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Sacred Heart College Leadership and staff proactively encourage all students to take pride in their school. This includes participating in College activities to the best of their ability, whether it is House sports or any other curricular or co-curricular activity.

Punctuality is one of the hallmarks of good personal practice and underpins being organised. Our students, as with all staff, are encouraged to arrive punctually to school and to all classes. Please refer to our attendance guidelines for more information.

Homework is a vital element of our students’ learning journey. Our teaching staff will set homework activities that enable students to build on what they have covered in class. In middle school years, this will include projects and assignments that will help them to solidify their numeracy and literacy skills, but also to develop their thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as their self-confidence. In Senior years, students are required to not only complete set tasks and activities but to also undertake self-directed study and review of material covered in class.


Attendance and Punctuality

Students are expected to attend and be punctual to all classes and events. School starts at 8:50 am each day with the Learning Advisor Period.


Absence

In the event of an unplanned absence from school, a telephone message to College Reception, advising of the absence, is required before 9 am. Alternatively, a message can be left on the College answering machine.

Prior notification of planned absences, for example, medical appointments, family events, etc., is appreciated;

A note may be required to support any absence.


Lateness

Students arriving after 9:00 am are required to sign-in at Student Reception. A note or telephone message is required to support the reason for the lateness. Student Reception will provide the student with a late pass;

A note may be required to support any lateness.


Early Departure

Students required to leave school prior to the end of the school day must sign-out at Student Reception prior to leaving the College grounds. Unless prior advice has been provided, a note from a parent or guardian will be required.


Period Times

Mondays:

 Session

Start Time

Finish Time

Learning Advisor

08:50 am

09:20 am

Period 1

09:20 am

10:30 am

Recess

10:30 am

10:50 am

Period 2

10:50 am

12.05 pm

Period 3

12:05 pm

1:15 pm

Lunch

1:15 pm

1:55 pm

Period 4

1:55 pm

3:10 pm

 

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays

 Session

Start Time

Finish Time

Learning Advisor

08:50 am

09:00 am

Period 1

09:00 am

10:15 am

Recess

10:15 am

10:35 am

Period 2

10:35 am

11:55 am

Period 3

11:55 am

01:10 pm

Lunch

01:10 pm

01:55 pm

Period 4

01:55 pm

03:10 pm

 


 


Homework

Homework is seen as vital to support learning that is occurring at school. Homework involves completing work and assignments set by teachers. Importantly, homework should also be used to complete unfinished classwork, revision of classwork and study. The amount of time required for homework varies from student to student but increases significantly in the senior years of schooling.

The following times provide a guide for the different year levels: 

Middle Years

  • Year 7: 4–5 hours per week
  • Year 8: 5–6 hours per week
  • Year 9: 6–8 hours per week

Senior Years

  • Year 10: 8–10 hours per week
  • Year 11 10-12 hours per week
  • Year 12 12-15 hours per week

In the event that, for valid reasons, a student is unable to complete set homework or an assignment by the due date, an explanatory note from the parent or guardian to the teacher concerned is required.

 


Homework Assistance

Homework assistance is available after school at the times advised. These sessions provide students with access to resources and a number of staff are available to assist students requiring extra help.

 


Homework Planning

All students are required to use Calendar, the electronic diary software that comes with their laptop, to plan and record details of homework. Calendar allows students to set the time to undertake homework and record the details of the homework to be undertaken. It even allows students to set alarms to remind themselves of upcoming due dates.

Good study habits are essential for success in learning and the use of the electronic diary system will assist students in organising effective use of their study time.

To make the best use of their homework time, it is recommended that students:

  • record details of all homework tasks and assignments;
  • set reminders for due dates and significant events;
  • record details of timetabled classes at least three days in advance;