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eCircular 2 Monday, 30 April 2012

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It is essential that all senior secondary teachers have access to the eCircular. It contains important information about courses, exams, certification and other policies and procedures.

Principals and the Authority’s school contacts for assessment and moderation, vocational education and training, endorsed programs and enrolments (as designated in SIRS) are automatically included on the distribution list.

Other teachers, support staff and stakeholders can subscribe using the link on the homepage of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority website at http://www.scsa.wa.edu.au.


In this edition:



General


Year 12 Information Handbook 2012

School leaders, teachers

Copies of the Year 12 Information Handbook 2012 will be delivered to schools early in Term 2 for distribution to all Year 12 students and staff working with these students...


WACE brochure in schools soon

School leaders, Year 10 coordinators

Schools will soon receive the WACE brochure for students entering Year 11 in 2013...


Curriculum Council reference to remain in syllabuses – for now!

School leaders, teachers

Teachers should note that most syllabuses on the Authority website refer to the Curriculum Council...



Courses, VET and endorsed programs

Chemistry numerical answers to three significant figures

Chemistry teachers

Chemistry teachers are reminded that changes to the Stage 2 and Stage 3 examination design briefs in the syllabus for teaching and examining in 2012 include an instruction to candidates to ‘express numerical answers to three significant figures…




Examinations

Aviation examination design brief updated for 2012

Aviation teachers

All teachers of Aviation are advised that an additional note about preparation time for the flight simulation has been added to the practical examination design brief...


Earth and Environmental Science examination design brief updated for 2012

Earth and Environmental Science teachers

Following feedback from teachers, the Authority has changed the Permissible items listed in the Stage 2 and Stage 3 examination design briefs for Earth and Environmental Science...

 


Insurance cover for candidates sitting the WACE examinations

School leaders, Year 12 coordinators, teachers of courses with a practical component

Candidates are encouraged to consider obtaining personal accident and/or travel insurance...


Marker applications for 2012 WACE examinations

All teachers, school leaders, specialists

The School Curriculum and Standards Authority is seeking expressions of interest from qualified people interested in marking the practical and/or written WACE examinations...


Media Production and Analysis practical submission requirements 2012 and 2013

Media Production and Analysis teachers

Media Production and Analysis teachers are advised that the 2011 Practical (Production) submission requirements, which permitted group work from up to three students, will continue for 2012 and 2013...


Online application for Exemption from 2012 WACE examination for VET students

School leaders, VET coordinators

The mechanism for the online application for VET students seeking exemption from the 2012 WACE examination for students is now available in SIRS...


Practical examination requirements documents for 2012

Teachers of courses with practical components

If your school is offering courses which have a practical examination and has not received these documents please contact the following officers...




Certification

Looking for SCSA student numbers

School leaders, SIRS users

If a student arrives at your school from another school in Western Australia, or even from overseas/interstate – you have the ability to search in the student information records system (SIRS) for that student’s SCSA number...


Process simplified for student enrolment changes in course units

School leaders, teachers, SIRS users

The Authority has simplified the process for schools to make changes to the duration of unit enrolments uploaded in SIRS...


Registration and demographic upload warning messages

SIRS users

When uploading the Student Registration and Demographic File (SRGDG) to SIRS, schools need to note the warning messages that may be received...


Repeat course units and warning message in SIRS

SIRS users

When schools upload their students’ course unit enrolments via the ENCOS file to SIRS, they will receive a warning message if students are repeating course units...


Requests for Year 8 SCSA student numbers

School leaders, SIRS users

Schools are no longer able to request 2012 Year 8 SCSA student numbers automatically through the student information record system (SIRS)...


Student enrolments in course units

School leaders, teachers, SIRS users

Schools are reminded that the Authority requires Year 10–12 student enrolments in all WACE course units to be uploaded into SIRS by Friday, 25 May 2012...
 


Students completing Year 12 over more than one year – clarification

School leaders

Some students may require a study program to achieve the WACE which involves more time than the usual two-year pathway of Year 11 followed by Year 12...


Year 12 student enrolments in VET units of competency

School leaders, VET coordinators

Schools are reminded that the Authority requires Year 12 student enrolments in VET to be uploaded into SIRS as soon as possible, but not later than Friday, 22 June 2012...


WACE Year 11 equivalence and recognition of VET and endorsed programs towards the calculation of the C grade average – clarification

School leaders, VET and endorsed programs coordinators

Following enquiries from schools, this item clarifies the minimum requirements to achieve a WACE for students who have been granted block credit for Year 11 studies and who are intending to study VET and/or endorsed programs in Year 12...


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