Showcase

Thank you to our Year 9 students and their families who attended the Siena in the City Showcase. It is always a wonderful evening enjoyed by students and parents alike as the students share their experiences in the city during Horizons Week. Thank you to Claire Al-Noah, Head of The Arts and Technology, and all our teachers from The Arts and Technology faculty for arranging a thoughtful and engaging week for our students. Congratulations to all Year 9 students for the impressive presentations, a great culmination of many weeks of learning.

Careers Showcase

Our annual Careers Showcase, presented by the Siena Alumnae Association, will be held at the College on Thursday, 9 June. The popularity of the event is testament to the calibre of speakers we engage to discuss and share their career experiences and post-school pathways. It is always a privilege and a pleasure to hear from our alumnae, who have successfully navigated a path to a meaningful career in a variety of fields; they often attribute their success to the high standard of their Dominican Education at Siena College. The event is designed to help students broaden their knowledge and understanding of a wide range of careers that may be of potential interest.

For more information, please read the News Item posted on 13 May.

To register and select your preferred sessions, please click here. Bookings close on Monday, 6 June at 9.00am.

Examination Preparation

On Monday evening we held a webinar for parents and students, focusing on study tips and preparation for examinations. The recording is available on the Examinations Tile on Siena Central and includes the PowerPoint Presentation.

Subject specific revision guides are available on the Siena Central Course Pages.


Please refer to the Examinations tile on Siena Central for information about the upcoming Year 9 to 11 Exams.

Students must please arrive at their examination venue ten minutes before the scheduled starting time. They are expected to remain at the College between examinations each day and attend a Private Study Room in the Learning Centre. Students may leave after their last exam for the day.

Full winter school uniform must be worn and mobile phones, smart watches or other unauthorised digital devices are NOT permitted in the examination venue. Students may only take the following materials into their exams:

  • Clear plastic bag/pocket as pencil case
  • Clear water bottle
  • Other allowed materials as per the subject revision sheet

Examinations will not be rescheduled if a student is absent. If they cannot attend an examination, please notify Siena College prior to 9.00am. Send a note/email to the Head of House to explain the absence.

Year 11 Accelerated Study students must attend their Year 11 exam rather than their Year 12 Class. If they do not have an exam, they should attend their Year 12 Accelerated classes.

Please note the following key dates as we approach the end of the term.

Friday, 3 June

Years 9 to 11: All classroom assessment completed

Thursday, 9 June

Years 9 to 11: All classroom assessment returned to students

Friday, 10 June

Years 9 to 11: Examinations commence
Years 7 and 8: All assessment completed

Friday, 17 June

Years 9 to 11: Exams conclude
Unit 3: All assessment completed
Years 7, 8 and 12 classes conclude
Last Day of Term for Students

Student Reflections on Classroom Learning Indicators

This week, all students commence their learning reflection in each subject based on the Classroom Learning Indicators. As students complete each self-reflection, parents will receive an email notification and may view the responses by clicking on the link.

Semester 1 Reports

The Semester Report provides feedback on the five specific Classroom Learning Indicators and parents and students will be able to see if there has been any progress or consolidation in this area. It also includes a statement of results of all assessment tasks and at Years 7 to 11, an overall percentage score, taking into consideration the individual weightings for each task. If a percentage score is not given, a letter grade is used, such as NS (a school sanctioned absence and no penalty) or NA (not assessed and a score of zero). At Year 12, it will consist of S (Satisfactory) or N (Not Satisfactory) for each assessment task.

Semester reports will not have teacher comments, as the feedback has been throughout the semester and targeted to the assessment task.

Last week of Term 2

Friday, 17 June will be the last day of Term 2 for students. Teaching staff will participate in a Staff Week until 24 June, dedicated to the marking of examinations, preparation of reports and Professional Learning.

Semester 2 / Term 3 commences on Monday, 11 July.

Donna Laughlin

Deputy Principal Learning and Teaching
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