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August 2016

These events are open to members, friends, and anyone interested in Home Education options. For people who are unable to attend, we will be hosting events in other locations in the future, and webinars (online live events).

You can register online. This will give us a rough idea of numbers, although we expect a number of people will simply turn up on the day.

Although children are welcome, we cannot provide staff to supervise them, so please arrange supervision and activities for your own children.

Hints and Tips!


The whole teaching process of the PACE involves the student taking on more and more of the responsibility for his or her own learning. This includes scoring their own work and holding themselves accountable for their own diligence and honesty.

PACE tests, however, require external accountability. There is no possibility of looking back; no possibility of changing the answers. All the checks and balances have been applied - ongoing assessment, Checkups, and finally the Self-Test have all been passed. Doing the PACE test should be a mere formality! This does not mean, however, that it should be treated lightly.

The student should not know what will be asked in the test, or else they could feel they only need to review some of the work. The security surrounding the PACE test should be as stringent as any external examination. Armed guards and locked vaults may not be necessary in a homeschool situation, but supervising parents must be confident that their children are as honest as they are diligent. When we talk about a secure location to store PACE tests, we mean as secure as they need to be. Locks may be involved, or maybe just a solemn injunction. We used a special folder kept in a private area.
  • Before issuing a Score Key: Remove the Test Key from the Score Key and file it in a secure place.
  • Before issuing a new PACE: Remove the PACE test from the PACE and file it in a secure place.
When a student has passed the Self Test to your satisfaction, spend some time reviewing any problem areas, and ask the odd random question, preferably putting the question in different words.
Ask them if they are ready for the test. If they want to review further, let them. If they say they are ready, take the PACE from them and do not let them review it further.
Give the test first thing the next morning. Not after the weekend; not the same day.

For more information, see our Parent Training videos: Issuing a New PACE and Assessment.

Academic Rigour on 12A Certificate

Year 12 Certificates require a minimum of 10 credits designated Academic Rigour. On the old requirements, this was set as 5 credits marked with an asterisk (*). This is the exact equivalent of 10 credits marked (AR) on the new requirements form. Remember, 10 credits on the new graduation pathway represent the same work load or number of subjects on the new graduation pathway as 5 of the old credits.

Note that the following subjects, which had previously been marked as "Academic Rigour" are no longer so marked on the new requirements.
  • Geometry (Note that SAT and Senior Maths Preparation are still given AR)
  • English Composition 1
  • History of Civilisation 1
  • History of Civilisation 2
Conversely, the following subject is now accepted as Academic Rigour:
  • New Testament Church History
Pathways set before July of this year are not affected, provided parents contact or have contacted us for registration of their child's pathway.

Senior Modern History

Senior Modern History is an Academic Year 12 subject with very high Academic Rigour.

Unlike most PACEs, the emphasis of Senior Modern History is on examining source material and interpreting it to build a picture of history. Tests often require the application of skills learned on stimulus materials not previously seen by the student.

This course is certainly valuable for students wishing to develop serious research skills, and not for students simply wishing to find a Social Studies credit.

The course is made up of mandatory and optional tasks. To receive the full credits, students only need to do the mandatory tasks. That is not to say that they should not do any options, of course.

Senior Modern History I (1-10) looks at Europe from the 19th century, the World Wars, the Cold War, and the modern European Union..
Senior Modern History II (11-20) looks at China up to and beyond the Revolution, Vietnam, and Australian History in depth.

Students can elect to do one or the other, or both.

Congratulations Benjamin Karanikas!

The Karanikas family had yet another winner in the Sutherland Shire Youth Music Awards for best music composition. 13 year old Benjamin won the 2016 award, following the footsteps of his older brothers Jonathan and Joel, who won this award in the previous two years.

Benjamin's composition was played before an audience of about 800, at the Sutherland Entertainment Centre.

You can read about the boys and their achievements in the Sutherland Shire's local paper, the Shire Life, on page 9.

We know that the Karanikas family will continue to use their many talents for God's glory!

Will you join us for an action-packed week at the A.C.E. South Pacific Student Convention at Phillip Island in December?

Students who turn 11 years old this year, can compete in up to 20 events overall.

Events are divided into categories such as Academics (including Writing, Collections, Chess, for example), Male and Female Athletics (including Track and Field as well as Ball sports), Exhibits (Manual Arts, Media Arts, Visual Arts), Music (Instrumental, Vocal), Platform (Plays, Individual items), and Scripture events.

Many of these events need to be prepared and practised before the event. You will be amazed and inspired when you see what other students around the South Pacific Region achieve.

Come and join in the fellowship. Please contact to ask ANY questions at all about this life changing week.

Registrations close on October 17th, but don’t leave it till the last minute. Ask questions and begin planning now.
Victorian Families…this is an especially great opportunity for you as it is in your State this time around!

At least one parent must attend the full week with their students. Children under 11 are welcome, and there are some activities available for them, but the responsibility of supervision rests with the parents.

Non-participating day visitors

Day visitors are welcome to come and have a look, for a small fee. Meals and accommodation are extra. Be inspired and come to the evening rally! Contact us for details or email events@scee.edu.au


Have you registered your child's graduation pathway and sent student photos?

If you're not sure what this means, see our previous newsletters or contact us.
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