Introduction to SIRS 2015
Lynn Galbraith (08) 9273 6702
Schools are invited to send staff who use the Student Information Records System (SIRS) to a familiarisation seminar at the Authority. The seminar is aimed at new and existing users who have not previously attended a seminar.
Ideally, two staff members should attend; the clerical staff member who may be responsible for maintaining the changes on the school database and the deputy or associate principal who is responsible for timetable changes for students.
The seminar will cover the system’s basic operations and functions regarding data transfer and generation of reports which enable the information that has been transferred to SIRS to be checked.
The seminar will last two hours. Participants will log into SIRS using their own school login and password.
There will be four sessions available prior to school commencing in 2015, which may be preferable for staff in remote and country WA.
Seminar dates and times (2015)
Thursday 22 January
Friday 23 January
Thursday 5 February
Monday 9 February
Wednesday 11 February
Tuesday 17 February
More sessions may be provided if these sessions are fully booked.
Registrations can be made online at
The seminars will be in the Authority’s Temby and Louden rooms at 303 Sevenoaks Street, Cannington. Further details will be supplied to participants once registered.
In 2014, two sessions were held in Bunbury for South West participants, and if we have enough interest for 2015, it may be possible to conduct sessions there again. Please contact Lynn.Galbraith@scsa.wa.edu.au if you would be interested in attending SIRS Familiarisation in Bunbury.
Office chairs available
Lorraine Hayres(08) 9273 6765
Need some ergonomic, swivel chairs for your school? The Authority has a large number of gas-lift ergonomic swivel chairs, all in good condition, that are surplus to our needs. These chairs are being offered to schools, free of charge, on a ‘first in, first served’ basis. They are suitable for both office and computer lab use.
Schools will be responsible for organising pick-up and transport, at their cost, within business hours. If you wish to take advantage of this offer, please contact Lorraine Hayres on 9273 6765 or email Lorraine.Hayres@scsa.wa.edu.au .
Pre-primary to Year 10 Alternative Curriculum Recognition Process
Juanita Healy (08) 9273 6375
The School Curriculum and Standards Authority's 2014 process for recognition of well-established alternative curriculum (and/or reporting on student achievement) as meeting the requirements of the Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline is closed.
Information about the 2015 process will be published within the Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline shortly.
If you have questions, please email email@example.com.
Progress with the Phase 2 and 3 P-10 Australian Curriculum for Western Australian teachers and students
Mandy Hudson (08) 9273 6755
Peter Williams (08) 9273 6733
In November, the Authority will present to the Board the Phases 2 and 3 draft P-10 syllabuses for The Arts, Health and Physical Education, Humanities and Social Sciences and Technologies.
The Authority is committed to working with teachers to achieve quality syllabuses. Over the past year consultation processes with teachers, professional associations and the systems/sector representatives have focused on determining the core content for each year, developing assessment tasks to support the judging standards resource materials and considering advice to support both formative and summative assessment in each of the learning areas across the phases of schooling.
Approximately 260 teachers have recently accepted an invitation to participate in the Judging Standards Project for Phases 2 and 3 of the Western Australian curriculum. Two-hundred and thirty-five tasks have been specifically developed by consultants from the Authority, some in conjunction with practicing classroom teachers.
Following a series of recent briefings, the teachers have begun to engage their students with the curriculum in readiness to complete a range of common assessment tasks. These tasks will be administered during Term 4 across the four learning areas. The work samples that will come from this activity will form the evidence base for developing grade A – E assessment pointers for Phases 2 and 3 learning areas/subjects.
Following detailed analysis of the work samples during 2015, selected tasks and annotated work samples will be published by the Authority, to exemplify standards of achievement from Pre-primary to Year 10, across the Phases 2 and 3 subjects.
Teachers participating in the project, and others who may have queries, can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Registration of secondary students and early registration of Year 10 students in 2015
Lynn Galbraith (08) 9273 6702
Schools and other education providers will be required to register their Year 10 and Year 11 students with the Authority by Thursday, 19 February 2015. All other students in Years 7, 8, 9, and 12 must be registered by Friday, 20 March 2015.
It is critical that Year 10 and Year 11 students are registered by 19 February to ensure their inclusion in the compulsory Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment in March (unless prequalified through Year 9 NAPLAN performance, or have already achieved the standard as Year 10s). Demonstrating the minimum standard in the three components of the assessment (reading, writing and numeracy) is a requirement for students to achieve the WACE from 2016.
Please note this is the first year for Year 7 students to be registered on SIRS. The process is the same as registering Years 8 – 12.
Details of how to register students will be noted in the updated Data Procedures Manual 2015 with instructions to assist schools using Reporting To Parents, MAZE, and Excel.
School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) student numbers
For information about SCSA student numbers, see the relevant item in this eCircular.
Requests for SCSA student numbers for 2015
Lynn Galbraith (08) 9273 6702
SCSA student numbers info line (08) 9273 6344
Schools may request School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) student numbers automatically through the Student Information Record System (SIRS) for Year 7 and Year 8 students starting in 2015. Details of how to request SCSA student numbers are in Section 5.1 of the WACE Procedures File 2014, which is available online at http://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/internet/Publications/WACE_Procedures_File. The WACE Procedures File will be replaced in 2015 by a Data Procedures Manual.
For students other than Year 7 or 8, schools are encouraged to do an initial search in SIRS for student numbers via Enrolment > Student Enrolment > Find Student Number. If no record is found, schools can email email@example.com and advise the following:
- your school code
- student first name
- student surname
- date of birth
- academic year
- if the student has arrived in WA from overseas or interstate.
This will enable a more comprehensive search to be undertaken before a new number is issued.
Schools who allocated Year 7 numbers to their students in 2014 are requested to utilise the same number for each student, and upload via their Student registration and demographic (SRGDG) files in 2015 when the students enter Year 8.