Contemporary educational research and data collated from surveys distributed within our community in 2017 indicates that traditional homework causes a great deal of stress to families, while providing no substantial benefits academically to student performance.
In light of this, it has been determined that Home Learning, other than reading, will be optional for all students at Mother Teresa School from Term 3 2017.
Home Learning tasks are optional activities assigned by teachers that can be completed by students outside of school hours.
Home Learning can include a variety of activities undertaken with the family to consolidate and extend learning as well as participation in family and leisure activities.
There are many links on our website that can be accessed by parents and students. These will be updated and some tasks may be tailored within these sites to accommodate for the needs of students in specific year levels.
Reading is considered an essential skill which forms the only non-negotiable, compulsory component of home learning. Parents are encouraged to engage their children in reading in a variety of ways including listening to them read aloud, reading to them and depending on their age and development, encouraging them to read independently for enjoyment.
While Home Learning will not be formally marked, teachers are encouraged to set time for students to share and celebrate their home learning with their class on a weekly basis.
For further clarification please contact Craig Hart on 62415604 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The ACT Education Directorate has developed these resources to assist with home learning.