The curriculum at Ormeau Woods State High School offers a range of opportunities for students to develop skills and understanding that will equip them to make a successful transition from school to a rapidly changing adult society. The curriculum provides opportunities for students to engage in learning that is purposeful, rigorous, personalised, and earns valued qualifications.
New Senior Assessment and Tertiary Entrance system in Queensland – SATE
The Queensland Government is introducing new senior assessment and tertiary entrance systems. The new systems will commence for students who enter Year 11 in 2019. Commencement in 2019 will ensure teachers, students and parents have time to understand and familiarise themselves with the new arrangements. Students and parents will be aware of new senior subjects and assessment arrangements as they plan their senior subjects and pathways.
What are the key changes?
The new system will include:
a new senior assessment model that combines school-based assessment developed and marked by classroom teachers, with external assessment set and marked by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA); and
a move from the current Overall Position (OP) tertiary entrance rank to an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), as used by other Australian states and territories
How will ATARs be calculated?
ATARs will be based on five subjects, which can either be:
five Authority subjects; or
four Authority subjects, plus one vocational education and training qualification at Certificate III or above; or
four Authority subjects, plus one Subject Area Syllabus subject
Students will have to satisfactorily complete an English subject to be eligible for an ATAR, but their English result will not be a mandatory inclusion in the calculation of their ATAR.
How should students choose their subjects?
As in the current system, students should choose subjects according to their learning goals, and what they enjoy and are good at. They should pay close attention to the prerequisite requirements of the courses they are considering for tertiary study.
For further information please follow link to Queensland Curriculum Assessment Authority (QCAA).
The Junior Secondary curriculum incorporates Years 7, 8 and 9. Year 10 is the Transition Phase which leads into the Senior Secondary School curriculum incorporating Years 11 and 12.