Orara High School

Opportunity Innovation Success

Telephone02 6652 1077

Emailorara-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Year 12

Contacts

  • Year Advisor: Kate March
  • Year Advisor: Mr. Rodgers

 

10 September, 2021

Revised HSC timetable released

The revised HSC timetable has been released commencing Tuesday, 9 November, 2021, and concluding Friday, 3 December, 2021.

Please take the time read through the timetable and the additional information provided by NESA on the timetable page.

 

7 September, 2021

Latest changes to the 2021 HSC

  • Principals have the flexibility to decide on the number, type and weighting of school-based assessments for Year 11 and 12 students in 2021 and 2022.
  • Hand-in dates for all major projects have been extended by at least two weeks.
  • The deadline for Year 12 school-based assessment marks is 8 October.
  • The deadline for teacher-provided marks for the Special Consideration Program is 22 October.
  • Written exams will start on 9 November to give everyone involved in the HSC more time to get vaccinated.
  • Changes to the Public Health Order are expected to require presiding officers and exam supervisors to be fully vaccinated ahead of HSC exams.
  • NESA will provide schools and supervisors with strict COVID-safe exam protocols that have been developed with NSW Health.
  • HSC results will be released in January.

 

18 August, 2021

Latest changes to the 2021 HSC

Teachers will provide marks for their students’ HSC performance exams, oral language exams and a number of major projects and submitted works to protect the health and safety of everyone involved.

Practical and performance exams

Teachers will provide marks for all HSC students in the following courses who have these exam components:

  • Performance exams for Dance, Drama and Music
  • Viva Voce (Music 1)
  • Sight singing (Music 2)
  • Submitted works for Drama*
  • Oral exams for all modern languages
  • Major projects (including folio) for:
      • Textiles and Design
      • Design and Technology
      • Industrial Technology
  • Visual Arts body of work.

* Drama students studying ‘Critical analysis – theatre reviews’ who have yet to see four live plays may review filmed versions. They should indicate in their submission that they are reviewing a filmed version of a play.

Teachers can have students sit their performance exam by the end of Term 3. The exam can be completed by phone, online or at school (where permitted) in line with Health advice, at a time that suits their local needs. Schools need to follow COVID safety rules for performance exams.

Alternatively, teachers can base their teacher-provided mark on a recently undertaken school assessment task, such as a trial exam.

To ensure equity, teachers’ marks will be moderated by NESA against the externally marked components of the course.

By 30 August, NESA will send teachers HSC Marking Support Packs. Teachers will receive three hours of accredited PD for engaging with the packs and providing marks for their students.

NESA will continue to mark the following major projects and submitted works, unless an application for COVID-19 Special Consideration has been approved:

  • English Extension 2
  • Society and Culture
  • Music 1 (compositions)
  • Music 2 and Extension (compositions and Musicology)

 

Written exams

Written exams have been rescheduled to run from 19 October to 12 November with strict COVID-safe protocols in place. 

HSC results will be released on 17 December.

 

Major projects

Design and Technology Major Projects

Completion and hand-in date: Thursday 2 September 2021 [1]

Teacher provided marks due to NESA: 22 October 2021

Major Projects advice

 

Drama Projects

Completion and hand-in date: Monday 30 August 2021 [1]

Teacher provided marks due to NESA: 22 October 2021

Drama project advice

 

Industrial Technology Major Projects

Completion and hand-in date: Thursday 2 September 2021 [1]

Teacher provided marks due to NESA: 22 October 2021

Major project advice

 

Textile and Design Major Projects

Completion and hand-in date: Monday 23 August 2021 [1]

Teacher provided marks due to NESA: 22 October 2021

Major Project advice

 

Visual Arts Bodies of Work

Completion and hand-in date: Monday 6 September 2021 [1]

Teacher provided marks due to NESA: 22 October 2021



1. COMPLETION AND HAND-IN DATE

Students must not work on their projects after this date and time. If it is safe to do so, projects should be handed in to the supervising teacher on this date no later than 3.00 pm.

10 August, 2021

Latest changes to the 2021 HSC

Teachers will provide marks for their students’ HSC performance and language oral exams to limit the movement of NESA markers within or outside Greater Sydney. This will be beneficial for all students.

Teachers will provide marks for:

  • Dance Core Performance
  • Dance Core Composition
  • Dance Major Study Performance
  • Dance Major Study Composition
  • Dance Major Study Dance and Technology
  • Drama Group Performance
  • Drama Individual Project: performance
  • Music Performance (all courses)
  • Music Viva Voce (Music 1)
  • Sight singing (Music 2)
  • Languages Speaking Skills (all courses).

To ensure equity, teachers’ marks will be moderated by NESA against the externally marked components of the course.

By 30 August, NESA will issue guidelines to support teachers to provide marks for these exams.

The marks will be due to NESA by 22 October.

 

Submitted works

Submitted works for Drama and Music will continue to be marked by NESA.

  • Drama Individual Project:
    • Critical analysis*
    • Design
    • Scriptwriting
    • Video drama
  • Music
    • Composition (all courses)
    • Musicology (Music 2 and Music Extension)

See hand in dates.

* Drama students studying ‘Critical analysis – theatre reviews’ who have yet to see four live plays may review filmed versions. They should indicate in their submission that they are reviewing a filmed version of a play.

 

Major projects

Major projects will continue to be marked by NESA.

Hand in dates for major projects have been extended.

 

Written exams

Written exams have been rescheduled to run from 19 October to 12 November with strict COVID-safe protocols in place. 

HSC results will be released on 17 December.

 

COVID-19 special consideration program

The COVID-19 Special Consideration Program is available for HSC students whose preparation or completion of a performance exam, oral language exam or their major project is significantly impacted by COVID-19.

The usual illness/misadventure program continues to be available to students who suffer illness or misadventure at the time of an exam, including requirements to self-isolate due to COVID-19.

Who is eligible?

  • All students with a performance exam (excluding submitted works).
  • All students with an oral language exam.
  • Students who live or go to school in an area that has been under Level 4 restrictions during 2021 and whose ability to develop or complete their major project is substantially impacted by COVID-19 due to loss of access to school facilities or support.

Process

Teachers will mark or estimate the exam or major project as teachers are best placed to understand how much each student has been affected by COVID-19 restrictions, and to give the student the most appropriate mark.

The teacher-provided mark will be moderated by NESA using the student and cohort performance in externally-marked components of the course (eg the written exam).

Performance exams (excluding submitted work): all students will be automatically included in the program. Schools do not need to submit an application.

Oral language exams: all students will be automatically included in the program. Schools do not need to submit an application.

Major projects, including submitted works for Drama or Music:

  • Schools must apply at least 48 hours before the hand-in date via Schools Online. Schools need to provide a brief explanation of how students were impacted. Detailed evidence is not required.
  • Schools can apply for their whole cohort or for individual students.
  • Students do not submit their major project or work to NESA.

If a school submits an application for:

  • all students in the school group, teachers must provide a mark in the component for every student in the course. The mark should represent what the student would have achieved if they had not been impacted by COVID. Teachers will base this mark on their knowledge of the student’s work and ability. Specific guidelines will be provided for each course.
  • one or more students in the school group, but not the whole cohort, teachers must provide a mark in the component for the affected students. Teachers can choose to provide a mark in the component for all other students. This helps NESA understand the teacher’s expectations of the student(s) performance relative to the rest of the school cohort, and will benefit students who have been included in an application, particularly those who perform better in the practical component than the written component.

Teachers will receive HSC Marking Support Packs by 30 August. Marking guidelines on the NESA website can be used for courses where packs are not available.

Teacher-provided marks need to be submitted to NESA by 22 October 2021.

 

29 July, 2021

Changes to the 2021 HSC

The NESA COVID Response Committee has made additional changes to the 2021 HSC timetable to give students certainty in the lead up to oral, performance, practical and written examinations. The decision to extend HSC examinations aims to give students as much clarity as possible so they can focus on their studies, their wellbeing and plans for the future.

Details of the current changes to the HSC timetable as they relate to Orara High School are outlined below, and can also be found at the following NESA site: 

https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/11-12/hsc/key-dates-exam-timetables

 

Languages - Oral

Oral language exams have been rescheduled to run from 14 August to 18 September. 

 

Major Works

Student hand in dates for major works have been extended as follows:

  • Drama (projects) – 30 August
  • Design and Technology – 2 September
  • English Extension 2 – 27 August
  • Industrial Technology – 2 September
  • Music (projects) – 13 September
  • Society and Culture – 9 August
  • Textiles and Design – 23 August
  • Visual Arts – 6 September

 

Performances

  • Dance - Dance performance exams have been rescheduled to run from 9 – 13 August for students outside Greater Sydney​
  • ​Drama - Drama performance exams have been rescheduled to run from 6 to 17 September.
  • ​Music - Music performance exams are continuing as scheduled, running from 30 August to 10 September.

 

Written HSC Exams

Written HSC exams have been rescheduled to run from 19 October to 12 November.

Revised timetables for the language oral, practical, performance and written exams will be published on the NESA website and Students Online by Friday 30 July. https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/11-12/hsc/key-dates-exam-timetables

Students will be able to access their updated personal HSC timetable via Students Online from Friday 30 July.

https://studentsonline.nesa.nsw.edu.au/

HSC results will be released on 17 December.

 

HSC Minimum Standard test

HSC students who are yet to meet the minimum standard will have additional opportunities to demonstrate this. Students can attempt the HSC Minimum Standard test up to 6 times per year, with at least 14 days between attempts.

 

Coronavirus Advice - Covid Safe exam protocols

For the upcoming HSC trial exams, and HSC oral, practical, performance and written exams the following health advice has been provided:

 

Before exams start

Students with a known illness, like hay fever, that have similar symptoms to the flu must:

  • get a medical certificate from their doctor
  • give the school a copy of the certificate.

This allows students with existing conditions to meet exam day protocols without requiring a negative COVID test.

 

On exam day

To protect everyone involved in the HSC exams, students, exam staff and markers will be regularly reminded to:

  • ​stay at home and get tested if they have symptoms
  • regularly wash their hands 
  • cover coughs and sneezes 
  • avoiding touching their face.

Students or exam staff with flu-like symptoms or who have been advised to isolate by NSW Health on the day of an exam must:

  • not attend the exam
  • contact their school immediately
  • get tested.​

Before entering the exam room, students will be asked to confirm they do not have any flu-like symptoms and are not required by NSW Health to self-isolate.

Schools are to make arrangements to return students home if they become unwell at an exam. Parents with questions about their child attending an exam should contact the school. 

The COVID illness and misadventure process is available to students who experience a COVID-related event at the time of an HSC exam.

 

2021 HSC written exam timetable

The 2021 HSC written exam timetable has been released. Please download your copy to know when your written exams will take place.

 

Equipment and stationery list

Please download the equipment and stationery list so you know what you need for each subject.

 

2019-2020 HSC assessment schedule

Parents/carers and students can download the 2020-2021 HSC assessment schedule to know all assessment-related information for each HSC subject.