Banora Bulletin

Edition 10 - Week 1 Term 4

Congratulations to Ingrid and our Year 12 Dancers on Callback nominations

We have been informed today that two of our HSC dance students have received nominations for Callback. Callback is a selection of outstanding performances and projects of Higher School Certificate Dance students. It is managed by the Arts Unit, NSW Department of Education. The nominations for inclusion in Callback are:

  • Kiana De Van Der Schueren for Core Performance
  • Kiana De Van Der Schueren for Major Study Performance
  • Lily Mackie for Core Performance
  • Lily Mackie for Major Study Performance

Congratulations go to the students and Ingrid for all of the work she puts in to getting the dancers to this amazing standard. A job well done!!

Sharing ideas around Strategic Direction 1 Rules of Engagement - Teaching Tips

Marzano Design Question 6

What will I do to establish and maintain rules and procedures?

Links to Australian Professional Standards for teachers:

  • 4.2.2 Establish and maintain orderly and workable routines to create an environment where student time is spent on learning tasks
  • 4.3.2 Manage challenging behaviours by establishing negotiating clear expectations with students and address discipline issues promptly, fairly and respectfully

Effective classroom management is essential in every classroom. This should be a fundamental goal for all of our teachers and our students should be able to expect that in our endeavours to inspire them to achieve their personal best; become lifelong learners and healthy, creative members of society we will establish and maintain rules and procedures that produce safe and fair learning environments. Students must understand what is expected of their behaviour in class. Rules are related to general expectations of student behaviour and procedures are related to specific expectations of student behaviour. Consideration should be given to students having some input into the development of rules and procedures. It is important to keep the rules as simple as possible and focus on the main expectations, keeping the number of rules to a minimum.

When should I establish rules and procedures?

  • The beginning of the school year is the best time to establish rules and procedures.
  • Periodically review the rules and procedures. This might occur when the teacher notices a lapse in students' compliance with the rules and procedures. It could also be a regular review at the start of each term or semester.

Why is it important?

It is important that BPHS students are clear about what they are expected to do and how they are expected to do it. In a study of 228 variables which could potentially affect student achievement classroom management had the most influence (ASOT, Marzano 2007).

What have we done so far?

  1. Induction program - At the commencement of 2015, when we started on our induction program, staff were asked to ensure that all Banora Point High School stage 4 and 5 students had a copy of their classroom rules in the front of their books.
  2. Art and Science of Teaching training. As part of our Art and Science of Teaching training, all staff received training related to establishing and maintaining classroom rules and procedures.
  3. We have established a design team to develop some draft protocols, policy and norms related to establishing and maintaining classroom rules and procedures. Our Design Question 6 Design Team consists of Lachlan and Marelda. They have been working on doing an horizon scan on what is current research, BPHS understanding and practices related to this question. Currently they are collecting information from every KLA related to what is being done to establish and maintain rule sand procedures by teachers in each KLA. They are currently developing a framework for establishing and maintaining classroom rules and procedures.

We need to continue to focus on developing a learning culture where:

  • "...positive and respectful relationships across the school community underpin a productive learning environment and supports students' development of strong identities as learners."
  • "...students are self-aware, build positive relationships and actively contribute to the school, the community and the society in which they live."

(School Excellence Framework)

What's coming up?

Post NAPLAN Literacy and Numeracy Focus - repeat from Bulletin 9

NAPLAN Analysis

The NAPLAN analysis team will have the analysis and strategies ready to share in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime we need to keep the focus on the fundamental literacy and numeracy strategies identified in your programs and in this bulletin.

Working with children check

The Working with Children Check will be phased in for secondary teachers between 1 Apr 2016 to 31 Mar 2017. Please check this link for more details:

Working with children check Phase-in schedule for existing workers