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-
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-
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-
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-
Make sure kids have a well-
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-
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.
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