Garnsey newsletter: June 14, 2019

Jun 14, 2019 | Garnsey News

This week, the Garnsey campus officially began Semester 2 with a new timetable and a new Arts subject or elective for our Years 7-9 students. Quite a number of Year 10 and 11 students also changed their VCE units as they continue to gain clarity around their future directions as well as their strengths and passion for learning. We also have a number of staff changes occurring next term due to long service leave commitments and notice of these will be given in correspondence accompanying the Semester 1 reports, which will be distributed via students next Friday as we commence our mid-year holidays. This will require some additional timetable changes and students can check these via VOS before they return for Term 3 on Tuesday July 16.


All students studying a Unit 3/4 VCE VET subject sat the General Achievement Test (GAT) on Wednesday. The GAT is a test of general knowledge and skills in writing, numeracy and reasoning. These areas are very broad but each represents a body of general knowledge and skills that students are likely to have built up through their school years. Students will, therefore, have done preparation for the GAT in past study of subjects like English, mathematics, science and history. The GAT is an essential part of the VCE assessment procedures. Though GAT results do not count directly towards a student’s VCE results, they play an important role in checking that school-based and external assessments have been accurately assessed, and in calculating Derived Examination Scores. The GAT is used in these ways because achievement on the GAT is a good predictor of achievement on other assessments. If students have done well on the GAT, then their achievements are likely to be high on their school-based and external assessments.

Clearly, some GAT questions relate more closely to achievement in particular studies. The VCAA takes this into account when it calculates students’ expected achievements in each study for each school. For example, GAT results in mathematics, science and technology play only a minor part in calculating students’ expected achievements in humanities studies.

The VCAA will use students’ GAT scores as a basis for:

  • contributing to statistical moderation of school-based assessment results;
  • checking the accuracy of external assessment marking; and
  • calculating the Derived Examination Scores.

(Source: VCAA)

For our Year 12 students, the GAT was followed by a seminar with Mr James Lynch. James is renowned for his seminars on Interview Techniques and writing a resume and his tips have assisted many students over many years.


The Prefects Casual Day was a great success today with students donating $2 towards our Rwanda project. Funds will be used to support students at Gahini High School, Rwanda, to cover the cost of fees, uniform and stationery. The High School works with us to select the students who will benefit from this support. While an annual School fee of $250 per term may seem small for us, there are many students – often girls – who do not return to the Gahini High School each term due to the fees. It’s great that our students can be part of this project, which is helping to educate students in Rwanda. We will hold a lost property sale at next term’s Parent/Teacher interviews, which will also raise money for this project.


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