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Learning and Teaching

As we approach the busy end of Term in regards to assessment, I refer to some of the learning and teaching matters that were communicated to parents earlier this year.

Semester One Reports

The Semester Report will again report on the five specific Classroom Learning Indicators and parents and students will be able to see if there has been any progress or consolidation in this area. It will also include a statement of results of all assessment tasks and at Years 7 to 11, an overall percentage score taking into consideration the individual weightings for each task. If a percentage score is not given, a letter grade is used, such as NS – a school sanctioned absence and no penalty or NA – not assessed and a score of zero. At Year 12, it will consist of S (Satisfactory) or N (Not Satisfactory) for each assessment task. Semester reports will not have teacher comments, as the feedback has been throughout the semester and targeted to the assessment task. 

Submission of Work Procedures Year 7 to 11

All assignments, whether hard copy or electronic, must be received by the College on the due date and time set by the subject teacher. In the case of a known absence, a student must submit a ‘Change of Assessment date’ form with the assessment task prior to the due date. The student can submit both documents either directly to the Subject Teacher, via email or by uploading to Siena Central by the due date. 

In the case of an unforeseen absence, the student must submit the ‘Change of Assessment date’ form with the assessment task assignment to the class teacher in their next class with either a medical certificate (for illness or injury) or a written statement from parents or guardians supporting the situation.

When required, it is also the responsibility of the student to ensure that the teacher has approved a ‘Change of Assessment date’ application. Failure to do so, and the subsequent submission of late work, will result in a score of zero for the assessment task and NA on the report. The ‘Change of Assessment date’ form can be accessed on Siena Central in the Student Zone or obtained from Student Reception.

Absence from Tests, Presentations and Performances 

Absence on the day of a test, presentation or performance is sometimes unavoidable. Whatever the unforeseen circumstance, the assessment must be fair both to the individual student and to all other students enrolled in the subject.

All students must meet the same performance standards and requirements of knowledge and skills required by other students. Consequently, tests, presentations and performances for which a student has been absent must be completed at another time. At Years 7 to 11, this will normally occur in the next lesson. At Year 12, a rescheduled date will be negotiated with the Head of Senior Pathways. Assessment tasks will only be rescheduled by the Subject Teacher where appropriate evidence substantiating the absence has been provided and an extension requested and granted.

If the task is not completed zero marks will be allocated and an ‘NA’ (Not Assessed) recorded on the end of semester report.

Holidays during the Term

Please note that Siena College does not support students going on holidays outside of the scheduled term holidays, as it can be very disruptive to a student’s learning. If a student is unable to complete the set assessment task or an examination due to their holiday absence, the student will receive a zero and NA for the task on their report. Unfortunately, examinations cannot be rescheduled outside the designated time. However, in some instances, students may be able to complete the assessment task prior. We ask for your support in this matter. If you require further clarification, please speak to the relevant Head of Student Wellbeing.

Ms Bernadette Donnelly
Deputy Principal – Learning and Teaching

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As we approach the busy end of Term in regards to assessment, I refer to some of the learning and teaching matters that were communicated to parents earlier this year.

Semester One Reports

The Semester Report will again report on the five specific Classroom Learning Indicators and parents and students will be able to see if there has been any progress or consolidation in this area. It will also include a statement of results of all assessment tasks and at Years 7 to 11, an overall percentage score taking into consideration the individual weightings for each task. If a percentage score is not given, a letter grade is used, such as NS – a school sanctioned absence and no penalty or NA – not assessed and a score of zero. At Year 12, it will consist of S (Satisfactory) or N (Not Satisfactory) for each assessment task. Semester reports will not have teacher comments, as the feedback has been throughout the semester and targeted to the assessment task. 

Submission of Work Procedures Year 7 to 11

All assignments, whether hard copy or electronic, must be received by the College on the due date and time set by the subject teacher. In the case of a known absence, a student must submit a ‘Change of Assessment date’ form with the assessment task prior to the due date. The student can submit both documents either directly to the Subject Teacher, via email or by uploading to Siena Central by the due date. 

In the case of an unforeseen absence, the student must submit the ‘Change of Assessment date’ form with the assessment task assignment to the class teacher in their next class with either a medical certificate (for illness or injury) or a written statement from parents or guardians supporting the situation.

When required, it is also the responsibility of the student to ensure that the teacher has approved a ‘Change of Assessment date’ application. Failure to do so, and the subsequent submission of late work, will result in a score of zero for the assessment task and NA on the report. The ‘Change of Assessment date’ form can be accessed on Siena Central in the Student Zone or obtained from Student Reception.

Absence from Tests, Presentations and Performances 

Absence on the day of a test, presentation or performance is sometimes unavoidable. Whatever the unforeseen circumstance, the assessment must be fair both to the individual student and to all other students enrolled in the subject.

All students must meet the same performance standards and requirements of knowledge and skills required by other students. Consequently, tests, presentations and performances for which a student has been absent must be completed at another time. At Years 7 to 11, this will normally occur in the next lesson. At Year 12, a rescheduled date will be negotiated with the Head of Senior Pathways. Assessment tasks will only be rescheduled by the Subject Teacher where appropriate evidence substantiating the absence has been provided and an extension requested and granted.

If the task is not completed zero marks will be allocated and an ‘NA’ (Not Assessed) recorded on the end of semester report.

Holidays during the Term

Please note that Siena College does not support students going on holidays outside of the scheduled term holidays, as it can be very disruptive to a student’s learning. If a student is unable to complete the set assessment task or an examination due to their holiday absence, the student will receive a zero and NA for the task on their report. Unfortunately, examinations cannot be rescheduled outside the designated time. However, in some instances, students may be able to complete the assessment task prior. We ask for your support in this matter. If you require further clarification, please speak to the relevant Head of Student Wellbeing.

Ms Bernadette Donnelly
Deputy Principal – Learning and Teaching