The following information is for parents of current year 10 students to help them in making the choices for selecting subjects in year 11 2017. The information is Broken up here and you can view each part of the presentation or the entire presentation is available at the bottom this page.

  • Student Wellbeing: Ms. Franca Coutts
  • Upper School Pathways: Mr. Cosi Schirripa
  • Vocational Education & Training (VET): Mrs Nerida Williams
  • Supporting Learning: Ms. Roseanne Madden
  • Ministry: Mr. Ryan Wiles
  • Community: Mrs Rose McAuliffe

Student Wellbeing

Mrs Franca Coutts – Servite College Vice Principal


Do The Grit Test

Angela Duckworth and the Research on ‘Grit’

Duckworth is an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and her research focuses on a  personality trait she calls “grit.” She defines grit as “sticking with things over the very long term until you master them.” She writes that “the gritty individual approaches achievement as a marathon; his or her advantage is stamina.

Duckworth’s research suggests that when it comes to high achievement, grit may be as essential as intelligence. That’s a significant finding because for a long time, intelligence was considered the key to success.

Can Grit be Taught?

  1. Read Books About Grit
  2. Talk About Grit
  3. Share Examples
  4. Help Students Develop a Growth Mindset
  5. Reframe Problems
  6. Find a Framework
  7. Live Grittily
  8. Foster Safe Circumstances That Encourage Grit
  9. Help Students Develop Intentional Habits
  10. Acknowledge the Sacrifice Grit Requires
  11. Discuss When You Need Grit and When You Need to Quit



Positive Psychology

  • Positive Education
  • Pastoral Care Programme


Parts from Mrs Coutts’ Presentation

The year 12’s talking about their experiences in Year 11

The Year 10 slideshow “I will Survive” mentioned by Mrs Coutts.

Upper School Pathways

Mr. Cosi Schirripa – Head of Career Development


In order to achieve a WACE students must..

1.Complete a Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (to demonstrate a minimum standard based on skills regarded as essential for individuals to meet the demands of everyday life and work in a knowledge-based economy). i.e. Pass OLNA (Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment) or band 8 in Year 9 NAPLAN.

2. Achieve an ATAR OR complete Certificate II Qualification or higher.

Mr Schirripa’s Presentation.

3. Complete two Year 11 English units and a pair of Year 12 English units

4. Complete at least one pair of units from a Year 12 List A course and one pair of units  from a Year 12 List B course.
List A: Arts/Language/Humanities
List B : Mathematics/Science/Technologies

5. Complete at least 20 units (or equivalents) including a minimum of 10 Year 12 units.

6. Of these 20 Units a student must achieve a minimum of 14, C grades (or equivalents) in Year 11 and Year 12 units including at least 6, C grades in Year 12 units. (note- averaging allowed within a course but not between courses)

Students can offset these unit requirements with Endorsed Programmes or VET Qualifications.

Year 11 –  Cert I, Cert II & Cert III and above are all worth 2 Unit Equivalence

Year 12 – Cert I = 0, Cert II & Cert III and above are all worth 2 Unit Equivalence

Total Year 11 & 12
Cert I can count for a maximum of 2 Units total for graduation
Cert II can count for a maximum of  4 Units total for graduation
Cert III & above can count for a maximum of  6 Units total for graduation

Students an have a max of 8 unit equivalents for VET Qualifications or 4 for Endorsed Programmes.

Important Sources of Information

School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA)
27 Walters Drive, Osborne Park
Western Australia 6017
Phone: 9273 6300  Website:

Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC)
Phone:  9347 8000   Website:

University Pathway


  • Achieve WACE
  • Complete WACE Exams
  • Gain an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank)
  • Competence in English, Scaled Score 50 or better in Yr12 ATAR English or Literature
  • Complete Prerequisite courses in Yr12


  • An Average Scaled Subject Mark of 78, gained an approximate ATAR of 97
  • An Average Scaled Subject Mark of 68, gained an approximate ATAR of 90
  • An Average Scaled Subject Mark of 61, gained an approximate ATAR of 80
  • An Average Scaled Subject Mark of 58.5, gained an approximate ATAR of 77
  •  An Average Scaled Subject Mark of 54, gained an approximate ATAR of 70
  •  An Average Scaled Subject Mark of 50, gained an approximate ATAR of 60

Minimum Ranks

Below shows the minimum ATAR (“Indicative Rank”) needed to be considered for a place at that University. (Not the “Cut – Off” Rank for a Course)

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example course ATAR

Vocational Education & Training

Mrs Nerida Williams – Head of Vocational Education & Training

Williams, Nerida

GENERAL PATHWAY – Including a VET Certificate

  • Direct entry to employment after Year 12
  • Further study – State Training Providers (TAFEWA)
  • Further study – Registered Training Organisations
  • Further training (Apprenticeships / Traineeships)
  • Indirect entry to some Universities (e.g. ECU)


Sabrina Constantine (2015)

  • SCSA Certificate of Commendation (20 x A grades)

Natalie Moschilla (2015)

  • World Skills Regional Competition – Bronze Medal

Christopher Gastev (2013 – 2014)

  • World Skills Regional Competition – Gold Medal
  • HGT – School Based Trainee of the Year
  • SCSA Certificate of Distinction: Cert II Hospitality

VET Certificates

Competency Based Training – learning based on demonstrating achievement by performing specified tasks

  • 40% of students at Servite engaged in VET
  • Nationally Recognised Qualification

In-house Delivery (197 Students in 2016)

  • Monitor / track their progress
  • Expected to ‘finish what they start’
  • Impact on WACE Graduation

External Delivery (40 students in 2016)

External Delivery (40 students in 2016)

  • Liase with Registered Training Providers
  • Volume of Learning – nominal hours
  • Cannot skip classes for no good reason
  • On occasion school events will clash with training schedules e.g. Carnivals and Retreat.

All VET Certificates are charged a fee of $180.

Very cost effective when you consider the total cost of a qualification, post school.



Supporting your Child in Year 11 & 12

Ms. Roseanne Madden – Deputy Principal (Teaching and Learning)


A ‘C’ in Year 11 = ? in Year 12

Research shows: 

  • 36% of cases students will achieve a lower grade (D or E).
  • Less than half the time (48%) the same grade will be achieved.
  • In only 13% of cases improve to a “B”.
  • 3% of cases (1 chance in 33) will elevate to an “A”.
  • In over 84% of cases for nearly all WACE subjects an A or B in Yr 12 studies will only be obtained by students who achieved an A or B in year 11.
  • Will  a ‘C’  in year 11 get  me  into  a  university course at the end of Year12?

How can you support your son/daughter?

  • Ultimately, your son/daughter’s success is up to him/her
  • Have realistic expectations
  • Encourage your son/daughter to ask questions and seek support when needed – via email or in person during breaks.
  • Check SEQTA for course outlines, assessment tasks, grades and feedback so you can discuss at home
  • Have conversations about learning – ask your son/daughter to teach you the concepts they are learning in class.
  • Contact teachers with any concerns
  • Help your son/daughter set a goal and then make it visual in your home


  • Good night sleep- 8.25-9.25 hours
  • Healthy diet –including  breakfast and brain food
  • Study plan 45-50 minutes segment with 15 breaks
  • Organising a study rhythm
    • Well lit-not fluorescent lighting
    • Comfortable with appropriate furniture
    • Away from distractions


Mr Ryan Wiles – Directory of Ministry



In completing my Christian Service Learning project it helped me gain a greater perspective on life,  it moved me outside my comfort zone and it truly helped me to see what I really have and appreciate these little things. I have been so privileged and at times, taken my good fortune for granted… 

…In completing my project I have been forced to grow as a person. Through my project I was faced with different problems and dealt with different people who I had to face. Sometimes I found it challenging, other times very enjoyable… 

…Overall it made me thankful for all that I have and to become more compassionate to those who have less.”


Students need to complete one Endorsed Unit in Community Service, but can complete up to four.

Successful completion of one Community Service program contributes the equivalent of one (1) unit towards the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) unit completion requirement. A maximum of four Community Service endorsed programs completed over Years 10, 11 and 12 can contribute towards the WACE.

All endorsed programs successfully completed and reported to the Authority are recorded on the student’s Western Australian Statement of Student Achievement

Student Requirements


Complete at least 50 hours of community service 

  • logged by the student
  • validated by an unrelated adult supervisor 
  • verified by the school

csl sheet

  • Undertake up to 5 hours of induction and reflection 
  • OH & S
  • Catholic Social Teaching
  • Portfolio creation
  • Submit to the school for assessment a portfolio of evidence

Getting The Right Information


Year 11 – Pastoral Care

Mrs Rose McAuliffe – Assistant Deputy Principal, Saint Mary Priory and Year 11 Community


Whole Video of Presentation