Learning

Learning at Loreto

Welcome back to all students to a new year of learning at Loreto.  This year staff are focusing on the theme of Enrichment for Empowerment and  teachers will be working in their Key Learning Areas and Integrated Learning Teams to set goals that focus on the academic enrichment of our students, particularly in the areas of critical literacy and integrated numeracy skills. 

It is timely to also remind both students and parents about the expectations of study and homework for our students.  We remind students that it is important to start the year strong by being organised in their physical spaces at home or in the Boarding School, but also with their digital files on their devices.  Setting goals around their own learning growth is necessary and something that all students will do with their teacher (primary) or their advisor/tutor (secondary).   

We ask all parents to please take a moment to engage with the guidelines below regarding homework and assessments.  These will also be shared with students via email. 

Homework

A reminder to parents that homework guidelines are outlined on page 32 of the Student Handbook.   This is an integral  part of schooling and helps students develop self-discipline and organisational skills.  Students should revise their classwork regularly and extend their knowledge by reading widely.  The amount of time spent on homework and private study will vary but should average:

  • YEARS 5 AND 6: 30 minutes for Year 5 and 40 minutes for Year 6, several nights per week.  This must include an additional 20 minutes of reading every night.
  • YEARS 7 AND 8: 1 .5–2 hours per night, five times a week.
  • YEARS 9 AND 10: 2–2.5 hours per night, five times a week.
  • YEARS 11 AND 12: 20 hours a week.

Students in Years 7–10 are not expected to do homework or assessment tasks over the school holiday periods, except for reading novels and gathering data for various projects.

Please note Year 7 students do not receive homework in the first two weeks of this term.  Homework will commence for them Week 3, however they will only be receiving approximately 10 minutes per subject, which equates to an hour per weeknight for the first term or so. 

At the commencement of Week 4, parents from Years 7-11 will receive the Learning Information Handbooks.  These handbooks contain important information about assessment tasks, as well as the assessment schedules for the year in all subjects. 

Best wishes for the year ahead. 

 

Ms Kieryn Bateman

Director of Learning

 

AAS Testing Catch-up

Upon commencement at Loreto Normanhurst all students are required to complete a series of educational tests in Mathematics, Reading Comprehension, Spelling and Written Expression.  These tests are conducted on behalf of the school by Academic Assessment Services (AAS) and provide valuable information about the progress of our students.  There is no requirement to study or prepare for these assessments. The results, in conjunction with other results from students’ ongoing assessments, help us to plan more effectively to meet the needs of students and the year group as a whole. 

While the majority of Year 7 students undertook this testing last November during Orientation, the remainder of students will participate in a catch-up testing day on Thursday 13th February.

Students who are required to undertake this testing are:

  • Year 7 boarding students
  • Year 7 students who were absent for the AAS test last year
  • Years 8 – 11 new students

If your daughter is involved she will receive further information regarding the testing. 

 

Mr Martin Pluss 

Dean of Learning

 

Dates to remember:

Year 7 

Year 7 Parent  Engagement & Education Evening 

Monday 17 Feb | 7pm – 8pm  – GBC level 3

YEARS 7 – 12

Assembly Year 11 RoSA 2020

Wednesday 19 February | 11:55am – 12:55pm – Gym

YEAR 12

Year 12 Parent & Student Academic Plenary Meetings

Year 12 In Class Assessment Block

Friday 21 February  | 3:30pm – 6:30pm GBC – DRC

Monday 9 March– Friday 20 March

YEAR 11

Year 11 Parent and Student Engagement and Education Evening: The Year Ahead

Year 11 Study Skills – Dr Prue Salter

Monday 3 February

Monday 6 April

YEAR 10

Minimum Standard Testing Tuesday 25 February – Wednesday 26 February

YEAR 7 & 9

NAPLAN Online Practice Tuesday 24 March

YEAR 7

Year 7 Parents & Student Study Skills Evening with Prue Salter

Monday 6 April   | 7:00pm – 8:30pm – DRC