Assessment

According to the BOSTES website, Assessment is the process of identifying, gathering and interpreting information about student achievement. Assessment can be used for a number of key purposes, including to:

  • assist student learning
  • evaluate and improve teaching and learning programs
  • provide information on student learning and progress in a course in relation to the syllabus outcomes
  • provide evidence of satisfactory completion of a course
  • report on the achievement by each student at the end of a course.

  • Each year, the John Therry assessment calendar for Years 7-Preliminary HSC, is designed to provide students with the richest learning experiences enabling them to become confident, independent and self-directed learners. Additionally, in keeping with the Catholic ethos of the school, assessment experiences reflect gospel values where every student is provided with a platform to give of his or her best.

    The HSC internal assessment program is designed to provide a summative measure of a student's achievement in each course. School-based assessment tasks are linked to standards and enable teachers to collect information about a student’s achievement in relation to outcomes in each course.


    The John Therry Gifted & Talented Program

    In accordance with the Diocesan Gifted and Talent network and its frameworks, at John Therry gifted and talented students are identified through tests like the Slosson and AGAT, along with evidence from classroom learning. Enrichment opportunities for gifted students included:

  • The Year 10 Science Fair
  • Participation in the UOW Learning Labs program
  • The UWS Young Writers’ Workshop
  • The ICAS tests
  • The Spliced program
  • External competitions like the F1 Car Challenge, the Write4fun Competition, One Line Horror Story Competition
  • John Therry has been the State winner in the ANZAC Schools Project three years in a row.


    Junior School Subjects

    All Year 7 & 8 students study a range of subjects as mandated by the Board of Studies:
    Compulsory Subjects:

  • Religious Education
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Personal Development/Health & Physical Education
  • Music
  • Mandatory Technology
  • Language (Japanese or Indonesian) in Year 8

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    All Year 9 & 10 students study the mandatory core subjects:

  • Religious Education
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Australian History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship
  • Personal Development/Health & Physical Education

  • In addition, students study TWO elective subjects from the wide selection that are offered:

  • Child Studies
  • Commerce
  • Drama
  • Food Technology
  • Industrial Technology – Engineering
  • Industrial Technology – Timber
  • Information and Software Technology
  • Japanese
  • Music
  • Photography & Digital Media
  • Physical Activity and Sport Studies
  • Textiles Technology
  • Visual Arts
  •  

    Senior School Subjects

    Stage 6 study which results in the Higher School Certificate (HSC) requires the satisfactory completion of the Preliminary HSC course (the Year 11 part of the Stage 6 course) and the HSC Course.  Preliminary courses, at John Therry, commence in Term 1 of Year 11 and extend to the end of Term 3 of Year 11.  As a prerequisite to the HSC, the Preliminary HSC requires students to   develop knowledge and skills critical to the study of the HSC course. 
    The HSC course, at John Therry, commences in Term 4 of Year 11 and concludes with the state wide HSC examination in Term 3 of the following year.
    Courses offered are a combination of Board Developed Courses and Board Endorsed Courses/Content Endorsed Courses.
    To qualify for the Higher School Certificate, candidates must study a minimum of 12 units of Preliminary courses and a minimum of 10 units of HSC courses, which must include:

    • At least two units of English
    • A minimum of six units of Board Developed Courses
    • At least three courses of 2 unit value or greater
    • At least four subjects
    • No more than 6 units of Science

     

    A student graduating from John Therry will achieve some or all of the following depending upon their selected program of study:

      • A HSC
      • Matriculation for University entrance
      • A TAFE Certificate
      • Industry accredited Competencies
      • Relevant and accredited workplace experience from industry.
      • Credit transfer to TAFE

     

     

    COURSES OFFERED AT JOHN THERRY CAN BE FROM THE FOLLOWING

    Category A

    Units

     

    Category A (continued)

    Units

     

     

    Studies of Religion  I

    1

     

    Music 1

    2

     

     

    Studies of Religion II

    2

     

    PDHPE

    2

     

     

    Ancient History

    2

     

    Physics

    2

     

     

    Biology

    2

     

    Senior Science

    2

     

     

    Business Studies

    2

     

    Society and Culture

    2

     

     

    Chemistry

    2

     

    Software Design and Development

    2

     

     

    Community and Family Studies

    2

     

    Textiles & Design

    2

     

     

    Design & Technology

    2

     

    Visual Arts

    2

     

     

    Drama

    2

     

    Category B (VET)

     

     

     

    Earth & Environmental Science

    2

     

    Business Services (240 hrs) - VET

    2

     

     

    Economics

    2

     

    Construction (240 hrs) – VET

    2

     

     

    Engineering Studies

    2

     

    Entertainment Industry (240 hrs) - VET

    2

    English Standard

    2

     

    Hospitality Operations (240 hrs) - VET

    2

     

     

    Fundamentals of English

    1

     

    Information Digital Technology (240 hrs) – VET

    2

     

     

    English Advanced

    2

     

    Retail Services (240 hrs) –VET

    2

     

     

    English Extension 1

    1

     

    Hospitality Kitchen Operations (Commercial Cookery)

    2

     

     

    Food Technology 

    2

     

     

     

    Geography

    2

     

    Content Endorsed Courses
    (Cannot be counted for ATAR)

     

     

     

    Information Processes and Technology

    2

     

    Photography, Video & Digital Imaging

    2

     

     

    Languages (please refer to Open High School or Saturday School NSW Department of Education)

    2

     

    English Studies-
    Students who complete the Stage 6 Content Endorsed course English Studies are not eligible for an ATAR

    2

     

     

    Industrial Technology  -  (Multimedia Industry)

    2

     

    General Mathematics 1 (new)

    2

     

     

    Industrial Technology -  (Furniture & Timber Products)

    2

     

     

     

     

     

    Legal Studies

    2

     

    Board Endorsed Courses
    (Cannot be counted for ATAR)

     

     

     

    General Mathematics 2

    2

     

    Catholic Studies

     1

     

     

    Mathematics

    2

     

    Sport, Fitness & Recreation (240 hrs) –VET (previous Sports Coaching)

    2

     

     

    Mathematics Extension 1

    1

     

     

     

     

     

    Modern History

    2