The implementation of the new Queensland Certificate of Education this year has seen new syllabuses introduced into Year 11 and next year into Year 12. Associated with the new syllabuses is a new system of assessment involving several new procedures and processes. Our staff have completed the first endorsement of their assessment pieces in a professional manner and all assessment tasks have now been endorsed.
In Year 12 next year, students will sit four assessment pieces. Three internally written assessment tasks will be completed before October 2020. In the final three weeks of the Year 12 academic program all students will sit external exams set by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority – QCAA. In most subjects the external exams will count for 25% of the final marks out of 100. In Mathematics and Science subjects the external exam will contribute 50% towards the final mark out of 100.
Students seeking entry to tertiary institutions post-school will receive an ATAR- Australian Tertiary Admission Rank. The top ATAR is 99.95 and across Queensland it is expected that 30 -35 students will receive the top ATAR. The ATAR is calculated by the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre- QTAC and will be made available to students around the middle of December each year.
Our Year 11 students continue to meet the challenges of the new system with enthusiasm and determination. Through the support and professionalism of our teaching staff I am confident our students will be thoroughly prepared for the rigours of Year 12 in 2020.
CELEBRATION OF EXCELLENCE
On Monday evening the 2019 Celebration of Excellence was held at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Special guest was Fr. Peter Jones OSA, Prior Provincial who travelled from Sydney to be with us for this special occasion. The evening was a wonderful event that showcased the many opportunities our students are offered. We congratulate the award winners for their academic achievements. The performances of our musicians during the evening were a highlight and were received with great appreciation by the audience.
2019 Major Awards
Villanovan of the Year – Matthew Rolls
Dux of the College – Gunit Singh
Proxime Accessit – Thomas Pham
Sportsman of the Year – joint winners – Peter Klaassen and George Stokes
Musician of the Year – James Battersby
Congratulations to these major award recipients. The College is proud of your achievements and significant contributions to our community.
A special thanks to Mr Steven Bremner, Mr Matt Levander, Mrs Kath Underhill and Ms Sallyanne Freney for their organisation and production of the 2019 Celebration of Excellence.
ENTERPRISE BARGAINING PROCESS
In preparation for the establishment of a new Enterprise Agreement from 1 July 2019, Catholic employers and the Queensland Independent Education Union (QIEU) have been negotiating key workplace issues in order to reach an agreement. Unfortunately talks have stalled on several outstanding issues. Union members at Villanova College have voted to take protected industrial action from Thursday 7 November. The Protected Action will not affect the teaching of classes. However, there may be some disruptions to normal operations that will need to be covered by staff who are not union members. Please be assured that the College staff will ensure day-to-day operations of the College will proceed as normal.
YEAR 12 STUDENTS
Our Year 12 students conclude their formal classes this week and will commence their Assessment Block on Tuesday 5 November. Monday 4 November is a study day for Year 12 students as they prepare for their final exams. We keep these young men and their families in our prayers as they conclude the final stages of their secondary schooling journey.
“May God hold each of them gently in the palm of his hand.”
You have made us for Yourself O Lord
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You.
Mr Mark Stower, Principal