Curriculum

Subjects Offered in Years 7-10

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Subjects Offered in Year 11

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Subjects Offered in Year 12

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Subject Fees

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Student Assessment & Reporting

Years 7 – 10

 In 2019, James Fallon HS will introduce a policy of ongoing reporting and feedback. The aim of this is to ensure that assessment and reporting assists in the learning of our students by giving them timely and valuable feedback so that they can achieve their best.

The following is an outline of the roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders regarding assessment and reporting at James Fallon HS.

Student Responsibility: Students will:

  • Complete all tasks on time and to the best of their ability so that an accurate assessment of their learning can be made.
  • utilise feedback to improve and enhance their learning opportunities.
  • communicate with teachers to identify specific strategies to improve learning outcomes.

 Teacher Responsibility: Teachers will:

  • report to parents/carer/students utilising the Sentral Continuous Assessment function after each formal assessment task and a minimum of once per term (this report may be based on either formative or summative assessment).
  • provide feedback that is inclusive of any formal assessment tasks and, in the absence of such tasks, communicate about any formative assessment (i.e. class work).
  • utilise the feedback proforma as a guideline to ensure consistency of teacher practice.
  • adopt a professional tone when communicating with parents/carers/students.
  • provide feedback to parents/carers/students within 2 weeks of completing the task.
  • complete a ‘check box’ style report twice a year to provide feedback on learning habits and attitudes as well as providing an overall grade (see schedule).
  • be available at Parent-Teacher Interviews to provide further detail about each child to parents.

 Year Advisor Responsibility: Year Advisers will:

  • provide a written progress report at the end of the school year on each student whose parents/carers have chosen to opt-in and receive such a report (Term 4, Week 8)

Head Teacher Responsibility: Head Teachers will:

  • monitor the process
  • support teachers to complete their reports to parents

 Parent/Carer Responsibility: Parents/Carers will:

  • utilise the Parent Portal to stay informed about their child’s learning
  • discuss student feedback with their child
  • communicate any concerns with the appropriate teachers
  • attend parent teacher interviews to discuss student progress
  • Request a Year Advisor report if necessary

Years 11 & 12

 (Refer also to Course Information Booklets for Years 11 & 12 and also Year 11 Course and HSC Assessment Guides. These are handed to students at the commencement of their courses and are available on the school website)

In Terms One, Two and Three of Year 11, students will study for, and be assessed on, the Higher School Certificate Year 11 Course. Assessment for the Year 11 Course at James Fallon High School directly reflects the NSW Education Standards Authority’s (NESA) requirements for Higher School Certificate Assessment. The school determines which students have satisfactorily met the requirements of the Year 11 Course on the basis of application, attendance and assessment.

Students are counselled and parents advised where students are considered to be at risk. Notification to parents is a Department requirement. At the end of Term Three, the Year 11 Course is examined.  Students will receive a report on their performance in the Year 11 Course.  It will detail both examination and assessment marks.

Students who have satisfactorily met the requirements of the Year 11 Course may proceed to the Higher School Certificate Course of study which commences in Term Four of Year 11. On commencing the Higher School Certificate Course in Term Four, students will be provided with an assessment policy and timetable prepared to meet the requirements for the award of a Higher School Certificate.

In Year 12, the Trial Higher School Certificate Course Examinations will take place in Weeks 9 and 10 of Term 2. Reports will be issued at the end of Term 1 and final reports at the end of Term 3.

Regular staff comment is sought on the progress of students at risk.  These students are counselled, and advised appropriately, by the Principal, Deputy Principals, Faculty Head Teacher and the Student Advisor.

Parent/Teacher Evenings

Parent /Teacher evenings are held at various times each year. Year 7 to 10 parent/teacher evenings are early in Term 3. Year 11 and 12 parent/teacher interviews are early in Term 2. An online appointment system (SOBS Online) operates to ensure the most effective use of parent and teacher time. Parents receive an Invitation to attend and instructions on how to book appointments with the Half Yearly Student Reports.

Parents have an open invitation to discuss placement, progress, careers, adjustment problems, etc. with relevant staff members without waiting for the parent/teacher evening. 

The Principal and Deputy Principals are always pleased to see parents. Careers Advisor, School Counsellor, Student Advisors, Head Teachers and the Student Advisor (Girls & Boys) are ready to advise and assist in their own areas of responsibility.

Learning Support

There is a range of support provided for students of JFHS to achieve optimal educational outcomes. Our school uses learning programs and specialised staff where needed and we work in partnership with parents and carers to assist students who have special learning needs.

We have Learning and Support Teachers (LaST), Student Learning Support Officers (SLSO) and an EAL/D teacher. This team of people provide students and staff specialised support to enhance the learning opportunities of all students. We monitor each student’s progress and provide additional learning support as required. Individual Learning/Education Plans are developed to cater specifically for individual needs and goals within the school setting.

Our school is committed to working with Aboriginal parents and community members in developing personalised plans for our Aboriginal students.

JFHS will has a Learning Centre room centralising services, providing learning resources for staff and students and enabling a wider range of student needs to be addressed.

Library

Our school library has seen a wonderful transformation over the past few years. Our enthusiastic Librarian, Mrs Katherine Kane, has worked extremely hard to revitalise the Library. There is always an amazing display for students to see and student work is proudly displayed throughout.

The Library has an extensive collection of books and other educational resources. In addition to book and audio visual materials, the library subscribes to numerous pamphlets, periodicals and newspapers. The library is open for borrowing throughout the day. The library administration has been changed over to the OLIVER computerised system. Students also have access to computers, tablets and printers/photocopier. The library is connected to the internet and Intranet systems.

Homework Centre

The Homework Centre operates on Tuesday afternoons from 3.30pm to 5.00pm in the Library. We always have amazing staff on hand to assist students with homework, assessments and class work. We put on a delicious afternoon tea. All are welcome and we always look forward to seeing new faces.

Senior Study

Throughout 2019 straight after school classes finish on Monday  ( 3:30 – 5:30) the library is open to all senior students (Years 11 & 12) for senior study.

A teacher is always there to supervise and assist throughout the two hours. All senior students are welcome and strongly encouraged to come.

Extra-Curricular Activities

The school provides students with various opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities. Some of these activities include:

Bush Tukka and Café J

 Indigenous students at James Fallon High participate in running a ‘Bush Tukka Cafe’.

Students have shared ownership of the Senior Retail Cafe, ‘Cafe J’ where they actively participate in the organisation and running of their Bush Tukka Cafe. An adjacent kitchen allows students to create products for sale. Students gain an understanding of the realities of running a small business and they gain skills and knowledge which equip them for life beyond school.

Students studying the Vocational

Educational course Retail Services in Years

11 and 12 are responsible for operating the Cafe where they have the opportunity to gain skills and competencies valued in the workplace.  Students work as part of a team to communicate effectively and solve problems associated with operating a small business. The Cafe provides an excellent opportunity for students to be innovative and enterprising, as well gaining confidence in managing their own learning.

 Performing Arts

Performing arts at James Fallon includes the Wakakirri, the biennial Musical, opportunities to attend the Riverina and State Dance Festivals and participation in local and regional events.

In the last nine years James Fallon has produced ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, ‘Love Will Tear us Apart and Eat our Brains’, ‘Into the Woods’, ‘The Lion King’ and ‘The Addams Family’.  Every second year a student company is formed that finances and produces the show. Students from years 7 to 11 in every part of the school are encouraged to take part. It is great fun especially the last night when huge energy and adrenalin kick in to push the show to great heights.

James Fallon also participates in many theatre festivals and competitions such as ‘The Weeping Candle Cup’ (Theatre Sports) and ‘Sport for love’ (Shakespeare)

Wakakirri (formerly known as The Rock Eisteddfod)

The aim of Wakakirri is to teach students about themselves and others through creating and sharing stories and by this process develop students’ educational outcomes, lifestyle choices and community awareness.  A great story can change the way people think about the world around them and Wakakirri gives schools the opportunity to do just that.

Each year hundreds of schools across Australia create Story-Dances for Wakakirri that reflect their students’ thoughts, ideas and aspirations. These stories are performed in professional theatres in front of the official ‘Wakakirri Panel’ who are searching for ‘Story of the Year’. Over 1 million people watch Wakakirri performances each year.

Wakakirri is a very significant part of the Creative and Performing Arts at James Fallon High School. Around 150 students and teachers work during sport for three terms to prepare for the dance/drama performance.

Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a challenging and rewarding program for young people aged between 14 and 25. There are 5 million participants in over 100 countries around the world.

The basic idea of the Award is individual challenge. As everyone is different, so too are the challenges that young people undertake to achieve the Award. There are three levels – Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each of these levels has four sections – Skills, Service, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey. At James Fallon High School the Journey section is undertaken in the form of a canoe trip. We run two 3-day trips each year, both on different sections of the Murray River between Albury and Yarrawonga.

The other sections of the Award are undertaken in the participant’s own time. Activities commonly undertaken include 

  • Volunteer work in the care of animals;
  • Assisting charity organisations;
  • Participation in a wide range of sports;
  • Student Representative Council;
  • Peer tutoring in reading;
  • Coaching sporting teams;
  • Umpiring;
  • Music;
  • Art;
  • Photography;
  • Woodwork

Transition Program

The process of making the transition from primary to high school is one that is taken most seriously at James Fallon High School. Gone are the days when students might have done a tour through their local high school, then walked in the next year and be seated into classes. It has been proven by extensive research that a successful transition program is of enormous benefit to students, which has flow on effects for their entire school career.

James Fallon High School (JFHS) is significantly advantaged by being part of a strong and positive learning community – the Northern Spirit Learning Community. Comprising of James Fallon and partner schools Albury North Public School, Gerogery Public School, Glenroy Public School, Hume Public School, Table Top Public School and Thurgoona Public School. This group works together extensively to provide maximum opportunities for all of its 1700 students.

By the time our students enter the school gates with their families in Year 7, they are extremely well prepared for the next natural stage in their school lives. They are well supported by their Year Advisor, who has a timetabled period with them each fortnight, and there are many “getting to know you” activities, including Term 1 aquatics for sport.

The strength of these programs is enhanced by the strong parent partnerships we have in our school. Families are such an important part of the process of school education in any year. Ignore the so-called high school “cool factor” and remain involved in the school lives of your children. If there are any concerns or questions at any time, families are welcome to contact the school. Furthermore, the friendships that families form with each other become a lasting feature of JFHS, and are a very positive part of our school community.

The orientation day program includes:

  • a literacy and numeracy assessment
  • free BBQ lunch hosted by our SRC
  • activities designed to help Year 6 students better understand our school, such as :
  • finding key locations around JFHS
  • understanding processes at JFHS (all the “what do I do if…” questions)
  • learning to read a timetable    
  • meeting new friends from other schools