Teaching and Learning Report

September 17, 2021

By Director of Teaching and Learning, Mrs Julia Petrov

As we come to the end of term, I would like to thank families for supporting your sons over the periods of remote learning. For managing their frustrations and disappointments, for getting them online and back onsite and all the family adjustments that need to be made in between.

I would also like to acknowledge the outstanding work our teachers and support staff have done to ensure continuity of learning for our students during this unpredictable time. Learning plans have been adapted, altered and sometimes abandoned to best suit the needs of the boys.

Some students find studying remotely more challenging than others and this may be seen in their academic performance results. We have found some students have not submitted assessment tasks that have been conducted online and this has also limited our opportunity to provide feedback and measure progress. Next term we will be identifying students who would benefit from some brief study coaching sessions to help get them back on track and reengage with their learning. Please contact me if you feel your son would benefit from this.

Tutor for Student Learning Program

We will be continuing our Tutor for Student Learning Program with Maths, Humanities, English tutoring and Study Skills coaching sessions available during lunch and after school. These are in the library when we are onsite and via teams during remote learning. Further details can be found in the Daily messages.

Despite the unbalanced nature of the term, I hope you’ve been able to find moments of joy and peace.

Mid-semester reports

The Term 3 Mid-semester reports for all Years 7-12 students will be available via PAM from 4:00 pm today. PAM also provides access to the Student Assessment area which allows parents and guardians to view and download Mid-Semester and End of Semester reports for this and previous years.

Locked down but not out

Through the masterful tutorage of the talented Mr Nathaniel Winfield, the St Pat’s chess team have been training online through text and chess software. Their diligence has paid off and we once again have a number of players who have qualified in to play in the State level Championships next term. Congratulations to all involved.

Farewell to an exemplary educator

Finally, I would like to acknowledge the Deputy Principal, Elizabeth Ryan’s, incredible service to the school. Having held roles such as VCE Coordinator, Director of Senior School, Deputy Principal – Wellbeing, Co-Principal and International Tour Manager, there is not much she doesn’t know about the school or what enterprising boys can get up to. I thank her for her leadership over the years and wish her all the very best for her future endeavours.