Academic Focus | Year 12 Online Assessment

This week the School has focussed upon preparing Year 12 students to complete online assessments in Week 6 and 7, in place of the traditional Trial Examinations, which can no longer take place. My congratulations to the students for the mature and diligent approach they have taken to this preparation phase – they have engaged with the range of briefing and practice sessions organised for them, asked intelligent questions, and stepped into the responsibility of ensuring they are informed and ready for next week.

I would also like to thank the Head Master and School Executive for their work in this area over the past week, the Senior School House Masters as they supported the boys, the TESS team as they assisted families to understand the range of provisions that can be accessed in the online environment, the Heads of Faculties as they led their teams to translate trial examinations into purposeful online assessments, and the dedicated teachers as they enacted this work, taking special care to ensure high quality assessment for their students. I must also thank the ICT team for the agile way in which they have found solutions to questions, tested plans and ensured student confidence in technology; in particular I need to thank Ms Rachel Hughes for the outstanding way in which she has led staff and students through the preparation phase for Canvas based assessment.

The School has set up a dedicated phone line for students or parents to call if they experience technical difficulty during an assessment. The number is 9581 6171. It is available only during the online assessment sessions.

We are ready now to begin online assessment on Monday; I am confident the assessment period will provide excellent opportunities for students to demonstrate their learning.

Please find here two documents representing the School’s approach to online assessment.

The Year 12 Online Assessment: Information for Parents and Students was released on Monday and is provided here again for your convenience. This document includes the assessment schedule.

The Year 12 Online Assessment: Student Manual was released to students in Canvas on Tuesday and is also provided here for your convenience.

Deborah Williams | Academic Dean


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