Homework and Planners
There are few formal expectations of students at this level. Home activities largely revolve around sharing with their parents the learning experiences of the day, reading with their parents or practising spelling or maths activities.
At this level homework tasks may be set on a more regular basis. Any homework set will be written up in the student’s planner. Although we encourage enthusiasm and interest we also expect students and parents to balance family, social and sporting interests with the demands of school work.The following chart gives an indication of the maximum amount of time a child may be required to spend on homework on any given night/week under normal circumstances:
Homework is not generally set on Friday nights.
Homework in the Middle School serves a number of purposes:
- It assists in the consolidation of learning undertaken during lessons
- It encourages the development of time planning skills
- It encourages the development of independent learning
- It gives parents the opportunity to be involved in their child’s learning
- It gradually prepares students for senior secondary education where homework is essential for effective learning and academic achievement.
In general terms the guidelines below are followed in the setting of homework:
- Yr 6/7: Maximum of 35 minutes homework from Monday to Thursday nights.
- Yr 8: Maximum of 60 minutes of homework on any school night.
- Yr 9: Maximum of 90 minutes of homework on any school night.
Students are responsible for entering all homework tasks in their diaries. Years 6/7/8 have a weekly homework schedule with specific subjects set on particular nights. Year 9 students have homework set by subject teachers of the day.
The following principles and expectations apply to homework in the Senior School
- Homework is simply an extension of schoolwork in that it is work completed at home rather than at school.
- Homework is essential for effective learning and academic achievement.
- Senior School teaching programs are developed on the understanding that significant and appropriate amounts of work will be completed out of school time.
- Homework cannot compensate for inadequate effort in class.
- It is always seen as an addition to appropriate levels of productivity at school.
- Students in Years 11 and 12 may have study time allocated during the school day. This will not negate the need for regular work at home.
As a general rule, students in Year 10 can expect to have up to 90 minutes homework each school night, and Year 11 students up to 120 minutes each school night. Homework is generally set by the teacher of each subject undertaken on any day.
Year 12 students are expected to manage their time at school and at home to ensure that all assignments and set work are completed by the due date, and that an appropriate amount of revision is undertaken. Year 12 students should expect to do at least 120 minutes work at home each school night.
Information about recording Homework and about the Deadlines and Extensions Policy is included in the Senior School Planner which is issued to each Senior School student.
Each student from Years 6-9 will be provided with a school planner to assist with organisation of school work and homework. It is expected that all students will keep their planners as a major communication link between school and home. Students need to have their planners with them in all lessons.
Details of planner use are carefully explained by teachers including entering all homework set, parental checks and neat, well organised presentation.
Each Senior School student will be issued with a Planner that has been specifically designed to suit the needs of our students. It will contain details of matters that students may need to refer to from time to time. These include:
- School expectations of students
- School policies and procedures
- Relevant curriculum guidelines
- Timetable and calendar proformas
The Planner is also used as the main form of communication, at a personal level, between the school and parents. Students are expected to have their Planner with them at all times, it is to be accessible to all teachers, and should be signed by parents of Yr. 10 and 11 students at the end of each week. Year 12 students will be expected to accept responsibility for their Planner without the need for regular checks.
The major function of the Planner, however, is to assist students with the organisation of their schoolwork and homework. This is best done by following these procedures:
- As soon as Homework is set, enter the details in the Planner. In the unlikely event of no Homework being set, students should undertake some revision which should be an on-going aspect of Senior School studies.
- Deadlines for all assignments should be clearly entered and should include intermediate deadlines for extended assignments.
- Results and feedback for any work marked should also be recorded.
- The Planner should be used to help organise what work should be done each week.
Students must also recognise that it is a School Planner. It is not appropriate for it to be used as a social planner nor should it be allowed to be used for graffiti or other inappropriate decorations. The Planner should at all times reflect a positive, organised and productive attitude to school work.
Schools have a duty of care to staff and students at all times. This duty of care includes protection against hot weather, inside and outside classrooms.
- To ensure the wellbeing of students and staff during times of hot weather by consistently implementing a planned management strategy that will cater for all circumstances.
Currently these practices occur as a matter of good sense by our teachers.
- All teachers encourage children to bring water into the classroom for hydration throughout the day – all year round. In summer they encourage children to freeze the water bottle overnight.
- Junior School students must wear Cancer Council approved school hats (slouch, bucket or legionnaires) in Terms 1 and 4 when outside.
- Junior School excursions have a provision that states the excursion won’t go ahead if the temperature is over a certain temperature.
- These are decided on each specific excursion according to age of children, how much walking is involved, destination, time of day of excursion.
- Junior School Sports Day is not held if the forecast on the ABC news the evening before is over 32˚ C.
- Junior School assemblies and school celebrations are not held in the MP hall or gym if the forecast temperature is 36˚C or over on the Bureau of Meteorology website.
- Children are kept indoors during lunch time if the temperature is 36˚C or above.
Middle School/Senior School
- All teachers encourage students to bring water bottles and not soft drink into class.
- Hats are encouraged outside classrooms
- Hats are required for PE.
- Excursion information sheets recommend hats outdoors
- Students are encouraged and requested to wear hats and sunscreen on Sports Day.
- Students are encouraged to stay under shade during lunch time if the temperature is 36˚.
Extreme Hot Weather
- In the case of prolonged spells the Principal will consult with the Chair of the Governing Council and send a letter to the parents stating that children can be collected from the Junior School during the afternoon if parents are able to do so. Programmed lessons will run until the end of the school day if parents do not pick them up and teachers will seek the coolest temporary locations. Parents need to follow normal early collection processes and check their students out through the Student Services Office.
- In the Secondary School from years 7 – 10, students can be sent home with parent approval in the diary if the temperature is 37 ˚C or above as according to Weather Bureau website and the Advertiser that day. Dismissal time will be 2:30pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Dismissal time will be 2.15 on Tuesdays.
- If these students have brothers or sisters in Junior School an adult must still pick up their child.
- Parents may pick up their children anytime if they believe the child is suffering from the heat.
If the temperature is predicted to reach 40C or above, the Principal will consult with the Governing Council Chair and send a letter home to ask permission for students (7-12) to go home from lunch time. Junior School students can be picked up from lunch time too. Any student who cannot be picked up or sent home will remain at school in the coolest rooms until the end of the day.
Parents are requested to check temperatures on the Bureau website. Requests and information regarding early departure needs to be in diaries to the Class/Home Group teachers rather than phone calls and emails to ensure accurate and timely communication.