Term 2, Week 8 - Friday 19 June 2020

Term 2, Week 8 Update

2020 has been a year of learning in the way that we implement our teaching and learning processes at Rostrevor College. Thankfully, we had already planned to introduce our new online learning platform, SEQTA, which is designed to allow our learners to have greater clarity about the learning and assessment goals and receive timely feedback to influence their point of need learning. 

This ongoing form of assessment was based on the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) that questioned the role of the traditional end of semester school report after finding most provide little indication of students' learning growth and are increasingly becoming superseded by newer communication technologies that allow for continuous reporting. Click here to read the ACER article. Professor John Hattie had also conducted some meta research that looked at the indicators of teaching and learning which provided the greatest increase in student outcomes. An overview of the results can be viewed here.

"Traditional semester reports require significant time and resourcing to produce and, by the time parents receive them, the information is often outdated and un-actionable," Dr Hollingsworth stated in the ACER report. The report recommended that schools investigate continuous forms of reporting as one means of streamlining communications to parents and caregivers.

SEQTA allows you and your son/s to achieve feedback in real time learning closer to the point of assessment. It allows our learners to reflect on what is working well, what can be improved and the focus of the next steps in the learning cycle.

We have asked our teachers to provide greater clarity of assessment and detailed feedback at this point of need learning so that the boys can immediately act on this, rather than waiting for the end of semester report.

What does this mean for our Rostrevor community?  The end of semester reports will look a little different to previous versions. They will provide a snapshot of how your son is achieving against the Australian Curriculum or SACE outcomes.

We are responding to the current, evolving research which indicates that student outcomes increase more significantly when we can provide feedback about learning in real time. Our world is evolving and ever-changing and we want to support our boys to be critical, creative and responsive learners so that the emphasis is on teacher feedback and self-reflection where the boys are an active, crucial participant in this role. The recent world events have highlighted the need for responsive, adaptable, reflective learners who can adapt to changing circumstances yet perform at their best to support our ever-changing world and make a difference. 

Our daily interactions at Rostrevor are founded on respect, dignity, excellence and empowerment and we trust that these fundamental values continue to be core to the learning that occurs. We are grateful for the close partnership that our families and students have demonstrated throughout this time of uncertainty. Whilst many aspects of our 'external' world experienced change, we are thankful that we could continue the learning and support of one another and consider how these actions could make a difference to our wider community. The Semester 1 Reports that provide this snapshot will be available on SEQTA Engage from Monday 6 July. Information on how to access reports on Engage and Learn will be emailed to all families.

Thank you to our Year 12 and Junior Years families who have responded to our recent Parent-Student-Teacher Interviews by telephone. An email with further details about our upcoming telephone interviews in Week 10 for students in Years 7-11 has now been sent. Thank you for continuing to work in partnership with us as we work to support your boys to be their very best.

A recent article in Raising Teenagers relating to the impact COVID-19 has had on Year 12 students was very insightful and may be of interest, particularly to Year 12 families. Click here to read the article.

Nicole Laube
Deputy Principal Dean of Faculty (R-12)

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Enrolment of siblings

As a reminder to our parent community, if you would like to enrol a sibling of a current student please contact our Enrolments Officer on enrolments@rostrevor.sa.edu.au or phone
(08) 8364 8244.  Specifically, if you are seeking a 2021 enrolment of a sibling, applications should be being completed and submitted now.  Further information can be found on the College website 'Enrolling at Rostrevor'.

Term Dates

2020 Term Dates

Term 1: Wednesday 29 January to Thursday 9 April 2020
Term 2: Tuesday 28 April to Wednesday 1 July 2020
Term 3: Monday 20 July to Friday 25 September 2020
Term 4:  Monday 12 October to Friday 4 December 2020