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I have had the opportunity this week, and will again next week, to speak to Parents and students regarding the education program at St Patrick’s. In some instances, these presentations will be specific to the actual year level. However, throughout each session there is a common reflection on curriculum life at St Patrick’s. I’d like to share some of these with you.

St Patrick’s is a Year 5 to 12 College and our organisational structures have been developed to reflect this.

Whilst curriculum is similar to most schools in Queensland, our teaching methodologies are geared to “Boys Education”. Our class work looks to be activity based and engaging, although we pay a high regard to and emphasis on Literacy and Numeracy skills.

Homework will be set and expected to be completed as requested by the teachers. Heads of Curriculum have a project in 2017 to review our homework policy to ensure there will be a consistency of homework set within each Year Level. It is important that good homework and study patterns are developed as early as possible. Students are expected to do homework and revision/study.

At present, Heads of Curriculum are entering assessment due dates into our TASS system. Once completed, students will be able to access Student Café and view a personal assessment calendar. Once completed we would like students to record all assignment dates into their College diaries.

Please check diaries for two key policies which are the Academic Integrity Policy and the Assignment and Non-Written Assessment Policy.

I also made some suggestions regarding the best way to create a home environment that encourages learning. Some of these suggestions were:

  • Express high (but not unrealistic) expectations for your children’s achievement and future careers.
  • Become involved in your children’s education at school and in the community.
  • Make it a regular event to look thoroughly through the student diary, homework and study notes.
  • Discuss with your son how much time is reasonable to spend on homework each night.
  • Work in fixed “distraction-free” blocks of time.
  • Encourage your son to plan out his long term work – break it down into pieces and allocate work over a period of time.
  • If your son is feeling overwhelmed, sit down together and help them write out a list of absolutely everything they need to get done. Help them further by prioritizing the tasks
  • Encourage student to do study/revision each night (not on all subjects) and increase the amount of study and revision four – six weeks leading into exams.

ACER Testing

Next week, students from Years 5-10 will complete a series of ACER tests. Students will do 3 tests, 1 per day on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The tests are 1 lesson in duration. They are completed online, on the students’ laptops. I will email information regarding the tests to all students, which will include a link to the site, with user name and password information.

Mr Christopher Campbell - Dean of Teaching and Learning