Firstly, we would like to thank you for the way that everyone has accepted and taken on the challenges for remote learning. The Senior Learning Community Leaders and the College as a whole are extremely proud of the senior student’s resilience and commitment during this difficult time.
Secondly, we wanted to provide an update. On Friday 1st May, VCAA provided schools with further information in relation to VCE and VCAL. We are currently working hard to make sure everything is put into place to ensure students are in the best possible position to achieve their potential this year. Below are some points we would like to update you on.
1. Study designs for Unit 3 and 4
There have been modifications made to study designs to reflect the current circumstances.
Teachers will inform students of any changes, however, students are encouraged to also access the VCAA website at: https://vcaa.vic.edu.au/curriculum/vce/vce-studydesigns/Pages/vce-study-designs.aspx
2. Study designs for Unit 1 and 2
At this stage, no changes have been made to these study designs, however, teachers are adapting it to remote learning.
3. SACs (School-assessed coursework)
Unit 1 (and 2 if needed) teachers will not be undertaking SACs in the usual format during remote learning, rather, they will be adapting tasks to allow students to show understanding across numerous tasks over time. It is therefore imperative that students complete all tasks allocated to them to ensure they can demonstrate all key skills and knowledge.
Unit 3 and 4 SACs will continue, however, a different platform may be utilised, for example, Office Forms, OneNote, Lens, etc.
We would like to thank the parents and students for completing the Compass event ‘VCE assessments under remote conditions – student and parent declaration’ to ensure everyone is aware of their obligations.
Further to this, we would like parents and students to be aware of the following SAC connectivity guidelines:
o If a SAC is completed online i.e. through Forms, OneNote, etc, students should take screen shots regularly as a safety measure.
o If a student has connectivity issues, they are to continue to try to reconnect.
o Students must inform their teacher as soon as possible of the issue.
o If it is not possible to inform their teacher, they must inform a member of the senior team.
4. Study scores
Study scores reflect each student’s relative position in relation to all other students in that study that year. So, top-performing students this year, for example, will receive the same results as top-performing students in any other year.
5. Special provision and derived examination scores
The VCAA has existing processes to ensure no student is disadvantaged, including special provision and derived examination scores. As is currently the case, any student whose studies are affected by illness may be eligible to apply for special consideration. Those decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.
We encourage students to document (and where possible, obtain supporting evidence) of any extra disadvantages they may be experiencing through the current COVD-19 situation, for example, technical issues, restrictions, etc.
The Senior team will run information sessions for students on how to apply for special provision (SEAS) and further education later in the year.
6. GAT (General Achievement Test)
The GAT has been moved to October or November 2020. The VCAA is currently determining the most appropriate specific date and will provide this as soon as possible.
The GAT is an essential part of the VCE assessment procedure. Although GAT results do not count directly towards VCE results, they play an important role in checking that School-based
Assessments and external assessments have been accurately assessed. GAT results are used in the calculation of the Derived Examination Score (DES).
It is essential that students understand the importance of completing the GAT to the best of their ability. The school will undertake sessions with the students to explain how it works and how to achieve their best prior to the GAT.
Students can access information and past GAT papers at:
7. Unit 3/4 Trial Exams
We will still be conducting trial exams for all Unit 3/4 subjects. Trial exams will be moved to early Term 4, however, the date cannot be confirmed until the end of year exam timetable and GAT dates are released by VCAA.
8. Finish dates for 2020
Unfortunately, at this stage we cannot confirm when students will finish the school year or when rollover for 2021 will occur. Again, as soon as these decisions can be made by the appropriate governing bodies, we will inform you. In conjunction with this, we cannot, at this stage confirm when valedictory will occur.
The end of year VCE Unit 3/4 examinations have been postponed until December 2020. As soon as the timetable becomes available, we will communicate this to you. 2020 VCE exams will be based on the key skills & key knowledge from the adjusted study designs. Unit 1/2 exam period will also been announced later in the year.
10. 2021 Tertiary entrance
While there may be a difference in timing this year, there will still be a transparent and consistent process to facilitate tertiary entrance in 2021. Institutions across the country are committed to ensuring 2021 entrance is open and available to students completing their VCE in 2020.
We encourage students to continue to engage with tertiary institutions through their websites and virtual experiences that they are developing.
At this stage there are no changes to the study designs, however, there may be some slight amendments made which we will communicate as soon as they come to hand.
VCAA are working closely with the governing bodies to ensure students are able to obtain their certificates in this calendar year.
We thank you for your patience, understanding and support during these challenging times.
Please feel free to contact the Senior Learning Community at any time if you have any questions