Brigidine College´s Homework, Assignments and Assessments Policy

Homework (as at February 2017)
There is much contradictory research on the benefits of homework and the ways that it affects learning. At Brigidine College we believe that homework is an integral part of the collaborative educational process between the student, parent and school.
There are three types of homework that are generally given:
1.    Deliberate practice of things learned in class
2.    Projects or assignments
3.    Study or preparation for assessment tasks
The type of homework given to a student will depend on a number of factors:
1.    The year level of the student
2.    The ability of the student
3.    The time of year
4.    The needs of the teacher and department
The quality of homework is more important than the quantity. Students should receive feedback on homework which is specific and timely. Teachers should also ensure that the purpose of homework is made clear to their students.
Brigidine College believes that mandating hours of homework is not of any benefit. There is, however, benefit in structuring a specific time for homework to be completed or for students to engage in their own learning. There is evidence that suggests this can help students develop time management skills and gives parents a chance to engage with their child’s learning. How this is structured is a decision for parents to make.
School reports are prepared for parents twice yearly. There is also Parent/Student/Teacher interviews scheduled that allow parents to discuss their daughter's progress with the subject teachers.
Assessment in Years 7 - 9
Assessment in Years 7-9 is conducted throughout each Semester with students receiving a grade for their work on their report. The assessment that students are given will be both formative and summative and both of these forms of assessment will be used to determine which NESA Course Performance Descriptor best suits. Students are expected to complete aIl work which has been set by their teachers.
For late submission of assignment/assessment tasks, the following rules apply for students in Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9:
  • Students are to submit work on the day that the assignment/task is due
  • If for no valid reason, a student does not have the work completed on the set day, she must hand in the work which has been completed by that set date
  • The proportion of the assignment which was completed at that stage, will be marked
  • The student is expected to bring her work to school the next day and personally hand it to her subject teacher regardless of whether she has that subject on that day or not
  • Students will receive a penalty for not completing the work which has been set as part of the requirement of the particular course
Assessment in Years 10 - 12
Please see the relevant assessment handbooks for these years.
The Use of Information Technology in Assessment Tasks
As with all assessment work, students are advised to begin preparation early. This provides students with better opportunities to consult with teachers and to overcome any equipment problems.
Students using technology to complete assessment work must back up work on every occasion that they work on the material. Students should print out a hard copy of their most up to date draft of their Assessment Task on every occasion that they add or amend material.
In the event of equipment failure a student must produce, on the day the task is due:
  • The backup copy and/or
  • The last draft print out of the task.
As part of the backup, students must include the assessment item itself and essential notes, statistics, material that is required to complete the task. Students may be asked to produce proof of the equipment failure as soon as it is available, this could include a quote for repairs or a repair invoice specifying the problem.
Problems such as running out of disk space, printer ribbons/cartridges and computer paper are not accepted as equipment failures - they are normal maintenance procedures. Students experiencing difficulties with their computer are advised to consult with their class teacher as soon as the problem is noticed. The student may be advised not to use her computer for assessment work until the problem is solved.
Before a task is due the student needs to check with her teacher on the format required.
Conduct During Examinations
Failure to observe the following rules may result in either a substantial penalty or zero marks being awarded for the examination.
Students must follow the supervising teacher’s instructions:
  • When assembling for the examination
  • During the examination
  • After the examination until all students have left the examination area.
Students must behave in a polite and courteous manner towards the supervising teacher and other students. Students must stop writing immediately when told to do so by the supervising teacher. Students must bring with them all the equipment that will be needed to complete the examination including a stapler.
Students must not:
  1. Begin writing until instructed to do so by the supervising teacher
  2. Speak to any person other than the supervising teacher during the examination or in the examination room
  3. Behave in a way likely to disturb the work of any other student or upset the conduct of the examination
  4. Take into the examination room, or refer to during the examination, any books or notes, any paper or any unauthorised equipment not required to complete the examination
  5. Take a mobile phone or programmable device into the examination room
  6. Take any electronic device into the examination room not required to complete the examination
  7.  Eat in the examination room except as approved by the supervising teacher, e.g. diabetic students
  8.  Leave the examination room without permission from the supervising teacher
If students do not follow these rules, or if they attempt to gain unfair advantage in the examination in any way, students may be asked to leave the examination room.
If students do not make a serious attempt at an examination they may receive a zero mark for the paper and may jeopardise the completion of the course they are undertaking. This may require them to complete the examination at another time.  
Plagiarism involves using the work of another person and presenting it as one’s own. Any of the following acts constitutes plagiarism unless the source of each quotation or piece of borrowed material is clearly acknowledged:
  1. Copying out in full, or in part, any document or audio visual material (including computer based material)
  2. Using or extracting another person’s concepts, experimental results, or conclusions
  3. Summarising another person’s work
  4. Submitting substantially the same final version of any material as another student even when there has been collaborative preparatory work.
If any student is found to plagiarise a penalty will apply.
Encouraging or assisting another person to commit plagiarism is a form of collusion and may attract the same penalty.