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Assessment and reporting

Our teachers use a variety of strategies to assess student learning.

Teachers observe students' work in class and look closely at tasks throughout the year. They also formally assess a student's achievement based on the outcomes described in the syllabus of the subject.

As a parent or carer, you’ll receive a written report twice a year. It gives you a clear picture of your child’s achievements – what they know and can do.

In Years 7 to 10, we use the common grade scale in reporting. In Year 11, we use the Preliminary grade scale.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses are assessed on achievement of competencies.


We provide detailed information to students about what we expect from them throughout the year and how their work will be assessed. Students have a number of formal assessments throughout their schooling.

Attendance and absences

Students must attend school regularly so they can achieve their educational best and increase their career and life options.

In NSW, all children from the age of 6 are legally required to attend school or be registered for home schooling through the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). All students must complete Year 10, or its equivalent.

Young people below the age of 17 who have completed Year 10 must be:

  • in school, or registered for home schooling 

  • in approved education or training, such as a traineeship, apprenticeship or TAFE

  • in full-time paid employment (average 25 hours a week) 

  • in a combination of work, education and/or training (average of 25 hours a week combined).

Students 17 years and over who are enrolled in school must attend school regularly to meet HSC course requirements. 

As a parent or carer, you are responsible for ensuring your child attends school every day when they are of compulsory school age. You must explain all absences to the school within 7 days.

For more information about compulsory school attendance, visit:

Assessment Policy

Assessment Schedules

Assessment schedules provide students and parents with information about the nature and timing of assessment tasks for each subject.  The latest assessment schedules for each year group can be accessed below:

2020 Year 7 Assessment Schedule (PDF 946 KB)

2020 Year 8 Assessment Schedule (PDF 969 KB)

2020 Year 9 Assessment Schedule (PDF 1.1 MB)

2020 Year 10 Assessment Schedule (PDF 1.1 MB)

2020 Year 11 Assessment Schedule (PDF 1.8 MB)

2022 Year 12 Assessment Schedule (PDF 1.8 MB)


Term 3 2021 Ammended Assessment Schedules

Please access the NESA website regularly to check on these updates.

Please be aware that some aspects of this information are very fluid and that it could continue to change often as the COVID-19 situation develops. The area most likely to change will be around Major Works for practical subjects (D&T, VA and Music).


The following information is a summary of what has been announced, but it should not replace your understanding of the full NESA update:

1. Your Trial HSC exams have been rescheduled to Weeks 7 and 8. If this changes again, I will update you as early as possible.

2. Your due dates for majors have been extended by two weeks (D&T, VA and Music), but please be patient and await a decision on what will be happening with your majors, as this is likely to be updated again soon. Your teachers will continue to keep you informed.

3. Your HSC Written exams will commence one week later than originally announced, on the 19th of October (Tuesday of Week 3, Term 4) .

Term 4 2021 Term 4 Assessment Schedule

Attached is your Term 4 Assessment Schedule. Please read it carefully to understand what you are required to do for assessment tasks in Term 4.

Please note that your teachers will also be looking over other work that you do such as specific class work, class discussions, quizzes, smaller tasks and their own observation of you and your work to assist with their final reporting at the end of the year.

Year 7 Assessment Schedule Term 4 (PDF 152KB)

Year 8 Assessment Schedule Term 4 (PDF 152KB)

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