The Ponds High School

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Assessment and reporting

Our teachers use a variety of strategies to assess student learning.

Teachers observe students' work in class and look closely at tasks throughout the year. They also formally assess a student's achievement based on the outcomes described in the syllabus of the subject.

As a parent or carer, you’ll receive a written report twice a year. It gives you a clear picture of your child’s achievements – what they know and can do.

In Years 7 to 10, we use the common grade scale in reporting. In Year 11, we use the Preliminary grade scale.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses are assessed on achievement of competencies.


We provide detailed information to students about what we expect from them throughout the year and how their work will be assessed. Students have a number of formal assessments throughout their schooling.

Assessment Forms

The following assessment forms are for use by students in all grades and courses at The Ponds High School:

Assessment Task Reschedule Application Form - to request a change of date for an assessment task that clashes with another school activity in which the student is directly involved.

Assessment Task Extension Application Form - to request a change of date for an assessment task with genuine reason, such as illness or misadventure, prior to the due date.

Illness/Misadventure Application Form - to justify the inability to submit or complete an assessment task due to illness or misadventure (i.e exceptional circumstances) on the day of the assessment task.

Medical Certificate - the school's official medical certificate to be used to support an application for extension or illness/misadventure on the basis of illness or injury. This document provides the additional information to best support the application in comparison a generic medical certificate provided by most health professionals. Please note that:

  • Stage 4 students do NOT need to use this form
  • Stage 5 students are encouraged to use this form
  • Stage 6 students MUST use this form

Assessment Appeal Application Form - to appeal a decision when:

  • An application for rescheduling, extension or illness/misadventure has been rejected
  • A student has been found guilty of assessment malpractice
  • An assessment task result appears significantly inaccurate

Long-term Leave Application Form - once a Request for Leave Application has been approved by the Principal, a copy of that application should be attached to this form and taken to class teachers and head teachers to complete. Please note:

  • The Request for Leave Application is only available as a hard copy form to be collected from the Office during office hours
  • These forms must be completed at least 10 days prior to leave being taken
  • Leave should not be taken when there are assessments due, otherwise zero marks may be awarded
  • The Principal may not approve leave.