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1 Information Evening, May 2013

2 Curriculum Drivers Rowville Maths and Science Academy | Excellence from the beginning

3 MSA Program is designed to... Inspire high quality learning, innovation, creativity and collaboration Provide a rich environment in which knowledge crosses disciplines and has real world applications Offer extensive laboratory experiences using the latest technologies and current computer-based software and hardware Emphasise critical and high order thinking skills in all academy courses Include participation in many academic competitions Incorporate a variety of technology applications such as computers, software, scanners, digital cameras and other peripheral devices Rowville Maths and Science Academy | Excellence from the beginning

4 Year 7 Curriculum Structure SubjectNumber of periods per cycle English9 Enhanced Mathematics9 Enhanced Science6 Health and Physical Education6 Humanities6 LOTE (Indonesian)6 The Arts6 Mathematics Design and Exploration Day6 Science Design and Exploration Day6 Rowville Maths and Science Academy | Excellence from the beginning

5 Year 8 Curriculum Structure SubjectNumber of periods per cycle English9 Enhanced Mathematics9 Enhanced Science6 Health and Physical Education6 Humanities6 LOTE (Indonesian)6 The Arts6 Mathematics Design and Exploration Day6 Science Design and Exploration Day6 Rowville Maths and Science Academy | Excellence from the beginning

6 Year 9 Curriculum Structure SubjectNumber of periods per cycle English9 Enhanced Mathematics8 Enhanced Science6 Health and Physical Education4 Humanities6 LOTE (Indonesian)6 Mathematics Design and Exploration Day6 Science Design and Exploration Day6 Elective (Student Selected)9 Rowville Maths and Science Academy | Excellence from the beginning

7 Year 10 (Senior Years) Curriculum Structure SubjectNumber of periods per cycle English9 Enhanced Mathematics9 Enhanced Science6 Elective 1 (LOTE)9 Elective 29 VCE Unit 1/2 General Maths A9 VCE Unit 1/2 Biology or Psychology9 at year 10 LOTE is not compulsory but encouraged if no LOTE –students choose two electives outside the academy The focus becomes acceleration into VCE maths science subjects in Year 10 & Year 11 possibly first year university subjects in year 12 Rowville Maths and Science Academy | Excellence from the beginning

8 ROWVILLE SECONDARY COLLEGE Group Summary Report- NAPLAN 2012 Year 7 M G & PNUMERAC Y 7M Rowville Maths and Science Academy | Excellence from the beginning

9 ROWVILLE SECONDARY COLLEGE Group Summary Report- NAPLAN 2012 Year 9 M G & PNUMERAC Y 9M Rowville Maths and Science Academy | Excellence from the beginning

10 Exploration and Design Days These days are designed around principles of inquiry and may involve some of the following activities Mathematics Trial (University of Melbourne) Science works Museum Scientific laboratory/industry Fieldwork/excursion Robotics semester based topic Designing computer games (Game Maker 8) Collaboration with Universities (e.g. Monash University) Mathematics/Science team Investigations Current mathematical and scientific issues (e.g. Genetic engineering) Past mathematical and scientific discoveries (e.g. compound interest and banking) Ethical issues in science (e.g. Stem cell research; Nuclear Energy) Independent research project Integrated studies Rowville Maths and Science Academy | Excellence from the beginning

11 Embedded opportunities Competitions Competitions Australian Mathematics competition UNSW Science competition Rio Tinto Big Science Competition Mathematics Talent Quest Mathematics Olympiad – University of Melbourne Mathematics Games Day Solar Car Challenge/ Duel Down Under, Robotics Competition Citizenship requirements: Citizenship requirements: Lunchtime Mathematics and Science Club Interact Rotary Club Membership/Activities Discovery Day activities Primary school shows Primary school peer tutoring Mathematics game day facilitator (collaboration with Primary schools) Rowville Maths and Science Academy | Excellence from the beginning

12 Partnerships and Community Links Scientist in Schools: Dr Dale Quinn CSIRO Scientist: Mrs Megan Gillespie We have also gained the support of Monash Universitys Engineering Students to facilitate a program allowing our students to participate in the Solar Car Challenge CSIRO Mathematician in Schools Dr Jason Looker

13 At years 7–10 the core classroom teachers (teachers that have your child for more than one subject) are the first point of contact for parents and students alike At year 7, a peer support program whereby year 10 students provide assistance, guidance and support to year 7 students, is offered All year levels are supported by their respective year level teams - Junior and Senior school as well as the student Wellbeing team At years 11 & 12, the Senior school team along with the Managed Individual Pathways Co-ordinator, provide assistance and career advice to students Pastoral Care Structure Rowville Maths and Science Academy | Excellence from the beginning

14 Laptops to enhance learning experiences '21st Century education integrates technologies, engaging students in ways not previously possible, creating new learning and teaching possibilities, enhancing achievement and extending interactions with local and global communities.' MCEETYA The MSA program is built around students extensively using a Laptop to engage in digital learning experiences Currently we have purchased ACER Aspire (revised yearly) laptops and a clear process has been established to support students in using their laptop as part of their everyday learning experiences, this includes both parents and students acknowledging a clear user agreement. Rowville Maths and Science Academy | Excellence from the beginning

15 How to apply for entrance into MSA The application process includes: 1. The submission of an Expression of Interest * 2. The online registration for the Entry Exam - $75 (a late fee of $225) PAYMENT Online. No PAYMENT = No TEST Payment is by Credit Card Only No refund if you do not sit the test/do not get into the academy 3. If deemed necessary, students may also need to attend an interview * Expression of Interest form is available from the college website. Rowville Maths and Science Academy | Excellence from the beginning

16 Structure of the Entrance Exam The exam is externally set and marked by Edutest. Parents will receive feedback on test performance. The exam comprises of the following components: Aptitude Test: Verbal Reasoning (30 Minutes) Numerical Reasoning (30 Minutes) Achievement Test: Reading Comprehension (30 Minutes) Mathematics (30 Minutes) Writing Test: Creative (15 Minutes)Lunch Skills Group Activity (40 Minutes) ** The exam will be conducted on the 23 rd Western Campus Rowville Maths and Science Academy | Excellence from the beginning

17 Program Costs 1) What are the fees for MSA? $1200 per year - $600 non refundable deposit paid on acceptance into the academy. Further $600 due on 7 November Inclusions – College fees, printing, Laboratory Coat and Protective Glasses (issued once only), Combination Lock, School Magazine, software programs, Maths/Science excursions/incursions, Science workshops, materials for Maths /Science Exploration & Design Days Exclusions – Non Maths/Science excursions/incursions, Camps and Urban Experience, Instrumental Music Tuition, Laptop, Laptop bag and technical support, Text Books, Instrumental Music, Calculator and Electives. (A Sport Levy for Yrs 7 & 8 of $70.00 is also required) 2) What are the costs associated with the Laptop Laptop in $847 First payment by 7 November 2013 Technical Support Payment arrangements – Upfront prior to start of the year Rowville Maths and Science Academy | Excellence from the beginning

18 Frequently Asked Questions How are students assessed? At years 7 – 10 according to the Victorian Learning Standards (VCAA & ACARA ) Assessment practices mirror VCE Assessment at VCE in line with the VCAA requirements Can I change the preference for my childs secondary school next year? YES. You can let the primary school know once you have received the offer from RSC Will the student be able to transfer into mainstream? Our MSA program is delivered in a way that should a student wish to transfer into generalist /mainstream, they can easily do so without having to catch up on missed curriculum. Will my child have to travel between campuses? Only students at VCE level may have to travel between campuses and this will be dependent on their subject choice. Rowville Maths and Science Academy | Excellence from the beginning

19 Key Dates and Timelines EOI / Application Being accepted NOW WEDNESDAY 15 th May Online Registration closes (late registration Fee $225) THURSDAY 23rd May Entry Examination at the Western Campus Interviews By the end of term 2 End of Term 2 Letters of Offer posted Rowville Maths and Science Academy | Excellence from the beginning


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