Curriculum Matters

Semester Reports

On Monday June 20 at 3pm all of our students from Prep to Year 12 will receive online access to their Semester Reports in which students and parents receive a summary of their progress to date, feedback on what they have done well and how they can further improve. The content of these reports is a critical element in the academic and overall progress of every student and parents’ understanding of it.

As was the case in 2015 our semester reports as PDF files can be viewed by families online via the Documents tab in the Absences, Finances and Reports section of Parent Services on the MyTintern Portal. All student’s reports from their time at Tintern Grammar have been archived online for your easy reference. Each semester this archive will grow, giving you easy access to all reports over time.

For a step-by-step help sheet please consult the email that was sent home this week. Instructions for requesting Comparative Reports was also contained in this email.

For families who like to keep a hard copy of their child’s report, these reports can be downloaded to family computers and printed if desired. Reports will be available to families on Monday June 20 by 3pm.

Report Reflections

In past years, secondary students have been asked to reflect on these reports and set 2 goals for the next semester as a way of promoting a growth mindset and more independent learning. In 2016, we are spreading this initiative to include Grade 5 and 6 students.

When reports are open all families of students in Grade 5 to 12 will receive an email which will contain a link to an online reflection which will send the student’s goals to the relevant teacher. We ask that parents read over the reports with their son or daughter over the holiday and complete this form prior to returning to school for Term 3. Once back at school, class and pastoral teachers will follow up these goals with their students. The cycle of feedback, reflection and goal setting is a critical one for all growth and learning, whether it be professional, for our teachers, or academic, for our students.

Course and Curriculum Guides

Term 3 sees the beginning of preparations for student programs and the building of the timetable for 2017. Families of students in Years 7 – 11 will receive an email on the last day of term with a link to the 2017 Course and Subject Guides and key dates for this process. Please set aside some time over the holidays to look at the course details of elective subjects with your son or daughter if they are going into Years 8 – 10 and especially those going into 11 and 12 as there is choice in most aspects of their programs.

On Wednesday July 20 we will hold our Subject Showcase evening for current Year 9 and 10 parents where they can talk to teachers about detail of our Senior College subjects and then on July 22 to July 31 the online subject preference portal will be open for current Year 7-11 students to enter their preferences for 2017 subjects.

Please remember, in completing their web preferences, students will be asked to submit subjects and reserves in order of preference. We endeavour to meet those preferences but please note that elective subjects run based on viable student numbers and timetable constraints, and that not all may run in a given year. For more details about this process, please consult the Course and Subjects Guides for Middle School or Senior College.

J McManus

 

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