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Senior College Handbook & Guidelines 2016

Lauriston Girls’ School

38 Huntingtower Road, Armadale, Victoria 3143 t: 9864 7555 f: 9822 7950 e: [email protected] w: www.lauriston.vic.edu.au CRICOS Number: 00152F

Lauriston’s Mission and Vision A School for Life

MISSION

It is our mission to enhance the lifelong learning capabilities of our students.

VA LU E S 1. Relationships 2. Courage 3. Creative reflection 4. Intellectual inquiry for understanding 5. Engagement in life

Intellectual Enquiry Citizens of the world Senior Years Engagement in life

Middle Years Courage Junior Years Relationships

Creative Reflection

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CONTENTS Academic Care Structure

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Introduction

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Senior College ‘A-Z’

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Attendance, Absences and Requests for Leave

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Awards

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Careers Advice at Lauriston

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Clubs and other Extracurricular Activities

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Community Service

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Computers

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House and Tutor Groups, Rights and Responsibilities

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Library

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Music

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Parent Communications

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Sport Opportunities

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Transport

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Uniform and School Bags

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Valedictory and other Celebrations

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Senior College – The Year 10 Program

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Senior College – Years 11 and 12

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The Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)

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International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB)

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Subject offering in Year 11 in 2016

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Tours and Exchanges

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Student Behaviour Guidelines

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Appendices

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Application to study a VCE Unit 3/4 in Year 11

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Subject Change Request Form

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Academic Care Structure

ACADEMIC CARE STRUCTURE The Senior College encompasses all students in Years 10, 11 and 12. The structure of the Senior College is designed to help the transition of students from secondary to tertiary style education. Students are grouped into one of four Houses. The day to day care of students is managed by the House Tutor. Heads of Houses follow a student’s progress as they move through the School and girls are encouraged to seek out their Head of House should they wish to discuss any needs that they may have. The Head of House encourages students to take an active part in the life of the School. The Heads of House are ably supported by the Director of Student Development and Wellbeing who is responsible for the overall wellbeing structures for the Senior School. In Year 11 and 12 the VCE and IB Coordinators are responsible for the academic care and progress of each girl in the two respective programs.

Principal

Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School

IB Coordinator

VCE Coordinator

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Director of Curriculum

Director of Student Development and Wellbeing

Heads of Faculty

Heads of House

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The Learning Partnership At Lauriston, our learning partnerships between teachers, students and their parents are central to every girl achieving her potential, both academically and in her personal and social development. The mutual responsibility of all partners is framed by our School Values.

What parents and students can expect from the School: • a learning environment with curriculum and teaching methods designed to provide students with skills, knowledge and understanding relevant to their future. • a calm, focused learning environment. • mutual respect based on our value of fostering positive relationships. • a safe and supportive environment where students of all abilities can thrive. • a high level of engagement with, and communication between the School and parents/carers. • a culture of excellence.

What the school expects from its students and their parents/ carers: • support of the School Values which place positive relationships at the centre of all we do. • regular and timely student attendance including minimal absences in term time for activities which may be scheduled during school holiday periods. • students who are prepared to be active participants in their own learning. • high standards of presentation. • regular reference to the School’s information sources including: the electronic newsletter, the Parent Communication Portal and the Learning Management System. • appropriate communication standards, especially in the use of electronic and social media including: email, the intranet and the internet. • timely communication of any concerns about (or for) the student’s learning or personal and social development. • attendance at performances and celebrations applicable to the year level. • knowledge of and adherence to the Student Behavior Guidelines.

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The Learning Partnership

How you can assist your daughter at home: • establish good communications with your daughter’s teachers, Tutor and Head of House. • access her academic progress via the Parent Communication Portal, and regularly discuss this with her. • encourage her successes and assisting her to see that mistakes are valuable learning experiences. • expect high but realistic standards based on a good understanding of her strengths and weaknesses. • take an interest in her learning and allowing her to explain key aspects of her learning to you in her own words. • encourage her to read widely and regularly. • use information and social media as a learning tool eg. Podcasts, online media, as well as television news and current affairs broadcasts. • monitor her access to and use of social media at home. The School strongly recommends that smart phones, iPads and other internet connected devices are not kept in bedrooms overnight. • engage jointly with and, as appropriate, co-view of digital resources. • create a well-lit and ventilated study space away from major distractions. • monitor her health and wellbeing and sharing concerns with relevant School staff as they arise. This could include her Tutor, her Head of House or one of the School Counsellors.

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SENIOR COLLEGE ‘A–Z’ ATTENDANCE, ABSENCES AND REQUEST FOR LEAVE Attendance and roll call

Appointments Students are strongly encouraged to make medical appointments during holidays or after school hours. In the case of unavoidable or emergency appointments, a note should be given to Student Services as soon as possible, and the student must sign out at Student Services before meeting her parent at Reception. If the student has not arrived at Reception by the arranged time, enquiries must be made to Student Services.

Absences Parents are asked to ring (9864 7541) or email ([email protected]) Student Services before 8.30am to notify the School of an absence due to illness. This should be followed by a brief note, addressed to the Tutor, on the day of return to school. Requests for extended leave during term should be made in writing to the Principal, at least three weeks in advance. As such leave can significantly interrupt the process of learning, parents are strongly encouraged to organise holidays during school breaks. Except in unusual circumstances, such leave during term time is not granted.

Contacting the School The first point of contact for parents of students in Year 10 is their daughter’s Tutor or Head of House. The first point of contact for parents of students in Year 11 or 12, is the VCE or IB Coordinator. The Head of Senior School would also be very pleased to assist where appropriate. Individual teachers are always happy to discuss a student’s progress with her parents; however, they are difficult to contact during the school day as they are in the classroom or on other duties. If you wish to contact a teacher, email is a preferred method of contact. Please refer to the staff email list published at the beginning of the school year.

Health centre We are fortunate to have a Health Centre with a fully-qualified nurse in attendance on all school days. If a student is feeling unwell she should go to the Health Centre for assistance. If appropriate, the nurse will contact parents. On some occasions it may be recommended that the student needs to be at home, or leave School to seek further medical advice. In those circumstances the parent would be requested to make arrangements for the collection of the student involved.

Student Services Centre The Student Services Centre, situated in the LPA Centre near the Huntingtower Road gates (and just behind Reception), is open daily from 8.00am–5.00pm. Students should go there for late arrivals or early departures, where they will need to sign the ‘arrivals/departures’ book. Lost property, enquiries, and the collection of goods and messages from home are also managed through Student Services. Metlink Transport Concession Forms are available from Student Services and can be validated there. Forms for the purchase of School bus tickets are available from Reception.

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Visitors to the School For the safety of students, all visitors to the School during the school day, including parents, are asked to go first to Reception (on Huntingtower Road) where they will sign in and receive a visitor’s pass if appropriate. If a meeting has been arranged, the staff member involved will come to Reception to meet parents. If a parent is dropping off a lunch etc at Student Services, or is attending a concert or Parent-Teacher appointments, they should still enter through Reception.

CAREERS ADVICE AT LAURISTON Career education and counselling at Lauriston seeks to guide students so that they can find the path that is right for them. The Careers Counsellor and careers resources are located in the Library and both parents and students are welcome to access these services. Appointments are available with our Careers Counsellor throughout the year. There are three key skill areas which our students need to develop: • research - students need to learn how to find out about different types of work, about different career pathways, and about the many career opportunities that there are. They need to be given information as well as the research skills to find out about the various options which are open to them. • reflection – this is a key aspect of career development. Students are encouraged to give themselves the time and space to reflect on their own skills and interests, as well as on making thoughtful subject and course choices. • resilience –this is developed through meaningful participation in different activities, high expectations and involvement with a range of people of different ages. Through the many activities at Lauriston Girls’ School and the structured Work Experience placement, students are given many opportunities to develop in this way. The Careers Program at Lauriston seeks to be complementary to the academic program and to assist students to develop the skills outlined above, so that students leave school feeling confident and aware of the choices that await them. Career education begins in Year 10 with all students participating in a Work Experience Program. This is complemented by the opportunity to take part in a career and aptitude test, before choosing their course and subjects for Year 11. Students are required to consult with the Head of Senior School, IB and/or VCE Coordinator and Careers Counsellor during this selection process. In Year 11 all students are welcome to make career appointments throughout the year to discuss career and subject choices. During Year 12, students are again scheduled for compulsory interviews; this time to discuss applications for tertiary places. The Careers Counsellor supports and guides the students all through Senior College, providing valuable assistance until first round university offers are made. Careers Night is a compulsory event for all students in Years 10 to 12. It is also highly recommended that parents attend to become well-informed of the pathways their daughters may be considering. Speakers provide information on a variety of career paths, with the areas covered rotated on a three-yearly cycle.

CLUBS AND OTHER EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES Amnesty Club Lauriston has an active and committed Amnesty International support group. Girls from all year levels meet on a regular basis to discuss important local and global issues in a safe and welcoming environment. Students are involved in raising awareness of these issues through organising fundraising events and benefits. Students are welcome at any time of the year.

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Debating and Public Speaking Students who enjoy public speaking and debating have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities. As well as House Debating (Term 2), students participate in inter-school events organised by the Debating Association of Victoria (DAV). Beginners are welcome, and training and practice are provided. Mooting, British Parliamentary Debating and Public Speaking opportunities and competitions are also offered.

‘Greenies’ Students have the opportunity to involve themselves in many environmental programs. These include recycling paper and plastics, water conservation and reduction of use of plastic bags. ‘Greenies’ also support wildlife conservation projects. As a group, the students work together in a congenial atmosphere and meet girls from other year levels. They also aim to educate the School community about the need to care for the environment.

Life Drawing, Photography and Sewing and Textiles Classes For interested students, Life Drawing, Photography and Sewing and Textiles classes are offered as after-school classes open to Senior School students of all ages.

‘Laurie Drivers’ Students who join this group learn skills in backstage management, lighting and sound, and are involved in assemblies, concerts and School productions.

COMMUNITY SERVICE Lauriston is committed to service in the wider community on a local, national and international scale. Our School Values underpin these initiatives, especially those of Relationships and Engagement with Life. Whilst fundraising is an important means of supporting the wider and local community, we also acknowledge the power of donation and collection of goods, consciousness raising, education and physical service or volunteering. All of these have a role in Lauriston’s Community Service Program. During the year every girl will have the opportunity to participate in many Community Service activities.

NOTEBOOK COMPUTERS Lauriston will be offering a choice of Apple or PC Notebooks for 2016. The models chosen satisfy the capacity needed to allow students to be creative through our range of software as well as respecting the financial commitment for families. The 2016 Notebook Program, through the school and its suppliers requires the purchase of one of these models. To comply with current licensing arrangements and to ensure appropriate support and compatibility, the purchase of other notebooks outside this program is not recommended.

Email and Internet All students are provided with a School email address and internet access via the school server for school-related matters. Please note that inappropriate use of email or internet facilities may result in the forfeiting of ICT privileges.

HOUSE AND TUTOR GROUPS, RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES Each student is a member of one of the four Houses: Andrews (light blue), Irving (yellow), Kirkhope (red) and Mitchell (white). House groups run from Years 3 to 12. Students meet weekly in House Assemblies and join together to compete for their House in a variety of sporting and other endeavours. Houses are led by a Head of House, and two House Captains.

Leadership There are many opportunities for students in Senior College to develop leadership skills. Each Tutor Group elects a Captain, who for one semester assists in the general organisation of the group and

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acts as its representative on the Senior Representative Council. The Senior Representative Council meets weekly with a Head of House, and is instrumental in planning Senior College Assemblies. The Council is also largely responsible for community service initiatives in the Senior College. Students may also be offered leadership experience as captains of sporting teams and music ensembles, leaders of service and interest groups as well as Peer Support Leaders. Students in Years 1- 12 also have the opportunity to be involved in a number of Leadership Committees that operate across different areas of the school, with each Leadership Committee coordinated by a Prefect. Appointment to a Leadership Committee is by application. Students in Year 10 – 12 are eligible to be considered for the annual Leadership Conference held in January. Attendance at this event is by application. Students in Year 11 are invited to apply for elected School Leadership positions. The process involves several stages, including written applications, voting by students and staff and interviews. The elected leaders’ ‘terms’ of office begin in Term 4 of Year 11.

Lockers Each student has her own locker with a combination lock supplied by the School. All belongings should be placed in the locker which must be kept locked. Students are strongly advised to not leave items of value in their lockers overnight. Musical instruments should be left in the Music School where special storage shelves are provided, and not be placed in lockers at any time. Lockers must be emptied at the end of the school year.

Mobile Phones Mobile phones must not be used during class, assemblies or tutor meeting time unless at the direction of the teacher. Failure to follow this request will result in the phone being confiscated.

Money and Valuables Lauriston has introduced Flexischools as part of a move to a cashless system for student purchases. For students in Senior College, Flexischools is available for cashless purchases in the Refectory using their student ID card. Online ordering for the Uniform shop is available for all students in Prep – Year 12. We advise students not to bring valuable items or large sums of money to school. If this is unavoidable, the item can be deposited at the Student Services Centre for safe-keeping during the day.

Refectory The Refectory is open from 7.00am–4.00pm daily (closed between 11.30am–12.30pm). Food can be purchased before school, at breaks and after school. The menu and prices are updated each term.

LIBRARY The St Leon Library is an integral part of the Senior School and is committed to assisting students to become literate and life-long learners. We also aim to empower students by providing opportunities and supporting the School in assisting students to become deep thinkers and gain deeper understandings of complex world issues. The Library is located on the ground floor of the Science and Resource Centre. 8.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday term time 9.00am – 4.00pm Monday to Friday first two weeks of 3rd term holidays Please note term time hours may vary for senior students leading up to and during exam periods.

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Library Loans Students can borrow up to 10 items for 2 weeks. This excludes the loan of eBooks. Renewals can be made by contacting library staff either in person or via email. As there are no fines for overdue items we do request that students are considerate of other students. Equitable access to library resources is important to the whole school community and students must return items on time. If resources are lost or damaged students will be required to pay the cost of a replacement item.

Library resources and programmes: Students have access to both fiction and nonfiction eBooks which can be downloaded to all devices except Kindles. The Library also subscribes to multiple online databases giving students access to current newspapers and journal articles. These are all available from the Library’s Schoolbox page. This ensures that students have access to a broad range of relevant resources both online and print whenever and wherever they are studying. Documentaries, films and other curriculum related DVDs are available to students via the Library’s subscription to ClickView. This allows students to watch these programmes at home via a secure connection using their Lauriston email address.

Library Facilities The Library has several spaces which have been designed for researching, private study, collaborative group work and quiet reading based on the individual learning needs of students. Students are encouraged to come to the Library after school to complete their homework. Teachers also bring students to the Library for quiet reading as well as research classes. A printer is located in the Library providing black and white and colour printing, photocopying and scanning. Students’ accounts are charged for print costs as required. Desktop computers are available for students for times when they do not have their laptops.

ID cards Each student is issued with a photo-ID card that allows her to borrow material from the St Leon Library and use the photocopying machines. Credit can be ‘topped-up’ at the Library Help Desk. Please note that there is also a charge for printing and scanning. These costs are added to the student’s school account. The ID card is required for cashless purchases at the refectory.

MUSIC There are many exciting opportunities for all students to participate in musical activities at Lauriston. Regular choral and instrumental ensembles are run every week and groups perform at recitals, concerts and assemblies. The performance calendar features the Jazz Cabaret Evening, the Annual School Concert, Valedictory and the House Music Competition. A highlight of the year is the July Music Camp, where students spend the weekend rehearsing for the Annual School Concert. Students also have the opportunity to participate in a Senior Musical in 2016 and a Music Tour in 2017.

Music Lessons Instrumental lessons are available on a wide range of instruments, and there are also lessons for voice and theory. Please refer to the Extra-Curricular Activities Handbook for details and a booking form. Instruments are available for hire on a yearly basis. It is a requirement that all students who have music lessons at school participate in an appropriate ensemble (piano students should join a choir). Instrumentalists are also strongly encouraged to join Anthem Choir.

Ensembles There are many ensembles available for music students to join, whether they learn an instrument at school or privately. More experienced musicians may be invited to join advanced chamber music and/or senior ensembles.

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Anthem Choir: this is a non-auditioned choir open to all students in Years 10–12. It is a perfect introduction to group music making and performance.

Lauriana: this is an auditioned, small choir, that provides extension for the more skilled singers. Quintessential Harmony: a vocal chamber group of five singers. Acceptance is via audition. Lauriston Orchestra: this group is open to students in Years 7–12 of an appropriate standard (some auditions may be required for certain instruments as some places may be limited).

Lauriston Chamber Strings: this is an ensemble for string players (by audition). Lauriston Symphonic Band: this is a band for woodwind, brass and percussion students of all abilities, from Years 10–12.

Stage Band: a jazz band for students in Years 7-12 of an appropriate standard. Percussion Ensemble: this group is for percussion students in Years 7–12. Chamber Ensembles: there are groups formed every year, depending on the ability levels and interest of the participants. Usually there are trios, quartets, quintets and other combinations.

PARENT COMMUNICATIONS Newsletter The Senior School Newsletter is produced and is available on the School website each week with an email alert sent to families each week.

Parent Teacher interviews Parent Teacher interviews for Years 10–12 will occur twice each year. Interview times are available between 3.45pm and 6.45pm. Students are encouraged to take part in the interview with their parents. Appointments are made through our online booking system, Parent Teacher Online (PTO), which can be accessed via the School’s website. Tutors and Heads of House are also available for appointments.

Learning Communication Portal The purpose of the Learning Communication Portal is to provide current information about student progress on the assessment tasks completed for each subject. Copies of the assessment rubrics are also provided here. This portal allows parents to access their daughter’s results online, as well as to make direct email contact with their daughter’s teachers as necessary. Access to the Learning Communication Portal is via individual passwords. Please contact our IT department for more information. The Learning Management System (LMS) provides students with resources and administrative information associated with their subjects. The LMS provides a great support for students if they miss classes for any reason, enabling them to catch up on work covered. Please contact individual subject teachers for more information about the resources they provide on the LMS.

Parent groups The Lauriston Parents’ Association (LPA), Lauriston Arts Association (LAA), Lauriston Rowing Association (LRA) and Lauriston SnowSports Association (LSSA) welcome all parents and encourages them to take part in a variety of activities. Details of events and contact numbers are published in the Newsletter. LPA Class Representatives are available to assist parents within their daughter’s year group. An International Parents’ Group meets regularly and organises a wide variety of educational and cultural activities. Please contact Reception for details.

Parent information sessions Parents are encouraged to ask for assistance and information at any stage. Information sessions are scheduled as part of the process of assisting Year 10 students in their choice of subjects and programs for Years 11 and 12.

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Years 11 and 12 students and their parents are invited to a VCE/IB Information Evening early in Term 1. The Year 12 VTAC evening to explain tertiary application processes is scheduled for early Term 3.

Reporting Parents of all new students will be contacted by their daughter’s Head of House during Term 1 to discuss how she is settling in. They will also maintain regular contact with all parents, providing informal reports of progress as the need arises. Written reports are sent home with students each year. Comprehensive Semester Reports are provided in June for Years 11 and 12, and also in November for Year 11 students. Year 10 students receive regular results updates via the Parent Communication Portal.

SHINE – Student Wellbeing Program This program caters to students from Year 7 to 12. SHINE is an acronym for: Strength, Health, Inspire, Nurture and Engagement. These key words are explored throughout each session as being integral to the students’ wellbeing. The SHINE Program is held every Wednesday and provides each student with the opportunity to consider a range of areas including mindfulness, time management, organization, study skills, relationships, resilience and emotional intelligence, as well as gratefulness and reflecting on what is going well for them. Student collaborative groups (two students per tutor group) inform the development of ideas for the program. A focus is determined every year for each year level based on the 7 Cs (Competence, Connection, Character, Contribution, Coping, Control, and Confidence) that have been developed by Kenneth Ginsburg. Each of the 7 Cs contributes towards building resilient students. The SHINE Program is supported by literature that emphasizes the importance of student wellbeing.

SPORT OPPORTUNITIES There are many opportunities for both competition (House and School) and recreational sport in the Senior College. The sports offered change each term. Information about trials and practices is published in the Newsletter, Sports Blog, Sports Calendar and also made available to students via the Sports Noticeboard and the morning notices read in Roll Call. Lauriston is a member of Girls’ Sport Victoria (GSV) and takes part in a number of interschool competitions. GSV competition night for Year 10 is Wednesday, Year 11/12 is Mondays and Year 7/8 is Thursdays. Teams are taken by bus to outside venues and return by approximately 6.00pm. We endeavour to provide sufficient number of teams to give all girls who attend training the opportunity to represent the School. Term 1 Aquatics:

Swimming and Diving Squad–GSV Competitions and PB Meets, recreational aquatics, recreational swimming and diving, House Swimming and Diving Competition Athletics: Running Club, fun runs, athletics trials Diving: GSV Competition and House Competition Golf: Saturday golf lessons - user pays/ weekly competition Indoor Cricket: GSV Competitions Recreational: Yoga/swimming/personal training/aerobics Rowing: Various competitions Sailing: Girls Sail Competition Softball: GSV Competitions and House Competition Table Tennis: House Competition Tennis: GSV Competitions and House Competition, Lauriston Tennis Singles Championship Triathlon: GSV – user pays

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Term 2 AFL: Athletics: Cross Country: Diving: Fencing: Hockey: Netball: Recreational: Water Polo: Equestrian

GSV Competition House Athletics Running Club - GSV Competition and PB Meets Learn to dive GSV – user pays on Saturday GSV Competition GSV Competition Aerobics/yoga/swimming/personal training GSV Competition – Open age and House Competition

Term 3 Athletics: Aquatics: Badminton: Cycling: Hockey: Netball: Recreational: Rowing: Snowsports: Soccer: Taekwondo: Volleyball: Water Polo: Equestrian

GSV Competitions and PB Meets Swimming Squad, Recreational Aquatics GSV Competition GSV - user pays House Competition House Competition Strength circuits, yoga, swimming, aerobics, personal training, running club Squad training, Yr 9 Development Program Inter School GSV Competition GSV- users pays (Saturdays) GSV and House Competition Junior training

Term 4 Aquatics: Athletics: Basketball: Field Cricket: Golf: Recreational: Rowing: Water Polo: Equestrian House:

Swim squad, recreational aquatics Cross Country House Competition GSV Competition GSV Competition GSV Ambrose Competition – non handicap golfers GSV Saturday – user pays Yoga/personal training/aerobics/swimming/running club Squad training Yr 7/8 GSV Competition, Skill Development Program Cross Country

Rowing Rowing at Lauriston has enjoyed much success in recent years, due mainly to the dedication of the rowers within our Senior School. Although the rowing season commences in the first weeks of Term 4, the preparation begins in Term 3 with gym-based activities building strength and stamina. Rowing is open to all girls in Year 10 to Year 12. Lauriston offers Year 8 students the opportunity to take part in a development program, which commences in Term 2 and concludes in Term 4. The season extends into mid-March where it concludes with the annual Head of the Schoolgirls’ Regatta. This regatta includes all other rowing schools and is the pinnacle of the rowing season. The Lauriston Rowing Association (LRA) is a wonderful parent group which assists with all fundraising and parent support.

Snowsports Lauriston has a strong presence at the Interschools Snowsports competition which is held in Term 3. Girls from Years 3 to12 are invited to compete in various disciplines throughout the event. Parent support is valuable for this program to run successfully and the Lauriston Snowsports Association (LSSA) provides many opportunities for families to assist.

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TRANSPORT School buses School buses • Brighton Bus Service (from Sandringham Station). • Vermont South/Glen Waverley/Wheelers Hill Bus Service. •

Williamstown/Port Melbourne Bus Service.

The above services are run by Lauriston. Contact the Lauriston Business Office, 9864 7555 for information, forms and for the purchase of bus tickets. • Eltham/Templestowe/Balwyn/Kew. This service is run by Hurstbridge Bus and Coaches Pty Ltd. Contact Carol Jaeger on 9438 3666 for further information. More information regarding transport to Lauriston is provided on the School website lauriston.vic.edu.au

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Trams There are three tram routes from the city which will bring you close to the school. They are: No 6 Melbourne University to Glen Iris via St Kilda Road and High Street. (The nearest stop to school is the corner of Huntingtower Road and High Street). No 16 Melbourne University to Kew, via St Kilda Road and Glenferrie Road. (The nearest stop to school is the corner of Glenferrie Road and Malvern Road). No 72 Melbourne University to Camberwell via St Kilda Road and Malvern Road. (The nearest stop to school is the corner of Malvern Road and Huntingtower Road). The Metlink website, www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au is available to check timetables, travel times etc.

Student Concession Application Student Concession Application forms are available and can be authorised at Student Services.

UNIFORM AND SCHOOL BAGS It is expected that the uniform will be correct, clean and in good repair at all times. To make it easier to return misplaced items, all garments must be clearly named. • Hats are to be worn when travelling to and from school in Terms 1 and 4, and must be brought to school, even if travelling by car, as they must also be worn during break times if sitting in the sun. • Blazers must be worn to School in Terms 2 and 3 as the School jumper or winter shirt must not be worn as the outer garment when travelling to and from school. In Terms 1 and 4 the blazer is optional; however, blazers are expected to be worn at assemblies and on formal occasions. • Sunglasses. As part of the Lauriston Sun Protection Policy, students are permitted to wear glasses approved by the Cancer Council during Physical Education classes and at break times. • The Lauriston badged schoolbag is part of school uniform: other bags are not permitted. • Socks may be short or long. Tights may be worn with the winter uniform. Anklet socks are not permitted. • Winter scarves in dark blue may be worn. • PE uniform should not be worn when travelling to or from school. Students are given time to change at the end of a PE session, or they should change at the first break. PE uniform must not be worn to assemblies. Even if the student has PE or sport more than once in a day, it is a requirement that the normal school uniform is brought to school, and that students change into it. • Students should not travel to or from school in casual clothes except in special circumstances where permission should be sought from the Head of House.

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Makeup and nail polish are not part of the School uniform and are not permitted. Jewellery should not be worn, other than a watch and a single pair of gold or silver ear studs, or small pearl earrings. Hair should be neat, and tied back. Shoes may be lace-up or T-bar. T-bar shoes must be maintained in good repair and worn with buckles fastened. Rowing jerseys, tracksuit tops, Howqua fleece jackets and Year 12 hoodies/leavers’ jumpers are not part of the uniform.

Uniform shop The School operates the New Uniform shop which is located above the Gymnasium (entry via Mercer Road, next to the tennis courts). The Uniform shop is open during the week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11.30am - 4.30pm. Additional open times to be advised in the newsletter and on the Lauriston Website.

Uniform Senior School (Years 7–12) Please refer to the Student Planner for a complete list of the School uniform.

VALEDICTORY AND OTHER CELEBRATIONS All students in Years 10 to 12 attend this end of year event which includes the presentation of prizes and awards for the Senior College students. Year 12 students (the Valedictorians) are presented with a valedictory book and folder.

School Formal Year 12 students are invited to attend the Lauriston School Formal which is held early in Term 3. There is no formal for Year 10 and 11 students.

Year 12 Parent/Student Graduation Dinner Year 12 students and their parents join Lauriston staff in a celebration of the girls’ time at Lauriston. The dinner is held in the last week of Term 3.

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SENIOR COLLEGE – THE YEAR 10 PROGRAM Year 10 and Howqua The majority of students entering Year 10 will have participated in the unique Year 9 Howqua program. The organisational, personal and social skills, as well as the high level of fitness, gained during the Howqua year is a great launching point into the Lauriston Senior College. There is a range of activities organised in Term 1 of Year 10 designed to assist girls in reflecting and building upon their Howqua experiences and reorienting themselves back to the Armadale campus. For students who are new to either the Armadale Campus, or Lauriston entirely, there are a number of opportunities to make new friends as they integrate into the Year 10 Senior College Program.

The Academic Program The Year 10 academic program offers the necessary core subjects and, at the same time, a wide variety of electives. Year 10 also allows students to develop a more adult approach to study through the combination of lectures and tutorials. Senior College students undertake more challenging work and enjoy a greater sense of responsibility for their own learning. In order to gain satisfaction from this year students need to participate fully in the program and to the best of their ability. The structure of the course caters for students with varied interests and abilities and helps students to be very well prepared to undertake VCE or IB studies in the following year. Progress will be monitored, as always, by subject teachers, Tutors and Heads of House. The successful completion of Years 10 and 11 is vitally important for students’ success in Year 12. Year 10 Elective subjects will be selected during the Term 3 EXEAT from Howqua. • The Director of Student Development & Wellbeing, Heads of House and Tutors will look after student wellbeing. Leadership roles will be offered within the House system that will allow students to develop on the co-operative and negotiating skills, learnt during the Howqua year. • Computers will be used in many classes and for many home learning exercises. Students will be taught general computer skills and how to use subject specific software during classes in each subject and explicitly through a technology module completed in Semester One. • Year 10 students are required to attend Roll Call with their Tutors every morning. This is an important time to ensure that they have received all messages, as well as satisfying legal requirements. Tutors will, among other things, oversee daily activities, mark rolls, provide appropriate handouts and collect reply slips. • Semester tests and examinations will be conducted at the end of each semester.

Elective Program Elective choice should be manageable and yet challenging, interesting and rewarding. Circumstances and interests can change throughout the course of the year and should this be the case, alterations to courses of study may be possible. If at any stage in the year you wish to revise your course, please see your Head of House or Head of Senior School. In general, requests for subject changes will not be accepted after Week 3 of each semester. Requests must be made on the appropriate form with a parent’s signature.

Please note: no elective subject choices are prerequisites for Years 11 and 12 study.

Year 10 Experiential Learning Project ‘EnlighTEN’ The purpose of project-based, experiential learning is to provide a structure through which students can demonstrate mastery of a subject by creating, and presenting a research-based project that is driven by their own interest in a topic and allows them to work within the same parameters as real researchers. While the projects can assess the students’ knowledge of content, concepts and skills and the level of depth and complexity to which students have understood them, they also allow students to think deeply and analytically and to question a topic which has particular resonance and meaning for them.

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This project is designed to build upon the skills developed by students in Year 8 (especially during the City Cite experience) and also the independence and thinking skills developed at Howqua. For students new to Lauriston, as well as those reintegrating to Armadale following the Howqua experience, the project will provide opportunities to collaborate with others and extend learning skills valuable and essential to the two final years of schooling; whether students choose the VCE or the IB program. At Lauriston, the Experiential Learning Project will also have a strong focus on issues of social awareness and social justice. The Experiential Learning Project will take place over the course of four school days during Semester 2.

Year 10 Workshop Program (Terms 1 and 2) The Year 10 Workshop Program is designed to assist with the knowledge and skills needed at the start of the Senior College academic program. It will include a variety of activities, including Information and Computer Technology, time management, study skills, work experience preparation, career guidance and testing.

Year 10 Health and Wellbeing Program (Terms 3 and 4) The Year 10 Health and Wellbeing program aims to consolidate and extend students’ knowledge of topics relating to human development and health. Students revise and investigate the human life cycle and issues relating to adolescent development, reproduction, sexual health and sexuality. The course also covers personal health, alcohol education and drug education. The aim of the course is to increase students’ personal resilience while providing the opportunity and information that encourages them to develop mature and responsible attitudes to their own health and wellbeing. Assessment includes appropriate class participation, tests, workbooks and assignments.

YEAR 10 WORK EXPERIENCE PROGRAM AND CAREERS ADVICE During Term 2 students attend workshops designed to assist with their career planning. Preparation for work experience is included in both the workshops and assemblies. Work experience usually occurs in the middle of June. Students involved in work experience benefit in the following ways: • by gaining first-hand experience of work in an area of occupational interest. It is hoped that this will assist in making well-informed decisions about future study and careers; • by having an opportunity to socialise with adults and be responsible individuals outside the regular home/school environment; • by providing an understanding of the relationship between academic achievement and career opportunities; • by increasing knowledge of the skills needed for success in the community after school.

Careers Testing Prior to work experience, all Year 10 students will have the opportunity to participate in the Careers Testing program Careers Voyage. This program assesses students’ aptitude and skills, and the report provided for each student makes recommendations about career paths. Optional careers testing using the Morrisby Report is also available.

Careers Night Careers Night is a compulsory event for all students in Years 10, 11 and 12. Parents are also encouraged to attend.

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LEADERSHIP ROLES There are opportunities for students to develop leadership skills through organisation of House teams, participation in House Meetings and through being elected as Tutor Group Captain. Each Captain represents her group on the Student Representative Council. Year 10 students direct the 7/8 Centre Drama performances and lead the Years 7, 8 and 10 students in House Music. There are also opportunities for leadership development through the various leadership groups. Contributions to the life of the House, School and wider community may be recognised in the awarding of Half Colours, House Colours and School Colours. Whilst it is rare for a student to receive these awards before Year 11, contributions in Year 10 are considered when award recommendations are made.

THE NOTEBOOK COMPUTER PROGRAM Help Desk The School will support the notebooks purchased through the School’s chosen supplier, and all the software will be provided by the School. The Information Technology (IT ) Helpdesk provides support with both software and hardware. Faults that cannot be dealt with by the Helpdesk staff may require the assistance of an external technician who visits on a daily basis, or the notebook may need to be sent away. It is possible for the school’s ‘loan’ notebooks to be used by students if their notebook is sent away for repair. Faults covered under the notebook warranty include all manufacturer’s faults. Any faults that are due to the owner’s misuse incur the $150 insurance excess fee. Where students have purchased notebooks through an alternative source, the School will not offer any assistance with warranty, insurance and service requests, but will still provide standard assistance where possible. The IT Helpdesk will be the first point of call for help with notebook problems. This is located in the main Library. The Helpdesk is open from 8.00am to 5.00pm or can be emailed on [email protected] lauriston.vic.edu.au. The telephone number for the Helpdesk is 9864 7511.

Use of the School Network The School has several file servers which house many applications (programs) students will need to access. Computers can access the network using either the Ethernet cable or by using the wireless stations. Students use the same ‘user name’ as in Year 8. Students with home networks must ensure that settings for these networks do not interfere with their ability to connect to the network at school. If, at any stage, students are unable to connect to the network they should visit the IT Helpdesk immediately to have the problem identified and resolved. For further information about network rules and the use of computers at school and at home please see the IT section of the Lauriston intranet.

Lockers – Notebook Computers Students should be aware of the weight of the notebook computer and textbooks being transported to and from school. Students are encouraged to carefully consider when books are needed in class or for home learning and should only transport those books which are needed for that day’s activities. The notebook computer is the most expensive item on the list of school requirements. It is students’ responsibility to keep it secure. The proper use of lockers is essential to ensure such security. Lockers must be locked at all times. Students are strongly encouraged to take notebooks home each night and at the weekends

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YEAR 10 YEAR 10 2015 CURRICULUM Senior College students work on a 10 day timetable of five lessons per day and a total of 50 periods per cycle (PPC).

YEAR 10 SUBJECTS:

(Time allocation (PPC))

Subjects: Core English

7

Mathematics

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Science

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Physical Education

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Philosophy

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Learning Enrichment (Workshop and Health and Well-being program)

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Total for core subjects

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The following table summarises the program that is usually available to Year 10 students. Core subjects to be studied for two semesters

One or two of the elective subjects (LOTE) below which must be studied for two semesters:

Elective subjects which may be studied in Semester 1, Semester 2 or both Semesters:

English Learning Enrichment Mathematics Philosophy Physical Education Science

French Chinese

Art Media Digital Video Media Digital Production Drama – Jump in to the Page Drama – Lipstick and Facepaint Physical Education Theory English Development English as an Additional Language (EAL) Music Visual Communication Design (VCD) STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths ICT – Mobile phone apps ICT – E – commerce, Business and Technology

At least one of each of the elective subjects below (Humanities) must be studied in each semester (more than one may be studied per semester): Economics and Globalisation Environmental Studies History - Australia, the World and War History - Australia and the Post-War World International Relations The Law in Perspective

Please note: the elective subjects offered to students may change slightly from year to year based on curriculum innovation and student demand.

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YEAR 10 Elective Subject Selection Process The Year 10 Elective Program is designed to provide students with: • choice • the chance to deepen understanding in some specialist areas • the opportunity to ‘taste’ learning areas not experienced up until now.  The structure of the Year 10 elective program means that errors in selections are not crucial – no Year 10 elective subject is a prerequisite to Year 11 study in either the VCE or the IB programs. There is a wonderful range of subjects to choose from in Year 10. Elective subject selections will be made during the Term 3 Howqua EXEAT, then signed by parents prior to submission. Students will be advised how to access descriptions for each of the subjects being offered at the beginning of Term 3. Staff will be visiting Howqua to provide guidance to students and there will be information sent to parents of Year 9 students. There will also be a ‘subject query’ day for parents and students to discuss their selections with Heads of House prior to submission.

Guidelines Elective selections will be made for both Semester 1 and Semester 2 at the same time. There may be some opportunities to change electives later in the year, depending on class sizes, but this is not guaranteed, so students need to choose carefully. Students will also need to ensure that they are meeting the Lauriston curriculum requirements for the entire year; the completion of a LOTE subject for both semesters and the completion of an humanities subject in each semester.

Languages Other than English (LOTE) Chinese, French Students must choose one LOTE in both Semesters 1 and 2. They may study two LOTEs if they so desire. Note that this will limit some other elective choices. Differentiated courses in both French and Chinese ensure that students are being suitably challenged in their language studies.

Humanities Students must choose two semesters of Humanities. These can be in either, or both, semesters. More than two Humanities may be studied.

Preferences It will be necessary for students to identify elective preferences during the selection process. Students may be required to complete a study in their second or third preference.

NB: subjects will only run according to sufficient numbers.

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SENIOR COLLEGE - Years 11 and 12 ACADEMIC PROGRAM Entering and completing the final two years of secondary school is an exciting and important time for all students. A Lauriston education prepares a student for life, not just the final examinations, but we do want girls to reach their academic potential, conscious that marks do matter, in gaining access to many post secondary destinations.

IB Diploma Programme or VCE? It is crucial that students select the subjects in which they have particular interest and aptitude. Each girl will receive extensive counselling at the beginning of this process, as well as during her final year of study to ensure she will achieve her best. The information and counselling is provided by the staff who know the girls well and who also understand the mechanisms of the two major course streams at Lauriston, as well as the requirements of the individual subjects offered.

In a nutshell… • The VCE is a course specifically shaped and modified to suit the needs of Victorian students. Apart from the study of English, no other subject is compulsory. A student may specialise in areas of interest such as the Sciences, the Humanities or the Arts or select a more general course from these and other areas. • The IB programme emphasises a global perspective. By insisting that students study a range of subjects, the IB avoids undue specialisation, thus helping students to become creative generalists who have the range of skills necessary to solve problems in a variety of areas. Usually there are approximately even numbers of students studying the VCE and the IB. Neither course is treated preferentially in terms of resources allocated; Lauriston teachers are experts in both course streams. We believe that we are unique in the world in offering such equity in the provision of two highly regarded qualifications. Like every choice made up until now, the focus must be on the individual student and her unique talents and dreams.

Electronic Subject Selection Years 11 and 12 subject selections are made online via the Lauriston intranet. This will require student login data. Selections will be printed, then signed by parents prior to submission. There will be ample opportunity for students to receive course and subject advice and counselling from their Head of House, the VCE and/or IB Coordinators, the Careers Coordinator and subject teachers prior to final submission. Parents are welcome to participate in these consultations.

Pre-requisite Subjects in Years 11 and 12 • Students are advised to choose subjects on the basis of interest and aptitude; they generally do best when they are motivated and involved in learning. It is also important to choose a range of subjects so that future choices are not ruled out too early. • Students also need to be aware that some tertiary courses have specific prerequisite subjects, i.e. subjects that must be completed in order to be considered for that particular course. • Every student must complete one English subject; in VCE this can be English, Literature, EAL (English as an Additional Language). IB, students must complete a subject in their mother tongue English. • In IB, students must study one ‘first language’ which can be English A or Chinese A • For a full list of prerequisites refer to the VICTER Guide for years of entry to University.

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• It is very important that students make their subject choices carefully, leaving as many options open as possible if they are undecided about future course choices.

Guidelines Subject selections will be made for both Semester 1 and Semester 2 at the same time. There may be some opportunities to change subjects later in the year, depending on class sizes, but this is not guaranteed. In some instances, subjects will only run if there is sufficient demand.

STUDY CAMPS AND CONFERENCES Students undertaking the VCE and IB will all participate in study events. Years 11 and 12 IB will be focused on the Theory of Knowledge aspect of their course. The Year 12 VCE Conference will be focused on preparing for the specific and general study requirements of the VCE. Dates for each of these events will be published in the School calendar, and more information will be available closer to the events.

Privileges • Years 11 and 12 students must attend morning roll call. • Year 11 students may not leave the School during the day between classes. However, Year 11 students are free to leave at lunchtime if they have no afternoon classes or other commitments. Students leaving before 3.20pm must sign out at Student Services. • Year 12 students may leave the School during the day between classes. Students in Year 12 may also leave at lunchtime if they have no afternoon classes or other commitments. • Signing out on departure, and in again on return, is required both as part of the School’s legal duty of care and also to facilitate the smooth running of the Senior College.

Responsibilities • Attendance at all assemblies, House or other meetings and lunchtime events. Such community times are important to keep in touch with what goes on at school and to keep students feeling a part of it. • The submission on time of set work, produced to the best of one’s ability. • The punctual and regular attendance to all classes and scheduled meetings. • Ensuring all commitments such as practices, rehearsals etc have been honoured. • Attending all school functions eg sport days. As Senior College students and school leaders, there is an expectation that a good example will be set to younger students in terms of behaviour, courtesy, punctuality, appearance and concern for each other. There will be many occasions when students will have the opportunity to contribute to various aspects of School life. Their support in those areas will not only be appreciated by others but will also help students develop their own leadership, collaborative working and organisational skills.

Lauriston driving policy Driving a motor vehicle is an important ‘rite of passage’ for many Year 12 students. It also brings with it enormous responsibilities. To protect and educate our students it is vital that we are aware of all students driving to school or travelling as passengers in student cars. Therefore, no student is to drive to school or be a passenger in a student car before completing the following steps:

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• students who propose to drive a motor vehicle to school must complete a ‘Declaration by Drivers’ form and a ‘Lauriston Girls’ School Permission to Drive to School’ form. These are available from Student Services. • students will only be granted permission to drive to school if they complete these forms, establish that they are properly licensed and have signed the School’s indemnity form. • students who are driven to school as passengers must follow the same permission procedures and complete the ‘Lauriston Girls’ School Passenger Permission and Indemnity Transport Arrangements’ form. • during normal school hours, students are expected to travel to and from school activities on transport arranged by the School. Use of private motor vehicles must be authorised by the Principal or appointee, and students will only be allowed to travel privately if they have their parents’ permission. • vehicles must NOT be parked on school property, including the Kindergarten pick up zone on the corner of Malvern Road. • vehicles must not be accessed from the beginning of school until the completion of lessons.

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The Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB)

THE VICTORIAN CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION (VCE) The Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) is administered by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) and is a two year course. The course comprises of a number of ‘Units of Study’, each designed to take one semester to complete. Units 1 and 2 are designed for Year 11 students while Units 3 and 4 are for Year 12 students. While this is generally the case, there is a great deal of flexibility within the VCE so that it is possible for students to study units 3 and 4 in Year 11 in some subjects. In many subjects it is possible to begin at Units 1, 2 or 3. To satisfy the requirements for the VCE, students must complete at least 16 units of study. These must include satisfactory completion of a minimum of: • three units of English - the three units of English may be selected from English 3/4, EAL Units 1 to 4 and Literature 3/4; • three sequences of Units 3 and 4 other than English.

VCE Policies and Procedures The online version of the VCE Administrative Handbook is available from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) website at www.vcaa.vic.edu.au. The following policies are those prescribed by VCAA or developed by the School in accordance with the responsibilities delegated to schools by the VCAA. For more information please refer to the VCE policy handbook.

VCE with Lauriston Honours The aim of the VCE with Lauriston Honours program is to encourage and reward students who, whilst studying for the Victorian Certificate of Education, take the opportunity to extend their development and contribute to the School and wider community in both academic and non-academic areas of their education. There is a Service strand, a Citizenship strand and an Academic strand from which students select. Students successful in achieving their VCE with Lauriston Honours are awarded their certificates at our special Valedictory Assembly. For more information about this innovative program, please contact the VCE Coordinator. Please note: Due to study design changes in VCE in 2016, all subject descriptions are based on the latest study designs and not on the designs before 2015, unless otherwise stated.

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The Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB)

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE DIPLOMA PROGRAMME (IB) IB programme The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma programme is a two year internationally recognised pre-university course. Rather than being based on the curriculum of a single country, the IB programme is a deliberate compromise between the specialisation required in some education systems and the breadth preferred in others. The IB came into existence in the late 1960s, and now more than 2000 schools in nearly 120 countries participate in the IB Diploma programme. The International Baccalaureate Organisation is a chartered foundation under the Swiss Civil Code with executive headquarters in Geneva. It is a private, non-governmental organisation recognised by the Council of Europe and has consultative status with UNESCO. The IBO grew out of international school efforts to establish a common curriculum and university entry credential. Beyond practical considerations, international educators were also motivated by an idealistic vision; they hoped that a shared academic experience emphasising critical thinking and exposure to a variety of viewpoints would foster tolerance and inter-cultural understanding among young people. Concentration on the last two years of secondary school sought to build a comprehensive curriculum– leading to a baccalaureate–that could be administered in any country and recognised by universities in every country. More information can be found at www.ibo.org. To satisfy the requirements of the IB Diploma all students must complete: • Six subjects in addition to TOK, CAS and Extended Essay. • One subject must be selected from each of Groups 1 to 5. The sixth subject may be from Group 6 (the Arts) or a second subject from Group 3 or Group 4. Group 1:

Studies in Language and Literature

(first language) Group 2:

Language Acquisition

(second language) Group 3:

Individuals and Societies

Group 4:

Experimental Sciences

Group 5:

Mathematics

Group 6:

The Arts

Students will continue their study in the subjects chosen in Year 11 as part of the two year IB Diploma programme. In addition to TOK, CAS and Extended Essay, students will study three subjects at Higher Level (HL) and three at Standard Level (SL). Satisfactory completion of the IB Diploma programme requires a total score of 24 or more points out of the possible 45. There are also other specific requirements which are discussed in detail in the General Guidelines for the IB Diploma (www.ibo.org).

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The Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB)

Subject Offerings in Year 11 in 2016 Below is a table that outlines the subject offerings in both Year 11 and Year 12. Further information about each subject can be found in Subject Description Handout.

Curriculum Domain

Arts

Languages other than English (LOTE)

English

Humanities

Mathematics

Physical Education (PE) and Health

Science

Year 11

Year 12

VCE Media Music Studio Arts Theatre Studies Visual Communication Design

VCE Media Music Performance Studio Arts Theatre Studies Visual Communication Design

IB Music Theatre Visual Arts

IB Music SL/HL Visual Arts SL/HL

VCE Chinese (Second language) French

VCE Chinese (Second language) French

IB Chinese A: Literature Chinese B English B French B Spanish ab initio

IB Chinese A: Literature SL/HL Chinese B SL/HL English B SL/HL French SL/HL Spanish ab initio SL

VCE English English Literature English as an Additional Language

VCE English English Literature English as an Additional Language

IB English A: Literature

IB English A: Literature SL/HL

VCE Ethics History

VCE History: Revolutions

IB History

IB History SL/HL

VCE Specialist Mathematics General Mathematics Mathematical Methods

VCE Further Mathematics Mathematical Methods Specialist Mathematics

IB Mathematics SL Mathematics HL

IB Mathematics SL/HL

VCE

VCE Physical Education*

VCE Biology Chemistry Physics Psychology

VCE Biology* Chemistry Physics Psychology

IB Biology Chemistry Physics

IB Biology SL/HL Chemistry SL/HL Physics SL/HL

VCE Economics

VCE Economics Legal Studies* Business Management (only available in 2016) Global Politics (available in 2017)

IB Economics

IB Economics SL/HL

Social Sciences

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Tours and Exchanges

Lauriston Girls’ School Senior College Tours and Exchanges



Each year girls in Senior College (Years 10-12) are offered a range of trips and exchanges.



Each trip or exchange is usually launched with a general information session around one year prior to the departure of the trip.



In some cases, numbers are limited and a variety of selection processes are applied according to the nature of the trip.



Parents and students are welcome to seek more information about each of these exciting opportunities, either through the relevant Faculty or the Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School.

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Behaviour Guidlines

Lauriston Girls’ School Guidelines for Behaviour In all of our interactions with students, our common objective is to provide an environment in which each student feels safe, nurtured, recognised and affirmed, supported as she develops to her full potential and experiences a sense of connectedness with the School Community. A fundamental aim is for students to learn how to respect the rights, responsibilities and worth of themselves and others. Our School Guidelines for Behaviour support the School Values, and in particular, the value of relationships. We believe that the ability to develop respectful relationships, irrespective of status, race or culture, is an important life skill. The behaviour each student demonstrates towards peers and teachers will impact on her ability to establish long lasting relationships. Our aim is to enable our students to: • Take ownership and responsibility for their behaviour • Respect the rights of others and acknowledge their responsibilities towards others • Support positive relationships within the School Community • Support the teaching and learning process together

Attendance and Punctuality for School: • Students must attend school every day unless ill or affected by significant personal circumstances. This includes School and House activities. Designated end of Term and evening functions such as Valedictory, are part of the school year and attendance is compulsory. School camps are part of our curriculum and all students are expected to attend. • A student arriving late to school must report to Student Services before attending any class. • Permission to leave school during the day or before the end of the school day will be given for important appointments that could not be scheduled outside lesson times, provided the student has written permission (note or email) from the parent/caregiver which is handed in by the student to Student Services. Students must sign out at Senior School Services prior to leaving the school and sign in on returning. • No student is to leave the school before 3.20pm without signing out at Senior School Services. Truancy from school is considered a serious offence and time missed is usually made up after school.

Attendance and Punctuality for Class: • Students must be in designated classrooms at all times. • Teacher permission must be obtained before a student leaves the classroom. • Truancy from class is considered a serious matter and time missed from lessons will be made up either after school or during lunch time.

Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking: • The possession or consumption of any non-medicinal or non-prescribed drug on school premises or while in school uniform is unacceptable. Any student who is seen smoking, consuming alcohol or is involved in non-prescribed drug use or supply will result in a serious disciplinary process.

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Excursions: • Excursions are part of the curriculum and attendance is expected when the class is organised to attend an educational trip. • The uniform and behaviour standards of Lauriston Girls’ School are expected on excursions. • Work missed in other lessons is to be made up and homework completed.

Mobile Phones: • Mobile telephones, if brought to school, remain the responsibility of the student. • Students may not take photographs, videos or recordings without the permission of the individual being photographed or recorded and then only for school purposes. • At times students may be instructed by teachers to use the device as a learning tool and if so, students are expected to follow the guidelines set down by the teacher. • Students in Years 7 and 8 must keep their mobile telephone locked in their locker during the school day, unless instructed to bring their phone to class by the classroom teacher. • Students in Years 7 and 8 must not use their mobile telephones during recess and lunch. • Students in Years 10,11 and 12 must keep their mobile telephone on silent while in the classroom and may not use them unless instructed by the classroom teacher. • Students in Years 10,11 and 12 may use mobile telephones during recess and lunch. • Mobile telephones are not permitted in examination rooms and must be left in a locker or surrendered to the supervising teacher or invigilator as a student enters the examination room.

School Property and Property of Others: • Students are expected to respect and care for school property and belongings at all times including school lockers, classrooms and grounds • Students are expected to respect and care for the property of others • Students are expected to dispose of rubbish appropriately. • Students are to leave classrooms and locker areas in a tidy manner.

Uniform and General Appearance: • Students must be in full, correct uniform each school day. Blazers must be worn with the winter uniform in Terms 2 and 3. The school blazer is optional in Terms 1 and 4, but must be available for all School Assemblies. • When travelling to and from School, the school jumper may not be worn as the outer garment. • Outside of the school grounds the school hat must be worn to and from school during Terms 1 and 4. Depending on the change to winter uniform, students may be required to wear their school hats with their summer uniform for some part of Term 2. • Uniform is to be clean, in good repair and brown shoes polished regularly. All items should be marked with the student’s name. • Socks may be worn during the Summer Terms. Bone or ecru ankle or knee high socks may be worn. Either School tights, or bone/ecru ankle or knee socks are to be worn during Winter Terms. • School skirts and dresses are to be no more than five (5) centimetres above the knee.

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• All students must travel to and from school wearing full school uniform unless permission has been granted to do otherwise. • Students who participate in sporting activities before School, including training for GSV sports, may wear the correct sports uniform to school. After 5.00pm, students participating in GSV school matches or after school GSV training matches may travel home in correct sports uniform. • Full school sports uniform must be worn for PE lessons and sport activities. • Only bags with the School crest are to be carried.

Hair, make-up and jewellery: • No student is allowed to wear make-up. • Students may wear colourless nail hardener only. • The only jewellery allowed is a watch and a single pair of silver or gold studs, or small pearl earrings to be worn in the lobe of the ear. • Nose piercings, or piercings on any visible part of the body are not allowed and students will be asked to remove them. Clear or flesh-coloured nose studs are not to be worn. • Students should have natural hair colour. Bright hair colours are not acceptable. • Students whose hair is below the collar length must have it tied back.

Consequences: Failure to meet expectations

Consequence

Regular uniform infringements; Not completing homework on a regular basis; Not bringing equipment regularly to class; Repeated lateness to class or school; Use of inappropriate or disrespectful behaviour/ language towards staff members or students; Not following instructions provided by a teacher or member of staff; Disrupting the learning of other students.

Friday afternoon detention. Head of House to determine whether parent/ caregiver is notified.

Non- attendance at compulsory School and House activities; Disrespectful behaviour towards a staff member or not being truthful with a member of staff; Truancy from School or lessons.

Saturday detention along with notification to parent/caregiver. Each case will be fully investigated and as a consequence, the student may become ineligible to apply for leadership positions.

Three (3) Friday afternoon detentions during one Term.

Holiday detention along with notification to parent/caregiver.

Misuse of laptops or other personal or School technologies.

Confiscation until the end of that period. Detention on either Friday afternoon or Saturday depending on the seriousness.

Bullying; inappropriate use of technology to harass, bully, defame, disadvantage, make fun of, or humiliate another person; damage to School property; alcohol or drug use.

These matters are serious and as such, each case will be fully investigated, followed by appropriate actions and consequences. Parents/caregivers will be provided with information and have involvement in the process. Suspension or expulsion may be used as a consequence.

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• Year 7 and 8 students who use mobile telephones during recess and lunch, for purposes other than checking the time, will have the phone confiscated till the end of the school day and must be collected from the Deputy Principal/ Head of Senior School.

Use of mobile telephones.

• Year 7 and 8 students who repeatedly use mobile telephones during recess and lunch, for purposes other than checking the time, will attend a Friday afternoon detention. • All students who use mobile phones during class time, unless being used for educational purposes and with the permission of the teacher, will have the phone confiscated till the end of the school day and must be collected from the Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School. • Students who repeatedly use mobile telephones during class time will attend a Friday afternoon detention. • All students who are found with a mobile telephone during a test or examination will have the phone confiscated till the end of the school day and attend a Saturday detention. Parent/caregiver will be notified. Damage of property that belongs to the School, other students, members of staff.

Saturday detention or suspension and restitution depending on the seriousness of the damage. Parent/caregiver will be notified.

The consequences are not intended to be a comprehensive list of all possible infringements which may occur.

Detentions: An hour’s detention is period will be held on Friday afternoon per week for misdemeanours. A Saturday morning detention or holiday detention may be held for repeated behaviours, or more serious misdemeanours. Students should also read and understand the following school policies: • Respectful Relationships policy • Lauriston Social Media by Students policy • Lauriston acceptable use of mobile telephones policy • Lauriston acceptable use of information technologies policy

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Appendices

Appendix 1 Sample Application to study a VCE Unit 3 and 4 sequence in Year 11 (This form is available from Student Services) Studying a VCE Year 12 subject in Year 11 is not for everyone but can be beneficial for some students. In deciding what is right for you as an individual please consider the following observations based on many years of experience:

• Students are much better off to complete their strongest subjects in Year 12 with another year of study, maturity and life experience. • There is evidence to suggest that Year 11 students studying a Year 12 subject early sometimes concentrate on that subject to the detriment of solid learning in their Year 11 subjects. • Whilst there is a 10% of the final study score bonus for students, in many cases this amounts to around three marks. Students need to be sure that they are not potentially losing more than three marks across their other subjects due to concentrating too much on the single unit 3 and 4 subject they are studying in Year 11. • Some Year 11 students who are not as disciplined in their study habits change the working environment to the detriment of the Year 12s in those classes. • Students would be expected to get a B average in Year 10 across core subjects. We want to ensure that every student makes good choices and has a formal application process for studying a unit 3 and 4 sequence in Year 11 as follows.

Your Name: _______________________________________________________________________ Name of Unit 3 and 4 subject you wish to study: ____________________________________ *Please note, if the subject has insufficient numbers it may not proceed. Reasons for applying to study this subject:

__________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ Teacher recommendation:_________________________________________________________ Relevant results in Semester 1 report:

Subject

Approaches to Learning

Grades

Approved by: Parent/Guardian: ______________________________________________________ Head of House/ Head of Faculty: _________________________________________ Deputy Principal/ Head of Senior School: __________________________________

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Appendix 2 Subject Change Request Form

Student’s name: If Year 11 or 12:



Year level and Tutor Group: _________

VCE / IB (please circle)

Subject/s to be changed – from: _________________________________________________________________ to: _________________________________________________________________ Reason for requesting change: __________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ Parent comment to support request: _____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ Signature (Student):

Date:

Signature (Parent/Guardian):

Date:

For current Year 10: Signature (Head of House): confirming class size checked and OK

Date:

Signature (Careers Advisor):

Date:

For current Year 11 and 12: Signature (VCE/IB Coordinator):

Date:

Signature (Head of School):

Date:

For office use only

Request approved / denied (if denied, reason for denial) ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Head of Senior School:

Date: ______

Circulation HoH (Year 10) Careers Advisor VCE or IB Coordinator (Year 11 or 12) Head of Senior School Timetable Coordinator Date processed: _________________ Initial: _________________ Return to for filing

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Lauriston Girls’ School 38 Huntingtower Road, Armadale, Vic 3143 www.lauriston.vic.edu.au CRICOS Provider No. 00152F

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