TEACHING AND LEARNING
We are inclusive of all and celebrate diversity
We take pride in ourselves and our physical and social community
We show kindness to each other
We are accountable for our own actions
We resolve differences in constructive ways
We contribute positively to our community
We aspire to exceed our potential
We challenge ourselves to be continuously improving
We embrace opportunities
This is a friendly school where students have the opportunity to do well in many areas.
We want you to participate enthusiastically in all aspects of college life and strive to do your best at all times.
OUR EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY
Ararat College aims to develop individuals who are confident in the process of learning and who are open to change. The college strives to promote a climate conducive to personal growth and self-directed learning. Our college aims to prepare our students for teenage living, employment, tertiary studies and family and community life.
Teachers conduct Common Assessment Tasks (CATs) throughout their classes and student results will then be published a short time after submission and will include:
A description of the task
Student achievement result in percentage form
Written feedback from the teacher outlining what the student has achieved, what they need to address and actions to take moving forward
This ‘real time’ written feedback allows parents to be more actively involved in their child’s learning. Teachers can work with students to identify future learning goals and students are more accountable for their work habits.
We believe that providing more detailed ‘real time’ feedback to students and families will only strengthen the learning outcomes of all our students.
Parent Teacher Interviews - End of Term one and three
Student Reports - End of Term two and four
Parents will be given an opportunity to discuss their child’s report at parent/teacher interviews. These occur towards the end of term 1 and term 3. However, parents are welcome to phone the college at any time to arrange an appointment to discuss the progress of their child.
STUDENT RECOGNITION PROGRAM
The college has a student recognition program that operates on a semester basis. Students who achieve excellent academic results are eligible for Academic Awards, while those who display excellent conduct and effort become eligible for an A Team Award. We believe these awards serve not only as recognition but also as evidence that students can use at interviews for employment and/or course entrance. Students also receive recognition each week for special achievements in the College.