Farewell Year 12 Students

Go with Virtue and Courage

In 2020 and 2021, our Year 12 students have adapted to this rapid and prolonged lockdown and shown a willingness to engage with the online environment. Year 12 students are to be congratulated for the learning success they have achieved and the resilience they have exhibited in the last two years.

I take this opportunity to note the incredible flexibility and agility of the 2021 student leadership group, for their passion and their resilience. In 2020 and 2021, we needed courageous leadership and this group of 2021 school leaders will certainly be remembered for leading with the Josephite spirit, with virtue and courage and a sense of connection. They have lived the MSJ values and motto with graciousness and have been wonderful role models to all their peers.

We wish the graduating Class of 2021 every blessing as they move beyond our gates and into the world.


The decision to run the Year 8 to Year 11 exams was carefully considered, and as a college, we decided that holding the exams will be of great benefit to our students. The exams will allow us to consolidate and evaluate the learnings for 2021 and measure data patterns to determine the impact of remote learning on student outcomes. The examination outcomes will provide the opportunity to identify any learning gaps that may require addressing.

VCAA Exams: Units 3 & 4

We wish all Year 12 students well as they prepare to undertake their VCE examinations over the next few weeks. Year 12 students have been issued with advice about how to manage their study over the coming weeks. The College has COVID-safe plans for students to study and meet with teachers at the College.

VCAA written examinations commence on Wednesday 27 October with English and English EAL and conclude on Thursday 17 November. All students completing an external exam have been provided with a VCE Exam Navigator Booklet that provides details of approved materials and equipment, examination rules, timetables and Special Provisions. The VCE timetable is also available from the VCAA website.

Year 12 students studying VET subjects also need to ensure all outcomes have been successfully completed.

Units 1 & 2

Please note that the Year 11 end-of–year examinations will be held from Friday 5 November – Friday 12 November.

All students must attend their scheduled exams in their full school uniform. There are no scheduled classes for Year 11 students during these exams, so students are expected at school only for their timetabled exams.

Year 10

All Year 10 students will sit examinations scheduled on Wednesday 10 November and Thursday 11 November. There are no scheduled classes for Year 10 students during these exams, so students are expected at school only for their timetabled exams and assemblies on the Thursday. There are no classes for Year 10 students on Friday 12 November.

Year 9

Semester 2 examinations for Years 9 students will be held from Monday 29 November to Wednesday 1 December inclusive. The Year 9 exams will cover the core subjects of Religious Education, Humanities and Mathematics only.

Year 8

Semester 2 examinations for Years 8 students will be held Monday 29 November and Tuesday 30 November. The Year 8 exams will cover the core subjects of English and Mathematics only.

HeadStart Progam

The VCE VCAL HeadStart program provides students with the opportunity to engage with their 2022 subjects.

The HeadStart Program for Years 11 and 12 students 2022 will take place Monday 15 November – Thursday 25 November. During HeadStart, students will participate in two-hour workshops for each VCE and VCAL Unit. Homework will be set to assist students to commence the new year with confidence and knowledge regarding the type of learning that occurs in each subject. Students can expect to be given homework that is designed to prepare them for school assessed coursework (SAC) tasks that occur very early in the course.

The examination timetable for Years 8–11 and the HeadStart program will be sent to students by the end of this week.

Joanna De Bono - Deputy Principal (Learning & Staff)