Parents As Partners

Teaching staff at Prendiville Catholic College believe that regular home learning assists in the personal and academic development of students. A successful home learning programme depends on close communication between teachers and parents. Our mutual aim should be to encourage students to take greater responsibility for their own learning, to aid the development of sound homework practices and should, as far as possible, involve parents in their child’s learning.  At no stage should this be a frustrating experience.  Parents are in the best situation to assess their child’s ability to complete tasks/assignments at home. If a child is unable to complete a home learning commitment after reasonable effort, staff should be informed through SEQTA-Engage (link) or an email/phone call to the relevant staff member.

The Purpose of Home Learning

To encourage student self-discipline.
To reinforce studies carried out during the day.
To involve parents in the learning programme of their child.
To encourage student initiative and creativity.
To enable teachers to assess the level of mastery of work taught in class.
To prepare students for the demands of further studies at senior secondary and tertiary level.

The Role of Parents

To provide an appropriate place at home for the student to complete set tasks.
To consult SEQTA to monitor the amount of homework set each night.
To encourage and assist the child to complete tasks set but not to do the work for the child.
To encourage the use of the Student Wall Planner that is distributed in Term 1.
See more details of our study skills study programme following

SEQTA-Engage

SEQTA-Engage allows access to your child’s courses, timetable, assessment details and enhanced communication with the College.

Home Learning Time Allocation

At all year levels, students should be encouraged to revise work set, to read widely or to continue with an assignment when specific work has not been set by a teacher on a particular night.  Home learning should not solely be used to complete work set by the teacher.

Many factors determine the length of time spent on homework. The amount of homework will vary by year, subject and type of task set, teacher expectations and the level of ability and motivation of the student. As a guideline, it is anticipated that students will spend the following times on homework (written work, study, reading and revision) five nights a week:

Year 7           70 minutes
Year 8           90 Minutes
Year 9           100 to 140 minutes
Year 10         120 to 150 minutes
Year 11         150 to 180 minutes
Year 12         150 to 180 minutes

Please provide a quiet, well-lit location for your son or daughter to complete his/her home learning tasks and assignments. This area should contain a desk or table (cleared) and a suitable chair.

Ask to see assessments when they have been completed and marked by the learning area teacher – this is invaluable feedback. Please ask questions about your son’s/daughter’s achievement.

Contact the respective teacher if you have a concern or query. Teachers are very approachable and encourage open lines of communication.

Support your son/daughter throughout their years at the College. Listen, be patient and most importantly, be there when they need you. 

Attendance at school is essential. It is impossible to achieve success within the school or workplace community without a firm commitment to attendance. If your son/daughter is absent, he/she should approach the class teacher for the work completed or arrange additional assistance to ‘catch up’ on key concepts.

Involvement in the educational progress is essential – parent volunteers are always welcome.

Enjoy these formative years!

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