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Stage 6 Dance – Further advice for teachers and students

Stage 6 Dance HSC Assessments and Submitted Works - advice for teachers

Information to assist teachers advise and supervise students with HSC submitted works is available on the BOSTES website at the following link:

http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/hsc_assessment_policies/hsc-assessments-works-advice-teachers.html

  • Stage 6 Dance: Course Prescriptions - prescribed text editions

    When choosing prescribed texts for the Stage 6 Dance Course Prescriptions, BOSTES has considered availability and cost to schools. Teachers should use the particular edition of the Dance indicated in the Dance Course Prescriptions, Higher School Certificate, [insert relevant date period Course Prescriptions are active].

    Information regarding Stage 6 Dance Course Prescriptions is available at the following link on BOSTES website:

    http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_hsc/dance-course-precriptions-2015-17.html

  • Stage 6 Dance – certification of student work

    Students, teachers and school principals are required to certify that all submitted works are the student’s own work. Certification of performances, compositions and choreographed works is required in line with BOSTES procedures and requirements.

    Information regarding the certification of student work is available on the BOSTES website at the following links:

    http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_hsc/pdf_doc/dance-assessment-reporting.pdf

    Please refer to page 9.

    http://studentsonline.bos.nsw.edu.au/documents/hsc-rules-and-procedures-2015.pdf

    Please refer to pages 15–16.

    http://ace.bos.nsw.edu.au/ace-9020

    http://studentsonline.bos.nsw.edu.au/go/exams/practical_and_performance_exams/practical_exam_certification/

  • Stage 6 Dance - change of examination venue

    Schools must apply to BOSTES for a change to an examination venue that is not the student’s home school.

    To request variation to the venue the principal must write to: The Dance Co-ordinator, Examinations Operations, email: examsupport@bostes.nsw.edu.au. The email should outline the reasons why the school/student is seeking approval from BOSTES for a change to the examination venue. It must be signed by the principal.

  • Stage 6 Dance - use of external tutors

    Information regarding the provision of the Stage 6 Dance Preliminary Course and HSC Course with external tutors is available on the BOSTES website at the following links:

    http://ace.bos.nsw.edu.au/ace-8060  

    http://ace.bos.nsw.edu.au/ace-8061

    http://ace.bos.nsw.edu.au/ace-9005


  • Core and Major Study Performance

  • Core Performance and Major Study Performance – requirements

    Information regarding the requirements for Dance Core Performance and Major Study Performance is available on the BOSTES website at the following link:

    http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_hsc/pdf_doc/dance-assessment-reporting.pdf

    Please refer to pages 810.

  • Core Performance and Major Study Performance - examination requirements and format

    Information regarding the examination requirements for Dance Core Performance and Major Study Performance is available on the BOSTES website at the following link:

    http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_hsc/pdf_doc/dance-assessment-reporting.pdf

    Please refer to pages 910 and pages 12–13.

    Teachers are required to keep a written record of each student’s progress throughout the development of the Dance project. This should not be submitted to BOSTES with the project, but must be kept at the school and presented to the markers on request.

    The format of the performance examination is:

    • the student presents their music to the markers for a brief sound check.
    • student presents their performance.
    • cool down.
    • student is interviewed by the markers.

    Questions asked in the Interview:

    • are based on the areas of study in the syllabus related to the performance presented for examination. Teachers and students should refer to the Marking Criteria for Core Performance and Major Study Performance for further information.
    • may be based on the execution of technique, safe dance practice and performance quality.
    • are not the same questions for each student. The questions asked of each student will relate to the student’s individual performance.
    • students may physically demonstrate wherever it may assist their explanation.

    While the interview is not marked as a separate examination item, the rationale assists markers to assess the student’s overall knowledge and understanding of performance that will then inform the marking of the performance examination.

  • Core Performance and Major Study Performance – student injury

    Formal applications to BOSTES for Illness/Misadventure in relation to the Core Performance and Major Study Performance cannot be made until the HSC performance date. For internal school assessment teachers should follow individual school policy and guidelines.

    Provisions for long-term illness or injury affecting the student’s ability to meet the course requirements for performance in HSC Dance should be verified with the Manager, Student Support Services, BOSTES.

    Dance students who are injured during the Preliminary Course where the injury is considered long term should not consider Dance as an HSC course if they are unable to meet the course requirements for performance.


  • Core Composition and Major Study Composition

  • Core Composition and Major Study Composition - the rationale

    Information regarding the rationale for Core Composition and Major Study Composition can be found at the following link on the BOSTES website:

    http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_hsc/pdf_doc/dance-assessment-reporting.pdf

    Please refer to page 11 and pages 1314.

    The rationale may contain:

    • information about the concept/intent of the composition.
    • the process the student has used to develop the composition.

    The process journal may be helpful in the development of the rationale.

    Students should not include personal details such as names of schools, teachers, students, locations or anything that will identify them or their school.

    The rationale has a word limit of 300 words which is approximately one typed A4 page. Students must remain within the word limit. The rationale should not contain illustrations.

    Sample rationales are available at the following link on the BOSTES website:

    http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_hsc/dance-sample-rationale.html

    While the rationale is not marked as a separate examination item, the rationale assists markers to understand the intent and process of the composition that will then inform the marking of the composition examination.

    Markers use the rationale as a basis for discussion with candidates.

    Students may bring a copy of their rationale for reference during their elaboration of the process of composition to the markers.

    Students have the opportunity during the elaboration of the compositional process with the markers to verbally and physically demonstrate their applied knowledge, skills and understanding.

  • Core Composition and Major Study Composition - examination requirements and format

    Information regarding the examination requirements for Core Composition and Major Study Composition is available on the BOSTES website at the following link:

    http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_hsc/pdf_doc/dance-assessment-reporting.pdf

    Please refer to page 11 and pages 1314.

    The format of the composition examination is:

    • prior to the performance the rationale explaining the concept, intent and process of development of the Core Composition/Composition Work for Major Study Composition is presented to the markers.
    • markers may ask students to elaborate, if they wish, on aspects of the areas of study in the syllabus that will be demonstrated in their composition. Teachers and students should refer to the Marking Criteria for Core Composition and Major Study Composition for further information.
    • the student’s dancer (Core Composition) or dancers (Major Study Composition) perform the composition.

    The time limit for the elaboration is:

    • Core Composition up to 6 minutes.
    • Major Study Composition up to 9 minutes.
  • Core Composition and Major Study Composition - working with other dancers

    The Core Composition requires the student to choreograph a solo Dance of 35 minutes duration to be performed by another student from the school who is not the choreographer.

    The Major Study Composition requires the candidate to choreograph a Dance work of 4­6 minutes duration to be performed by students from the school. The student choreographer has the option to perform in the work.

    To request variations to these course requirements in relation to choreography the principal must write to: The Dance Co-ordinator, Examinations Operations, email: examsupport@bostes.nsw.edu.au. The email should outline the reasons why the school/student is seeking approval from BOSTES for a change to course requirements. It must be signed by the principal.

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