Teaching and Learning News

Year 10 – HSC Minimum Standards Requirements

The NSW Educational Standards Authority (NESA) requires that all Year 10 students complete mandatory HSC Minimum Standards tests before they are eligible for the award of the Higher School Certificate (HSC)

Students will need to meet the HSC Minimum Standard in three areas – reading, writing and numeracy. The standard is set at level 3 of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF), which equates to a basic level of reading, writing and maths skills needed for everyday tasks and future learning after school.

Students will complete the following tests online;

  • A 45 multiple choice reading test – 45 minutes
  • A 45 multiple choice numeracy test – 45 minutes
  • A writing test based on a choice between a visual or written prompt. – 45 minutes 

The tests will be held on Monday 27th June, Week 10 of Term 2

Students who do not meet the minimum standards in one or more tests will be notified and have the opportunity to resit the tests again throughout the remainder of 2022. The College will continue to support students who do not meet the minimum standards on their first attempt.

Students are expected to have with them a fully charged laptop and working headphones (refrain from using wireless earpods) in preparation for the minimum standards testing. In order to complete the online tests students must download the NESA lockdown browser. This link will be shared with students in Week 9

Students who wish to may access practice tests and sample responses here. Further information regarding the HSC Minimum standards can also be accessed here


Parent Teacher Student Interviews

Just a reminder that Year 7-10 Parent-Teacher-Student Interviews will take place in Week 10 of this term. These interviews will be held in person on Thursday and online on Friday. Families will be able to make bookings for interviews via the Compass portal next week. Interviews will be held on the following days;

  • Thursday 30th June – 8:30am to 8:00pm
  • Friday 1st July – 8:30am to 2:00pm


Year 10 Subject Selection Interviews

A reminder that these occur in Week 1 Term 3 in the College on Tuesday 19 July from 3:15pm to 6:00pm. Bookings must be made using this link  and each interview will run for approximately 15 minutes.

The Subject Selection window will open after school on Wednesday 20th July and it does not matter when in the window you choose your main round subjects and your 3 reserves. Subject selection closes on Friday 29th July.


Year 8 Elective Subject Choice

This process will soon commence with the distribution of an information booklet that describes the content of the elective subjects which may possibly run in the College curriculum in 2023 and 2024 for Stage 5.  Students will be choosing a 200 hour elective subject and two 100 hour elective subjects to study over these two years. There will be an information evening for students and parents to explain the rules and selection process regarding this elective choice on Tuesday evening 28 june commencing at 6.30 in the Yallunga Hall, further details will be forwarded to parents shortly.


Dorian Kipriotis                                     Gregg Conroy

Leader of Teaching                               Leader of Teaching