Senior School Parent-Teacher Interviews Tuesday 21 May 2013
Information for Parents and Students
Policy on Assessment for Senior Secondary 2013 (pdf)
Senior School Subject Information 2013 (pdf) 2013 PCACS Courses of Study Booklet
2013 Year 11/12 WACE Subject Choice Grid (pdf)
The Senior School Year
Our school year for students in Years 8-12 operates from October to September. This was implemented to allow students studying Courses of Study in year 12 to have two full semesters in which to complete their studies. This extra time allows them to be better prepared for exams and it is hoped that it will enable them to achieve a potentially better ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) and WACE (Western Australian Certificate of Education) result. Classes from Years 8-11 follow suit to streamline the process and allow our students to get into the habit of working with this school year structure.
Year 7 Transition Year
Year 7 classes have a special structure because they do not conclude Year 6 until December and will finish Year 7 in September of the following year. These students have a special three term programme where they commence Year 7 in February working in a model that is very similar to that they experienced in Junior School. As the year progresses, they gradually adjust to a secondary styled model. The academic programme in Year 7 is heavily focussed on ensuring that core learning area content in English, Mathematics, Science and Geography and History receives adequate time to ensure the entire curriculum is fully covered. As part of this, students will receive formal instruction in study techniques, file planning and time management. They also have the opportunity to receive a taste of the specialist subjects available in Senior School, rotating through these learning areas each term. By October, these students have made the transition to Senior School life and are well prepared for Year 8 academically and socially as well as being comfortable with the daily procedures and personal management necessary to more effectively manage their own learning.
Senior School Structures
The Senior School has five Faculty/Year Coordinators who provide leadership in Curriculum and Pastoral matters. These people carry significant responsibility, looking after a number of Learning Areas within their Faculty and coordinating the Pastoral Care of one of our Senior School years. While the child’s Tutor is the day to day pastoral provider in the Senior School, the Coordinator ensures that a relevant pastoral programme is happening in all Tutor Groups from that year.
This allows the Senior School to operate more effectively as a community of the School with small Tutor, Year and Learning Area groups able to build more effective and meaningful learning communities within the School as a whole. The people in these positions are:
Mrs Rebecca Weddikkara
Performing Arts Coordinator
|Mr Roh Weddikkara ||Physical Education Coordinator || |
|Ms Kim Angel ||Humanities Coordinator || |
Ms Sarah Hannah
Art and Design Coordinator
Mr Cyrus Naseri
In the various windows you will find more specific information about the various Faculties and Learning Areas in the Senior School. The most recent timetabling information will be posted as it becomes available. This part of our site is under construction and will develop in the coming weeks and months. I invite you to come back often.
Mr Stephen King
Head of Senior School