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Senior School

Examination Timetables 2017

2017 Semester 2 Examination Timetable - Years 7 8 9 & 10
2017 Semester 2 Examination Timetable Year 11
2017 TRIAL WACE Year 12 Examinations


Assessment and Reporting Policy Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 (1)

Assessment Policy Years 11 and 12

Senior Courses 2017

WACE Handbook 2017

Senior Courses 2018

Year 11 Handbook 2018
Year 11 Course selection Form 2018

Information for Senior School Parents and Students

The Senior School Years

Peter Carnley Anglican Community School (PCACS) is committed to improving student achievement by using data across a range of assessment tools to support this initiative.  Teaching and learning programmes are developed to address the Western Australian Curriculum mandated by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) requirements as each Phase is delivered throughout all schools across Western Australia.  Assessments and reporting will reflect all requirements as outlined in each of the eight learning areas:  English, Health and Physical Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, Languages, Mathematics, Science, Technologies and The Arts.  Religious and Values Education is a compulsory course that will follow the Christian Religious Studies as outlined by the Anglican Schools Commission guidelines for all students in Senior School.

All students in Years 7 – 10 will be engaged in the Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline which is for all students from Kindergarten to Year 10.  The ‘Outline’ sets out the curriculum, guiding principles for teaching, learning and assessment and support for teachers in their assessment and reporting of student achievement.  By 2018, all syllabuses will become part of the mandated curriculum for the planning, assessment and reporting of student progress in Western Australia, as prescribed by the Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline.

Students in Years 11 and 12 will enrol in a range of courses to maximise post-school options with pathways that will lead to university studies, Vocational Education and Training and employment as outlined by SCSA.

Senior School Overview

Year 7

Students commence their Senior School years in Year 7.  A focus for this introductory year is to develop organisation skills, continue to foster a love of learning and to teach all students the skills and knowledge to achieve their personal best in all endeavours.  In the main, classes will be of mixed ability, however, students who require additional literacy support will be offered assistance.

A key focus will be to assist all students to establish a consistent and effective home study routine.  This practice will promote opportunities to achieve pleasing results which will affect their future course choices as outlined by the SCSA guidelines.

Students in Year 7 are also offered a range of learning experiences in addition to English, Mathematics, Science and Humanities and Social Sciences.  Additional learning experiences which include Drama, Music, Food, Textiles, Digital Technologies, Metal and Wood, Arts, Health and Physical Education will be offered on a rotational basis and will give all students a broad range of educational opportunities.

Years 8 and 9

Years 8 and 9 classes will be a combination of streamed and mixed ability classes in English, Mathematics, Science and Humanities and Social Sciences.  Changes to the new Western Australian Certificate of Education require PCACS to focus on improving individual student results as these will have a significant impact on course selections in the final school years.  Semester 1 and 2 results, National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), Progressive Assessment Testing (PAT) and Online Literacy and Numeracy (OLNA) will assist all students with their choices in Senior School.  The aim is to ensure all students be responsible and accountable for their learning journey.

The focus in these school years will be on fine tuning the skills to improve performance and recognise that academic studies must be a priority.  Students should be independent learners who are responsible and accountable for their own learning journey.

Students in Years 8 and 9 will engage in a range of Non-Core Learning Area course experiences and begin a process to select some courses in Year 10.  Choosing ‘electives’ from a range of learning areas will allow students to sample additional learning experiences that will build skill sets and will direct students to think about career pathways.

Year 10

Students in Year 10 will be engaged in a diverse curriculum that will prepare them to make informed course choices for their final two years of schooling.  Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) courses will be available for direct entry to university as well as courses in General and Vocational Education and Training Certificates (VET).  General and VET Certificates will prepare students for entry to a State Training Provider (TAFE) and employment.  A focus for students who enrol in General and VET courses will be the development of employability skills to prepare students for the competitive labour market.  Students in Year 10 are required to have achieved NAPLAN Band 8 in Reading, Writing and Numeracy, or OLNA in Year 10.  

Year 10 students will continue to be counselled to select their Year 11 courses from a range of General, Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) and Vocational Education and Training courses (VET).  Counselling students to ensure they are on track to gain their Western Australian Certificate of Education at the end of their Year 12 studies, is the first consideration followed by realistic choices to succeed in gaining a direct or alternative university entry.  VET, or a mix of courses, is also an alternative pathway for some students that will give them further study opportunities to secure future career directions.  PCACS takes pride in offering a breadth and depth of courses to enable all students Post School Options.

Years 11 and 12

The final two years of schooling focus on working towards gaining the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE).  PCACS offers a diverse and rigorous suite of courses to meet the demands of scores required to gain entry into all university courses.  Regular meetings will be scheduled to review individual progress and to disseminate important information.  All students will be given assistance with applications to enrol into University courses, State Training Provider (TAFE) courses, employment, traineeships or apprenticeships.  The emphasis will be on supporting all students to achieve their personal best in all courses that will lead to Post School choices.

Year 11 student results will be reviewed continually throughout this year of study.  Priority is given to achieving the WACE and some students may require course changes to meet this minimum requirement at the end of Year 11.

Year 12 students will finish their final school year on Wednesday, 19 October.  Guided Study Programmes will be offered by all course teachers to prepare students to achieve their personal best results.  These supervised Guided Study Programmes will maximise the students’ preparation for these examinations and enable them to potentially achieve a higher Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).  The Year 12 Trial Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) examinations will be held at the School commencing 28 September, 2016 to 6 October, inclusive.  These examinations are compulsory for students who are enrolled in Year 12 ATAR Unit 3 and 4 courses.

A copy of the 2016 PCACS WACE Handbook is available for download at the top of this page.  Please note that subject choices are likely to vary in future years, as more opportunities are made available, and the School grows.

Senior School Structure

The Senior School’s structure consists of Tutor Teachers who provide day to day Pastoral Care and assist students with all aspects of their school life.  Year Coordinators provide leadership in pastoral matters and support the Tutor Teachers.  Subject Coordinators are responsible for Learning Areas, the development of teaching and learning programmes, as well as rich and diverse differentiated assessment tools.  Middle Management work in cooperatively to provide support and assistance to all students throughout their school life.

Communication throughout Senior School years is a high priority as it allows Senior School to operate effectively as a community and supports the partnership between Parents, Students and the School to achieve the best outcomes for all students.  All students are encouraged to take ownership of all aspects of their schooling and to be able to track their own progress.  Honest and responsible discussions are always encouraged between all stakeholders.

Peter Carnley Anglican Community School offers a holistic education for all students.  We provide a caring and nurturing environment focusing on the academic, psychological, physical, social and spiritual development of every child.

Members of our community are encouraged to regularly view Newsletters, Parent News items and notes available on the School Website.

Parents are welcome to contact Ms Judith Stringer, Head of Senior School, for additional information.




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