From the Principal - 17 October 17, October 2019
New Term, New Experiences
Our students have voted in their new School Captains and Vice-Captains for 2020 and it is a pleasure to announce that Captains will be Eloise Whiney and Eden Brunner Couling. Vice Captains will be Declan Tanner and Thomas Topping. It is good to know these people so well, and to know that the School will be in very good hands in 2020. Our Year 12s will be experiencing their Valedictory Formal on Friday night at the Sebel Pelican Waters and I know all are greatly looking forward to that sharing of glamour and fun. I congratulate Tyson Kelley-Comb who was voted by his peers to deliver the students’ address to the School as Valedictorian. Tyson is a much respected young man who is a very fitting representative for our students and I look forward to hearing his address to represent our soon to be departing class of 2019. Year 12 has only four weeks of school remaining!
The Year 11 students are the first group through to the new ATAR system of tertiary entrance ranking in 2020. This new system includes Term 4 Year 12 examinations which for Maths and Science students are fifty percent of the overall grade for their subject; all other subjects have an exam that is twenty five percent of their overall grade. Because the new system requires weeks of end of course examinations for all subjects in a lengthy process in Term 4, Year 12 will have no new work in that final term and all Year 12 work has to be completed by the end of Term 3 (apart from the exams that will be set by the central educational body, the QCAA, in Term 4). Following from this, schools have commenced the students’ Year 12 courses in Term 4 Year 11; and CCPS Year 11 students will have four days of examinations next week to conclude their Year 11 programs before moving into Year 12 study. For subjects that do not have an exam in the exam block next week, the students will have already commenced their Year 12 work, such as in subject English. Each subject has varying course demands, so timing of Year 12 work is dependent on end of Year 11 course requirements, compressed into three terms of Year 11. All Year 11 subjects will have Year 12 coursework in Week 4 after the examinations week. It is complicated with the new demands of each new syllabus for each subject.
Dr Dirk Wellham - Principal
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