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Curriculum Newletter_Term 1 2019



2019 Term 1 | Issue 1


Curriculum Newsletter Term 1 2019

Welcome to the 2019 school year and to the first quarterly Curriculum Newsletter. This newsletter provides key
updates, and other relevant information on a range of Curriculum matters. Please share this newsletter with interested
staff, who can directly subscribe by updating their profile on the AISWA website.

This year sees full implementation of the WA Curriculum and Assessment Outline, unless schools have prior approval
for an alternative curriculum. Full implementation includes teaching, assessing and reporting by schools each
semester, on all eight Learning Areas (with the exception of Languages in Years 5-8).

In this edition read about:
 SCSA latest news What we do

 Reflections on AISWA’s 2018 Capabilities Workshop The Curriculum team provides leadership and
advice to assist schools implement the Western
 Brightpath—new resources Australian (WA) Curriculum. This includes the K-
10 Outline and the WACE. Capturing the diverse
 Term 1 Professional learning offerings
needs of schools, AISWA Curriculum Consultants
can support schools through the provision of
Kris Stafford | Manager Curriculum tailored Professional Learning to assist in the
development of high quality Teaching, Learning
[email protected]
and Assessment Programs that have a genuine
 08 9441 1667
impact on improving outcomes for students.
 0437 609 791

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The Curriculum Team

Kris Stafford Glenda Leslie
Curriculum Manager Science
HPE and Senior Maths  [email protected]
[email protected]  (08) 9441 1628
 08 9441 1667

Maree Whiteley
Kate Reitzenstein
Humanities and Social Sciences
[email protected]
[email protected]
 (08) 9441 1630
 (08) 9441 1605

Jan Clarke Karen LeRaye

Technologies The Arts
[email protected][email protected]
 (08) 9441 1627  (08) 9441 1668

Wade McLeod Linda Hamilton

VET Administrative Support Officer
[email protected][email protected]
 (08) 9441 1621  (08) 9441 1626

Keep up to date with news and information!!!
Most Curriculum Consultants keep email distribution lists to notify of Professional Learning events and other
relevant information to subscribers.
Every year there are invariably changes to staffing and to ensure currency of these lists, please update your details
by emailing the relevant Consultant. This includes if you are in new to a school and your email details have
changed, or you have changed roles within the school.

Health & Humanities
Curriculum Areas The Arts Languages English PE & Social
Click for the latest Sciences
AISWA news in each

Footprints Mathematics Science Technologies VET

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School Curriculum and Standards Authority News

Letter from the Chair
Each year a letter from the Chair of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (Patrick Garnett) is sent to Principals
outlining areas of emphasis for 2019. This letter contains important information related to the work of The Authority and
important curriculum matters of note for schools.
2019 Activity Schedule

The 2019 Activity Schedule can be found here. Please note the Schedule includes activities related to both Primary and
Secondary Schools.

SCSA briefings
Please note the usual Term 1 briefings for School Leaders will not be held until Term 2 of the school year. Please keep up to
date with arrangements for these briefings and other important SCSA news by subscribing to the Kto10 and/or 11to12
Circulars. These briefings apply to Principals, Deputy Principals and Curriculum leaders.
Meeting WACE Requirements 2019 Seminars
SCSA will be offering seminars for meeting WACE requirements for schools offering a course for the first time in 2019 or
reintroducing a course for the first time since 2015. Seminars are also recommended for teachers delivering one or more
WACE courses for the first time in 2019 and new school leaders. Register here.

Registration of students on the Student Information Record System (SIRS) in 2019
Schools are asked to note the dates for upload of student registration and demographic information to the Student
Information Records System (SIRS) in 2019. Critical dates are:
Thursday, 14 February 2019, Thursday, 14 March 2019, and Thursday, 11 April 2019. Updates to registration and
demographic information should be uploaded into SIRS on a regular basis for the remainder of the year.
Details of how to register students are provided in the updated Data Procedures Manual 2019 with links to assist schools
using Reporting to Parents, MAZE, and Excel. There is also a separate Student Registration Procedures Manual to assist
primary schools with creating and uploading their Student Registration and Demographic File (SRGDG).

Western Australian Student Number (WASN) requests for 2019
All current students in WA should have been allocated a Western Australian Student Number (WASN), and be registered
with the Authority. This number remains with the student throughout their school life. In 2019 schools will only be able to
request WASNs through the Student Information Record System (SIRS) for Kindergarten students commencing in 2019. For
students in all academic years other than Kindergarten, contact [email protected] and give details of the student’s
legal surname, legal first name, date of birth and academic year. It is also useful to include your school code in any
correspondence. All secondary schools with a Year 7 intake can send a complete list (spreadsheet) of Year 7 students
entering their school, including the student’s legal surname, legal first name and date of birth and we will look up the
numbers on their behalf. A reminder of how to register students can be found in the Student Registration Procedures

For further information contact Lynn Galbraith (08) 9273 6702 or email [email protected].

Brightpath—NEW Resources

Brightpath have released some new resources to support schools available
In particular The Guide to Leading your school, contains a list of new videos
to support the use of Brightpath addressing topics such as Advice in getting
started, planning across year levels and writing reports. These videos are
available on Brightpaths YouTube channel.

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Bill Lucas

Last October, around 80 teachers and other school leaders attended a Masterclass on Capabilities facilitated by Bill
Lucas, the Director of the Centre for Real World Learning at the University of
Winchester in the UK.
Bill is an international adviser to the Mitchell Institute in Victoria, and co-chair of the
new PISA 2021 test of Creative Thinking. He is a highly acknowledged thought leader
in education, and works with schools and other institutions around the globe. On this
occasion AISWA were fortunate to host Bill on his way out of Australia after having
worked on the east coast.
Bill spoke about the history and origins of Capabilities, those that matter most and
why as well as their connection to Australian curriculum and how other National
curricula are specifying Capabilities as core competencies. The afternoon session
allowed an exploration of some of the ways that other jurisdictions are including
Capabilities as both part of the formal and informal curriculum. The day concluded
with participants engaged in activities to reflect on what is happening in their schools and what else they could do to
foster an explicit focus on developing a Capability rich curriculum…using blue sky thinking!! This prompted a great deal of
reflection and animated discussion.
A selection of feedback from the day included…
 The seminar was very useful in understanding the capabilities and their role in
educating young Australians.
 Bill Lucas was an incredibly engaging speaker. His style of presentation
matched the requirements of the audience. A great day.
 It was great to have Bill in WA. We tend to be in a bit of a bubble in the west.
Time to plan was good for me and colleagues. Pre-reading is always good to
get ourselves in the thinking space. Thank you for organising.

 Brilliant. We are a good way along the track in embedding the GC, but I still
got a lot out of this Masterclass. For my school, it is now about harnessing
what we are doing so that we can spruik it and build on it.
 Excellent. This information should be presented to principals and key sector

 Informed presenter. Easily applicable take away strategies. Great to have access to the slides to use as a way of
consolidating my own knowledge back at school.

In 2019, interested schools will have the
opportunity to work with ACARA and AISWA
to further their understanding of Capabilities
and how to incorporate them in school
planning. Watch this space for updates…

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Upcoming Professional Learning

New to Teaching Science Year 7—10 Teaching General Integrated Science Teaching ATAR Biology/Human Biology
Thursday, 31 January 2019 and Human Biology
Thursday, 7 February 2019
8:30am - 2:30pm
8:30am - 11:30am Wednesday, 13 February 2019
Link to register HERE
Link to register HERE
Repeat Session Tuesday, 12 February 8:30am - 2:30pm
Repeat Session Wednesday, 20
2019—8:30 - 2:30pm February 2019—8:30 - 11:30am Link to register HERE
Link to register HERE Link to register HERE
Teaching ATAR Chemistry/Physics Year 11 & 12 ATAR French Workshop Primary Science Leaders/Teachers P-6
(Osborne Park)
Wednesday, 20 February 2019
Thursday, 14 February 2019 Monday, 18 February 2019
3:30pm - 15:30pm
8:30am - 11:30am 8:30am - 12:30pm
Link to register HERE
Link to register HERE Link to register HERE

Year 11 & 12 ATAR Indonesian Year 11 & 12 ATAR Japanese Workshop AISWA HoD Maths Network Meeting
Thursday, 21 February 2019
Friday, 22 February 2019 Wednesday, 27 February 2019
8:30am - 12:30pm
8:30am - 12:30pm 12:00pm - 3:30pm
Link to register HERE
Link to register HERE Link to register HERE

Many Languages—One Methodology Writing Exams ATAR Biology Writing Exams ATAR Human Biology
Commencing Wednesday, 6, 7 & 8 Tuesday, 12 March 2019 Tuesday, 12 March 2019
March, 20 & 21 May, 25 & 26 July,
8:30am - 11:30am 12:30am - 3:30pm
2019 — 9:00am - 3:00pm
Link to register HERE Link to register HERE
Link to register HERE

Writing Exams ATAR Chemistry Writing Exams ATAR Physics Writing Exams ATAR Psychology
Wednesday, 13 March 2019 Wednesday, 13 March 2019 Thursday, 14 March 2019
8:30am - 11:30am 12:30pm - 3:30pm 8:30am - 11:30am

Link to register HERE Link to register HERE Link to register HERE

Supporting EAL/D Learners in the Supporting EAL/D Learners in the Primary Arts Moderation
Primary Classroom Secondary Classroom Tuesday, 9 April 2019
Tuesday, 2 April 2019 Tuesday, 2 April 2019
8:30am - 11:30am
9:00am - 12:00pm 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Link to register HERE
Link to register HERE Link to register HERE

Secondary Arts Moderation
Tuesday, 9 April 2019

12:30pm - 3:30pm
Link to register HERE

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