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Assessment Policy | Assessment Late Submission Policy | Junior School Attendance Policy

Junior Sub-School (Years 7 & 8)


Introducing the Team:

Students in the Junior School are supported by a team of Student Managers and Educational Support staff that can be contacted any time.

Jodi McAuley

Attendance (7/8)

Sally Sherman

Head of Junior School

Ian Box

Student Manager (Year 7)

Chelsea Craig

Student Manager (Year 8)

Daniel Hickey

Student Manager (Year 7)

Shaun Rawson

Student Manager (Year 8)

Fiona Frost

Junior School Assistant


Student are exposed to a wide range of different subjects in the Junior School so that they can start questioning and thinking about their future pathways within Fountain Gate secondary and beyond.

We believe school should be an inclusive environment that is safe for all students and staff to achieve their best. This is supported with the Victorian Curriculum and Respectful Relationships program. Students have access to a range of supports to help them achieve their best while at school and in the community. Students have access to Sub school Mangers to help with academic and social issues at school and extensive wellbeing team and educational support staff to build relationships so they have a strong connectedness to school and peers.

Student’s success is celebrated with awards ceremonies, student of the month and attendance awards. In class teachers recognise student’s hard work with golden tickets and merit certificates. We believe it is important to recognise students for outstanding work, effort and demonstrating positive school values as it increases student confidence, learning outcomes and connectedness to school.

Academic Intervention Program:

At the end of term 1,2&3 the junior sub school looks at all the students learning habits achievements and students who are below the school’s expectations of academic achievement or effort may be put on our Academic Support List which will support them setting goals, staying up-to-date with work, getting organised and to take ownership of their studies.

To help in this process, it is suggested parents log on to Compass and look at your students learning habits report and have conversations with your student about the goals that they have set at Conference Day.

If you have any difficulty in logging on to Compass or have forgotten your password, please contact the College.

Camps

Camps are a great learning experience for students; they develop team building and leadership skills. Students develop growth in confidence and are able to overcome limitations they face and these skills can be transferred to everyday practice at school.

Year 7 Camp – Phillip Island Adventure Resort Camp

Year 8 Camp – Rubicon Educational Outdoor Camp

Attendance Policy

In the Junior School all Year 7-8 Students must have 80% attendance in a class to gain an ‘S’ (Satisfactory) on their report for that subject. This very important policy has commenced to make sure that Junior School students are prepared for their future pathways (All VCE students must have 90% attendance to pass VCE Units).

An approved absence in the Junior School can be:

  • Medical – must supply a medical certificate
  • Dental appointment - must supply a medical certificate
  • Extended Family Holidays (school must be notified two weeks in advance so work can be arranged for absent student)
  • Hospitalised
  • Bereavement
  • Court
  • Religious/Cultural observances
  • Camp, excursion or school activity.
  • Student Free Day – School choice

Below is a table to help Year 7-8 Junior School Students and their families understand the different warning stages they will be given before an ‘N’ (Not Satisfactory) is given for a subject:

The Fountain Gate Academic Policy states:

At Junior School to gain an “S” for a unit of work students must:

Year 7/8 Attendance Table

STAGE 1

10% ABSENT UNAPPROVED

STAGE 2

BELOW 20% ABSENT UNAPPROVED

STAGE 3

OVER 20% ABSENT UNAPPROVED

  • Incident put on Compass by Junior School Team.
  • Email & text sent home by Attendance Officer.
  • Student managers to speak to student and place an attendance concern sticker in the planner of student.
  • Incident put on Compass by Junior School Team.
  • Second email & text sent home by Attendance Officer.
  • Student Support Group organised by Junior School Team.
  • Incident put on Compass by Junior School Team.
  • Third email & text sent home by Attendance Officer.
  • Student Support Group organised by Junior School Team.
  • Be at standard within the majority of progression points.
  • Above 40% on all assessment areas.
  • Complete all set work requirements.
  • Complete all set CATs, tests and subject examinations.
  • Submit work that is clearly his/her own work.
  • Attend 80% or more of all timetabled classes.

*PLEASE NOTE:

  • Students will be given the VELs progression point achieved for each subject on ALL REPORTS even if they haven’t met the attendance requirements.
  • Parents/guardians should be aware that DET guidelines require all student absences to be accounted for, and parents/guardians must advise the school of any absences via text, phone call or note in order to ensure the school and the child’s teachers are aware of absences, regardless of reason for student absence.
  • Failure to notify school of reasons for absences may lead to DET being notified of continual unapproved absences. If, following contact by letter, email or text, no explanation has been provided within 10 school days, the absence will be recorded as an unapproved absence. Any certificate for medical or dental appointments must be submitted within 10 days of student returning to school. Any certificates submitted after this time will not be accepted.
  • If parent/guardian contacts the school and the reason for student absence does not fall under the ‘Approved Absence’ list, the absence will be recorded as ‘Parent Choice – Unauthorised’ and will count towards unapproved absences.