Kto10 Circulars – Edition 10, November 2023

Teaching and Learning

Notification of New Languages subject for 2024 – Western Australian Aboriginal Languages: Wajarri (Language Revival) Pre-primary to Year 10

Adriana Douglas
(08) 9273 6784

Nadia Civa (08) 9273 6355

School Leaders, Heads of Learning Area – Languages, and Teachers of Languages are advised that a new subject syllabus for Pre-primary to Year 10 Western Australian Aboriginal Languages: Wajarri (Language Revival) has been endorsed by the Board of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority). The scope and sequence of Wajarri has been authored by Ms Lois Spehn-Jackson. It was developed using the Western Australian Aboriginal Languages: Aboriginal Language (Language Revival) Scope and Sequence Template.

The scope and sequence is now available on the Western Australian Aboriginal Languages (Language Revival) subject page on the Authority website at https://k10outline.scsa.wa.edu.au/home/teaching/curriculum-browser/languages/western-australian-aboriginal-languages-wajarri-language-revival. The syllabus is for implementation from 2024. Supporting materials will progressively be made available.

The Western Australian Aboriginal Languages: Aboriginal Language (Language Revival) Scope and Sequence template is suitable for the Language Revival learner pathway and caters for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander languages that are being revived by their owners or custodians and are in various stages of revitalisation, renewal and reclamation.

The template, which provides a language sequence for each year level from Pre-primary to Year 10 for the language revival learner pathway in the Communicating and Understanding strands, is available on the subject page on the Western Australian Aboriginal Languages (Language Revival) Authority website at https://k10outline.scsa.wa.edu.au/home/teaching/curriculum-browser/languages/western-australian-aboriginal-languages-language-revival-scope-and-sequence-template.

Brightpath: Response to literature – repeat session

Paula Beck
(08) 9273 6331

Teachers are advised that the new Brightpath ‘Response to literature’ assessment will be introduced via an online meeting on Monday 27 November 2023 from 4–5 pm. This is a repeat of the session that was held on 7 November 2023 and is being provided for teachers who were unable to attend the last session.

The Brightpath team has developed, in conjunction with the English team at the School Curriculum and Standards Authority, an assessment of students’ response to literature, appropriate for years four (4) to ten (10).

During the online meeting Dr Sandy Heldsinger will explain the research undertaken to develop the assessment, describe the assessment, and show exemplars.  The session will include information about how the assessment may fit within a school teaching and assessment program and align with delivery of the English curriculum (including any proposed changes to the P–10 curriculum), as well as provide an opportunity to collect evidence of reading and writing.

Register for the meeting at https://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/events/brightpath-response-to-literature-assessment-repeat-session/_nocache.

For schools currently registered and using Brightpath, the assessment is now available within your existing access. For schools not currently using Brightpath, please contact Maureen.Lorimer@scsa.wa.edu.au or (08) 9273 6397 to register your school. Access to Brightpath for Western Australian schools is registered through the School Curriculum and Standards Authority licensing.

SIRS, Enrolments and General Information

WASN requests for 2024

Data Services
(08) 9273 6352

All current students in Western Australia should have been allocated a Western Australian Student Number (WASN) and be registered with the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority). This number remains with the student throughout their school life. Schools need to recognise the importance of the WASN to avoid duplication of records and maintain continuity of student data.

From 16 October 2023, schools will only be able to request WASNs through the Student Information Record System (SIRS) for Kindergarten students commencing in 2024.

If a student other than Kindergarten arrives at your school from another WA school, please check to see if they have a WASN first using the ‘Search for WASN’ process – explained in ‘How to Search for WA Student Numbers in SIRS’ in this circular.  For new students commencing in 2024 that do not have a WASN, schools should request a new number from January 2024.

Please note the Authority does not issue numbers for Pre-Kindergarten students.

If you cannot locate a number, then contact numbers@scsa.wa.edu.au and give details of the student’s legal surname, legal first name, date of birth and academic year. It is also useful to include your school code in any correspondence. If schools request a WASN for a student who already has a number, the correct WASN number will be sent back to schools.

All secondary schools with a Year 7 intake can send a complete list (spreadsheet) of Year 7 students entering their school, including the student’s legal surname, legal first name and date of birth and the Authority will look up the numbers on their behalf.

A reminder that details of how to register students can be found in the Data Procedures Manual 2023 found at Data Procedures Manual with links to assist schools using Integris/Reporting to Parents (RTP), Civica Maze, SEQTA, Synergetic, Administration of Schools (AoS) and Excel.

Search for a WASN in SIRS

Data Services
(08) 9273 6344

If a student arrives at your school from another school in Western Australia, schools can search in the Student Information Records System (SIRS) for that student’s Western Australian Student Number (WASN) using a family name, given name and date of birth.

If a student arrives from overseas or interstate, schools should search to see if the student has previously been registered as a Western Australia school.

  1. Hover over Enrolments in the menu bar.
  2. Click on Student EnrolmentStudent MaintenanceFind Student Number (see image below).

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The Find Student Number directory will appear (see image below). Enter the student’s Family NameGiven Name and Date of Birth.

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  1. Click Search.If the information you have entered exactly matches the information in SIRS, you will find a result even if the student is not at your school (see image below).

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If the details you have requested are different from the information in SIRS (e.g. date of birth is different, Jackie is spelt as Jacky), no information will be found. In this case, please email numbers@scsa.wa.edu.au and provide the student’s:

  • Family Name (Surname)
  • Given Name (First Name)
  • Date of Birth
  • Academic Year
  • Previous School (if known).

Please include your provider code in the email.

Troubleshooting: Search WASN

  1. What happens if the requested information does not show?
    Email numbers@scsa.wa.edu.au and provide student name, academic year and date of birth.
  2. What happens when a single year (e.g. 2022 to 2022) is entered in the date range?
    Only a result for that year will be returned.
  3. What does it mean when the Department of Education is shown as the student’s main provider?
    It means the student is likely to be under a Notice of Arrangements or may have been on the Whereabouts Unknown List (more likely with Years 7, 8, 9 and 10).

Registration of students in SIRS in 2024

Data Services
(08) 9273 6352

Schools and other education providers are reminded that in 2024, National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests will be conducted from Wednesday 13 March to Monday 25 March 2024.

To ensure there are no delays in processing student data for NAPLAN, Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA) or Brightpath, please note the following important dates for the upload of Student Registration and Demographic (SRGDG) files to the Student Information Records System (SIRS) in 2024.

Thursday, 8 February 2024

  • Initial 2024 registration and demographic information for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 (required for NAPLAN) (via SRGDG file)
  • Initial 2024 registration and demographic information for Years 11 and 12 students (required for OLNA) student lists and password generation (via SRGDG file)
  • Initial 2024 registration information for all teachers where students attend schools using Brightpath (via THREG file).

After Thursday, 8 February 2024, only new school enrolments for NAPLAN and OLNA can be registered in SIRS until Friday, 23 February 2024.

After Friday, 23 February 2024, will not be possible for school data to be transferred to the NAPLAN platform and schools will need to enter students into the NAPLAN portal manually.  Students participating in OLNA may have a delay in receiving their user login and password details.

Registration and demographic information for all remaining Kindergarten to Year 10 students other than those listed above is due to be uploaded by Thursday, 28 March 2024.

The SRGDG should be updated and uploaded regularly throughout the year.  At a minimum, it is recommended that schools upload their student registration file at the beginning of each term. This will ensure any new students to the school are recorded in SIRS as well as update the status of any students who have left the school.

Details of how to register students via the SRGDG file may be found in section 4 of the Data Procedures Manual (Data Procedures Manual).

For all schools that have students participating in the Brightpath Program, please refer to section 4 of the Primary Student Registration Procedures Manual (Primary Student Registration Procedures Manual) for assistance with uploading the Teacher Registration File (THREG).

If you require Western Australian student numbers (WASN), please send an email to numbers@scsa.wa.ed.au.

Schools are requested to include their school code in any correspondence.

2024 Term Calendar availability

Perpetua Joseph (08) 9273 6771

The 2024 Term Calendar is available on the School Curriculum and Standards Authority website at three locations:

The Term Calendar is based on the Activities Schedule 2024.

The Outlook calendar will be available to download on a term-by-term basis. Any updates to the Activities Schedule 2024 will be noted in the Circular and replicated in new versions of the calendar.

Recording of enrolment and achievement of VET units of competency (delivered through VET credit transfer) or VET qualifications – Year 9 students, 2024

Sarah King
(08) 9273 6391

Permission must be obtained from the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) for Year 9 students to enrol and have achievements in VET units of competency (achieved through VET credit transfer)/VET qualifications contribute towards the WACE.

Schools should apply only if the studies for these students are part of a longer-term program where:

  • students are in remote community schools where learning programs relate directly to the local industry, or
  • students are accessing VET as part of an individual education program (IEP), and
  • a valid opportunity has been presented which supports an ongoing and coherent training pathway.

An application form for permission for the recording of enrolment and achievement of VET units of competency (delivered through VET credit transfer)/VET qualifications – Year 9 students, 2024 is available on the Authority website via the following link: https://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/forms/forms under Achievements.

The due date for receipt by the Authority of the completed application form is Thursday 7 December 2023.