Last week we began the subject selection process for students in years 11 to 13 in 2021. At year level assemblies, students were presented with information on the structure of the Cambridge curriculum and the way it is administered at ACG Strathallan. Advice was given on planning a pathway through the curriculum and things to consider when selecting subjects. Students were referred to our 2021 Senior Course Guide which is available online here. The guide contains detailed course descriptions and other useful information to help students make their choices. Each student will be asked to complete a Course Progression Plan mapping their pathway through their senior school years and will spend time with their tutor reviewing and refining their plan over the coming weeks. Students are asked to consider their choices carefully and to seek guidance from many sources. Some things to consider are:
- career goals,
- requirements for entry to tertiary courses (universities, polytechs, trade courses etc),
- academic performance in their current subjects: strengths and weaknesses; attitude; level of commitment,
- level of enjoyment and interest,
- assessment modes (coursework and examination weightings) and associated workloads,
- the degree of difficulty of each course,
- subject specialisation versus subject diversity, especially in Years 12 and 13.
An invitation is extended to students, parents and caregivers to our Subject Selection Evening on Tuesday 21 July from 6.30pm to 8.30pm in the college theatre and library. The first half of this evening will involve a presentation in the theatre on the Cambridge qualifications and course pathways. The second half of the evening will be an opportunity for you to meet informally in the library with curriculum representatives to discuss course options for 2021. Those of you that have already heard the presentation on Cambridge qualifications and pathways may choose to arrive at about 7.15pm and go directly to the library in time for the discussions with subject representatives. Representatives from a number of New Zealand universities will also be present in the library if you have particular questions about tertiary courses.
Early in term 3, each student will be issued with login details to the website through which they will choose their subjects. Students will print a summary of their choices from the website, have it signed by a parent and must return the signed printout to the college office by 7 August. The key dates are:
- 18th June: Initial year level assemblies.
- 23rd June: Initial discussion with tutor.
- 21st July: Further discussions with tutor. Login details to subject selection website issued.
- 21st July: Subject Selection Evening for students and parents.
- 28th July and 6th August: Parent-teacher interviews – a further opportunity to speak with subject teachers.
- 7th August: Signed subject selection printouts due to student reception.