Ignatian Newsletter:2024 - Edition #2

Teaching & Learning:

Written by
Kathryn Wilson
Deputy Principal, Teaching & Learning

Upcoming Events

Senior Programs Information Evening:

28 February 7:00pm. Inigo Theatre - Magis Performing Arts Centre.

The purpose of the evening is to provide an overview of VCE and VCE VM procedures for 2024, in the hope that any concerns or questions you may have will be addressed.

More information regarding this evening will be provided shortly.

Student Services Information Evening for Year 7 Parents:

21 February 7:00pm

Parents of Year 7 students on the Student Services register have already been emailed an invitation to attend this information session. The purpose of this evening is to communicate the various academic, social, and environmental supports available at Loyola, and discuss how these may alter as your child grows.

This is a parent only session for those with children with an identified individual need.

Year 7 and 9 NAPLAN

Please note that NAPLAN will now take place in the week beginning 11 March. Further details will be available nearer the time.

Dates are:

• Thursday 14 March – Writing

• Friday 15 March – Reading

• Monday 18 March – Conventions of Language

• Tuesday 19 March – Numeracy

• Wednesday 20 March – catch up

Changes to Assessment and Reporting at Loyola College

In response to feedback from parents, students, and teachers regarding ambiguity surrounding our previous reporting and assessment codes, we are introducing a new streamlined set of codes, which are simpler and easy to understand. These codes have been carefully designed to provide clear and concise feedback on each student's academic performance and progress. By simplifying our reporting and assessment codes, we aim to provide consistent feedback across all subjects and grade levels, making it easier for both parents and students to track progress and identify areas for improvement.

We are confident that these changes will have a positive impact on our school community, and we are excited to roll out this new reporting and assessment system.

Please find below detailed information about the new reporting and assessment codes, including examples and case studies of how they could be used in practice. 

Naturally, as with any new system, we will encounter some issues or questions when certain instances and circumstances occur. In this case, please reach out to our teachers and staff, who will be available to answer any questions and provide support as we transition to this new system.

Years 7-10 Students:

There are 3 possible codes:

1. Ex – Exempt: No Penalty

Approved non-submission (illness with medical certificate provided to the teacher)

School sanctioned events

Compassionate grounds as approved by any of the following:

  • Head of House
  • Head of Learning
  • Deputy Principal - Teaching & Learning
  • Deputy Principal - Students
  • Head of Student Services

2. 0%:

  • Not submitted (not handed in)
  • Late submission
  • Plagiarism (including AI)
  • Absent with no explanation from parent to teacher prior to or day of assessment.
  • Holidays during term time

Students will have the opportunity to redeem in the case of below 49%, however the redeemed grade will be recorded in comments on the LMS. The original % remains.

3. % Grade:

  • This is awarded to the assessment piece according to the school’s grade descriptors.

Units 1-4:

There are 3 possible codes. This does not significantly differ from the current system.

  1. S - Satisfactory: Completion of a VCE / VM / VET unit and outcome
  2. N - Not Satisfactory: Unsatisfactory completion of a VCE / VM / VET unit and outcome
  3. IP - In Progress Only under exceptional circumstances as approved by Deputy Principal Teaching& Learning or Year 10-12 Programs Coordinator.

Case Studies: 

The case studies below will hopefully aid an understanding of the new codes.


Case Study 1:

“Michael, a Year 12 student, was absent during the English SAC without prior notice. His teacher later discovered that he had been participating in an off-campus community service activity that day, supporting a local charity. Michael and his family did not respond to emails from his English teacher addressing the absence.”

Question: What should Michael be given for the missed English SAC?

Answer: N

Case Study 2:

“Jake, a Year 10 student, was absent on the day of the Maths test. He did not inform the teacher in advance, but later provided a medical certificate explaining that he had a contagious illness and was advised by a doctor to stay at home for a few days.”

Question: What should Jake be given for the missed Maths test?

Answer: Exempt

Case Study 3:

“Alex, a Year 7 student, missed the Science test unexpectedly. The teacher later found out that Alex attended a last-minute audition for a drama performance and had told the supervising teacher that he had nothing important going on in Science that period.”

Question: What should Alex be given for the missed Science test?

Answer: 0%

Case Study 4:

“Lily, a Year 9 student, missed the Geography assessment due to a doctor's appointment. She informed her teacher beforehand and submitted a medical certificate confirming the appointment”.

Question: What should Lily be given for the missed Geography test?

Answer: Exempt

Case Study 5:

“Emily, a Year 8 student, missed the Music test as she was supposed to be representing the school in a JACSA sports competition. However, Emily did not attend the JACSA event and provided no reason for her absence”.

Question: What should Emily be given for the missed Music test?

Answer: 0%