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 Policies Relating to Learning

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is cheating. Plagiarism is the deliberate or accidental presentation of someone else’s work as one’s own. Work includes: thoughts, opinions; phrases, sentences, paragraphs or whole presentations; and maps, pictures, cartoons, photographs, graphs, tables, charts, statistics, field study or laboratory results. 

The problems include students’ deliberately submitting work that is not their own without acknowledging the source; plagiarising because they have difficulty in text-referencing; and not acknowledging ideas from a source because they have paraphrased these.

When it is realized that a students have submitted work that is not their own, they will receive the lowest possible grade and their parents will be informed. The students will have the chance to resubmit the work in case they had done all the preparation but had inadvertently failed to acknowledge sources. However, there will generally be very tight time constraints on the resubmission.

Timeliness of assignments

Students must submit assignments by the due date. If the assignment has not been submitted, then the student is required to submit as much of the assignment as has been completed, even if this is only rough notes or a first draft, on either, at the teacher’s discretion, the next day or the next lesson for that subject.

For spoken or performed assessment, if scripts are to be submitted, all students are required to submit these on the same due date, before any presentations begin, regardless of the order of performance. 

Assignment_Policy.pdf

Assignment Extension Application Form

Drafts

The purpose of viewing student drafts is to provide students with feedback so that improvements can be made to the response. Drafting is a consultation process, not a marking process.

Students in Years 8 to 10 are permitted a maximum of 1 draft, in Year 11 a maximum of 2 drafts, and in Year 12 a maximum of 1 draft. Exceptions to this require negotiation with the teacher.

Teachers may consult, negotiate and give feedback to provide ethical guidance and to monitor student work. Feedback may be written and/or verbal and may be provided to individuals and/or the whole class. 

Drafting feedback may

  • indicate aspects of the response that need to be improved or developed in order to meet the criteria
  • ask the student to reflect on strategies they might use to refine their work
  • direct students to aspects of the instrument-specific criteria sheet to identify areas they need to review
  • advise students to consider other aspects of their response and to provide more detail
  • direct students to give priority to the most important points by rearranging the sequence and structure of ideas
  • direct students to conduct further research or substantiate points made with references
  • ensure occupational health and safety requirements are followed, provide ethical guidance and monitor student work
  • indicate textual errors on a sample section of the work but teachers will not indicate all the textual errors
  • direct students to consider other aspects of the text, to work on their role as writer/speaker and to show more awareness of the audience
  • advise students to provide stronger links to the physical activity  (Physical Education)
  • not specify the procedures, nor lead the student through a series of steps to reach a solution, if the task is intended to demonstrate high initiative (Maths)

Exam procedures and expectations for students in Years 11 and 12

Attendance

  • You do not attend homeroom, but MUST sign in and out at the Office.
  • If you are ill, you need to contact the Office and also obtain a medical certificate.

Dress

  • You are required to wear correct uniform (dress or sports, hats during breaks) although senior jerseys are allowed.
  • The school rules concerning no wearing makeup and jewellry apply.
  • Change out of uniform if not going directly home after an exam.

During the exam sessions

  • Ensure you are present at the exam room at the starting time – no extra time will be allowed if you are late.
  • All exams will finish at the same time.
  • If your exam does not start at the beginning of the session, bring study books. You will be required to store these under your chair once your exam is ready to start.
  • Bring a novel in case you finish early. You will be able to read this after you have handed in your test paper.
  • You are not allowed to leave the room until the end of the session.
  • Bring equipment, including writing implements, stapler, other equipment or notes as required for particular exams. No borrowing of equipment will be permitted.
  • Maintain silence on entering the exam room.
  • Do not open papers until directed to do so.
  • Put your hand up to attract the attention of the supervisor.
  • Do not look around the room as this could be interpreted as looking at other people’s work.
  • Mobile phones/iPods must NOT be brought into the exam room. Ensure that mobile phones have been turned off.

Morning tea and lunch breaks

  • After an exam, you may have a 20 min break before moving to the study room. Similarly, before an exam, you may have a 20 min break.
  • Unless these breaks occur in normal morning tea and lunch times, you should be under ER building .
  • Do not congregate in the ampitheatre at any time other than the morning tea and lunch times of the rest of the school.
  • Do not play games (eg. handball) at any time other than the morning tea and lunch times of the rest of the school.

Study sessions

  • You must be in the study room unless on a meal break or in an exam. The room is not available during normal break times.
  • The study room is for QUIET study.
  • No food or drink (other than water) is allowed in the room.
  • It may be possible for you to use computers while in the study room.
  • iPods/MP3 players may be used but must not be audible to anyone nearby. 

General

  • When moving to and from exams, be considerate of the other students.
  • Leave school bags on racks on the Sacred Heart site or outside MHC during an exam.
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