Merit Awards

Positive reinforcement and rewards are provided through the school’s Merit Award system.  Merit Awards are issued for efforts and achievements in all areas of endeavour. Students should aspire to obtain a Principal’s Commendation as a result of having received 10 Merit Awards or even a Principal’s Award for outstanding efforts and achievements in learning areas or for community involvement. Additional special awards recognise outstanding efforts by Year 10 students in all fields of study and community service. These are decided on by all staff and are highly prestigious. Individual subject awards for identified students in all years as well as Year 10 students’ awards are presented at the end of each semester at the Awards and Presentation ceremonies.

Student Portfolios

  • Each student in the school receives a portfolio with a title page, identifying the owner

  • Students will keep their school awards in the portfolio

  • When a student receives ten Merit Awards or equivalent, they should show their portfolio to their Roll Group teacher for recognition and to arrange for a Commendation Certificate

  • Each Roll Group teacher will store the portfolios in boxes in their room

  • Students will be encouraged to keep samples of their best work in the portfolio

  • Students will be presented with their portfolios, either at graduation or earlier if required

Positive reinforcement and rewards are provided through the school’s Merit Award system.  Merit Awards are issued for efforts and achievements in all areas of endeavour.

 

Commendation Certificates and Principal’s Commendations are arranged by Roll Group teachers once students attain ten, twenty, thirty etc. Merit Awards.Students should aspire to obtain a Principal’s Commendation as a result of having received 10 Merit Awards or even a Principal’s Award for outstanding efforts and achievements in learning areas or for community involvement. Additional special awards recognise outstanding efforts by Year 10 students in all fields of study and community service. These are decided on by all staff and are highly prestigious. Individual subject awards for identified students in all years as well as Year 10 students’ awards are presented at the end of each semester at the Awards and Presentation ceremonies.

Assessment and Reporting

Student Assessment and Reports

All aspects of students’ work are considered for assessment. Individual student reports are prepared twice a year, in June and December. These semester reports provide detailed information on each student’s achievement level of the learning outcomes for individual courses as well as outcomes related to participation and organisation.

At the commencement of each unit of study, students are given a unit outline, which has the details of unit outcomes, content, excursions, equipment needed and assessment requirements.

In addition, all students receive a Progress Report twice a year (at the end of terms one and three), which comments on achievement and attitude in all courses.  Parents are given an indication of any specific concerns and are invited to meet with particular teachers at parent-teacher meetings. 

 

As Australian Curriculum is rolled out in phases all relevant courses are aligned with and assessed in relation to Australian Curriculum standards. For students in all years, grades (A - E) are awarded for each subject studied. More detailed assessment procedures are given in the course outlines for each area.

 
Parent-Teacher Meetings
Review of Grades
NAPLAN
Review of Grades

Two scheduled Parent Teacher Nights are held each year, towards the end of terms one and three. Prior to this Parent Teacher meeting, students are issued with Progress Reports, giving an indication of achievement and effort in all courses studied. Parents of students who receive reports identifying the need for remedial action are strongly urged to attend the Parent Teacher meeting so that appropriate action may be discussed. Information on how to book appointments for the Parent Teacher meeting using the Parent/Teacher Online portal is included with the Progress Report and sent home with students. This gives parents the opportunity to book interviews with the teachers whom they wish, or have been requested, to consult.

Students may request a review of any grade if they or their parents believe that the grade awarded is incorrect. In the first instance, they should speak with the classroom teacher to resolve the problem. If this is unsuccessful they may discuss the problem with the Executive Teacher of the faculty. The Principal and/or Deputy Principal may set up a Review Panel to consider the appeal if these measures have been unsuccessful.

 

To support this process students are encourages to keep their work until the end of semester to ensure they are able to produce the assessment should an appeal process take place.

This program involves all students in Years 7 and 9 completing a range of assessment tasks to provide information on their level of literacy and numeracy compared to all students in the same year group across all educational jurisdictions in Australia. There is an expectation that all students participate and try their best in this national assessment program. The testing usually occurs early in term two at the school. Individual student NAPLAN reports are distributed to parents and schools receive detailed information about the progress of each cohort against National Benchmark standards in Literacy and Numeracy.

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