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New languages syllabuses for Senior External Examination

The following General Senior External Examination syllabuses have been redeveloped and may be implemented from 2019:

  • Chinese
  • Indonesian
  • Korean
  • Vietnamese.

These syllabuses can be accessed on the QCAA website and in QCAA Portal. The Senior External Examination is for:

  • Year 12 students unable to study particular subjects at their school
  • adult students wishing to meet tertiary entrance requirements or study for personal interest.

Amendments made to Engineering syllabus

Schools intending to implement the new Engineering syllabus from 2019 should note the amendments recently made to it. These amendments cover assessment, subject matter and reporting.

Science conference to support new teachers

QCAA will be among the presenters at the Science Teachers’ Association of Queensland (STAQ) conference for beginning and preservice teachers at Griffith University’s Mount Gravatt campus on Thursday 17 May.

As well as hearing about the new senior Science curriculum, attendees will have opportunities to discuss leadership and participate in workshops on digital technologies and using ‘slowmation’ to engage students in learning.

Look out for Student Connect magazine

The May 2018 issue of Student Connect magazine started arriving in schools last week. The magazine highlights key aspects of Year 12 including the Queensland Certificate of Education, Queensland Core Skills Test, Overall Positions and Field Positions. There should be one copy for each Year 12 student.

In this issue, QCAA is also encouraging students to log in to their learning accounts on the Student Connect website to check their details and become familiar with the login process before results are released at the end of the year.

As an incentive, any Year 12 student who logs in to their learning account at least once between 1 May and 31 August 2018 will be entered into a draw to win an Apple MacBook Pro.

Monitoring advice for extension subjects

Memo 029/18 has information to assist schools preparing submissions for Monitoring meetings in July for extension subjects and highlights changed monitoring submission requirements. The due date for submissions is Wednesday 20 June.

Professional development opportunities

Visit the QCAA website to find out more about our professional development program in Semester 1. It includes a range of workshops on literacy and numeracy in P–10 and webinars on QCE requirements for Year 12 students from 2020.

Fairs offer advice on studying in USA

Queensland school students thinking about studying at a university in the United States may be interested in attending college fairs in Brisbane on Thursday 10 and Friday 11 May. The fairs at Anglican Church Grammar School and The Southport School are open to the public and students from all schools can attend.

Visit the  Education USA Australia Facebook page for more information.

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