SPLIT IN HALF
‘Easier’ HSC education model welcomed
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.
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