Later Years Curriculum
The Later Years at Lalor Secondary College are a time when we expect increased maturity and self-reliance from our students. Consequently, our students are able to select from a broader range of subjects. Many of the elements of the Year 10 curriculum focus directly on preparing our students for both VCE and VCAL pathways. Our Year 10 Health and Physical Education and Science subjects include choice components within these core studies that allow for increased variation depending on the individual interests of students and the possible career and study pathways they intend to follow.
In Year 10, students are expected begin to make decisions regarding the subjects they will undertake in their senior years. Students may choose to undertake either VCE course or the Victorian Certificate in Applied Learning (VCAL). In addition to these, our students are able to study a Vocational Education and Training course through various providers outside the school.
Teachers in our school develop a shared understanding of how students learn and what constitutes effective teaching practice. All teachers commonly engage in collegiate activities to improve pedagogical practice and ensure that every student is provided with the right conditions and instruction for optimal learning. VCE teachers have a strong focus on preparation for the VCAA Examinations and direct students to appropriate study materials and documentation on the VCAA web site to provide guidance and support for essential home study to compliment class work. VCAL teachers promote more independent learning practices and develop organisational skills to assist students in meeting the required competencies of this course.
All students are encouraged to become lifelong learners and participate in regular self-reflection and evaluation. Every student is empowered with information that links effort, attitude, educational outcomes and ultimate success. We aim to build the confidence of students to articulate individual learning needs and engage in behaviours in the context of learning in the 21st Century. We have high expectations of all our students. In these later years, this level of expectation is of paramount importance, when you consider the successes that are achieved now, are a strong determinant to the success that many individuals can experiences in their futures.
Year 10 – ‘A Time to Choose’
Core and choice subjects are included within the curriculum at Year 10. As well as specialist subjects, students may opt to undertake VCE subject in Year 10, provided their academic results are strong from previous years. Students are encouraged to begin considering the pathway they will follow through Years 11 and 12 and the potential to go onto higher education, further studies or employment. Year 10 students complete formal examinations in English, Maths, Science and Humanities subjects, for both Semester One and Two.
Year 11—‘A Time to Specialise’
VCE students select six subjects including English or Literature. Subjects should be selected based on interests, chosen educational or employment pathways, ability and academic results. VCE students also required to complete formal examinations at mid-year and the end of the year. VCAL students must meet the individual requirements of their subjects and complete a vocational component within their course.
Year 12—‘A Time to Excel’
We are very proud of our senior students as our VCE and VCAL results have shown outstanding improvements. We challenge our Year 12 students to build on past achievements through their academic achievements and commitment to learning. The Senior Study Centre is an ideal environment in which our Year 12 students can work productively and seek assistance from their teachers.
Student Reporting and Monitoring
All students at Years 10-12 participate in examinations throughout the year which form an important component of their assessment. Students are provided with comprehensive revision materials and *strategies, along with support from their teachers to assist in preparing for these exams.
In addition, each year there are four formal reports prepared for parents. In Terms One and Three interim reports are prepared which are also supported with parent teacher conference days/evenings. At the end of Terms Two (Semester One) and Term 4 (Semester Two) detailed reports for every subject, are prepared for every student at Years 10 and 11. Year 12 students receive their official VCAA results in December.
At all times parents are encouraged to be active participants in their child’s education. If parents do have any concerns, then individual classroom teachers can be contacted via email through the Compass link on the school website or they can ring the school and discuss anymore issues with the relevant teachers or student managers if required. If further discussions are needed, then appointments are essential. This allows for the Teachers / Student Managers to allocate a time to sit and talk.
*Elevate Education: Throughout the year, our Later Year’s students participate in Elevate Education study skill seminars. Elevate Education is a well renowned organisation that uses the methodology of past highly successful students. They share the key skills and techniques that are proven to give students the best opportunity to achieve their learning potential. They offer highly engaging sessions with presenters that construct a practical ‘toolkit’ to support and assist students to navigate their way through assessments and exams.
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