FOR PARENTS AND
STUDENTS IN 2019
January 30 Unit 3 begins
February 15 Year 12 Orientation Program
February 15 Last day to change subjects
March 1 Final date for special exam arrangements to be lodged for GAT/November
April 5 End of Term 1
April 23 Term 2 begins
May 1 Last day to enrol or withdraw Unit 3 & 4 sequences
June 12 GAT (all students enrolled in a Unit 3 subject must sit the GAT)
June 17 Unit 4 Begins
June 28 End of Term 2
July 15 Term 3 begins
July 23 Last day to withdraw from Unit 4
September 20 End of Term 3
October 7 Start of Term 4
7 Oct – 3 Nov Performance & LOTE Oral exams
30 Oct – 20 Nov Unit 3/4 exams
30 Oct N letters
December 13 Results available to students
● You must attend 90% of scheduled classes (no more than 8 lessons
absent/subject/semester) in order to pass a unit. Failure to meet this requirement may result
in an N for the unit of work. This school decision is final and not subject to VCAA
● This 90% includes illness (where a medical certificate must be supplied), approved school
excursions and activities.
● If a student is not going to be attending school parents need to advise the school by 10am on
the day of the absence. After this time the college will notify parents of the absence, either
by phone, SMS or email.
● Excursions and other school activities (such as sport, drama productions, etc) are recognised
as approved absences.
● If you need to be away from school, and you are aware of this, you must let your study
teachers and advisory teacher know well beforehand. Notes must always be supplied from
parents, beforehand if possible (note: only medical certificates will be included in your 90%
● All PCSSC students are required to attend school in full uniform. Where a student fails to
provide a satisfactory parental/guardian note of explanation excusing them from wearing
items of the uniform, they may be withdrawn from class or sent home and required to return
to school once they are correctly attired. This period of absence from classes will be used
when calculating the minimum 90% attendance requirement.
● Any family facing financial difficulty in supplying the uniform should contact the college
directly so that support, if available, can be provided.
UNIT 3 AND UNIT 4 EXAMINATIONS
There is one examination period that is centrally set and externally assessed by the VCAA.
It is scheduled for October / November.
All students enrolled in a Unit 3 / 4 study must also undertake the General
Achievement Test (G.A.T.) in June.
Students should remain for the full advertised time of each individual study examination,
unless otherwise directed by the Chief Examination Supervisor.
Use of dictionaries in exams:
An English and/or English-LOTE printed dictionary can be used in English / English (EAL)
exam and in the GAT. In LOTE exams you may use any printed monolingual or bilingual
dictionary in one or two separate volumes. Dictionaries must not contain any highlighting or
annotation. A dictionary which contains a thesaurus in the same volume is not permitted in
any examination. Electronic dictionaries are not permitted in any examination. Dictionaries
are not allowed to be used in any other examination. In examinations where they are
permitted, a dictionary may be consulted during reading time. However, no notes may be
made during reading time.
Information on the use of and acceptable models of calculators will be provided by
VCAA prior to the GAT in Term 2.
DEADLINES FOR CLASSWORK
Deadlines are set by each study teacher and students are advised of these dates during the
unit. You are required to enter these dates into your study planner.
All work needs to be submitted on the due date during class time or at a time specified by
the study teacher.
An extension of time will only be granted by your study teacher in exceptional
circumstances, such as:
i) Medically certificated illness.
ii) Proven personal hardship.
iii) Circumstances clearly beyond the student’s control.
In exceptional cases your teacher MAY DECIDE to allow you to resubmit work so that you
may still achieve an “S” for the outcome. Your teacher will provide you with the appropriate
form and details of the resubmission.
If you fail to complete homework or classwork, your teacher will indicate this in the five
weekly checks / interim reports to inform you and your parent/guardian that you have
increased chances of receiving a Not Satisfactory result for the unit.
SCHOOL ASSESSED COURSEWORK
Coursework (Assessment tasks or SACs) are a part of the regular teaching and learning
program and must be completed mainly in class time.
Results of SACs in Units 3 and 4 studies count towards your Study Score in each VCE study
and ultimately towards your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).
Absence from a SAC with Medical Certificate
If a student is absent from a SAC and has a MEDICAL CERTIFICATE then the
opportunity to undertake a reschedule of the SAC will be available on the Tuesday afternoon
between 3.15 and 4.30pm (in rooms 101/102) of the week following the SAC scheduled date
(or the week following the student’s return to school).
A copy of the medical certificate should be shown to the subject teacher and handed to
Ms.Sterck before the Tuesday of the reschedule. The Year Level Leader of the student will
organise supervision of the SAC.
Students who attend SACs on the specified reschedule date and time and complete or
attempt any part of the SAC will have their work graded accordingly and the score recorded.
Absence from a SAC without Medical Certificate
If a student is absent from a SAC and does not have a MEDICAL CERTIFICATE then
they will not be given the opportunity to undertake a reschedule of the SAC for study score
assessment. They will have an NA (Not Assessed) recorded as their grade, and a zero score
towards their study score for a Unit 3/4 sequence.
Note: Students who need to complete a SAC to achieve an S (Satisfactory) in an
outcome will be allowed to resit the SAC for this purpose only and must arrange the
resit with the classroom teacher. The grade towards unit 3/4 study scores will still be
Students who wish to attend excursions and have a SAC scheduled may undertake a
reschedule of the SAC on the Thursday of the following week only if their subject teacher
has signed the Out of Routine Permission Form granting permission for the student to
attend the excursion.
If the Out of Routine Permission Form is not signed then the SAC will have an NA (Not
Assessed) recorded as the grade, and a zero score towards the study score for a Unit 3/4
SCHOOL ASSESSED TASKS
SATs occur in Units 3 & 4 of the following studies. In these studies you are required to
produce a product or model:
● Studio Arts
● Visual Communication Design
● Product Design and Technology (Textiles and Wood)
● Food and Technology
● Systems Engineering
Feedback to students:
After your work is submitted and marked, teachers will advise you:
● on particular problem areas.
● on where and how improvements can be made.
● if you have received an S (Satisfactory) or N (Not Satisfactory) result.
For SATs, teachers ARE NOT permitted to mark or provide comments on any draft of
work that is to be submitted for assessment.
RULES FOR THE STUDENT CONDUCT DURING
EXAMINATION/SAC under TEST CONDITIONS
1. Students must not cheat or assist other students to cheat.
2. Students must not take any action that gives or attempts to given them or another student
an unfair advantage in an examination.
3. Students must not allow, induce or assist any other person to present for an examination
in their place.
4. Students must not present for an examination in another student’s place.
5. Students must not present for an examination under the influence of alcohol, drugs or
intoxication substances. A student who has taken medicinal drugs for a medical condition in
accordance with good medical practice is, to that extent, exempt from this rule.
6. Students must obey and observe all proper instructions or directions given by their
7. Students attending an examination may bring only materials and equipment approved for
that examination into the examination room.
8. Students must not possess in an examination room mobile phones and electronic devices
that are capable of storing, receiving or transmitting information