Homework is regularly set by all faculties for all students. The class teachers select homework tasks appropriate to their particular class and monitor the completion of these tasks. Records of completion are kept in teachers' mark books.
Follow-up is essential if a particular student fails to regularly complete homework and teachers are encouraged to contact parents if they are concerned about a student's homework record. A homework grade (A to E) is recorded on the semester report of each student in Years 7 to 10.
Even if homework tasks are not directly set for a given evening, students are expected to revise the class work that has been done during the day, work on longer term projects and assignments and spend some time reading material of their own choice.
Regular homework is encouraged to:
- develop students' ability to research and analyse subject-related material
- develop and extend students' skills, understanding and knowledge
- provide a source of assessment
- develop students' organisational skills.
Recommended time for homework
- Years 7 to 8; at least 1 hour for 5 out of 7 nights per week.
- Years 9 to 10; at least 1.5 to 2 hours for 5 out of 7 nights per week.
- Years 11 to 12; at least 2 to 3 hours for 5 out of 7 nights per week.
Available at recess and lunch time in C4.
Strategies to provide good discipline and effective learning within the school
Practices which foster positive discipline are an essential part of our school's behaviour management.
These practices include:
- The provision of an appropriate curriculum that meets the needs of all Kingswood High School students, including enrichment and remediation programs.
- Teachers promoting a classroom climate which fosters mutual respect and valuing of people's differences.
- Encouraging all students to achieve their potential by learning to the best of their ability.
- Providing a range of teaching strategies and learning activities that create a learning environment where all students can succeed as both independent and co-operative learners.
- group work
- peer tutoring
- provision of homework, extension and remediation work
- use of support personnel for example support teacher learning, English as a second language (ESL), counsellor, home school liaison officer (HSLO), support teacher behaviour (STB)
- consistently recognising and commending students' effort and achievement at individual, class, faculty and whole-school levels
- maintaining an attractive and stimulating classroom environment
- use of effective classroom management techniques
- provision of training and development activities
- regular liaison with parents regarding the progress of their children
- provision of early intervention programs that support good discipline and effective learning, such as skillstreaming, I Can Do It behaviour management program, peer mediation, remedial reading scheme, peer support, teacher mentoring, outside agency programs
- development of positive relationships with local service groups, community and government agencies and local police
- staff modeling of consistent, caring and calm behaviour and peaceable dispute resolution practices.