Ignatian Newsletter: 2024 - Edition #7

Teaching & Learning

Written by
Kathryn Wilson
Deputy Principal, Teaching and Learning

Parent-Teacher Interviews (PTIs):

The purpose of these Interviews is to discuss the learning that has occurred so far this Semester and, in particular, look at the academic successes and challenges that your child may have encountered so far this year.

Dates & Times:

  • Wednesday 15 May: 5:00pm to 8:00pm - Online through MS Teams (teachers will make contact with parent and student by ringing the student)
  • Thursday 16 May: 2:00pm to 8:30pm - Face to Face at Loyola College (students dismissed at 1:15pm)


In response to parent feedback, Year 12 parents will get earlier access to bookings.  

  • Open Wednesday 1 May at 7pm (Year 12)
  • Open Thursday 2 May at 7pm (Years 7-11)
  • Close Tuesday 14 May at 1pm (Years 7-12).


  • LCH (H032 on your booking list): All subjects with the exception of those listed below
  • Portable Classrooms (T1-7 on your booking list): Maths & Science
  • iCentre (L069 on your booking list): Humanities.


Appointments will last for 7 minutes with 2 minutes provided to move from one appointment to another.

If the occasion arises whereby parents / carers miss the 2-week window, then they are asked to contact the subject teacher directly. Please do not ask staff on reception to book appointments for you.

How You Can Prepare:

As we approach the scheduled PTIs, I encourage you to take some time to reflect on your child's academic journey so far this year. Consider any questions or concerns you may have regarding their progress, as these PTIs provide an invaluable opportunity to address them directly with your child's teachers.

Clarification for Online Appointments (Wednesday 15 May 5:00pm – 8:00pm):

  • Your interview schedule will be the same as it is when the interview is face to face.
  • The interview will occur on MS Teams using your child’s Loyola account.
  • At the scheduled time, the teacher will ring the student on their MS Teams account – please be available to receive the call.
  • Cameras will be required to be switched on by the teacher and student/parent.
  • If unanswered, the teacher will call for a second time during the designated appointment time.
  • If the call is still unanswered, then the teacher will not attempt to call again.
  • The student may message the teacher in the chat if they wish, explaining the reason for the absence. Depending on the reason, the teacher may call again.
  • Interviews will last for 7 minutes with a 2-minute gap before the next one.
  • We acknowledge some families have special circumstances. If both parents wish to attend these Conversations, we ask that you make one mutually agreed interview time.
  • If you are unable to attend together, but both still wish to meet with your child's Subject Teacher, please make an alternative time directly with your child's Subject Teacher.

Semester One Examinations:

Following a review of the 2023 examination processes and procedures, it was agreed that Semester One examinations will only involve Years 9 and 10.

Years 8 & 11 will only have end of year examinations. The reasons for this decision was to better prepare our Year 11 students for their VCE examinations. Year 11 examinations will now replicate the Year 12 examination structure. Regarding Year 8, we now have a smother and more fluent transition from Year 7 (no examinations) to Year 9 (two examinations)

Dates for Year 9 and 10 examinations:

  • Year 10 Exams: 19 - 27 June
  • Year 9 Exams: 25 - 27 June

Year 9 - Application for Accelerated Subjects in 2025 Unit 1/2:

Whilst invitations and applications are not expected until Term 3, I thought it prudent to provide an overview to the community, as the invitation to Year 9 students is based on their Semester 1 assessment results. As a result, they only have the remainder of Term 2 to meet the criteria.

Overview for 2024 Year 9 students:

Acceleration requires demonstrated consistent high academic achievement and an ability to take on the demands of an accelerated subject. Therefore, a student will need to be committed to their studies, be well organised and able to meet deadlines.

Stages of the Acceleration Process:

  1. Letter of invitation from the Deputy Principal – Teaching & Learning to those students who meet the desired criteria of 5As (5 x 80%) (one of which has to be English) (75% for Enhanced / CLIL students)
  2. Completion of Application Form
  3. Completion of Acceleration Test
  4. Invitation for a brief interview by the relevant Head of Learning
  5. Students and parents informed of the outcome by Deputy Principal – Teaching & Learning.

Students have been informed of this process at the beginning of the year.