Curriculum - Senior School


St Virgil's College offers a broad curriculum with specialist facilities in Science, Technology, Drama, Food Studies, Music and Art.

Much emphasis is placed on the key areas of literacy and numeracy as well as Science, Languages, Social Sciences and Physical Education.

Religious Education is central to the studies undertaken. The College exists to nurture the gift of faith in all students with particular emphasis on passing on a solid understanding of the teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church.

Students are well prepared for their senior secondary studies and there is close liaison with Guilford Young College to ensure a smooth transition.

Pathways to senior secondary studies are outlined at The Office of Tasmanian Assessment, Standards & Certification (TASC) site


Literacy

Literacy is an integral part of every student's learning across the curriculum. As a school we have developed the subject of Literacy to cater for a differentiated population of students. Boys are provided with a safe and supportive learning environment; while differentiated tasks are implemented based on a developmental continuum, allowing all students to access the curriculum at their level.

Literacy across all grade levels aims to:

  • Equip all students with a repertoire of communication skills which will allow them to be proficient communicators for the workforce.
  • Equip all students with a repertoire of communication skills which will allow them to engage effectively with others on a range of levels, recognising that literacy is a life skill.
  • Equip students with the skills to communicate more effectively across a wide range of texts including ICT.

St Virgil’s recognises the causal link between literacy levels and overall academic achievement. Our goal is for every boy to move along the developmental continuum, allowing them to reach a level that enables them to be confident and competent communicators.

Resource Centre

The Resource Centre is an integral part of the College's approach to literacy and contemporary information management. It provides a range of resources for boys which are continually updated to meet the rapidly evolving learning and teaching needs of students and staff.


Religious Education

As a school established by the Christian Brothers, St Virgil’s College has the person and charism of Edmund Rice at the centre of our College story. St Virgil’s College has a compassionate emphasis on social justice: we strive to value and empower those who are marginalised.

Students are given the opportunity to take part in several charitable initiatives, both those working within the local community and those with an International focus. Students may join the St Vincent de Paul group, the Amnesty group or the Reconciliation group.

There is also the opportunity for students to contribute to many other charities, such as Caritas, throughout the school year, through fundraising activities, for example the SRC Soup Day.

Participation in Edmund Rice Camps is also encouraged within the College.


English

English is an integral part of the learning environment at St Virgil's College and teachers are committed to instilling a passion for English in our students that is relevant to their lives. Talented, passionate and committed staff work collaboratively to create innovative units to inspire and engage students, incorporating the curriculum general capabilities. Our primary focus is to improve the standard of each student's basic literacy to ensure that they are independent learners who are able to communicate effectively; both orally and in writing. We recognise that the data and student feedback should inform our teaching practice to best support each student and their individual learning journey.

Middle Years

The drive for the St Virgil's College Middle School teaching philosophy is centred on relationships, liberated education and enriching life experiences.

This teaching philosophy evokes deep learning through critical thinking, collaboration and relevant, real world examples. Embracing an integrated approach, we have been empowered  to rethink the way we teach and reshape our course content, whilst maintaining high expectations. Our boy friendly teaching environment is nestled within the framework of the Australian Curriculum and with our boys at the centre of our learning model, we have moved away from traditional classroom instruction towards a more holistic learning experience.

Pedagogies that support deeper learning include personalised curriculum, collaborative learning, STEM activities and project-based inquiries. We aspire to deliver an educational programme that increases educational outcomes by presenting our students with a curriculum that is relevant, challenging and engaging. We cater to the diverse learning needs of all boys. We believe that the key to success is celebrating relationships at the centre of all that we do and with this in mind, we limit the number of teachers that Middle Years learners engage with.

Core 1 provides the boys with opportunities to engage in integrated learning experiences encompassing Science, Mathematics, Digital Technologies and Health and Wellbeing. With a strong focus on problem solving, our students enjoy experiential learning as well as STEM activities, which challenge and engage minds through deep learning. Our strong Numeracy and Skills development program forms the foundation of all assessments. We offer differentiated learning tasks to support students to access the curriculum and we access outside learning as a means to engage students further with relevant, 'real world' experiences and utilising our beautiful school grounds. Our collaboration with the Outdoor Education Department, also provides diverse and challenging experiences for our boys.

Core 2 provides the boys with the opportunity to explore Humanities subjects in an integrated, 'hands on' manner. History, Geography, English and Civics and Citizenship subjects all combine to offer students exposure to the values and attitudes that underpin our society, both historically and in the present day. This approach provides our boys with the tools to be active and informed citizens and to think critically about information they are presented with. Through experiential learning and fieldwork, our students are able to draw links between the past, present and future. We foster a culture of independent learning where students are given the opportunity to undertake their own inquiries and investigations about real world topics.

In Core 2, students are exposed to a range of text types including narratives, print, digital media and poetry. They analyse and respond to texts through many modes of communication, building upon their developing literacy skills to support confident learning across the curriculum.


Mathematics

At St Virgil's College students study Australian Curriculum Mathematics, whether integrated in Science, Health and ICT in our Middle Years Core 1 program, or as a compulsory specialist subject in Year 9 and 10. The Mathematics program also includes opportunities to explore personal interests and/or extension through our elective program in Year 9 and 10, including the opportunity to study Mathematics Methods Foundation as a pre-tertiary subject in Year 10.

Our approach to teaching Mathematics is to recognise the fundamental concept that the subject is about recognition, description and application of patterns within the areas of Number, Measurement, Geometry, Chance and Data. By practicing skills to consolidate understanding, analysing information coupled with problem solving and the communication of solutions to these problems, students learn to appreciate how Mathematics is applied to in everyday lives within our society.

Our aim is to ensure that all students are equipped with basic numeracy skills while also encouraging the individual development of students based upon their interests and abilities. As they progress through Year 9 and 10, they are encouraged to consider and work towards future options in senior secondary and career aspirations.


Science

Science at St Virgil’s is focussed on enabling students to explore the world around them; To ask questions and construct ways to find answers; To be critical thinkers and draw evidence based conclusions and to experience Science through exciting and hands on activities.

At St Virgil’s we follow the Australian Curriculum for Science and also have a variety of optional Science based subjects for grades 9 and 10.

The Grade 7 and 8 program is designed as an integrated approach to Science with an emphasis on Skills and STEM.

The Grade 9 and 10 program consists of four main units of work (Earth and Space, Biology, Chemistry and Physics) taught over the year.

In Grade 9 and 10 we also offer option subjects in Agricultural Science, Aquatic Science, Inquiry Science and Quantitative Science.


Humanities

The Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMS) at St Virgil’s College embraces a suite of core subjects comprising History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship and Economics and Business. The content of these Australian Curriculum subjects can be viewed by all at www.australiancurriculum.edu.au

All of these core HUMS subjects are compulsory in Grades 7 and 8, but only History is mandated from Grade 9.

HUMS also includes several semester-long Electives which boys can choose to study in Grades 9 and 10. The underlying philosophy of this elective program is that ‘choice brings ownership and commitment; boys have chosen their courses so they should be more inclined to embrace the learning involved'. HUMS Electives include;- Law and Order, Criminology, Psychology, Sociology, Business Management, Business Communications and History of War.

Curriculum content for all HUMS subjects / electives, including course materials and tasks, is now available online for all stakeholders – boys and parents in particular – through SIMON, the College’s online communication and learning platform. Parents are able to access assessment online through a SIMON module named PAM (Parent Access Module).

As the subject name suggests, HUMS is about developing those skills and sensibilities of boys which are used to make them responsible citizens able to live full and rewarding lives in a society characterised by CHANGE and technological advancement.

The best ways to contact HUMS teachers about your son’s progress is by email in the first instance. Email addresses for teachers are available via SIMON or the College website.


The Arts

Students at St Virgil’s College are encouraged to participate in the many diverse cultural pursuits offered outside of the classroom. The Arts, both visual and performing, provide students with activities that foster creativity, personal interpretation and expression. Students are able to experiment with a wide variety of forms and techniques. The Arts provides opportunities to tap into individual differences in learning styles, personalities and ability levels while challenging students to develop their perceptions, creativity, reflective and critical thinking skills. The Arts subjects are predominately practical in nature.

The Arts Department also offers a dynamic extra-curricular program incorporating Choirs and Concert Bands across both campuses with a large variety of jazz, classical, and rock music ensembles, a weekly Drama Club and an annual Art Exhibition and Gala Concert.

The Joyce Performance Centre provides a superb venue for performance, whether ensemble or major productions such as our bi-annual College Musical in association with St Mary’s Catholic College.

Art

Visual art and design are a means of communication using images and objects. Ideas, experiences, feelings and imaginings can be expressed through art using a range of techniques and forms.

Through the study of visual art at St Virgil’s, students are given opportunities to create art and gain an understanding that:

  • Art is a visual form of communication.
  • Art evokes a response and creates a dialogue.
  • Art gives and shares meaning.
  • Art provides an alternative means of expression in both two and three dimensional form.
  • Art can challenge and influence society.

At St Virgil’s, Art is largely practical with a theory component. All students in Grade 7 undertake the study of Art through a yearlong course.  In Grades 8, 9 and 10 the study of Art becomes an option.  Grade 8 students can choose a yearlong Art major or minor program.  Grade 9 and 10 can choose a painting, ceramics, printmaking or drawing course that runs for one semester.

Drama

Drama is the expression and exploration of personal, cultural and social worlds through role and situation that engages, entertains and challenges. Students create meaning as drama makers, performers and audiences as they enjoy and analyse their own and others’ stories and points of view. Like all art forms, drama has the capacity to engage, inspire and enrich all students, excite the imagination and encourage students to reach their creative and expressive potential.

Drama enables students to imagine and participate in exploration of their worlds, individually and collaboratively. Students actively use body, gesture, movement, voice and language, taking on roles to explore and depict real and imagined worlds. They create, rehearse, perform and respond using the elements and conventions of drama and emerging and existing technologies available to them.

Students learn to think, move, speak and act with confidence. In making and staging drama they learn how to be focused, innovative and resourceful, and collaborate and take on responsibilities for drama presentations. They are excited by exploring their imagination and taking risks in storytelling through role and dramatic action.

Students develop a sense of inquiry and empathy by exploring the diversity of drama in the contemporary world and in other times, traditions, places and cultures.

Drama knowledge, understanding and skills ensure that, individually and collaboratively, students develop:

  • confidence and self-esteem to explore, depict and celebrate human experience, take risks and challenge their own creativity through drama
  • knowledge and understanding in controlling, applying and analysing the elements, skills, processes, forms, styles and techniques of drama to engage audiences and create meaning
  • a sense of curiosity, aesthetic knowledge, enjoyment and achievement through exploring and playing roles, and imagining situations, actions and ideas as drama makers and audiences
  • knowledge and understanding of traditional and contemporary drama as critical and active participants and audiences.

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At St Virgil’s College, Drama is largely practical with a theory component. All students in Grade 7 undertake the study of Drama through a yearlong course. In Grades 8, 9 and 10 the study of Drama becomes an option.  In Grade 8, students have the opportunity to continue with 2 of the 3 Arts subjects (Art, Drama and Music) as a full year course. In Grades 9 and 10 students can choose either Drama or Advanced Drama.

 

Music

Music exists distinctively in every culture and is a means of communication. Ideas, experiences, feelings and imaginings can be expressed through music using a range of techniques and forms. Through continuous and sequential music learning, students are given opportunities to listen to, compose and perform with increasing depth and complexity. Through performing, composing and listening with intent to music, students have access to knowledge, skills and understanding, which can be gained in no other way. Students are given opportunities to learn, develop skills and perform using musical instruments in both ensembles and as a soloist.

Music has the capacity to engage, inspire and enrich all students, exciting the imagination and encouraging students to reach their creative and expressive potential. Skills and techniques developed through participation in music learning allow students to manipulate, express and share sound as listeners, composers and performers. Music learning has a significant impact on the cognitive, affective, motor, social and personal competencies of students.

At St Virgil’s College, music is largely practical with a theory component. All students in Grades 7 undertake the study of Music through a year long course. Students in Grade 7 choose a concert band instrument at the beginning of the year and play as a class band.  Grade 7 boys also have a small group lesson on their instrument each week.

In Grades 8, 9 and 10 the study of Music becomes an option.  In Grade 8, students have the opportunity to continue with 2 of the 3 Arts subjects (Art, Drama and Music) as a full year course. In Grades 9 and 10 students can choose from a range of music subjects including; Music, Contemporary Music, and Advanced Music.

Students are also able to have private or shared music lessons with visiting specialist teachers in a range of instruments. Please refer to the College website under ‘Music Tuition’ for more details.

Band & Choir

The Music programmes aim at St Virgil’s College is to encourage boys to practice on their instruments so that they have enough skill to combine their efforts to produce music in a group situation. Class Band will be the main vehicle for this with the Grade 7 Band available as an optional extra for those wishing to further enhance their playing abilities. Students who then progress through the Grade 7 Band can join the Concert Band and/or Stage Band.

The Band Programme at St Virgil’s College consists of the following bands:

  • Grade 7 Band
  • Junior Concert Band
  • Senior Concert Band
  • Junior Stage Band
  • Senior Stage Band

There is also the opportunity for interested students to further their singing experience by participating in the School Choir.

The College also runs a range of smaller ensembles:

  • Saxophone Ensemble
  • Flute Ensemble
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Brass Ensemble
  • Barbershop Quartet
  • Guitar Ensemble

Choir, Band and Ensemble participants have numerous opportunities to practise their skills in front of audiences large and small – from whole school assemblies and masses to public celebrations and school musical performances.

If you would like any further information regarding the music program please contact the Director of Music.

Media

Media arts involves creating representations of the world and telling stories through communications technologies such as television, film, video, newspapers, radio, video games, the internet and mobile media. Media arts connects audiences, purposes and ideas, exploring concepts and viewpoints through the creative use of materials and technologies. Like all art forms, media arts has the capacity to engage, inspire and enrich all students, exciting the imagination and encouraging students to reach their creative and expressive potential.

Media Arts enables students to create and communicate representations of diverse worlds and investigate the impact and influence of media artworks on those worlds, individually and collaboratively. As an art form evolving in the twenty-first century, media arts enables students to use existing and emerging technologies as they explore imagery, text and sound and create meaning as they participate in, experiment with and interpret diverse cultures and communications practices.

Students learn to be critically aware of ways that the media are culturally used. They learn to interpret, analyse and develop media practices through their media arts making experiences.

Media as a subject is available to students in Grades 9 and 10.


Health & Physical Education

In an increasingly complex, sedentary and rapidly changing world, our students not only need to be able to cope with life’s challenges, but also to flourish as healthy, safe and active citizens.  Health and Physical Education is an essential component of the curriculum that focuses on the holistic wellbeing of the student, that is, the physical, social, mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions of health.  It is our aim to ensure our students are health literate and physically literate.

In the Health program, students cover the following focus areas – food and nutrition, alcohol and other drugs, health benefits of physical activity, mental health and wellbeing, relationships and sexuality, and safety.  In the Physical Education program, students cover challenge and adventure activities, games and sports, lifelong physical activities and rhythmic and expressive activities.

Health and Physical Education also offers a very diverse range of elective subjects to provide Grade 9 and 10 students an introduction to what is offered at College level, and/or a greater experience in fitness, sport or adventure based subjects.  These include Athlete Development, Outdoor Education, Recreational Leadership, Sport Service, Sport Science Introduction, and Sport Science – Exercise Physiology, Skill Acquisition and Sport Psychology.


Languages

Japanese & French

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The key purpose of LOTE is the acquisition, maintenance and extension of knowledge, skills and strategies to communicate in Japanese and French. The development of communicative competence is the focus for our teaching and learning, which enriches learners intellectually, educationally and culturally.

The contribution of LOTE aims to encourage students to carry with them a curiosity and excitement to know more about their world and develop an appreciation and respect for our diversity of global lifestyles. Overseas school trips, welcoming overseas visitors to our school, inter-school and cultural activities all enhance our students’ learning.

Intercultural language learning involves the fusing of language, culture and learning into a single educative approach. This approach develops the student’s capacity to be interculturally literate by equipping them with the skills, knowledge and understandings to be effective participative global citizens. We aim to assist our students to live and work successfully as linguistically and culturally aware citizens of the world. Learning another language enhances career opportunities for our students.

Students are assessed against the “Australian Curriculum: Languages” in both French and Japanese: Years 7 - 10 (Year 7 Entry).

Year 7 students study Japanese for half the year, and French for the other half. For Year 8 they choose one or the other for a full year study. In Grades 9 and 10 students may choose French or Japanese as one of their Option subjects.


Outdoor Education

Each year, an Outdoor Educational Camp for Grade 7 students is held early in early in Term 1 as part of the College's 'New Beginnings' Orientation Programme.

The camp serves as an icebreaker for Grade 7 students entering the College while helping to develop a sense of unity among the year group. The aim of the Outdoor Education Adventure Camp is to promote the personal development of each student and allow participation by students in practical activities, both as an individual and as a valued member of a group.

After the Grade 7 camp, students participate in some single day trips which will start to work on some of the specific skills required in their time at SVC.

During Grade 8 to 10, students have many other opportunities for outdoor education experiences and skill development.

In Grade 8, students participate in single day trips and overnight experiences in small groups.

In Grade 9 and 10 Outdoor Education is an elective subject within the curriculum which provides students with a pathway through to Grade 12 (TQA) studies.

In Grade 9, students participate in 3 day trips of their choice (rafting, walking or mountain biking) in small groups.

In Grade 10, students participate in an optional 3-5 day trip of their choice.

The following rules apply all camps, as well as to all Outdoor Education classes:

  • Actions must be Safe
  • Actions must be Fair
  • Actions must reflect well both on the students and College.


 Digital Technologies

Digital Technologies at St Virgil’s College aims to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to ensure students can individually and collaboratively succeed in a modern world. They are encouraged to design, create, manage and evaluate innovative and sustainable digital solutions to meet and redefine future needs. Computational and abstract thinking are taught to enable students to create meaningful digital solutions.

Currently Digital Technologies is integrated across the curriculum in all grades, with a specific focus for grades 7 and 8 occurring in Core 1. For grades 9 and 10, students have 4 option subjects available which focus on distinct areas including Software (including programming), Hardware and Systems and Gaming and Project (which centres on one of the other three options). Through practical and research tasks, students develop skills and confidence in dealing with existing and emerging technologies and understand their application to work, leisure and communication.


Vocational & Applied Learning

Trades and Training

VET Programmes

St Virgil's College is part of the Southern Tasmanian Catholic Colleges Trade Training Centre. Students are able to participate in Vocational Education and Training as part of this Trade Training Centre. Guilford Young College (GYC) is the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) – Provider No. 1129 and issues all statements of attainment and certificates for students enrolled in these courses. All units of competency students receive go towards a nationally recognised qualification.

The College provides Grade 10 students with an opportunity to participate in a range of Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses to complement applied learning subjects. VET subjects are offered in areas such as hospitality, building and construction, automotive, agriculture (AgriFood) and metals engineering.

Students will enrol in units towards the following qualifications.

AHC10216 Certificate I in AgriFood Operations

The full Certificate Course is offered.

  • AHCWHS101 Work Safely (core)
  • AHCWRK101 Maintain the workplace (core)
  • AHCLSC101 Support landscape work
  • AHCPGD101 Support gardening work
  • AHCNSY101 Support Nursery work
  • AHCMOM101 Assist with routine maintenance of machinery and equipment

To gain this qualification students must gain competency in all 6 units.

AUR10116 Certificate I in Automotive Vocational Preparation

To gain the full Certificate I qualification you are required to gain competency in 8 units, including 5 core and 3 electives.  The College offers the following units:

  • AURAEA001 - Identify environmental and sustainability requirements in an automotive service and repair workplace (core)
  • AURASA001 - Apply automotive workplace safety fundamentals (core)
  • AURLTA001 – Identify automotive mechanical systems and components (core)
  • AURETR003 – Identify automotive electrical systems and components (core)
  • AURTTK002 - Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace (core)

Students attaining competency in one or more units will be receive a statement of attainment from the RTO.

This course is delivered at Guilford Young College for the practical component allowing students to access a fully equipped Automotive Workshop.

CPC 10111 Certificate I Construction

The gain the full Certificate I Construction qualification students are required to gain competency in 11 units, including 8 core and 3 electives. The College offers the following units:

  • CPCCVE1011A Undertake a basic construction project
  • CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry
  • CPCCOHS2001A Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

Students attaining competency in one or more units will be receive a statement of attainment from the RTO.

MEM20413 Certificate II in Engineering Pathways

The gain the full Certificate II in Engineering Pathways qualification students are required to gain competency in 12 units, including 4 core and 8 electives.  The College offers the following units:

  • MEM13014A Apply principles of OH&S in the work environment (core)
  • MEM18001C Use hand tools (elective)
  • MEMPE002A Use electric welding machines (elective)
  • CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry

Students attaining competency in one or more units will be receive a statement of attainment from the RTO.

SIT10216 Certificate I in Hospitality

The gain the full Certificate I qualification students are required to gain competency in 6 units. The College offers the following units:

  • SITXFSA001 – Use hygienic practices for food safety (core)
  • SITXWHS001 – Participate in safe work practices (core)
  • SITHCCC002 – Prepare and present simple dishes (elective)
  • SITHCCC003 - Prepare and present sandwiches  (elective)

Students attaining competency in one or more units will be receive a statement of attainment from the RTO.

Pathway information:

Students can continue their VET studies in year 11 and 12 through Guilford Young College RTO, and Southern Tasmanian Catholic Colleges Trade Training Centre.

 

Deign & Technology – Wood

In Design & Technology – Wood, students apply the process of designing, making and appraising, to wood based challenges. Students learn design principles, skills and techniques required to complete projects including the use of tools and technology in a safe manner.

Students gain an understanding of the medium, wood and how it can be used.

At St Virgil’s, Design & Technology – Wood is largely practical with a theory component. All students in Grades 7 and 8 undertake the study of Design & Technology – Wood for a third of each year. In Grades 9 and 10 the study of Design & Technology – Wood becomes an option as part of the semesterised program.

 

Design & Technology – Metal

In Design & Technology – Metal, students apply the process of designing, making and appraising, to metal based challenges. Students learn design principles, skills and techniques required to complete projects including the use of tools and technology in a safe manner.

Students gain an understanding of different metals and how they can be used.

At St Virgil’s, Design & Technology – Metal is largely practical with a theory component. All students in Grades 7 and 8 undertake the study of Design & Technology – Metal for a third of each year. In Grades 9 and 10 the study of Design & Technology – Metal becomes an option as of the semesterised program.

 

Design & Technology - Food

Design & Technology – Food at St Virgil’s involves the exploration and understanding of food; its role in health and wellbeing; how it can be prepared/made; social and safety issues and how technology impacts on food and career opportunities relating to food.

Design & Technology – Food involves practical experiences in the process of designing, making and evaluating foods/food products, using technology and skills. At St Virgil’s, Design & Technology – Food is largely practical with a theory component. All students in Grades 7 and 8 undertake the study of Design & Technology – Food for a third of each year. In Grades 9 and 10 the study of Design & Technology – Food becomes an option as part of the semesterised program.

Design & Technology - Mixed Mediums

In Design & Technology – Mixed Materials, students apply the process of designing, making and appraising, using a range of materials in response to design challenges. Students learn design principles, skills and techniques required to complete projects including the use of tools and technology in a safe manner. Students gain an understanding of a range of materials, their uses and their limitations.

At St Virgil’s, Design & Technology – Mixed Materials is largely practical with a theory component. All students in Grades 7 and 8 undertake the study of Design & Technology – Wood and Design & Technology – Metal. This equips students with the necessary background to undertake the study of Design & Technology – Mixed Materials in Grades 9 and 10 as an option as part of the semesterised program.

Design & Technology - Graphics

Design Graphics provides students with the opportunity to present design ideas using a range of graphic processes. Students develop skills to communicate ideas graphically and learn how to read and interpret basic plans and diagrams.

At St Virgil’s, Design Graphics is largely practical with a theory component. It is an optional subject in Grades 9 and 10 as part of the semesterised program.


iPad Programme

 

Digital Technologies and 21st century skills form an integral part of the curriculum at St Virgil’s College. To assist students in their studies, all boys are issued with a school owned iPad upon commencement at the College.

iPads are used in all subjects and for a variety of purposes. Teachers are able to provide content to students in a number of different forms, including written text, visual images and multi-media. Teaching and learning activities are provided in many different forms, through the use of interactive apps and stimulating activities that allow students to engage in their learning in new ways.

Students are regularly found around the grounds making use of the portability of the iPad, creating their own images and videos to tell stories, explain their thinking or demonstrate their understanding.


Homework

Homework

We believe that regular homework reinforces school learning, establishes good study habits, and develops of skills in revision, research and organisation. It encourages independent learning and presents students with a chance to take responsibility for their learning.

Homework is set to supplement and complement work done in class. It is an integral part of each student’s work and can cover areas of research, consolidation and revision.

Homework may involve:

  • doing set work,
  • completing assignments,
  • reading a novel,
  • studying for a test,
  • researching a topic
  • doing search on the internet,
  • revising current class work from texts and exercise books,
  • developing skills by ongoing practice such as mathematical tables.

Homework tasks should be recorded in the student’s diary on a regular basis, and it is the parent’s responsibility to sign the diary and check that homework has been completed. Parents should communicate with teachers if concerned about any aspects of homework.

It is recommended that students allocate the following amounts of time to homework:

  • Grade 7 About one hour per night - occasional weekend work
  • Grade 8 About one and half hours per night - occasional weekend work
  • Grades 9 & 10 About two hours per night - weekend work usually necessary depending on subjects

Parents should be aware of the potential danger of their sons becoming over-committed to sport, part-time employment or other activities. It is important that students develop a balanced lifestyle that allows time for study, sporting activities or other exercise, and recreation.