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The process for Stage 6 subject selection has already commenced this term.

Appropriate subject selection for study in Stage 6 is of great importance as it directly leads to the awarding of the Higher School Certificate.

To that end, we aim to provide a clear, thorough and supportive process in the lead up to these selections so that students may make informed decisions about their courses of study for their senior years. We advise students to select subjects in which there is the greatest aptitude, interest and ability in order to achieve the best possible result and the most satisfaction.

 As outlined in the Year 10 Information Evening in Term 1, students are supported in the subject selection during the Term 2 activities in the Careers and Wellbeing periods that are scheduled every Wednesday, Week A, Period 1.  During these periods, Heads of Department presentations will run in Weeks 5, 7 and 9 to assist students’ decision making.  

Semester 1 is  an important period for feedback where assessment task results will be closely reviewed in conjunction with the Career Profiling tests conducted in Term 1 and Allwell Test results which the students sat on 15 May.  Students’ achievement levels in these will influence which courses they will be eligible to select.

 Attached to this letter are two documents which are also available on the College Website:

 These should be read in conjunction with all of the opportunities for discussion and advice available to each and every student. Students will not be asked to submit their initial selections until early Term 3 after the Parent/Teacher Interviews. 

The College uses an online system for the students to nominate their subject selections for Stage 6.  

Students will receive an email with a link and a password to access the system in early July.  They must complete their subject selections online, print the confirmation and submit this in hard copy form via the box outside the office of Ms Ozdirik – EA to the Director of Curriculum, on Level 1 by Thursday 8th August.

Timeline – Term 2 

Timeline – Term 3

The University of Sydney is running a repeat of their subject selection information webinar specifically for Waverley College students and parents/carers.

The webinar will run on 3 June, 6pm-7:30pm. We will have staff available to answer questions. Here is a link to the webinar registration, if you would like to attend.

 

Ms Kath Knowles

Senior Studies & Careers Coordinator

kknowles@waverley.nsw.edu.au

On Wednesday 15 May, Year 10 students will be participating in the Academic Assessment Services (Allwell) Test during Periods 1-4. This is a mandatory test and you may remember that all students sat a similar test in Year 8.  

This test forms a key part of Waverley College effectively and consistently measuring the academic growth of all students. When combined with the NAPLAN data, the College will have six years of data measurement to provide feedback to you regarding your son. We also use this data in a variety of ways to improve the delivery of curriculum within the school and to add to the information in Year 10 that we use to support your son with the Subject Selection process.

After the testing day you will be provided with a written report, summarising your son’s results. These results will be returned to the College a few weeks after the testing date.

How does my son prepare for these tests?

There is no course material to study prior to the day. It is a measurement, similar  to NAPLAN, to give the College a picture of how your son is progressing during Year 10. It is vitally important on the day for your son to try his best, read the instructions carefully and use every minute to maximum effect.

What happens if my son is absent from the College that day?

There will be another day allocated to enable students to complete the test if they are away.

Information About the Testing Day

Date: Wednesday, 15 May 2024

Time Schedule:

Venue: Lacey Gymnasium

On the Day:

 

Yours sincerely

Ms Martina Cooper

Director of Curriculum

mcooper@waverley.nsw.edu.au

This Term Elevate Education delivers high-impact workshops to our students that help to develop their study skills, motivation, and exam preparation. Over the Term, you are invited to join their parent webinar series, where you can help support your child at home by reinforcing the skills they are learning at school.

Elevate Education’s free webinars for Term 2 will take place on the following Wednesdays:

Parents learn how to help their child revise effectively, prioritise high-impact work, and build good routines in the run up to exams.

Parents learn how to help their child manage stress and anxiety during exams, and how they can maximise marks in the exam room.

Parents can ask the Elevate study skills experts any burning questions in the run-up to exams. This is a great opportunity to ask any questions you feel have been unanswered by Elevate in their webinars so far, whether that relates to your child’s study space, their motivation levels or the way they study.

How to Register

Register for the series by clicking HERE.

Interested in going to university in the United States?

Internationally Educated assists students and their families through the selection and application process for United States universities. They offer a SAT Practice Exam in partnership with test prep provider, Revolution Prep.

Taking full-length practice tests under timed conditions is essential to being ready for the official test. A proctored practice exam will help students build testing endurance and give them a real-time snapshot of their testing performance.

Additional information and registration can be found HERE.

Register by 1 May 2024.

The University of Sydney is excited to invite Year 10 students to attend their online ‘Your Path to Sydney’ information evening, designed to help Year 10 students and their parents, caregivers and teachers navigate the journey to university with confidence.

In this session, students will learn everything they need to know about subject selection, university applications and admissions.

The event will feature a presentation and live Q&A, where University of Sydney staff, current students and a UAC representative will cover topics such as:

When: Thursday, 11 April 2024, 6pm-7:30pm AEST

Where: Online via Zoom

Register: HERE

Questions?: Email schools.outreach@sydney.edu.au

Years 7 to 12 Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews: 29 and 30 April 2024

Interviews on both of these days will take place between 8:30am and 6:30pm.

All interviews will be held via Zoom.

IT have provided a video on how to set up a Zoom Meeting. You can view this video HERE.

How to Book Your Interview

Bookings for these interviews can be made through the Parent Lounge in TASS.

Bookings opened on Tuesday, 2 April at 9am and will close on Friday, 26 April at 3:30pm.

There will be no classes or sport training for any Senior School students on either of these days.

A list of Zoom account numbers will be sent by IT to all parents/carers prior to the interview dates. This will usually be a day or two before the interviews. You do not need the Zoom code to make your bookings.

In order to have staff available to as many families as possible, interviews will be of five minutes’ duration.

To make the process as efficient as possible and to minimise lost time, we ask that you don’t make consecutive bookings and leave at least a five minute gap between your bookings to allow time to move between meetings with the teachers.

The following staff will not be available for interviews;

Monday 29 April                          

Ms H. Chia

Ms M. Cooper

Ms K. Downey

Ms F. Heffernan

Mr P. Riley

Ms N. Silsby

Ms C. Stewart

Mr J. Walker

Tuesday 30 April

Ms H. Chia

Ms K. Downey

Ms F. Heffernan

Mr P. Riley

Ms N. Silsby

Mr J. Walker

 

The link to the Parent Lounge is HERE.

User ID = email address

Password = if you cannot remember your password you can reset by selecting ‘forgot password’.

If you have any technical issues with using the system then you should contact the IT Department on (02) 9369 0784 or email iAssist@waverley.nsw.edu.au

Year 10 vaccinations are fast approaching – Wednesday, 3 April 2024!

SESLHD has advised that we currently only have 30% of students consented for the Meningococcal ACWY vaccine. This is a nationally-recommended vaccine and is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

*If your child is unable to attend this particular date, they will be able to present on 31 July 2024 during the Year 7 vaccination day. Please make the School Nurse aware.

All students must have parents’/carers’ consent before vaccinations can be administered. To provide consent, please click this LINK.

Please note;

View the vaccinations flyer in this LINK.

If you have any concerns or queries please contact the school registered nurses, as we are happy to assist in any way we can.

 

Warm regards,

 

Ms Emma Quirk and Ms Julia Ritoli

Registered Nurses

equirk@waverley.nsw.edu.au

jritoli@waverley.nsw.edu.au

As per the College Calendar, this is a friendly reminder that there is a compulsory information evening for parents/carers and students of Year 10 next Tuesday, 12 March from 6pm-7pm in the Senior School Gym.

The session marks the beginning of the transition into senior studies and post-school pathways for Year 10 students.  

The session covers:

During Ms Cooper’s session she will make reference to the Subject Requirements Booklet for Year 11, 2025.

This booklet is found on the Curriculum page of the College website HERE.

Please note that this information booklet will be updated in Term 2 with some minor changes depending on any decisions regarding HSC courses on offer in 2025-2026.

Study Sensei

As per the College Diary, this is a reminder that the Year 10 Elevate Session, Study Sensei, will be held in Period 1 on Wednesday, 28 February during their normal careers lesson.

Students are required to bring a pen to the session.

This session is delivered by a group of recent successful graduates and will cover:

Free Parent/Carer Webinars

Further to this, Elevate also offers free Parent / Carer webinars. 

The webinars are held fortnightly on Wednesday evenings.

Parents and Carers can register HERE

Further details can be found HERE

Study in the United States – Virtual Information Session

Years 9-12 Waverley students and their families are invited to attend the next ‘Study in the US’ virtual information session from Internationally Educated.

This general presentation will cover the US university application process as well as the higher education system in the US.

A brief Q&A session will follow the presentation.

*Registration is required.

When: Wednesday, 6 March 2024, 6pm AEDT

Further information and register: HERE

As part of our Career program for Year 10 at Waverley College, we offer a Career Assessment program to all Year 10 students to assist with senior subject selection and choosing a career pathway.

The program will begin with a four hour online career testing session run by Dr Marian Kratzing, a Careers Psychologist. Dr Kratzing has developed a unique career profiling system which she and her colleagues provide to many schools in Sydney.

Please click the button below to view further information.

Click for Career Profile Testing information

 

Ms Kath Knowles

Senior Studies and Careers Coordinator

kknowles@waverley.nsw.edu.au