Student reports are issued to parents/carers in July and December to show student progress and achievement. Teachers report against agreed student individual learning goals in the area of English, Mathematics, Personal Learning, Interpersonal Learning, The Arts (visual and performing), Science, Health and Physical Education, and Homecrafts/Food Technology using the Accelerus © Reporting Program.
The VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) is made up of accredited courses/certificates. It is assessed by the student’s teacher in accordance with the assessment requirements for each part of the program.
If students successfully complete their learning program they will receive a VCAL Certificate for Foundation. They will also get a Statement of Results, listing all VCE and VCAL units successfully completed as part of their VCAL course, and a Statement of Attainment for VET or further education courses.
Each VCAL unit is equivalent to 100 hours of work. When a student completes 10 units across the 4 strands, they have then achieved a complete VCAL qualification. Some students at JSA may complete some VCAL units and a school based program, while other students may complete a whole VCAL program.
Reports for JSA VCAL students are issued to parents/carers in July and December to show student progress and achievement against the VCAL standards. Teachers report against student’s individual VCAL learning goals.
Individual Learning Plans and Student Support Group Meetings
Each student’s current level of performance is identified and programs are implemented to address their individual learning needs. Individual Learning Plans (ILP’s) are developed for each student through discussion with parents/carers, teachers, education support staff and other professionals at Student Support Group (SSG) meetings. Individual progress is formally recorded and reported upon at the SSG meetings and in written reports to parents/carers. Teachers use a variety of formal and informal measures to ensure students are meeting their individual educational goals. Student progress across the whole school is assessed formally via the on-line Abilities Based Learning Education Support (ABLES) program developed by the Department in conjunction with the University of Melbourne.
Parents/carers are invited to attend Student Support Group (SSG) Meetings in Term 1,2,3, and 4. Additional SSG meetings can be called at any time throughout the year.
2015 Student Support Group Meeting Date
Term 1 – 9th February and 19th February. 3.30 – 4.30pm
Term 2 – Scheduled at a time that is mutually agreeable by classroom teacher and parent carer
Term 3 – 27th July – 6th August. 3.30 – 4.30pm
Term 4 – 30th November – 10th December. 3.30 – 4.30pm