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Thursday, 19 May 2016

Grammar: A guide for teachers K-6

BOSTES has released a new resource, Grammar: A guide for teachers K–6 to support schools in teaching grammar.

The booklet is part of a range of BOSTES-produced resources aimed at improving student outcomes through increasing teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge.

Read Minister Piccoli's media release.

The booklet contains:

  • Why teach grammar?
  • a range of activities to use when teaching grammar
  • extracts from popular books with explanatory annotations
  • directions on integrating grammar into the English K–6 syllabus.

Copies of Grammar: A guide for teachers K–6 can be purchased for $20.00 from eBos shop  > What’s New / Special Offers.

For more information, contact:
Peter Lee
Inspector, Primary Education
peter.lee@bostes.nsw.edu.au
(02) 9367 8191

Thursday, 19 May 2016

STANSW Young Scientists excel at International Fair

The winner of the STANSW Young Scientist of the Year Award and three of her Young Scientist team-mates won Grand Awards at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), in Phoenix, Arizona. STANSW is the Science Teachers' Association of NSW.

Young Scientists

Jade Moxey (left), who recently presented her investigation ‘The Spread of Seeds through Cattle’ to a Science Advisory Group at BOSTES, was one of four students who won a Grand Award at the largest school science fair in the world. Jade, a Year 11 student at Sapphire Coast Anglican School, reports “from the opening ceremony, to the mixer event, to the Grand Awards, each and every second was uniquely special and will be cherished forever!"

The other NSW students who received Grand Awards were Macinley Butson (Illawarra Grammar School), Aniruddh Chennapragada (James Ruse Agricultural High School) and Nga Nguyen (Sydney Girls High School). James Poyitt (Redeemer Baptist School) also won a four-year scholarship, worth $48,000 USD to the University of Arizona.

BOSTES Science Inspector, Kerry Sheehan, praised their achievement. "It is wonderful to see our talented and innovative young students being celebrated like this. I hope this international endorsement of their work will give other budding NSW scientists confidence to pursue their passion."

With only 26% of the 1767 students from 77 countries winning a Grand Award, the coordinator of the STANSW Young Scientist Awards, Stuart Garth, described the six-strong team’s performance as a “tremendous and significant boost for STEM education in NSW”.

With the respective professional teachers’ associations for Mathematics (MANSW) and Technology (IIATE), joining forces with Science (STANSW) in the promotion of the new Working Mathematically, Working Technologically and Working Scientifically categories of the 2016 Young Scientist Awards, the future of STEM education in NSW is looking bright.

Further information about the STANSW Young Scientist Awards scheme can be found on their website or contact their email address.

For more information, contact:
Kerry Sheehan
Inspector, Science
kerry.sheehan@bostes.nsw.edu.au
(02) 9367 8144

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Consistent Teacher Judgement workshops

BOSTES Liaison Officers will be conducting Consistent Teacher Judgement workshops across NSW in Term 3 for Year 1 to 11 classroom teachers and school executive staff.

The workshop is designed to enhance teacher understanding of the standards-referenced framework which underpins curriculum development, assessment and reporting in NSW. It examines assessment best practices, refining teachers’ skills in achieving consistent judgements and grade allocation, as well as empowering schools to lead learning within their own school.

Completion of the workshop contributes three hours of QTC Registered PD (addressing 5.3.2, 6.2.2 and 6.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers) towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

For details of venues, dates and times and to make a booking, please visit the BOSTES Professional Development webpage.

For more information, contact:
Your local Liaison Officer, or
Heidi O’Brien
Liaison Officer, North Coast
heidi.o’brien@bostes.nsw.edu.au
(02) 6659 3274

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Have your say on the Visual Arts Stage 6 syllabus draft amendments

BOSTES has released the Visual Arts Stage 6 syllabus draft amendments for consultation.

Information about the draft amendments is available on the BOSTES website.

Consultation will take place from Monday 23 May – Sunday 3 July.

Face-to-face meetings will be held in metropolitan and regional centres. Teachers and interested members of the public can register via the BOSTES website.

Sydney Metropolitan

Area

 

8 June

South Hurstville RSL

4pm - 6pm

15 June

Fairfield RSL

4pm - 6pm

16 June

The Epping Club

4pm - 6pm

Regional

NSW

6 June

Dubbo RSL

4pm - 6pm

9 June

Wagga Wagga RSL

4pm - 6pm

14 June

Gosford RSL

4pm - 6pm

 

 
Completion of a consultation meeting will contribute 2 hours of QTC registered PD (addressing 6.2.2 and 7.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers) towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Feedback on the syllabus draft amendments may be also be submitted via:

All feedback will be used to finalise the amendments.

For more information, contact:
Rosemary Gorman
Inspector, Creative Arts
rosemary.gorman@bostes.nsw.edu.au
(20) 9387 8161

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Updated Chemistry and Physics Periodic Table of the Elements

BOSTES 16/28
Who needs to read this notice:
Principals
Curriculum co-ordinators
HSC co-ordinators
Head teachers (Science)
Science teachers

Effective immediately

An updated Stage 6 Chemistry and Physics Periodic Table of the Elements is now available. Implementation will commence with the HSC 2016.

The updates have been made to provide consistency with the latest International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) conventions for naming elements 113 to 118. This change will have minimal impact on the implementation and examination of the Physics and Chemistry Syllabuses.

There are no changes to the related Stage 6 Chemistry and Physics data sheets.

The Chemistry and Physics data sheets and updated Periodic Table are now available to download from the syllabus section of the BOSTES website.

For more information, contact:
Kerry Sheehan
Inspector, Science
kerry.sheehan@bostes.nsw.edu.au
(02) 9637 8144

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Best of the Fest

High school students from across Sydney, the Illawarra, the Central Coast and the Hunter attended the inaugural Best of the Fest program at the 2016 Sydney Writers' Festival.

This program was a partnership between BOSTES and the Sydney Writers' Festival.

SWF
Photo by Prudence Upton

BOSTES President Tom Alegounarias said “The Best of the Fest was specifically designed for Year 9 to 12 students and aimed to introduce them to some of the nation's best writers and thinkers.

“It was great to see so many schools and students benefiting from the program and from the feedback I am sure they will be back next year."

"This event’s aim was to stimulate students' thinking and interests beyond the topics and subjects they study in the classroom, whether it's a performance of Shakespeare's sonnets by Paul Kelly or one of Australia's most respected writers Tom Keneally talking about his passion for history," Mr Alegounarias said.

"Education is an integral part of the cultural fabric of our society, and The Best of the Fest is a way to introduce students to the adult world of ideas as explored each year through the Sydney Writers Festival. It's the same festival writers talking about the same ideas as the broader festival."

Mr Alegounarias said the talks were chosen for their links to the school curriculum, and hoped it would inspire students in their studies as they entered their senior years, and their paths beyond school.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Consultation on Visual Arts Stage 6 draft syllabus amendments

Consultation will begin soon on amendments to the Visual Arts Stage 6 syllabus, which are currently being drafted by BOSTES. The amendments will provide greater clarity and guidance to assist teachers with syllabus implementation.

BOSTES welcomes the views and opinions of teachers from across all education sectors, and from the broader community. Consultation will occur during Term 2 via an online survey and face to face meetings at various NSW locations. Feedback will be used to finalise the amendments to the syllabus.

 Dates for consultation meetings are:

Sydney Metropolitan

Area

 

8 June

Hurstville

4pm - 6pm

15 June

Fairfield

4pm - 6pm

16 June

Epping

4pm - 6pm

Regional

NSW

6 June

Dubbo

4pm - 6pm

9 June

Wagga Wagga

4pm - 6pm

14 June

Gosford

4pm - 6pm

 

 

Online registration for consultation meetings will be available on the BOSTES website from Monday 23 May.

Attending a consultation meeting will contribute 2 hours of QTC registered PD (addressing 6.2.2.and 7.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers) towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

For ongoing information about the Visual Arts Stage 6 syllabus, subscribe to the BOSTES Bulletin and follow BOSTES on Twitter @Arts BOSTES, @NewsAtBOSTES.

For more information, contact:
Rosemary Gorman
Inspector, Creative Arts
rosemary.gorman@bostes.nsw.edu.au
(02) 9367 8161

Thursday, 12 May 2016

New stage 6 Persian Continuers syllabus

 BOSTES 16/27

Who needs to read this notice:
Principals
Curriculum co-ordinators
Year advisers
Careers advisers
HSC co-ordinators
HSC markers
Head Teachers, Languages
Persian Teachers

The new stage 6 Persian Continuers syllabus is now available to allow time for familiarisation and planning. Implementation will commence for the 2019 HSC.

It replaces the existing Persian Background Speakers syllabus. Both are based on the Collaborative Curriculum and Assessment Framework for Languages (CCAFL) model.

The development of a continuers syllabus recognises the changing demographics of the NSW Persian-speaking population.

Key features of the new syllabus include:

  • greater emphasis on oral communication
  • inclusion of an in-depth study.

It is available to download from the BOSTES website.

The following syllabus support materials are also available:

  • HSC Languages Continuers Marking Guidelines – Oral examination
  • HSC Languages courses – Oral examination – advice to teachers
  • HSC Languages courses – Oral examination – advice to students
  • Persian Continuers performance band descriptions.

For more information, contact:
Howard Jacobs
Inspector, Languages
howard.jacobs@bos.nsw.edu.au
@LanguagesBOSTES
(02) 9367 8152

 

 

Thursday, 12 May 2016

NAPLAN PAR and return of test materials

All students should have completed the NAPLAN tests, including 'catch-up' tests between Tuesday 10 to Friday 13 May. Schools are not permitted to administer the NAPLAN tests in the second week of the security period (Monday 16 - Friday 20 May) without prior approval from BOSTES.

Schools are requested to ensure all test books, except unused blank books, are packed and lodged at a post office by Wednesday 18 May.

Participation and Registration (PAR) website

Principals and NAPLAN coordinators should ensure the following sections in the PAR website are completed:

  • Student Test Participation, including all disability adjustments
  • Test Book Returns
  • Post Office Lodgement.

The PAR Manual, which can be downloaded from the PAR website, contains guidance on how to complete post-test information about student test participation, disability adjustments and the return of test materials. Schools can also contact the BOSTES team or the NAPLAN Helpline (1800 665 627).

Test materials

Unused test books, including personalised books for students who were absent, exempt, parent withdrawals or used special print test materials are not to be returned.

Details about checking, packing and confirming the quantity of completed test materials can be found in the Handbook for Principals (pp.39-40). A Test Materials Packaging Video can be viewed in PAR.

All completed special print test material must be placed in the ‘Special Print/Non-standard test materials’ bag for return to processing.

NAPLAN results and student reports are expected to be available to schools from Thursday 18 August.

For more information, contact:
NAPLAN team
naplan.nsw@bostes.nsw.edu.au
(02) 9367 8382

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Thursday, 12 May 2016

New resources for teaching cross-curricular STEM

Seven cross-curricular STEM units of work that collectively cover Kindergarten to Year 12 have been published by BOSTES. The exemplar STEM units have been developed to show teachers how the pillars of STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics - interrelate. Each unit assists teachers of a particular stage of schooling to implement integrated STEM education.

The units of work embed innovative thinking and incorporate the use of 21st Century technology. Enhanced student engagement in STEM is encouraged as they apply their knowledge and understanding of STEM concepts to practical and hands on experiences.

BOSTES has a further fourteen additional STEM units under development. Schools are invited to register their interest in trialling these sample units of work inclusive of K-12. To express interest contact Leonore Carr, Cross Curricular STEM Project Manager, Leonore.Carr@bostes.nsw.edu.au.

For more information contact:
Mark Tyler
Inspector, Technology Education
mark.tyler@bostes.nsw.edu.au
(02) 9367 8454