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Thursday, 08 Dec 2016

Stage 6 Latin Extension – minor amendments to exam specifications

BOSTES 50/16

Who needs to read this notice:
Curriculum co-ordinators
HSC co-ordinators
Head Teachers Languages
Latin Teachers

Effective immediately

The following amendments have been made to the examination specifications for Stage 6 Latin Extension to accommodate both prose and verse text prescriptions:

  • Section I: Prescribed Text - the first dot point and now reads ‘approximately 20 lines of verse or approximately 120 words of prose’. (It previously read ‘approximately 20 lines’)
  • Section II: Non-prescribed Text - the first dot point now reads ‘approximately 10 lines of verse or approximately 60 words of prose’. (It previously read ‘approximately 10 lines’). In the same section, the first part of the third dot point now reads ‘approximately 5 lines of verse or approximately 30 words of prose’. (It previously read ‘approximately 5 lines of the prescribed genre’).

The revised specifications can be found in Assessment and reporting in Latin Extension Stage 6 available to download from the HSC syllabus page of the BOSTES website.

For more information, contact:
Lyn Sully
Senior Project Office, Languages
02 9367 8312

Thursday, 08 Dec 2016

RoSAs for 2016 school leavers

Schools are reminded to inform BOSTES of Year 10, 11 or 12 school leavers eligible for a Record of School Achievement (RoSA).

The RoSA is a credential for students who leave school before completing their HSC, which records their accumulated results. Visit the RoSA section of the BOSTES website for more information.

Schools need to nominate students via Schools Online > Enrolments > Nominate RoSA School Leavers. To be eligible for a RoSA, students must be leaving the NSW school system. Schools need to ensure that Year 11 students do not have a 2017 Year 12 record before completing this nomination process.

A template letter for schools to issue to nominated students, which includes instructions about how to download their RoSA credentials via Students Online is in  Schools Online > Downloads > Memos and Documents > RoSA folder.

The deadline for requests for RoSA credentials for all 2016 students is Tuesday 20 December.

For more information, contact:
Student Records Team
(02) 9367 8001

Thursday, 08 Dec 2016

2016 HSC results release

2016 HSC results will be delivered to students by email and SMS from 6am Thursday 15 December. Students are advised to visit Students Online before 5pm Wednesday 14 December to check their contact details.

Students can also access their results online from 6am Thursday 15 December via Students Online, using their student number and HSC PIN (created when they activated their Students Online account).

At the same time, principals can access their students’ HSC results via Schools Online > Downloads > My Reports > Principals Results Folder, or using Schools Online > Results Analysis Package (RAP). 

Students will be able to download, save and print their full HSC credentials from Students Online from Wednesday 21 December. HSC testamurs will be posted to eligible students between 18 and 20 January. More details are available on Students Online.

The 2016 HSC merit lists will be published progressively on the BOSTES website from Wednesday 14 December:

  • First in Course – students who come first in a course (provided their result is also in the top band)
  • Top Achievers– students in the top places in each course (provided their result is also in the top band)
  • Distinguished Achievers – students who have received a top band result in one or more course
  • All-round Achievers – students who are Distinguished Achievers in courses totalling 10 or more units.

The HSC Inquiry Centre (1300 13 83 23) opens at 8am Thursday 15 December. This phone service offers students a valuable opportunity to speak to experienced BOSTES staff about all aspects of their results.

Thursday, 08 Dec 2016

BOSTES services available over shutdown period

BOSTES will be closed over the Christmas/New Year period between Monday 26 December and Friday 6 January.

Key frontline services will continue to operate during this period as follows:

HSC Inquiry Centre (1300 13 83 23)

  • Open weekdays 9am to 5pm
  • Closed 26, 27 and 28 December, and 2 January.

Replacement Certificates and Equivalent Qualifications

  • Open weekdays 8.30am to 4pm
  • Closed 26, 27 and 28 December, and 2 January.

Note that priority equivalent qualification applications will not be accepted between Monday 26 December and Monday 2 January.

Reception (9367 8111)

  • Staff will be available for urgent calls on weekdays from 8.30am to 5.00pm
  • Closed on 26, 27 and 28 December, and 2 January.

Regular operating hours and services resume Monday 9 January 2017.

 For full contact details see the BOSTES website.

Thursday, 01 Dec 2016

BOSTES Languages Inspector retires

Howard Jacobs, BOSTES Languages Inspector, is retiring.

He held a number of roles since joining BOSTES in 1997. As a Senior Assessment Officer he was responsible for developing HSC examination papers for numerous languages courses, working with chief examiners, examination committees, supervisors of marking and senior markers to ensure the quality and validity of HSC exams.

As Inspector, Howard led curriculum development and assessment practices in languages across NSW. He provided leadership and strategic advice to the NSW Community Languages Schools’ Board and was involved in many national languages programs and projects.

He made a significant contribution to the development of new policy to increase the number of students studying languages in NSW schools. He provided expert advice to the NSW Languages Advisory Panel and has been a key driver of cross-sectoral collaborative initiatives.

Most recently, he led the development of the new K-10 curriculum framework that will be used to develop a suite of new language syllabuses, as well as new prescriptions for HSC extension, background speakers and classical language courses.

Howard’s experience and expertise in the field has been highly valued by the many schools, teachers and students he has worked with, and supported during his time at BOSTES.

We wish Howard a long and happy retirement and thank him for his contribution to languages education for students in NSW. 

For more information, contact:
Howard Kennedy
Director, Curriculum and Assessment Standards
(02) 9367 8313


Thursday, 01 Dec 2016

Year 10 results available to students and schools

Year 10 (Stage 5) grades will be released to schools and students on Wednesday 7 December.

Schools can access their student result reports and download the Year 10 eRecord School Package via Schools Online > Downloads > My Reports.

The eRecord is an interim report of accumulating results for each student, including:

  • Stage 5 (Year 10) grades
  • Life Skills outcomes, where applicable.

Students can log into their Students Online secure account to view their results and download their own eRecord. They will need to activate their account to gain access, if they have not done so already.

BOSTES will send students an e-bulletin when their grades are available, including details of how to access their account.

BOSTES relies on each school to supply an initial email address (via Schools Online) for every student, to facilitate access to Students Online.

Schools are also responsible for informing BOSTES if a student is leaving before completing their HSC. In most cases these students will be eligible for a Record of School Achievement (RoSA), which they can download via their Students Online account.

For Students Online support, contact:
Student Inquiry Line
1300 13 83 23

For Schools Online support or support nominating leaving students for a RoSA, contact:
Student Records Team
(02) 9367 8001

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Thursday, 01 Dec 2016

Classical Greek Stage 6 Prescriptions 2011-2023: Edition updates

BOSTES 47/16

Who needs to read this notice:
Curriculum co-ordinators
HSC co-ordinators
Head Teachers Languages
Classical Greek Teachers

Effective immediately

The prescribed edition for the Classical Greek Continuers verse text for 2017 – 2018 is:

  • Jebb, R C (ed), Sophocles: Oedipus Tyrannus, Bristol Classical Press, 1981.

Text quoted in the HSC exam will be taken from this edition.

Note that the following text has been removed from the Classical Greek Continuers Resources list:

Dawe, R D (ed) Sophocles: Oedipus Rex, Cambridge University Press, 1982.

The amended resource list is available to download from the syllabus section of the BOSTES website.

For more information, contact:
Howard Jacobs
Inspector, Languages
(02) 9367 8152

Thursday, 01 Dec 2016

Amendments to the Community and Family Studies Stage 6 Syllabus

BOSTES 46/16

Who needs to read this notice:
Curriculum co-ordinators
Head Teachers (PDHPE and TAS)
PDHPE Teachers

Effective Term 4, 2017

The Community and Family Studies (CAFS) HSC Core: Groups in Context, is reviewed every three years to rotate one group in Category A (mandatory groups) with one group in Category B.

  • For the 2018 CAFS HSC exam, Youth will be included in the mandatory Category A groups
  • From 2018 Homeless People will be included in the Category B group.

These amendments will be implemented from Term 4, 2017 for the 2018 HSC exam.

The amended syllabus and related websites related to the group Youth will be available on the BOSTES website from Term 1, 2017.

For more information, contact:
Karen Ingram
Inspector, PDHPE
(02) 9367-8150


Thursday, 01 Dec 2016

Review of Stage 6 school-based assessment requirements

School-based assessment requirements for Stage 6 Board Developed Courses will be reviewed to align with the draft proposed English, Mathematics, Science and History Stage 6 syllabuses. VET and Content Endorsed Courses will not be part of this review.

Current school-based assessment components and weightings will be amended during 2017 to reflect the Stronger HSC Standards reforms for assessment, including:

  • mandated components and weightings for Year 11 and Year 12
  • a maximum of 3 formal assessment tasks in Year 11 and 4 formal assessment tasks in Year 12.

Further information about the proposed amendments and opportunities to provide feedback will be available in 2017. Revised school-based components and weightings, and sample assessment schedules will be published in July for implementation with Year 11 in 2018 and HSC 2019.


For more information and background about the HSC reforms, see Stronger HSC Standards.

For curriculum and school-based assessment enquiries, please contact the relevant BOSTES curriculum team.

For more information, contact:
Lauren Wood
Senior Education Officer, Assessment
(02) 9367 8034

Tuesday, 29 Nov 2016

PDHPE: Water safety

The arrival of summer is a timely opportunity to remind students of the importance of personal safety in and around water.

The mandatory PDHPE curriculum provides a comprehensive approach to water safety. Students have the opportunity to learn about aquatic hazards, water safety strategies and emergency response procedures.

In PDHPE K­-6 students explore:

  • water confidence familiarisation
  • water safety and rescue strategies
  • safe places to swim and play
  • water survival skills
  • emergency procedures, eg basic first aid, dial 000
  • emergency action plans.

In PDHPE 7-10 students explore:

  • aquatics activities such as water safety skills, water games and sports
  • how to participate safely in movement activities
  • strategies to minimise harm in water environments
  • basic first aid procedures and management, eg DRSABCD
  • lifelong physical activities.

The PDHPE curriculum develops the knowledge, understanding and skills students need to support themselves and others to stay safe. This includes the skills necessary for safe and rewarding participation in aquatic activities.

For more information relating to water safety, visit the following websites:

For more information, contact:
Dominique Sidaros
Senior Curriculum Officer, PDHPE
(02) 9367-8317

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