Teacher Presence and Routine 

  • Student learning is paramount and teachers are expected to teach on their feet – this means being present with students, moving to and with students, coaching and monitoring progress and achievement within each lessons. Teachers should not work on their computers when teaching or directly supervising student learning.
  • Pro-actively monitoring student action and attitudes builds relationships and improves student responsiveness and behaviour.

Class Placement and Promotion of Students

Teachers should report to the Director of Teaching and Learning by the middle of Term 3 if they have a concern that one of their students may not be able to meet the requirements of their current year level. 

Class placements for the following year are communicated to parents via Administration in a coordinated approach via SMS to families, this may occur late in Term 4 should staffing be finalised for the following year.

Inclusion Support 

If a teacher believes a student may need support, they should contact the Head of Inclusion Support who will, in collaboration with the Director of Teaching and Learning, determine whether an Education Support Officer (ESO) is required to support the student.

Students who require additional support will require documentation to assist with securing funding.  Teaching staff are required to work with the Head of Inclusion Support to enable this information to be obtained and remain up to date.

Additional support for students with English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD) need to be discussed with the Director of Teaching and Learning.

Homework

Current research shows that homework has some benefits for older students but is of little benefit for younger students.

We encourage primary aged children to spend time playing outside, participating in family conversations and chores, engaging in literature, music and sport, and developing their own gifts and interests.  Nightly reading is vital for all primary aged students and we expect all students from Foundation to Year 6 to participate in a formal nightly reading program.

Teachers are to plan homework with a clear purpose, aligned with the units being taught, and to set clear and reasonable expectations for students.

Teachers are responsible to ensure their students complete required tasks they have set both within and outside of class-time and to supervise students who fail to meet their expectations. 

See the section on Classroom Culture, Management and Routines for more information on homework.

Assemblies

  • Teachers attend assemblies with their Pastoral Care Group and while at assemblies, manage student behaviour.
  • Staff attending College assemblies actively listen and participate and do not undertake other work during this time.
  • Assemblies are an important part of College life, providing a regular opportunity to share information, recognise student achievements.

See the section on Classroom Culture, Management and Routines for more information on assemblies.

Lighting, Air Conditioning and Heating

  • Lights are to be turned off during recess and lunch times and at the end of the day.
  • Heaters may be left on at recess time on cold days however not to over-heat rooms as this can cause students to become drowsy and feel unwell.
  • Air conditioners should be set to 23°C in summer.  Each degree under this consumes up to 10% more energy at significant cost.  Doors are to be kept closed to keep room temperature constant and to help the air conditioner work effectively.
  • At the end of each day, air conditioning units are to be switched off, windows closed and locked and blinds are closed.

Cleaning

  • Teachers are responsible for general room tidiness and maintenance.
  • General purpose classrooms areas are vacuumed or mopped regularly by the cleaners.
  • Staff should advise students to place chairs on desks on the days cleaning occurs.
  • All teachers are requested to ensure that teaching areas are left neat and tidy at the end of each day, and the floor is clear of rubbish.  The areas must also be uncluttered, making it easily accessible to cleaning staff. The classroom teacher may choose to allocate appropriate cleaning tasks to monitors on a rostered basis.
  • Classroom bins are emptied regularly by cleaning staff.
  • When carpets are steam cleaned teachers are requested to move all student desks, chairs and other light furniture to one side of the room.  For Work Health Safety reasons desks should not be stacked unless you have help to do so.  The floor space should be left as clear as possible.
  • At the end of the year all shelving should be neat and clean with walls removed of blu-tack and tapes and any repair work identified.