Homework

Purpose

Homework is an integral part of the high school program.  It is important because it helps students to develop organisational skills, study habits and the self-discipline needed for further education and study.

Homework is important as it:

  • allows teachers to concentrate during lesson time on work for which direct help and supervision are needed
  • complements classwork because it gives students an opportunity for review and the consolidation of skills
  • helps in meeting class schedules by allowing more time for the completion of course work.

Guidance Given

All students are given Semester Outlines in their subject areas at the beginning of each semester.  These state the course content as well as the assessment tasks and due dates.  Parents should look for these in their students workborks and sign in the parent/carer section. Semester outlines record important dates and assessement information.

Frequency and Amount of Homework

  • At least a week's notice is given for major assignments.  It is common for a month or more lead-time to be given.  Check the Semester Outlines.
  • It is recommended that homework should be done every weekday evening, Monday to Thursday.  Weekend work will be necessary for major assignments.
  • One hour per night in Year 7, increasing each year to two hours per night in Year 10 should normally be enough to complete required homework but high achieving students often do more.  In the case of assignments, planning ahead is essential to reduce the pressure when several deadlines occur near one date.

Parents'/Carers' Role

  • Parents/Carers can help students by discussing homework and assignments (content, approach and planning) and by showing interest and support for their work.  It is important for parents/carers to help with, but not to do, homework.
  • Parents/Carers can assist students with the filling out of the Student Term Planner and organising a study timetable with the student.