Study

The College insists on very high standards of class effort and general behaviour at all year levels and all students are expected to comply with the College behaviour expectations. Students are also required, regardless of year level, to ensure that all home work in completed and returned on time.

For further information on Study Requirements please see below.

Homework Policy

Homework is an integral part of the academic life at Cornerstone Christian College. Our aim is to help every student to engage in their learning programs and achieve success. Parents can help their children take responsibility for their own homework in the following ways:

  1. Arrange a quiet place for your child to study.
  2. Negotiate a suitable time – some children need to unwind from their day first; others prefer to do it straight away.
  3. Set an alarm clock for the appropriate time then leave your child to get on by themselves. Younger children or students facing learning difficulties may need more encouragement.
  • If your child is experiencing difficulties with homework, please see your child’s teacher – it may be appropriate to set less, or make modifications etc.
  • If your child is completing the set homework quickly then encourage your child to read or study for the remainder of time, play games such as chess or monopoly, research an interesting topic. Alternatively, talk to the class teacher about extension work for your child.
  • Monitor your child’s homework diary and sign it each week. All homework and due dates should be entered into the diary.

Homework is set each night to reinforce basic skills and to encourage good study habits, according to the guidelines below. These times are meant to be broadly indicative for an average child. They are based on a 4 day working week. If Friday is seen as a night ‘off’ or some other day is consumed by another activity, the time should be made up on the weekend, or another night.

If your child is consistently exceeding the recommended time allocations below, please speak with the Deputy Principal.

Year Group/s Recommended Total Time Guideline
Year 7 & 8 1 hour i.e. 4 hrs/wk
Year 9 & 10 1 ½ hours i.e. 6 hrs/wk
Year 11 & 12 (ATAR) 2-3 hours i.e. 12 hrs/wk
Year 11 & 12 (Non ATAR) 1-2 hours i.e. 8 hrs/wk

Special Consideration Policy

It is possible to make special arrangements in various areas for students with special needs. Parents who believe that their son/daughter has special needs should discuss their concerns with the Deputy Principal in the first instance. In sensitive areas, parents may wish to consult directly with the teachers involved in providing your child’s programs.

Cheating and Plagiarism

The College expects all students to conduct themselves with personal and academic integrity. Cheating and plagiarism will be treated as serious incidents.

Cheating is obtaining or attempting to obtain academic credit for work by dishonest, deceptive or fraudulent means.

Plagiarism is using the ideas or work of others (either directly or in part) as if it were one’s own, without giving acknowledgement to the source. For example, it is very important that students do not cut and paste from their internet research, unless they are making a direct quote and the origin of the text is clearly stated.

Presentation Standards

All work submitted is expected to be of “publishable” standard. This will vary according to year level, but in broad terms, work should always be a student’s best work, in publishable condition, presented tidily and using expected academic standards of referencing and structure, according to the expectation of the Year Level.

Satisfactory Progress Requirements

Cornerstone Christian College is committed to providing an environment which is conducive to success, and a studious classroom environment. This cannot be achieved if there are significant numbers of students who are not committed to putting in a good effort.

Our philosophy is that we expect all students to demonstrate their commitment to their study, and their general performance and behaviour in school, within each calendar year.

For further details about the expectations and procedures, please see the section ‘STUDENT BEHAVIOURAL and ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS’ published in the student handbook.

Assignment Policy

Assignments must be handed in to the classroom teacher on or before the day they are due.

Any late assignments must be handed to the relevant teacher who will note the date and time on the assignment. They will be given a lowered grade but must still be completed within a reasonable time or disciplinary action will follow. If there are special circumstances causing lateness or requiring an extension, a letter of explanation must be given to the relevant teacher for approval prior to the due date.

Extensions of time may be given for reasonable requests, but students must see the relevant teacher well before the day on which the work is due.

Failure to submit an assignment in Year 11 and 12 could result in the student not receiving credit for the subject in that semester.

Assessment Policy

Homework, although set by the school and seen as an important discipline for preparing students for future study and work, is not the sole responsibility of the school or individual teachers. Most grade and subject teachers will set homework.

However, since Christian education is a partnership between the teachers and the parents, and because of the fact that teachers are not able to supervise work outside of school hours, it is seen as the responsibility of parents to ensure that their child regularly and thoroughly completes the homework set. This is a parental responsibility.

It is widely acknowledged that the positive effects of homework include:

  • Immediate achievement and learning
  • Better retention of factual knowledge
  • Increased understanding
  • Better critical thinking, concept formation, information processing
  • Curriculum enrichment
  • Long-term academic effects
  • Willingness to learn during leisure time
  • Improved attitude towards school
  • Better study habits and skills
  • Non-academic effects
  • Greater self-direction
  • Greater self-discipline
  • Better time organisation
  • More inquisitiveness
  • More independent problem solving
  • Greater parental appreciation of and involvement in schooling

Teachers will supervise the marking of the homework on the day that it is due. If a pattern becomes apparent that shows a student is not completing set homework without notification from the parent, the parent of the child concerned will be contacted via the discipline system.
The following information is to be closely observed by all teachers with regard to all students from year 7 to 10.

1. All of the assessments set by the subject teachers on their assessment grid are to be completed by the student or a mark of zero will be allocated. It is up to the student to organise with the teacher an alternative time if he/she cannot sit a test.
2. Many factors such as camps, excursions and meetings will influence the subject assessment grids. It is the responsibility of the student to maintain their organisational skills to successfully complete the course. Teachers may set alternative tasks (to be completed in the same academic term of the year) if students have a valid reason for not submitting a task on time but it is totally up to the teacher how they will accumulate a student’s marks from their assessment grids.
3. For assessments and assignments submitted late (without what the teacher deems to be a fair and reasonable excuse) the following penalties will apply- 10% of your marks lost for every school day late. More than 10 school days late = no marks awarded but work is to be completed or a replacement task/project will be set (at the discretion of the teacher). At this point in time, the teacher will communicate the ‘failure to submit’ to the parents and refer it to the Student Services Coordinator.
4. Staff will endeavour to return marked assignment work within 10 school days of the due date.

Note that it is the responsibility of the student to give late work to the teachers, not for the teachers to have to ‘chase it up’.

5. Homework diaries are essentially the responsibility of the students. They are to be kept neat and tidy and graffiti free at all times. Students should record the number of hours spent doing homework each week. Parents and form teachers must sign then at least weekly, and preferably make a comment of they wish to. Teachers will use diaries as one channel of communication with parents (email/Engrade being another as required), remembering to be encouraging wherever possible.
6. All students are to hand their assignment work to their teacher. If they cannot be located, it can be handed into Student Services (Front Office). Student Services will date and sign it before passing it on to the teacher.

It is obvious that the above guidelines need to be interpreted in the light of the age of the student. However, if from an early age, high standards of compliance are established and communicated to the home, the problems associated with slackness and irresponsibility should be negated. It is important that the teacher avoid getting into a situation where nagging and continual coercion and punishment are required to obtain homework from a child. It is far better that the school establishes this as a family concern to be managed at home.

The difference between homework and assignment work needs to be made clear:

Homework is practice of skills learnt – this may include Math’s and spelling skills, reading, English practice, Science homework etc. Homework will not be worth more than 10% in any school subject program.

Assignment work is often worth a lot of marks. Teachers will not set any more than 2 home assignments per term per subject. The remainder of any assessments will be completed during class time at school. However, if students do not use their class time to good advantage, they may need to complete their work at home. However, this is a time management skill that students will need to learn.

Computer Use

It is a definite advantage for students to be familiar with how to use a computing device for research and educational purposes, and having access to a computer and internet at home is desirable, but not essential. It is critical that students and parents read, discuss and sign the “ICT User Agreement”. This document outlines the conditions for use of computing devices while being a student at Cornerstone Christian College.

At times, students will have private study classes. Sometimes, the computers will be available, but access is not guaranteed. Students may store their work on their personal USB or cloud drive. Approval must be sought before printing documents – this is particularly important when a student wants to print something in colour.

It is crucial that students restrict their activities on the computer to those that have been approved by the teacher. If a student is found to be doing something on the computer that has not been authorised by a teacher or given as a specific instruction, it will be deemed an act of disobedience.

If a student is found using computers in an inappropriate way, they can expect to either receive a warning or be told that they have lost the privilege of using the school’s computers or personal devices. Device use is deemed a privilege and if students abuse the privilege, they can expect to lose it for a time (as deemed appropriate by the College’s Leadership Team). Students may also be issued with a ‘STEP’ or ‘STEPs’ (See Behaviour Related Issues and Consequences) if the incident warrants such a response.

Students in years 11 and 12 may bring ‘approved’ devices to school and use them during instructional hours. The appropriate device needs to be selected by the student to suit them. For example a tablet may suffice or a student may needs something ergonomically larger such as a lap top. It must be noted that the College does not take any responsibility for any breakages or loss. Students in years 9-10 may bring a college approved device to aid with learning difficulties. Permission is to be sought from the Deputy Principal.

Students in years 7-8 must bring their personal device as per the “ICT User Agreement”

All students are issued with a computer ‘Log On Account’ by the school’s Information Technology Manager. When using the school’s computers, students must use their designated Log On Account.