Term 3, Issue 3 - Learning and Teaching | Siena College
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Learning and Teaching

Subject Selection

The subject selection process is continuing, in readiness for the creation of a 2021 timetable. In early Term 4, the Subject Selection Coordinator, will contact any student who may have missed out on a subject choice due to timetable constraints and place them in their reserve choice. Students will be notified of their subjects in Term 4, to coincide with the release of booklists.

Students who applied to do an accelerated subject and were deferred, will have the opportunity to reapply at the end of Semester 2. While every effort will be made to accommodate accelerated applications that meet the criteria, entry into the class is dependent upon a place being available in the class and timetabling constraints. Those who have been successful with their Semester 1 application are encouraged to maintain their results in Semester 2, otherwise approval may be withdrawn.

2021 Booklists

Booklists will be published on Siena Central in Term 4 and parents will be notified via email. The secondhand book sale will take place on 5 December and will be coordinated by SPA in collaboration with I Love Books.

Online Learning Achievement Feedback

The second round of Online Learning Achievements for Years 7 to 12 will be released on Friday, 4 September at 3.30pm. These can be accessed via Siena Central, through your daughter’s profile, under Grades, and then by accessing each subject name. Parents will be able to view the teacher feedback rubric, their daughter’s self assessment rubric and her self reflection responses.

Parent Teacher Interviews

Bookings are open and can be made via the Parent Teacher Interview tile on Siena Central. 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. Due to the high parent demand, we are holding Interview sessions over three days, via Microsoft Teams: Wednesday, 9 September (8.30am – 5.00pm), Thursday, 17 September (4.00pm – 7.30pm) and Friday, 18 September (9.00am – 12.30pm). There will be no classes on Wednesday nor Friday. We kindly ask that you are respectful of your time allocation to help us ensure that the schedule runs on time.

If you find that a teacher that you need to meet with is unavailable, please feel welcome to contact them via email.

Students have been requested to complete three reflection questions prior to the Parent Teacher Interview. These should be completed by the student, for all subjects, and referred to during the interview. The questions will form part of the conversation around the learning that has occurred and areas for further improvement.

Trial Exams

Unit 3 and 4 Trial Exams are currently scheduled to take place from Monday, 28 September to Friday, 2 October. This is an important opportunity for our Year 12 students and Year 11 accelerated students to prepare for their final exams. More details will be sent to parents next week once we know if the trial examinations will be held onsite or online.

Bernadette Donnelly

Deputy Principal Learning and Teaching
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