The College is in a full cycle of exams at present with all our senior students completing their mid-year assessments.

I found myself reflecting upon my own education and comparing it with the testing regime under which our students operate. I’m not sure, but I cannot recall doing anything more than the occasional test and term exams during my schooling.

Our students have to complete NAPLAN testing, OLNA testing, externally set tasks, ongoing assessments, Bishops Literacy testing and semester examinations. As you can see, there has been a considerable shift in the expectations for our students in the contemporary educational setting.

I will leave it to others to argue the efficacy of the two approaches. In current educational thinking, there has been a move away from extensive testing to more concise and less frequent assessments and I believe that this is a far more sensible approach. It is interesting that at university, whilst they still do exams, there are usually only two other assessment pieces per course.

For our students, it simply becomes part of their routine and whilst there are many ways to prepare for exams, usually, the best way is to do old exam papers.

For our Year 12’s preparing for their ATAR exams, I would encourage them to download past papers from the SCSA website to prepare for their end-of-year examinations.


We have a busy week of NWAS finals with six teams in the finals this year.

Yesterday, our Touch Rugby, Girls Netball and Girls AFL all won their matches. Congratulations! There is another Touch Final and Girls Netball Final game happening on Wednesday with the Boys Soccer playing their Final game at Britannia Oval on Wednesday 16 June.

Netball NWAS with Declan adj


Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD)

Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). The NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disability. Please see here for more information.

Mr Declan Tanham


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