Saturday School of Community Languages

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The Saturday School of Community Languages' 2021 Student Handbook (PDF 1.1MB) contains information about the school, as well as answer many frequently asked questions.


What do I need to know before I start?

Lesson time, length and location

Lessons start at 8:30am and students should aim to arrive 15 minutes early. Lessons for Years 7-10 finish at 10:30am. For senior students, there will be a short recess break from 10:30am – 10:45am. Canteen facilities are not available at our Centres so students should bring a drink and a snack if they wish. Lessons for senior students continue after the break until 11:45am. Year 12 Extension classes continue from 11:45am – 1pm.

See Our centres for each centre's location. All centres are easily accessible via public transport, however for most centres there is limited parking available on site.

What to bring to class

You will need to bring something to write on and something to write with – for example, a book and a pencil case. You may choose to bring a dictionary with you, and all students in Years 11 and 12 are encouraged to do so. It is also recommended that you bring a school diary to keep a record of homework and assessment due dates.

Dress code

There is no school uniform at the SSCL however students are expected to wear appropriate clothing, including enclosed shoes.

What happens when I am absent, or late, or need to leave early?


If you are unable to attend a lesson, make sure to bring a note signed by your parent/caregiver on the day you return. Alternatively, your parent/caregiver can email the centre with an explanation. Please refer to our website or your centre information brochure for the email address.

If you are travelling overseas and will miss lessons, you must provide a copy of your itinerary or other travel documentation to the centre. Extended absences must be communicated to the centre in writing.

Late arrivals

If you arrive late, please report directly to the Centre office. The staff there will record your arrival and provide you with a late slip to give to your teacher. Late arrivals and early departures are included on your report and contribute to your overall attendance percentage.

Early departures

If you need to leave early on a Saturday, please bring a note signed by your parent/caregiver to the centre office before classes start. The staff will record it on the system and provide you with an early leaver slip to hand to your teacher. Where possible, please avoid scheduling any appointments on Saturdays.

What happens if I miss an assessment task?

You will receive a notification 2 weeks prior to all assessment tasks. Students who know in advance they will be absent for a task must inform the Centre Supervisor in person or via the Centre email as soon as they are aware of the impending absence. If an emergency arises on the day and you are unable to attend, please call your Centre to inform them of your absence as soon as possible.

On the first Saturday of your return, you must see the Centre Supervisor to submit a Request for Consideration form. In all cases, appropriate supporting evidence must be provided, such as a police report or medical certificate dated on or before the date of the task.

If your Request for Consideration is accepted by the Centre Supervisor they will arrange for you to attempt the task at a different time. If it is not accepted, or if no form is submitted, a mark of zero will be given and an N Award will be issued.

What do I need to do if my circumstances change?

If your personal circumstances change at any time please make sure you inform the Centre Executive staff.

Please advise the SSCL immediately of any changes to:

  • emergency contact details, phone number, email, home address
  • weekday school
  • medical information
  • learning support requirements
  • any situation that may impact on your studies at SSCL

Parents/caregivers are required to formally advise the SSCL if a student wishes to withdraw from their studies.

How can I get the most out of my language studies?

Success in language studies requires commitment and dedication from students. In order to get the most out of your language studies at the SSCL, we recommend:

• Developing good organisation and study habits

Students should engage in independent learning and continue to consolidate their knowledge and skills in between lessons. This could involve reading books in the target language, or conversing with family and friends. It’s a good idea to set some time aside each week to revisit what you learned on the previous Saturday.

• Regularly completing homework

Homework is an essential part of language learning. We recommend that students in Years 7-10 spend 1 ½ hours to 2 ½ hours completing homework each week. Students in Years 11-12 are expected to spend a minimum of 3 to 4 hours per week on homework and revision.

• Understanding the different types of assessment

Students at the SSCL will be assessed in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. It’s important to know how to prepare for assessments in each of these areas.