Term 3, Issue 02: Learning and Teaching | Siena College
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Learning and Teaching

Subject Selection Process

The subject selection process continues in preparation for the creation of a 2023 timetable. Heads of Learning and Subject Selection Coordinator, Mr Soon, will contact any student who may have missed out on a subject choice due to timetable constraints and discuss alternative options with them. Students will be notified of their subjects in Term 4, coinciding with the release of the 2023 Booklists.

The accelerated subject application results have been emailed to parents and students. Those who were deferred will have the opportunity to reapply at the end of Semester 2. The same criteria was applied across the cohort unless there were exceptional circumstances. The process therefore remains fair and consistent for all our students. This ensures that students have the opportunity to perform to the best of their ability and have a solid foundation for their final year of study. Deferred application candidates will be contacted at the completion of their exams regarding the status of their application.

2023 Booklists

Booklists will be available on Siena Central in Term 4 and parents will be notified via email. Secondhand books will be run by the Siena Parents' Association on the College premises. Further details will be communicated at the start of Term 4.

Learning Conversations

In response to parent feedback, we have endeavored to provide more evening timeslots for Term 3 Learning Conversations. They will be held online on:

  • Tuesday, 6 September from 3.15pm to 7.35pm
  • Wednesday, 7 September from 10.00am to 7.00pm

It would be greatly appreciated if you could prioritise attending a daytime slot, therefore freeing up evening slots for those who cannot attend during the day.

Year 11 and 12 students taking a Unit 3/4 subject will be taking part in the GAT on Wednesday, 7 September from 9.30am to 3.30pm. These students will only be able to attend Learning Conversations outside this time. Whilst students are encouraged to attend the Learning Conversations, parents may arrange a meeting without the students' presence.

Wednesday, 7 September is a non teaching day for Years 7 to 11 students who are not taking a Unit 3/4 subject. Students are expected to attend the Learning Conversation with their parents.

Tuesday, 30 August at 4.00pm

Years 11 to 12 Bookings Open

Wednesday, 31 August at 4.00pm

Years 7 to 10 Bookings Open

Monday, 5 September at 9.00am

Bookings Close for all year levels

Tuesday, 6 September from 3.15pm to 7.35pm

Learning Conversations (all year levels)

Wednesday, 7 September from 10.00am to 7.00pm

Learning Conversations (all year levels)

Bookings can be made via the Learning Conversations tile on Siena Central, which will be made available on Tuesday, 30 August. If you are using a smaller device to access the tile, it will be located at the bottom of the page. Please scroll down to locate the tile.

Parents are encouraged to engage with their daughter’s subject reflections via Siena Central. Interim Reports will also be available for download from Siena Central (Academic Reports) prior to Learning Conversations.

General Achievement Test (GAT)

The GAT will occur on Wednesday, 7 September from 8.40am to 3.00pm. All students completing a Unit 3/4 subject are required to complete the GAT. Students allocated special provisions will finish later. Buses will run at their regular times to ferry students completing the GAT. Please see separate News Item for more information.

Trial Exams

Unit 3/4 Trial Exams will take place from Monday, 26 September to Thursday, 29 September. This is an important opportunity for our Year 12 students and Year 11 accelerated students to prepare for their final exams. All students completing a Unit 3/4 subject are expected to attend. Parents and students have already received the Trial Examinations Timetable. Parents will receive a Trial Exam Report in Term 4. Please see separate News Item for more information.

Donna Laughlin

Deputy Principal Learning and Teaching
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