SPLIT IN HALF

‘Eas­ier’ HSC ed­u­ca­tion model wel­comed

Southern Riverina news - - News - By Han­nah Nichols

Se­nior students at Fin­ley High School will now study for their Higher School Cer­tifi­cate (HSC) over two years.

The school has been given ap­proval to in­tro­duce a se­nior col­lege model of teach­ing, which will ef­fec­tively split Year 12 re­quire­ments be­tween two years.

In­stead of study­ing six sub­jects each year in Year 11 and Year 12, students will now only study three sub­jects in each of the re­spec­tive years.

HSC ex­ams on the three sub­jects will be held at the end of both school years (11 and 12).

The cur­ricu­lum changes will come into ef­fect from next term, with cur­rent Year 10 students to be the first to take part.

For those students, the fi­nal term of this year will be prepa­ra­tion for Year 11, which is now ef­fec­tively the first year of HSC at Fin­ley High.

Fin­ley High School prin­ci­pal Bernie Roe­buck says the new model has a num­ber of ben­e­fits.

‘‘The changes mean in­stead of six sub­jects in Year 11 and six in Year 12, the students will now do three sub­jects at dou­ble time each year.

‘‘We will try to have two teach­ers at a time as­signed to each course. This is a time of pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment for teach­ers.

‘‘There has been an over­all pos­i­tive at­ti­tude from students, par­ents and teach­ers.

‘‘It will en­able us to of­fer more sub­jects to students, it will hope­fully re­duce the stress of Year 12 and en­sures Year 11 is not just a ‘prepa­ra­tion year’.’’

Mr Roe­buck said the new teach­ing model was dis­cussed and de­vel­oped due to fall­ing stu­dent num­bers.

He said fewer students curbed the op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal students.

‘‘Es­sen­tially the main is­sue is be­cause there is a small num­ber of students the range of cour­ses of­fered has be­come smaller. This is a ma­jor con­cern.

‘‘Es­sen­tially the new cur­ricu­lum will en­able a move to in­crease the num­ber of op­tions avail­able to students. The HSC will now be spread over two years.’’

Mr Roe­buck said the changes were dis­cussed ex­ten­sively with the school community be­fore be­ing im­ple­mented.

‘‘We are ab­so­lutely com­mit­ted that our school has found a re­ally good so­lu­tion.

‘‘We have had ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tion with students, par­ents and the P&C.

‘‘This is prob­a­bly one of the big­gest things to hap­pen in over 50 years at the school. Ev­ery­one is very pos­i­tive.’’

More de­tails about the se­nior col­lege ed­u­ca­tion model can be found on the Fin­ley High School web­site, www.fin­leyh.schools.nsw.edu.au, in the cur­ricu­lum-ac­tiv­i­ties sec­tion.

■ Ed­u­ca­tion Week fea­ture on pages 8-11

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