Teaching and Learning Report – March 17, 2016

March 15, 2016

Use of the Parent Access Module (PAM) -“ Learning Areas, Mid Semester Reports and Years 8 and 9 Parent/Teacher/Student interviews

St Patrick’s uses the Parent Access Module (PAM) to give parents and guardians online access to a range of information specific to their son(s). PAM provides parents their son’s timetable, his attendance records, daily messages and the College calendar.

Further to this, you can access the Learning Areas section specific to your son. This section of PAM provides you with up-to-date information on your son’s performance in in all reported assessment tasks. These are typically recorded as a percentage result and may include teacher feedback that can be used to support future learning. The due dates for each assessment task and a brief description of the assessment task are provided. Assessment tasks currently being completed by your son along with any overdue tasks are also listed in Learning Areas. Teachers add results and information to this section throughout the year so, you are encouraged to regularly log into PAM.- – –

PAM also provides access to the Student Assessment area. The Student Assessment area allows you to view and download your son’s mid semester and end of semester reports for this and previous years. The 2016 mid semester reports for all Years 7-12 students will be available via PAM from 4:00pm on Thursday, March 24. These reports will provide you with an insight into a range of classroom work habits for each subject studied by your son, including a general statement of his overall academic progress to-date.

Week 2 of Term 2 will see the second round of the College’s Parent/Student/Teacher interview sessions take place. This round of interviews aims to provide Years 8 and 9 parents, accompanied by their son, the opportunity to meet subject teachers and their son’s Pastoral Care Tutor.

These interviews will assist parents in coming to further understand the assessment requirements of each subject and allow the subject teacher to provide feedback based on the first term of classes. It is important that each boy attend the interviews with his parents.

There will be two interview sessions in week 2, the first on Tuesday, April 19 (from 4:00pm to 8:00pm), and the second on Thursday, April 21 (from 4:00pm to 5:30pm). The interviews will take place in the Wilding Wing. If it is not possible for you to attend interviews during the scheduled times, please contact teachers directly to discuss matters over the phone or arrange an alternative meeting time and date.

An email with your 2016 Parent Access Module (PAM) parent log-in details, username and password, was sent to you earlier in the term. You will need these log-in details to access Learning Areas, the mid semester reports and the Parent/Student/Teacher booking section of PAM. Please phone 5331 1688 or email the College (adminsupport@stpats.vic.edu.au) should you require further assistance with your log-in.

PAM can be accessed by either clicking on the link on the College’s homepage (https://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 and to explain the key features of PAM. It can be accessed by clicking on the link on the College’s homepage (https://www.stpats.vic.edu.au/).

Please do not hesitate to contact the College should you have any further questions or concerns regarding PAM.

Mr Stephen Hill

Deputy Headmaster -“ Teaching and Learning