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New College Homework Policy

In our continuous pursuit of improved educational outcomes for our students, Ararat College has recently revised its homework policy to ensure that our practices are aligned with what research tells us will produce more rounded, responsible, and academically developed students.

Beginning in Term 2, students will receive regular homework from each teacher.

How can I help as a parent?

One thing that research tells us is that homework should not become a source of frustration or conflict at home.  To this end, it is advised that parents provide a quiet and suitable environment for students to complete their homework, as well as express a positive message about the importance of education and effort.  Of course, helping with homework shouldn't mean spending hours hunched over a desk.  Parents can be supportive by demonstrating study and organization skills, explaining a tricky problem, or just encouraging kids to try something new.

We welcome your feedback regarding how your student is managing the homework requirements of school.  

How long should my child be working on homework?

                  Approximate amount per night (M-F)                 Total weekly amount

Year 7          25 minutes                                                   2 hours

Year 8          30 minutes                                                   2.5 hours

Year 9          35 minutes                                                   3 hours

Year 10        40 minutes                                                   3.5 hours

Year 11        2 hours for each subject each week

Year 12        3-5 hours for each subject each week

In recognition of students who participate in activities such as sport and paid work, in most cases, students will have a week to complete the homework.  

What happens when students don’t complete their homework?

It is critical for student success that high expectations are maintained, therefore, students not completing homework will be expected to spend a portion of their recess and lunchtimes catching up.

What help is available?

The school offers Homework Club for Year 7-10 students on Wednesdays after school in the school library.  In addition, VCE teachers make themselves available for after school tuition in the Senior Centre each Tuesday and Thursday.

What are the overall aims of the Homework Policy?

Please do not hesitate to speak to the school, should you have any queries.

Here are some tips to guide the way:

1.    Set up a homework-friendly area.

       Make sure kids have a well-lit place to complete homework.   Keep supplies — paper,  pencils, glue, scissors — within reach.

2.    Schedule a regular study time.

       Some kids work best in the afternoon, following a snack and  play period; others may prefer to  wait until after dinner.

3.    Help them make a plan.

       On heavy homework nights or when there's an especially hefty  assignment to tackle, encourage your  child break up the work  into manageable chunks. Create a work schedule for the night if  necessary — and take time for a 15-  minute break every hour, if  possible.

4.    Keep distractions to a minimum.

       This means no TV, loud music, or phone calls. (Occasionally,  though, a phone call to a  classmate about an assignment can  be helpful.)

5.    Make sure kids do their own work.

       They won't learn if they don't think for themselves and make  their own mistakes. Parents  can make suggestions and help  with directions. But it's a kid's job to do the learning.

6.    Be a motivator and monitor.    

      Ask about assignments, quizzes, and tests. Give  encouragement, check completed homework,  and make  yourself available for questions and concerns.

7.    Set a good example.

       Do your kids ever see you diligently balancing your budget or  reading a book? Kids are more likely to  follow their parents'  examples than their advice.

8.    Praise their work and efforts.

       Post an aced test or art project on the refrigerator. Mention  academic achievements to relatives.

9.    If there are continuing problems with homework, get help.  Talk about it with your child's teacher. Some kids have trouble  seeing the board and may need glasses; others might need an  evaluation for a learning problem or attention disorder.