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SLC Community (Years 9 - 12)

This page provides families with important information, forms, and links relevant to Years 9-12 students.

IMPORTANT LINKS

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A Guide To Progressive Online Reporting (Years 9 – 12)

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Submitting Assessment Procedure and Policy
Submitting Assessment Procedure and Assessment Policy Years 9-12

Please find the Assessment Procedure and the Assessment Policy in the links below:

Assessment Special Provisions
Years 9

Students wishing to gain special provisions for different short term assessment conditions, rescheduling of examinations and extensions for assignments must complete the Application for Special Provisions Form.  The form must be signed by the student and their parent. The student must then take the form to the Head of Faculty who will discuss the requested adjustment. The student must then take the completed form to the SLC office where it will be considered by the Director of Senior Studies. Applications for extension need to be submitted at least three (3) days prior to the due date and must have a valid reason. With all students having access to cloud-based storage, technology issues will not be regarded as a valid reason.

Years 10-12

Students in Years 10-12 applying for Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments (AARA) due to illness and misadventure should contact the Director of Senior Studies for further advice. In most instances, the student will need to get the Part A and Part C of Confidential Medical Report completed by their Health Professional. The student is required to also complete the Confidential Student Statement. These two documents need to be submitted to the Director of Senior Studies for consideration.

Students in Years 10-12 applying for AARA due to long term conditions need to apply through Mrs Kaylene Harris.

Further information on AARA can be located on the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority website.

Classroom Hours & Timetable
Student's Personal Timetable

Students can access their personal daily timetable via the Student Cafe.

one2one Device Program

Our one2one Device Program provides every SLC student with a Microsoft Surface Book, Surface pen and relevant software. This Program ensures that students can enjoy the many educational benefits of utilising one type of device in the classroom, and means that our Tech Central IT support team can provide the necessary support required for that device. 

The device is provided at the start of each year and is leased to students for a three-year term, for a nominal fee, with the cost added to the College Fees for all SLC students. 

For more information please email one2one@hillcrest.qld.edu.au.

Sport & Cocurricular

Education at Hillcrest continues beyond the classroom and encompasses a wide choice of cocurricular opportunities across a broad range of interests from sport, chess, music, drama and debating, to community service, leadership activities, mission trips and outdoor pursuits, such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. These cocurricular activities complement our students' academic pursuits, providing a robust and well-rounded education.

Homework Guidelines

Homework helps students reinforce classroom learning, fosters good habits of lifelong learning, self-discipline and organisation, and provides the opportunity for students to be responsible for their own learning. We aim to help students and parents minimise homework frustrations by having a clear, realistic and balanced homework policy, ensuring that set homework is appropriate to the student's skill level and age, and is purposeful and relevant to the curriculum.

Types of SLC Homework

Preparatory Homework - providing opportunities for students to gain background information so they are better prepared for future lessons, such as:

  • reading background material for History or English texts for class discussion
  • watching instructional videos to discuss in class
  • researching topics for class work
  • collecting newspaper articles
  • preparing and studying for exams

Practice Exercises - providing students with the opportunities to apply new knowledge, or to review, revise and reinforce newly acquired skills, such as:

  • completing consolidation exercises
  • practising for mastery (e.g. Mathletics)
  • writing up practical work or process diaries
  • completing work started in class
  • reviewing, drafting and revising class notes
  • assessment preparation

Assessment Tasks – opportunity to show their knowledge and skills of learned topics, such as:

  • essays and reports
  • multimodal tasks
  • speeches
  • projects
  • extended experimental investigations
Suggestions for Homework

Students should record homework and assignment work in their diaries and develop a ‘Weekly Plan’ with parents help to ensure a balance of personal, co-curricular and academic commitments.

Due dates will vary depending on a task set. This enables students to manage their time across the week. If a co-curricular activity requires less work to be completed on one night, the student will need to ensure they have opportunity on another day set aside for homework in order to complete tasks by a due date.

Assessment Calendar

Every student can access their Assessment Calendar showing all due dates for major assessment pieces and events by logging into their Student Cafe account. Parents can view the same information for their students through Parent Lounge.

Students failing to complete homework without good reason may be placed on a study room. If students regularly fail to complete homework, their parents will be advised.

Please contact your child's teacher via Parent Lounge if you need to arrange a meeting to discuss homework.

Camp Information

To start each new school year, Years 9 - 12 students attend a House Camp with all year levels from their House group. Our House Camps focus on developing community by building cross-year level interaction within our House structure, and camp activities are carefully planned to develop the student’s character and their social interaction with peers. These activities will be led by our Life Team Leaders, and Outdoor Education staff at the campsite. 

Tutoring

We offer FREE additional tutoring and support for SLC students across most of our subjects. For more information, speak to the SLC Admininstration Office.

Parent contact and support
Who do I Contact?

The College acknowledges and values the important relationship between the College and home for student success. We value communication to and from home and teachers' contact details are available on the Parent Lounge. 

Based upon parent requests, this week I have provided a brief overview of roles of SLC staff.

Life Group Teachers will assist you and your student through their Senior Learning Community journey.  They support your student pastorally and monitor their progress academically and hence should be your primary point of contact.  The Life Group teacher will refer your communication onto the most appropriate person if they are not able to address your query.

Heads of House works closely with the Life Group teachers to support the students within each House.  They are responsible for students’ medium level behavioural instances along with social and emotional support. 

Academic classroom teachers should be contacted in the first instance if there is an academic concern.  I encourage you to include (CC) your students Life Group teacher into the email so they are aware.

Heads of Faculty work closely with the classroom teacher.  The Heads of Faculty are responsible for the implementation of the teaching and learning plans.  Academic concerns that cannot be resolved with the classroom teacher should be referred to the Head of Faculty.

The Learning Support teacher, Mrs Kaylene Harris,works closely with students and families who require Learning Support.  Kaylene assists Senior Learning Support students with completing long term Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments.

The Head of Senior Studies, Mrs Nicole Graham, ensures that we are meeting the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority requirements with regards to the implementation of the Senior Curriculum.  On top of her teaching requirement, Nicole is responsible for the implementation of NAPLAN, processing Special Provision / Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments, and counselling students on academic pathways.

The Pathways Coordinator, Mrs Joelle McCully, works closely with students and their parents in planning pathways through to the end of Year 12.  On top of her teaching requirement, Joelle is responsible for Career Education, Vocational Education and Training programs, School Based Traineeships, and coordinating some of the SLC extension programs including the Griffith Guests program.

Deputy Head of SLC, Mr Peter Fernance, has oversight of the curriculum and student progress. He works closely with the classroom teachers, Heads of Faculty, Head of Senior Studies, and the Pathways coordinator to ensure every student has the best opportunity to succeed in their learning. Peter ensures students are on the correct pathway and makes the final decision regarding subject changes.

As the Head of the SLC, I am responsible for enacting the vision and developing the culture.  I work closely with the Heads of House in developing the Life Skills program and managing high-level student behaviour.  I also work with Peter and the Heads of Faculty in developing teacher capacity.

If you have any feedback, query, or concern which does not align with the above please contact our SLC Office at slc@hillcrest.qld.edu.au and we will redirect it on your behalf.

Blessings, 

Jason Day

Head of Senior Learning Community