What parents need to know

CARE MONKEY

At Firbank, we use Care Monkey, a health and safety application. This is an innovative, parent-controlled electronic medical form. In essence, it is an electronic version of the forms such as excursion permission forms. This system reduces the burden on parents to complete many forms throughout the year.

Parents can access and complete the forms using a PC, laptop, tablet or mobile phone to enter details such as: emergency contacts, medical information including asthma and allergies and notes and care instructions which relate to the student.

New Year 7 parents will receive an email from Care Monkey on Thursday, 6 November inviting them to enter the details for their child on the electronic form. This information is owned and controlled by the parent, but is visible to the School.

We would appreciate your assistance in completing the forms as this will ensure that we always have current information about your child.

If your child is new to the School in Year 7, parents will need to complete Care Monkey by 23 November 2016. No student is permitted to go on an excursion or camp unless Care Monkey has been completed and permission has been given by a parent.

WELLBEING

Wellbeing is central to Firbank’s philosophy and the School makes a commitment to provide a safe and secure environment in which students are able to learn and grow.

Each girl will be allocated to one of the four Houses and has a House Mentor who will monitor, on a daily basis, her academic and social development.

The House Mentor is supported by the Head of Year 7, who has overall responsibility for the welfare of the girls. The Head of Year 7 in 2016, is Mrs Mary Johnson.

The Head of Senior School, Ms Jo Field, and the Director of Student Services and Educational Psychologist, Mrs Jenny Vincent Green, provide additional support.

Parents are actively encouraged to inform the School, via the Head of Year, of any concerns they feel may have an impact on student behaviour and performance. 

Your daughter will also join a 'Sisters Group' which comprises girls from Years 7 to 12. This group encourages interaction between year levels and allows for mentoring by older students.

STUDENT LEADERSHIP

Students in Year 7 can stand for election to the Student Council which is made up of students from Years 7 to 12.  At Firbank we view leadership in a broad context as leadership of self is a vital part of a student’s development.

THE RESOURCE CENTRE

The Resource Centre provides both print and online resources and actively supports students’ learning. It is open from 8.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. during the week.

TECHNOLOGY

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THE PORTAL

All Year 7 parents will have a Portal access card which allows parents, via a password, access to information relating to their daughter’s progress in all subjects.  

Your daughter’s individual profile on the Portal contains a list of all her subject teachers with an easy-to-use link to the subject teacher should you have any subject-related questions or concerns.

All results achieved by students are available online.

ABSENTEES

Please call the absentee line 9591 5198 or email absentees@firbank.vic.edu.au if your child is going to be absent due to an illness or an appointment. The absentee line is a 24hr voicemail message, so may be called at any time. Please call or email before 10.00am if your child will be absent for the day.

LESSON TIMES

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ASSESSMENTS, REPORTS & HOMEWORK

ONGOING ASSESSMENTS

Firbank has a policy of ongoing assessment and assessment tasks vary according to the subject, eg. topic tests, assignments, oral tests and practical tasks

REPORTS

Interim online reports and two detailed semester reports at the end of each semester are delivered via the Portal.

During the year, all Year 7 girls will undertake the compulsory NAPLAN assessment and students will also participate in a variety of mathematics, science and language competitions.

Early in Term 1, all students will undertake testing in literacy and numeracy in order to assist the School to identify strengths and weaknessess in these two vital areas of the curriculum.

HOMEWORK

As a general rule, Year 7 students can expect between 60 and 90 minutes of homework per night during the week. Homework tasks vary from subject to subject.