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

Subject Selection

The subject selection process and class allocation continues, in preparation for 2022 timetables. In early Term 4, Mitchell Soon, the Subject Selection Coordinator, 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, to coincide with the release of 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. In consideration of the impact of online learning, the criteria for next year’s Year 10 students were adjusted. As we always do, the criteria were applied across the cohort, unless there were exceptional circumstances. This ensures that the process remains fair and consistent for all our students. In this variable and altered state of learning and teaching, students are encouraged to work hard at maintaining their results and to ask for help when they need it.

2022 Booklists

Booklists will be available on Siena Central in Term 4 and parents will be notified via email. Second-hand book sales will be run by SPA.

Parent Teacher Interviews

In order to better describe the nature of the Parent Teacher Interviews, they are now referred to as "Learning Conversations”. These conversations will be held online, to continue the shared relationship with parents to promote student wellbeing, learning and engagement.

To create maximum opportunity for Learning Conversations, they will be held on Wednesday, 8 September, 4.00pm – 7.30pm and Thursday, 9 September, 10.00am - 7.00pm (non-teaching day).

Bookings open for Year 7 and Year 12 students on Wednesday, 1 September at 9.00am and can be made via the Learning Conversations 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. Year 8 to Year 11 bookings open on Thursday, 2 September at 9.00am.

Students will be requested to complete reflection questions prior to the Learning Conversations. The questions 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 go ahead from Monday, 27 September to Friday, 1 October. This is an important opportunity for our Year 12 students and Year 11 accelerated students to prepare for their final exams. At this point we are hoping to hold the Trial Exams on campus, but will keep parents and students informed of any changes. Further detail was communicated via email to Unit 3 and 4 students and their parents this week.

Donna Laughlin

Deputy Principal Learning and Teaching
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