Dear ADHS Community,
Satisfaction Survey 2018
I thought I would take the opportunity to share some school performance data with our community through the Deakin Digest at points during the year. The extract below is taken from last year’s Student Satisfaction Survey report on Difference from School Type.
The data has been compared with statistically similar schools, with the green highlighted sections representing areas where there is a ten percent or greater difference between ADHS and similar schools.
In short, this data set shows high levels of student satisfaction with a range of aspects of student life at ADHS. Through our ongoing school review and improvement processes we will be working hard to understand the key impacts on student satisfaction levels, as well as how we can continue to grow them.
Large crowds attended both the Year 10 Parent Forum and Year 7 Information Night in recent weeks. It was inspiring for me, having been at ADHS when the approach to parental engagement was redesigned to include the forum concept, to see how successful it has become.
Year 10 parents were provided information on a range of topics of interest to students and parents leading up to and including graduation in December. For Year 10 parents the next forum is scheduled for early in term 2, when Narrabundah and Canberra College Principals will facilitate a Q & A style forum to assist in the transition to College by our students. Dates and times to follow.
The Year 7 ‘Mini Timetable evening was also a huge success. Parents followed their young person’s timetable and visited all their classes. It afforded an opportunity to share, discuss learning expectations and become familiar with the high school environment. It was great to hear from the many parents who shared positive feedback on their child’s first experiences of ADHS.
The Parent Support Group also met on Wednesday of this week with a focus on legal issues affecting young people. Representatives from Legal Aid ACT canvassed a range of topics including Police powers, drugs/alcohol, cyber-safety, sexual consent and employment law. The Youth Law Centre Assists people 12 to 25 years old. It is operated by law students from ANU with a supervising solicitor.
Phone: 6173 5410
Drop in: 2 Allsop Street Canberra
Google Summit @ADHS
During Week 3 Alfred Deakin High School delivered a range of interactive workshop sessions to Year 7 students building skills to best utilise their Chromebook device in:
I want to acknowledge Cara Irvine for an entertaining keynote address and Kellie Williams for coordinating the program.
- Digital Citizenship
- My Google Life
- Organisational skills
- Advance G Suite (sheets, docs, slides, forms)
Unit Outlines for each class this semester have been shared with all students and are available through the Parent Portal. These are important sources of information for students and parents, in that they detail the learning outcomes for the unit and provide information on the assessment tasks, including due dates. Parents can support their young person by sitting down and assisting with the planning and self-regulation of their time, so that peak periods can be anticipated.
Voluntary Contributions & Learning Innovation Funds
ADHS encourages all parents to make their voluntary contributions as soon as they are able. These funds are essential to enhancing student learning outcomes and improving the physical environment and amenities across the school.
In the last Digest I referenced the change in terminology from ‘Subject Consumables’ to ‘Learning Innovation’ in the budgeting process to more accurately reflect the purpose and use of these funds in a 2019 education context. I would like to continue that conversation with the descriptions below of the items contained in the family transaction statement.
Voluntary Contribution – used to improve the physical environs and amenities across the school. Recent works have included outdoor court resurfacing and outdoor sensory space. One contribution per family per year.
Library Trust – used to update Library resources, including e-books. One contribution per family covers the 4 years at ADHS.
Learning Innovation – used by faculties to enhance student learning experiences and innovate new programs of learning. A recent example is the purchase of robots in the STEM area.
Online Subscription – provides students 24 hour online access to learning resources and skill development exercises aligned to the Australian Curriculum. Used in Maths, Science and Languages.
For 2019, fees will be as follows:
Year 7/8: Voluntary Contributions $100
Library Trust $50
Curriculum Innovation $140
Languages, Maths, Science Online Subscriptions $62.50
Year 9/10: Voluntary Contributions $100
Library Trust $50
Curriculum Innovation $180
Maths, Science online Subscriptions $32.50
Year 7/8: Curriculum Innovation $160
Year 9/10: Curriculum Innovation $110
New ACT Assessment & Reporting System
The ACT Education Directorate in currently working on rolling out a new Assessment and Reporting system across all ACT schools. The new system will bring all schools under a common reporting framework, which will eliminate variations in the process and allow the aggregation of data at a whole of system level. ADHS is a pilot school for Semester 1 2019, so parents will notice minor changes in areas such as report formats. We will be writing to parents to detail more of the changes in coming weeks.
I again thank parents for their observance of safety, for giving way to buses and ensuring the flow of traffic in the afternoons. By way of an update, the Education Directorate, working alongside Transport Canberra, have procured a traffic engineer to provide expert advice. As many of you are aware, whilst there are clearly issues within the ADHS carpark they are occurring within the context of Denison Street and Deakin more broadly. I will advise our community of any outcome of these consultations.