Curriculum Initiatives

Connect

Connect is the Department of Education’s online environment which provides teachers, students and parents with secure access to a collaborative online learning environment via the internet.  For more information click here.

Elevate Education

Carine Senior High School has implemented Elevate Education study skills from Years 7 to 12. This comprehensive whole school study skills program works with parents, teachers and students to introduce study techniques, time management skills, interview and writing skills and exam preparation in a range of modules delivered by Elevate presenters. The program is facilitated by a Library Homework and Study Scheduled staffed by specialist teachers every morning and afternoon in the Library at no cost to families.

Study and Homework Program

Our school recognises the value and importance of homework and study as integral to supporting students to achieve to their full potential.  Homework is part of a planned approach by teachers to provide relevant opportunities for students to practice and extend their learning, independent of the class environment. This is also the time students would be expected to finish work not completed in class time or missed through absence. Invariably, assessment tasks require some independent work to be completed away from the college.  In order to support the completion of homework and assessment tasks our school offers students free teacher-supervised homework and study assistance in the school library before and after school from Monday to Friday.

Semesterised Report Reviews

Our school is committed to raising the expectations and standards of every student. At the end of each semester reporting period thePrincipal leads a review of Year 7-10 student’s Attitude, Behaviour and Effort (ABE)achievement. Student that demonstrate a high number of ‘sometimes’ and ‘seldoms’ in ABE achievement are identified by the Student Services team. The review process includes student and parent meetings and the implementation of an ABE Improvement Plan. Improvement is monitored and a report completed at the end of Term 3 and Term 4.

Making Thinking Visible

As part of our school’s commitment to improving the teaching and learning process, a number of teachers have embraced the Making Thinking Visible approach to teaching, meeting regularly along with teachers from the local primary schools, forming a Visible Thinking Learning Community.

Making Thinking Visible is an approach coming from Harvard University which has been trialled in schools across the globe. It makes use of many of the collaborative learning approaches developed previously, but requires teachers to analyse lessons in terms of the thinking students are required to do during the lesson. It emphasises that understanding is not a type of thinking but an outcome of thinking.

‘When we create opportunities for thinking, we must realise that students’ thinking may still be invisible to us. To make sure thinking isn’t left to chance and to provide us with the information we need in order to respond to students’ learning needs, we must also make their thinking visible.’ P27 Making Thinking Visible R Richhart, M Church, K Morrison.