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Curriculum at GSG

GSG is committed to preparing students to be successful citizens in the twenty-first century. To this end, alongside literacy, numeracy and technology understandings, students develop creativity and critical thinking, intercultural understanding, personal and social capability and ethical behaviour, discovering their potential through high quality teaching. 

Learning experiences are developed in line with the Australian Curriculum (in particular, the School Curriculum and Standards Authority [SCSA] K-10 Outline), the Curriculum Framework, the Western Australian Certificate of Education courses of study, and the Early Years Learning Framework to cater appropriately for students at each stage of development.

Junior School

GSG Junior School, incorporating the Early Learning Centre, provides a nurturing and stimulating environment for the early years of schooling. We are committed to providing:

  • The opportunity to develop a positive sense of identity and wellbeing.
  • Collaborative partnerships and effective relationships that make significant contributions to children’s learning and development.
  • High quality early childhood programmes.
  • Effective learning and life skills through high quality early childhood learning, teaching and assessment practices.

Middle School

GSG Middle School encourages students in the early adolescent years to embrace challenges and develop as individuals. This includes increasing emphasis in Years Nine to Ten on creating opportunities for students to choose learning pathways that build individual needs and interest in secondary schooling.

Senior School

In Senior School, students work purposefully towards the achievement of their post-school ambitions and the achievement of the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE). Students graduate with either a Certificate II Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification or an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Students work alongside teachers to discover their capacity to be successful citizens in the 21st century.

Assessment

Great Southern Grammar's Assessment Policies are guided by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) principles and guidelines.

Assessment is used to:

  • Measure the learning outcomes of students studying a course;
  • Monitor and report on student progress;
  • Diagnose learning difficulties; and
  • Guide course/subject selection.

Quality school assessments ensure that assessments tasks:

  • Are consistent and accurate and can be used with different groups of students to produce meaningful data;
  • Have the capacity to differentiate performance; and
  • Are consistent with the teaching and learning programme and assist students in meeting the outcomes or requirements of the course or subject. 

Assessment Principles

The following assessment principles underpin student assessment at GSG to ensure that we deliver an assessment programme that is:

  • Valid - Assessment tasks provide accurate and valid information on the knowledge, skills and understandings expected of students;
  • Educative - Assessment makes a positive contribution to student learning;
  • Explicit - Assessment criteria and marking keys are explicit and provide a clear basis for judgement;
  • Fair - Assessment is demonstrably fair to all students and does not discriminate on grounds that are irrelevant to student achievement such as gender, disability or ethnicity.
  • Comprehensive - Judgements on student progress and achievement are based on multiple assessment tasks of various types.

Recognition of achievement

Junior School Awards

Students in Junior School are recognised for their achievement and effort across the different learning areas and for demonstrating social and civic responsibility towards others in the school community. The following awards are presented during the year at assemblies:

  • Merit Award: for academic achievement or effort;
  • Headmaster's Award: for exceptional academic achievement or personal effort; and
  • Aussie of the Month Award: an initiative of the Australia Day Council of WA to encourage good citizenship.

At the end of the year, students in Years Three to Six are eligible for awards for achievement in each learning area, along with recognition for effort and citizenship. Special awards, such as the Headmaster's Prize for overall dedication and commitment to the school and support of the school's values and ethos, are also awarded.

Middle and Senior School Academic Awards

Academic achievement and excellence is rewarded by Subject Merit Awards and Academic Merit Awards. At the end of each semester, Subject Merit Awards are awarded to the top 10 per cent of students in each learning area. Academic Merit Awards are awarded to students who achieve three or more Subject Merit Awards in a semester.

Gifted and Talented

Gifted learners have particular cognitive, affective, social, and academic needs. The Gifted Education Coordinator assesses these needs using data from multiple sources, including student test results and a nomination process. Based on the data, provisions are put in place to provide a developmentally appropriate programme by the Gifted Education Coordinator and class teacher, working collaboratively.

Provisions for gifted students include a variety of individual and group interventions specifically targeted at developing talent. Such provisions are divided into three areas: enrichment, acceleration and grouping. For example, one student may be provided with work at his or her own appropriate level in class, while another may benefit from working with students from a higher year group.

A range of withdrawal and inclusive programmes is provided to support the class programmes and give students opportunities to work independently on research tasks and develop high-order thinking skills. Students are also encouraged to participate in a variety of external competitions and exams in all curriculum subjects.

Learning Support

The goal of the GSG Learning Support Team is to provide a safe, supportive environment in which students with a range of abilities and needs are actively engaged in meaningful learning experiences. 

GSG Learning Support staff work with parents, class teachers and students to provide equity of access to the Australian Curriculum in a dignified and engaging way by providing relevant and appropriate curriculum, instructional and environmental adjustments.

Increasingly, technology provides improved access and opportunities for students with learning disabilities and special needs to participate and work alongside their peers. Throughout Great Southern Grammar’s three sub-schools we use a range of technologies to assist students’ participation. This is both exciting and rewarding for students.

 

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