Academic excellence is encouraged and supported with ongoing opportunity for all students for example extension maths, specialist languages, GATE along with competitions such as ICAS, SpellingBee and Baymaths
Students and parents have the added level of confidence that when they move into Year 9 at Aquinas College they will be familiar with the school, its routines and culture.
Head of Faculty: Mr Shem Banbury
Phone: 543 2400
Students then have access to specialist teaching in the following subjects;
Check out some of student work below.
Year 8 Movies – Term 4
ASSESSMENT MEETING – WEEK 11 TERM 1
A short assessment meeting where your child’s assessment results will be reviewed and goals for the year established.
WRITTEN REPORT – TERM 2
The first National Standards Report is issued in Week 9 of Term 2. Student portfolios at this stage of the year include key diagnostic testing documents, students work and some subject assessments.
STUDENT LED CONFERENCE – TERM 3
There is a Student Led Conference held at the beginning of Term 3 to discuss any issues from your child’s report.
WRITTEN REPORT – TERM 4
The second National Standards report is issued in Week 8 of Term 4. This report covers the entire year of work for your child with information from diagnostic testing, subject tests and classroom work.
At Aquinas College students are judged against the National Standards at the end of Terms 2 and 4 in both Year 7 and Year 8.
Teachers use a variety of assessments to gain an overall picture of the level that your child is working at. These may include formal tests, classwork, assignments or homework. A teacher then makes an Overall Teacher Judgement (OTJ) to see if your child is well below, below, at or above the National Standard for that subject. It is important to note that all effort is given to ensure that students are not assessed against the National Standards based on one test or one piece of work.
Below are exemplars for National Standard reporting
Year 7 Dean: Ms Kate Krauts
Phone: 543 2400
Year 8 Dean: Mr Peter Braid
Phone: 543 2400
As a school, we have decided that no one device fits all learners, and are therefore offering choice with regards to the device that students may use.
The expectation is that you do not need to purchase a brand new device. If you have a device at home that is compatible with our system, we would encourage you to bring it. This device could include iPads, tablets or laptops. However, the minimum specifications we recommend for use in the classroom are listed below.
7.9 inch screen(diagonal)
For those who are thinking of upgrading or buying a new machine we would recommend the following laptop specifications.
11 inch screen laptop
128G storage preferred (64G storage minimum)
PLEASE NOTE – Students do not need to purchase the Office suite. It is provided by the school for installation on any device that students may use. This includes laptops, home PC’s and mobiles.
Phones (whether smart phones or not) are not a requirement. While a number of students will have them, they do not need them at school.
The only time your child should have their phone out in Year 7/8 is after permission has been given.
They are not to be used at breaks or in class as a toy/recording device/music tool.
Students are asked not to connect with you throughout the day for you to pick them up due to illness, tell you how their day is or of any problems they may be having .
All communication to and from you should be done through the office to avoid phones being a distraction in class.