Teaching and Learning Report – June 22, 2017

June 21, 2017

Use of Parent Access Module (PAM) to access end semester reports

All Years 7-12 end of semester reports will be available from 4:00pm on Friday, June 30 (not June 23 as was originally indicated)- via PAM. Parents will have access to one or more of the following reports:

  • An end of semester Statement of Attainment which will provide information on:

    • Your son’s performance on all assessment tasks completed throughout semester one (typically as a percentage).

    • Feedback on his demonstration of the key work habits and work practices associated with each subject.

    • Attendance data.

    • Victorian Curriculum ratings (for most Years 7-10 subjects).

    • Overall VCE subject outcome, as Satisfactory or Not Satisfactory, for Senior School students completing VCE studies.

    • VET competencies, as Competent, Not Yet Competent or In Progress, for Years 9-12 boys completing any of the College’s VET studies.

    • Achievement in the Applied Learning (VCAL) program (which will be reported as a combination of Satisfactory or Not Satisfactory and Competent, Not Yet Competent or In Progress).

  • A Pastoral Care report which outlines your son’s contribution to, and participation in, Pastoral Care (including your son’s involvement in the wide range of school-based activities and events) and the new Pastoral Care Program.

  • An Instrument Music report for those students participating the instrumental music program

  • A Boarding report for most boarding students.

As previously advised, the College has changed its reporting practices from a traditional end of semester report model to contemporary procedures that provide students and parents with timely, clear and concise feedback that informs and furthers each boy’s learning journey.

The teachers of St Patrick’s are committed to the full roll-out of real-time, continuous reporting, and much progress has been made to-date this year to ensure that this can be achieved. As parents, this means that you can now access your son’s performance- on all summative assessment tasks via PAM within two weeks of the assessment being submitted. Feedback for each assessment task will be provided in one of a number of forms including assessment rubrics, criterion sheets, annotated assessment tasks, or direct use of the written feedback section within PAM.

A PAM Parent User Guide has been written to assist you with the log-in process and to explain the key features of PAM. It can be accessed by clicking on the link within the College’s homepage (https://www.stpats.vic.edu.au/). This can be accessed by clicking on the -‘Parent Access Module’ link at the bottom of the homepage.

PAM can be accessed by either clicking on the same link noted above or by going directly to the PAM site (http://pam.stpats.vic.edu.au). The PAM username and password emailed to you at the beginning of the year can be used to access these reports. Please email the College (adminsupport@stpats.vic.edu.au) or phone 5331 1688 should you require further assistance with your log-in.

Please do not hesitate to contact the College should you have any further questions or concerns regarding end of semester one reporting.

2018 subject selection process

In the coming weeks all current Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 students will complete the various aspects of the 2018 subject selection process. Subject selection can be an anxious time and the College has a variety of procedures to support both students and parents.

Firstly, parents and students should check the Term Three calendar (an updated version of this will be distributed shortly). This calendar will list the dates of each 2018 student information session, parent information session, the electronic submission of proposed subjects for 2018 (using the online subject submission portal, Web Preferences) and the return of the 2018 Student Subject Selection Guide for each year level.

Students will receive a paper copy of the relevant 2018 Information Booklet at each of the student information sessions and be emailed a PDF version of the booklet. Parents and students will also be able to access a PDF of each 2018 Information booklets via the College’s homepage. Also included on the homepage will be a copy of the PowerPoint used at each of the student information sessions

An important aspect of the 2018 subject selection process is the Subject Selection Guide which each Year 8, 9, 10 and 11 student is required to submit. This has been developed at the request of parents and students as a single subject selection document that step-by-step leads you through the various aspects of subject selection for each year level.

2018 Year 12

Current Year 11 boys attended the student information session for 2018 Year 12 this Tuesday. While at this session, each boy received a copy of the 2018 Year 12 Information Update and the 2018 Year 12 Subject Selection Guide. A copy of these documents along with the PowerPoint presentation and other related materials can accessed via the College’s homepage.

We have previously spent a significant amount of time working together to develop a proposed Years 11 and 12 program of study for your son. For most boys, this means that there will be little or no need for any further assistance with Year 12 subject selection for next year. Those families who would like to review previous subject selection plans or require further assistance with Year 12 subject selection can contact:

  • the relevant subject teacher or Head of Faculty

  • your son’s Year 11 Pastoral Care Tutor

  • Mr John Sullivan (VETiS Co-ordinator)

  • Ms Lyn Maniz (Applied Learning Co-ordinator)

  • Mr Andrew Chamings or Ms Brooke Brown (Year 12 Co-ordinators)

  • Mr Hamish McCrum (Acting Director of Senior School)

  • Mr Stephen Hill (Deputy Headmaster -“ Teaching and Learning)

    Current Year 11 students are required to submit their 2018 Year 12 program details using Web Preferences (the online subject submission portal). Students will be emailed a link to the Web Preferences log-in, along with detailed instructions. Parents will also be sent a similar email explaining the submission procedure. Please note that a parent and student signed copy of the 2018 Web Preferences Preference Receipt is to be submitted with the Subject Selection Guide. Students are required to complete the computer entry of their proposed 2018 subject selections before the Friday, July 28 submission date.- As this is web-based, this can be completed at home or at school.