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Term 2 Week 6: From the Deputy Principal | Learning and Staff Development

Assessment and Reporting
As a learning community, semester reporting is well upon us. The summative, point in time, nature of this type of reporting is important for academic tracking and provides students and their parents, an opportunity for reflection and goal setting for the semester ahead. The classroom teacher is responsible for the academic care and wellbeing of the students in their care, and uses a variety of data sources to inform and evidence the learning growth of their students.

Formative feedback and feedforward, which is ongoing throughout the learning cycle, guides the student in the next steps of their learning. Our challenge as teachers is how we best share this feedback with parents. Some teachers use SEQTA to record comments. These can be accessed by clicking on the speech bubble near the assessment title and mark. Others use Google Docs to annotate student work. Primary staff often use portfolios, work samples and peer reflections to feedback on learning. I encourage all parents to ask their children to show them the feedback provided to them to shape their learning. The classroom teacher is also the best contact in regard to how feedback is shared with students.

Siena Learning Centre - Marcellin Campus
My sincere thanks and gratitude extends to the library and information services staff as we move and settle into the newly refreshed and refurbished Siena Learning Centre. The Learning Centre is another example, across our College, of a flexible learning space for staff and students. The space is characterised by collaborative areas, meeting rooms, flexible furnishing and access to library resources and Information Technology support services. The Marcellin Campus Homework Club is now located and operational in the new space and the feedback from students has been very positive. The Lavalla Campus Homework Club has also proved to be very rewarding for students in attendance. Thank you to the staff who have led this program; Mrs Di Piruk, Mrs Sarah Pagett and Mrs Allison Le Dan, teachers and Marist Youth Mentors; Emily Redwood, Michael Heelan and Molly Rafter who have actively supported the students as they prepare for upcoming examinations and assessments. The peer tutoring between students has been delightful to witness.

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Code of Conduct
A reminder to all families that the Code of Conduct can be accessed via the College website. The Code is mandated by Catholic Education Western Australia and the application of the code extends to all staff, students, parents, guardians, caregivers and volunteers. In future editions of Newman News we will outline guidelines for each conduct statement.

Code of Conduct Statement 1 - Act safely and competently
This means that you
• You are expected to put the safety of students ahead of every other relevant but secondary consideration.
• In doing so, you are expected to act within the scope of your expertise and role within the school community.
• You recognise that the Principal, staff, parents and students assess your ability to act safely and competently based on your behaviour and decision making, and you do likewise in your assessment of them.
• You are responsible for conducting yourself in all things such that there is no speculation, doubt or ambiguity that you do so in the best interests of students.
• You must take reasonable steps to avoid situations where your decisions or behaviour could be interpreted as putting students at risk.
• You must also notify the Principal as soon as possible if you found yourself in such a position of ambiguity so that you can explain the circumstances.
• You ensure that any information you receive relevant to the safety and well-being of students is either acted upon by you in the best interests of the student if you are the relevant decision maker, or passed to the relevant decision maker for them to act.

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