Teaching and Learning Report - March 7, 2019
author: Stephen Hill
Term 1 Parent/Student/Teacher interviews
Parent/Student/Teacher interviews for Term 1 will be taking place on Tuesday, March 12. The interviews will commence at 4:00pm and conclude at 8:30pm. There will be meal break for teachers between 6:00pm and 6:30pm.
Please note that students are expected to attend these interviews with their parent(s).
New arrangements for 2019
Two significant changes will take place with this year’s Term 1 interviews. Firstly, these interviews will be available to all parents and students across all year levels from Years 7 to 12. Secondly, the interviews will be taking place in the O’Malley Gym.
Gathering as a whole school community
In using the O’Malley Gym to gather together as a whole school community to conduct this round of Parent/Student/Teacher interviews, parents are asked to note the following:
Timing – interviews have been scheduled in a series of five-minute blocks. There may be circumstances when a five-minute interview is insufficient. If so, either the teacher or you as parent should request an additional meeting time or phone contact for a later date.
Respectful conversations – your son’s academic progress and his learning needs will be the key focus points of each interview. Understanding this, we can all acknowledge that our conversations must be respectful throughout the course of each interview. Any significant issues or concerns that have not been resolved or actioned in the five minutes allocated for each interview may need to be revisited through further contact or an additional interview on another date.
Screen display and chime – Keeping in mind the restriction of time, a large screen will display the interview and transition times. As a matter of courtesy to all who will be attending and leading these interviews, please observe the timing on this screen.
Movement – Sufficient time has been included to allow parents to transition from one interview to another. Seating will also be available for parents and students.
Seating of teachers – Teachers will be seated in alphabetical order.
Opportunity to meet with all of your son’s teachers
While it is not possible to provide sufficient time slots to guarantee all parents an interview time with every one of their son’s teachers, the following will assist parents who wish to make other arrangements to communicate with their son’s teachers:
- Parents unable to book a Parent/Student/Teacher interview time and who would like to contact their son’s teacher regarding his academic progress or learning needs, can do so via email using the teacher email link in PAM. Instructions for this are available in PAM (by clicking on ‘Knowledge Banks’ and then ‘Parent Information’)
- Alternatively, parents can phone the College on 5331 1688 regarding other possible meeting times or contact options.
Parents unable to attend the March 12 Parent/Student/Teacher interviews are also welcome to use these arrangements to contact their son’s teachers.
Access and Parking
Parents will be able to enter the College via the Wanliss Street, Alfred Street or Sturt Street entrances. You are advised to park externally on Wanliss Street, Alfred Street or Sturt Street as limited car parking will be available onsite. Disabled parking will be available in the area immediately in front of the entrance to the O’Malley Gym.
St Patrick’s College uses the Parent Access Module (PAM) to give parents and guardians online access to a range of information specific to their son(s). An email with your 2019 Parent Access Module (PAM) parent log-in details, username and password, was sent to you earlier in the year. You will need these log-in details to access the Parent/Student/Teacher booking section of PAM. PAM can be accessed by clicking on the link on the College’s homepage (http://www.stpats.vic.edu.au) or by going directly to the PAM site (http://pam.stpats.vic.edu.au).
A PAM parent user guide has been written to assist you with the log-in process, including forgotten login details, and to explain the key features of PAM. It can also be accessed by clicking on the link on the College’s homepage (http://www.stpats.vic.edu.au).
Parents requiring further assistance with their PAM login or the Parent/Student/Teacher interview process are asked to phone the College on 5331 1688.
The 2019 Semester 1 Mid Semester reports for all students will be made available through PAM from 4:00pm on Friday, April 5.