Secondary Academics

Secondary Reporting Processes

In 2019, the College became a participant in a global educational project, New Pedagogies for Deep Learning, implementing the explicit teaching, assessing and reflecting on six global competencies (the 6 Cs).

These six Global Competencies have been developed by a range of educational researchers, with Michael Fullan (University of Toronto) being the champion of this work. More information on the 6 Cs can be viewed here.

As our staff and students continue to grow in our third year of this program, exploring and learning about these competencies, we now feel that the inclusion of them in our formal reporting processes will help to advance greater understanding of what your child is learning and is capable of.

This year our reports will include 6Cs reporting for each student. The 6 Cs will replace the traditional Commitment to Learning categories on previous reports. Students will continue to have Overall Achievement and Learning Intention achievements graded, but each Secondary Subject will also include ratings for:

  • Critical Thinking: Using reasoning and analysis to respond to and assess situations, experiences, and problems.
  • Collaboration: Working together as a team and incorporating the skills and talents of each individual to create a better outcome.
  • Communication: Presenting information clearly to inform, persuade, or motivate, while also listening to and valuing others’ opinions, voices, and evidence.
  • Creativity: The ability to innovate and explore new ideas for problem-solving.
  • Citizenship: Learning your connection to and role in the global society and culture, and how you can contribute.
  • Character: Developing responsibility, caring, kindness, and civility.

These ratings will be developed using staff, student and peer input depending on what the explicit nature of the task associated with the competencies being assessed is.

Secondary Spotlight

The Tutankhamun Roadshow is a unique experience in Australia and our Year 8 History and Year 7 Christian Studies classes were fortunate to have experienced this dynamic show last week.

 

 

Study Skills Tip – TIME MANAGEMENT: The 80-20 Rule

The assumption around the 80-20 rule is that most of the results in any situation are determined by a small number of causes.

You can use the 80-20 rule to:

  • Choose the right goal
  • Choose the right task
  • Choose the right action or strategy.

Have you completed an assignment or a task and realised after that you “wasted” a lot of time on needless research or other activities related to the task not needed to produce the result you wanted?

Start thinking about the 80/20 way of working smarter not harder.

The important thing to understand is that in your life there are certain activities you do (your 20 percent) that account for the majority (your 80 percent) of your happiness and results.

Any task has three components:

  • Destination (goal)
  • Route (plan)
  • Action (steps)

Focus on the 20% of your goals, plans and actions that will produce the greatest impact.

Learning After School Centre

It is great to see students making use of this facility – please encourage your children to attend these sessions.

Where: BTAC Library

When: Monday – Thursday 3.15 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.

To assist students in completing homework, assessment tasks, get organised with general study routines, the Secondary School is starting a Learning After School Centre in the Library. Secondary staff are rostered on with Faculty based themes as follows (but secondary students are welcome to attend and complete any set work they have):

Day Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Staff Member Week A – Science teacher

Week B – Mr Brett Owers

Ms Tara O’Sullivan Mr Cliff Nixon
Focus Science Humanities Maths English

 


Ms Tania Lloyd

Deputy Principal / Head of Secondary