VCE News 2017


Early Commencement Program

The 2017 Early Commencement Program (ECP) will be conducted over nine days commencing Tuesday, 21 November and concluding Friday, 1 December.   

The aim of the ECP is to provide students with a directed and meaningful beginning to their Unit 3/4 and Year 2/3 VCE/VET/ VCAL studies, whilst also enabling them to start the work involved in each subject.  It is therefore a requirement that all 2018, Year 12 VCE and VCAL students attend each day of ECP. 

Year 11 (2018) students who are completing a Unit 3/4 VCE or VCE/VET Year 2 subject, are required to attend only for their nominated accelerated subject lesson. If you have a clash with a Year 10 exam, you must attend ECP, please see Ms McNair to change your exam time.

Year 11 and Year 12 (2018) students are required to wear their full and correct school uniform during ECP classes. 

Any student who is absent from class during ECP must provide a Doctor’s certificate, and/or letter to the Learning and Teaching Leader VCE, explaining their absence. Failure to provide the required documentation will result in the absence being recorded as ‘unexplained absence’ by their teacher.  As per the 2017 VCE/VET/VCAL Student Information Booklet, VCE/ VET and VCAL class attendance rules state:“A student may be at risk of receiving an N for a unit if they have nine unexplained absences (the equivalent of nine short periods) from class during a semester”.

Additional information relevant to ECP:

  • The timetable is available via the link below.
  • Any student with a study period will go to the library and work quietly.
  • Details in regards to Resource Lists for 2018 have been forwarded to all families and can be viewed on our website.
  • During ECP there will be no external VET at GOTAFE or traineeships.

Confirmation of Subjects for 2018 will be emailed to students before the program commences.

Text books/resources are only required in English subjects and Mathematics subjects for ECP.

Students DO NOT need books/resources for all of other subjects.

If you did not order off the ECP book list you may still be able to buy the books but will need to collect them from the Campion store in Telford Dve.

  pdf ECP Timetable for 2017 (108 KB)

Year 10 Semester 2 Exams

Year 10 Semester 2 exams are compulsory for all students and will be held from Thursday, 16 November until Thursday, 23 November 2017. Please refer to the relevant documents below for the timetable.


Year 11 (Unit 1/2 & VCE/VET) Semester 2 Exams 

 Year 11 VCE/VET Semester 2 exams are compulsory for all students and will be held from Monday, 13 November until Friday, 17 November 2017. Please refer to the relevant documents below for the timetable.

  pdf Year 10 Exam Timetable (20 KB)

  pdf Year 11 Exam Timetable (26 KB)


VCE/VET/VCAL End of Year Final Results

Year 12 students need to ensure that they have accurately completed the Personal Details forms, as emailed to them. VCAA use this information for VCE/VET/VCAL end of year final results certificates. 

Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) Request:

From 2017, the VCAA will collect an email address for students to be primarily used for results delivery and associated processes. 

It is therefore important that the address is active and accessible by the student during the release of results in December through to the following April for communications regarding the Premiers Awards.

Student email addresses must be an email address nominated by the student and cannot be a school-issued email address.

The option is not compulsory and so students can make their own decision about whether or not they provide an email address.


School-based Assessments

At Notre Dame College, school-based assessments are:

  •  Outcome Assessment Tasks (OATs) - VCE Units 1 & 2 and VET Year 1 (Year 11)
  •  School Assessed Coursework (SACs) - VCE Units 3 & 4 and VET Year 2 (Year 12)

Dates for semester one OATs and SACs can be downloaded below.

Where a student will be absent for an OAT or SAC, they are required to apply to reschedule it. The following procedure must be completed by the student prior to the original date or within three school days following their return to school:

  1. The student must complete the relevant Application to Reschedule an OAT / SAC form and attach supporting documentation**. (Forms can be downloaded by clicking the following link Forms or obtained from Student Reception)
  2. The student takes the form to their class teacher to arrange an alternate date for the task to be completed. In most cases this will be the in OAT/SAC catch-up (OSCU) which runs on day 2 and day 9 at 3.30pm in CR10. Dates for semester one OSCU sessions are available to download via the following link OSCU Dates.
  3. The student submits the completed form, with suitable documentation attached, to the Learning and Teaching Leader (VCE) for review.
  4. The student, Head of House, PGL and class teacher will receive an email to notify them of the decision – Approved or NOT Approved.
  5. The student is not permitted to undertake the task at the proposed new time unless the application is approved and the student has received the Approved email.
  6. Where a student fails to attend the rescheduled session a class absence will be recorded and an email sent to the student, PGL, Head of House and class teacher. The student would be expected to attend OAT/SAC Catch up on the following Thursday unless the class teacher makes arrangements for the student to complete the task sooner.

** The following supporting documentation is required if:

  1. Student is unwell at the time of an assessment:


  • An original medical certificate or Doctor’s report or Statutory Declaration.


  • A medical certificate or Doctor’s report or signed note from a Parent/Guardian pertaining to the absence

(b) Other

  • Official documentation or Statutory Declaration or a signed letter from Head of House explaining the absence.

* IMPORTANT NOTE: Where a student fails to follow this procedure, the student will receive an N - Not Satisfactory for the unit.. The student then needs to Appeal via contact with the Learning and Teaching Leader (VCE) within 7 days.



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