Teaching and Learning Report – September 6, 2018

September 5, 2018

College Transfer of Leadership and Awards Assembly

The College’s Transfer of Leadership and Awards Assembly will be held on Tuesday, September 18 at 9.30am in the O’Malley Sports Centre.-

2019 Subject Selection

Online submission of proposed 2019 Year 9 studies

A reminder to current Year 8 students that they are required to submit their 2019 Year 9 course of study and program details using Web Preferences (the online subject submission portal). Students have been emailed a link to Web Preferences, along with detailed instructions.

A parent and student signed copy of the 2019 Web Preferences Preference Receipt is to be submitted with the 2019 Year 9 Subject Selection Guide. The Web Preferences Receipt and 2019 Year 9 Subject Selection Guide are due no later than this Friday (September 7).

In the coming weeks, parents of Year 8 boys will be mailed further details regarding their son’s study of Year 9 English and Mathematics for 2019. This letter will list the English and Mathematics studies that have been proposed for their son. For English, this will be one of two studies – Foundation English and English. For Mathematics, this will be one of four studies -“ Modified Mathematics, Vocational Mathematics, Pre-General Mathematics or Pre-Methods Mathematics. Each nominated study will reflect the boy’s current level of literacy and numeracy based on the College’s analysis of internal and external Year 7 and Year 8 diagnostic testing data.

Mid Semester Reports and Years 7-9 Parent/Student/Teacher interviews

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). 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 2018 Mid Semester Two reports for all Years 7-12 students will be available via PAM from 4:00pm on Friday, September 21. These reports will provide you with an insight into a range of classroom work habits for each subject studied by your son, his performance on assessment tasks completed to-date and a general statement on his overall academic progress to the end of Term Three.

This Mid Semester Report should not be considered as a replacement to the important knowledge which can be attained from a Parent/Student/Teacher interview. The Semester Two Years 7-9 Parent/Student/Teacher interviews will be conducted on Thursday, October 11 from 4:00pm to 8:30pm.- –

The interviews will provide Years 7-9 parents with the opportunity to discuss any points arising from the Mid Semester Report and to follow-up any matters you wish to discuss with your son’s teachers.-

Where an interview has been listed as -Urgent- it is essential that you attend or that you contact the teacher to make an alternative time to meet.- Where a significant number of -Needs Attention- comments appear on your son’s report, you may wish to contact or be contacted by your son’s Pastoral Care Tutor, Year Level Co-ordinator or the relevant Head of School.

If it is not possible for you attend the October 11 Parent/Student/Teacher interviews and there are matters you wish to address, please contact your son’s teachers to discuss these over the phone or arrange an alternative meeting time and date.- Students are expected to attend the interviews with their parent(s).- – –

Parents of Years 10-12 boys who would like to follow-up on issues or concerns arising from the reports are encouraged to email or phone the relevant subject teacher(s), your son’s Pastoral Care Tutor, the relevant Year Level Co-ordinator or the Director of Senior School, Mr Hamish McCrum.

Your 2018 PAM username and password has previously been sent to you. 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 the use of PAM to access the Mid Semester Reports.