Teaching and Learning News
The 2021 school year has commenced with vigour, as we welcome 192 new Year 7 students and farewell our graduating class of 2020. Students are settling into a new timetable structure and in a number of years, into new courses.
Students will shortly receive assessment information in the form of an assessment calendar and assessment grids across all the subjects that they study. This is particularly an opportunity for students to get themselves organised for what promises to be an exciting year in student growth and achievement. I encourage all of our student population to discover the joys of reading and independent learning.
2021 Staff Professional Development
At Bethany College staff are supported to enhance their practice to assist our students with their learning. In 2021 our staff will be engaging in a variety of professional development opportunities that will focus on;
- reading for understanding
- pre assessment to inform student growth
- differentiation of teaching and assessment.
Our professional learning will target student’s ability to analyse and draw inferences when reading a variety of texts. Research suggests that improvement in reading ability correlates with strong growth in student written expression. Furthermore, staff will also investigate best practice methods of differentiation and measuring student growth.
Throughout the year students will be called upon to provide their teachers with feedback through the PIVOT and peer observation initiatives.
Newman Selective Gifted Education Program
As a participating school in the Newman Selective Gifted Education program, Bethany provides a wide range of learning opportunities for our students. To be a Newman accredited school the College must provide evidence of how the curriculum is being modified to meet the needs of our gifted learners. In 2021, the College will be involved in the reaccreditation process facilitated by Sydney Catholic Schools. This is a great opportunity to reaffirm the work of our teachers and students and inform our future directions. Parents, teachers and students of the Newman class will be given opportunities throughout the year to provide feedback on their experiences.
All new Newman Parents are invited to attend the Newman Parent Information Evening on Wednesday, 17th of March from 6:00-7:00pm in Yallunga Hall. Further information will be sent out to families next week.
After School Tutoring Program
Unfortunately due to COVID 19 restrictions, the after school tutoring program is temporarily unavailable. Students can still use the library in the afternoon for private study. The tutors will return once protocols allow for external visitors on site.
Dorian Kipriotis Gregg Conroy
Leader of Teaching Leader of Learning