New slant on homework
Once the bugbear of students and parents, homework has taken on a new look at Blackbutt State School.
A new homework policy has been developed in consultation with the school community and it aims to provide students with the opportunity to consolidate their classroom experiences and involve the whole family in their learning.
Principal Mrs Gayle Williamson said Education Queensland requires all Queensland State Schools to develop a school homework policy in consultation with the school community.
“Homework teaches patterns of behaviour for lifelong learning beyond the classroom and helps the whole family to become involved in their child’s learning experience,’’ she said.
“The setting of homework takes into account the need for all our students to have a balanced lifestyle including special time for family, recreation, community and cultural pursuits outside school.
“At Blackbutt State School, teachers will connect with parents and caregivers to ask if they would like homework provided for their children.
“Teachers will provide homework to those students whose parents or caregivers request it. Homework will be marked and students who consistently do their homework will be given feedback.”
Mrs Williamson said there are no negative consequences for those students who do not complete or return their homework.
“Students will not miss out on fun activities or play time at school to finish homework,’’ she said. “Homework is just what it says - work completed at home.”
Mrs Williamson said parents and caregivers are encouraged to read through the new homework policy which can be viewed on the school website.