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2014 Semester One Report

Carlin McNamara
Year: 8
House: Aloysius
Homeroom Teacher: Timothy Alway
Campus: Burke Hall
Campus Director: Peter Cooper

VSN: 536056285

Xavier College Reporting Key for Semester Reports


Early Years (at Burke Hall and Kostka Hall)
GRADE

REPORT KEY

Well-established The student consistently and independently addresses all facets of the outcome with
accuracy.

Established The student consistently and often independently addresses most facets of the outcome with
accuracy.

Consolidating The student often addresses most facets of the outcome but requires some assistance and
further practice.

Developing The student is beginning to address some facets of the outcome but needs assistance and
ongoing practice.

Not yet evident The student is yet to demonstrate any facets of the outcome and requires assistance in
the development of essential skills.

NA

Not assessed due to extended student absence.

Middle Years (at Burke Hall and Kostka Hall)


GRADE

REPORT KEY

A+

Outstanding The student consistently, automatically and independently addresses all facets of the
outcome with accuracy and creativity.

Well-established The student consistently and independently addresses all facets of the outcome with
accuracy.

B/B+

Established The student consistently and independently addresses most facets of the outcome with
accuracy.

C/C+

Consolidating The student consistently and often independently addresses most facets of the outcome
with accuracy.

D/D+

Developing The student is beginning to address some facets of the outcome but requires some
assistance and ongoing practice to exhibit the requisite skills.

E/E+

Not yet evident The student is yet to demonstrate an appropriate response and requires assistance in the
development of essential skills.

UG

Student work has failed to meet the minimum standard required.

NA

Not assessed due to extended student absence.

NS

Student work not submitted and there is not an acceptable reason.

Senior Campus
GRADE

REPORT KEY

A/A+

Excellent Student work has satisfied criteria at the highest level.

B/B+

Good to very good Student work has satisfied criteria at a high level.

C/C+

Adequate Student work has satisfied criteria at an adequate level.

D/D+

Student work has satisfied criteria at just above the minimum acceptable level.

E/E+

Student work has satisfied criteria at the minimum acceptable level.

UG

Student work has failed to meet the minimum standard required.

NA

Not assessed Student has not submitted work but with a reason.

NS

Not submitted Student has not submitted work and there is not an acceptable reason.

For VCE units 1-4 the following applies:


GRADE

REPORT KEY

GRADE

REPORT KEY

Satisfactory

Not satisfactory

Approaches to learning
These statements reflect a range of approaches to learning that are pertinent to the subject area.
The scale is: needs attention - acceptable - very good - excellent

HOMEROOM REPORT
TIMOTHY ALWAY
PERSONAL MANAGEMENT

Accepts directions from teachers


Demonstrates responsibility and self discipline

Very good
Needs attention

Relates well with his peers

Very good

Arrives punctually

Very good

Is well organised

Needs attention

Shows pride in appearance

Needs attention

Involved in wider life of school

Acceptable

HOMEROOM TEACHER COMMENTS


Carlin has worked inconsistently this semester. Some of his teachers, notably his Italian and Humanities teachers,
comment on a sound application coupled with excellent results. Unfortunately, there are also a number of teachers who
are remarking on a lack of focus in class, an inability to submit work by due dates, an apparent lack of preparation for
tests and assessments and a lack of input in class. There is no doubt that Carlin has the potential for far greater
achievements across all subjects, however, he needs to step up and put in required effort if this is to occur. He is a
friendly and polite member of the homeroom and I hope he cares enough about his learning to apply himself more
appropriately for the remainder of the year.
This semester Carlin has participated enthusiastically in the lunchtime sport program, has assisted his house in house
Tennis and has been a valuable member of the school Tennis and Basketball teams. He is also a member of the
Symphonic Band and Flute Ensemble. This semester Carlin volunteered for Friday night school and he is encouraged
to become more active in the range of Ignatian Service Programs offered. I look forward to working with Carlin for the
remainder of the year where I hope to see improved focus and commitment.

Carlin McNamara

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RELIGIOUS EDUCATION / PERSONAL


DEVELOPMENT
ANNE SLINGO
This semester in RELIGIOUS EDUCATION / PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT:
Students studied the College theme 'A Faith that does Justice' in the light of Catholic teachings, exploring ways they
could take action for a more just world. In reflecting upon the meaning of Jesus life, death and resurrection, students
explored the profound significance of Jesus in their lives and the link between Lent and reconciliation. In examining
models of leadership, students identified key characteristics of leaders including Jesus, St Ignatius and St Paul. They
reflected with peers and year eleven students on storms in their lives, culminating with the Galilee retreat day. In a
study of the signs, symbols and rituals of the Catholic Church, students identified how these guide and enrich their
sacramental lives. The Personal Development Unit explored the theme of self and relationships.
LEARNING OUTCOMES

APPROACHES TO LEARNING

Understand that Lent is a time of reconciliation and


renewal

Explore the qualities of leadership and how these


apply to students lives

Reflect on the Galilee Day experience with the focus


of leadership, friendship and personal storms

A+

Completes all set work punctually

Needs attention
Needs attention

Investigate the use of symbol and ritual to develop


our understanding of the Catholic Faith with a
particular focus on the Mass

B+

Participates in class discussion and


reflection

Show understanding of St Paul as a heroic figure in


the early Church

E+

Demonstrate heightened awareness of issues


relating to conflict resolution

Uses time efficiently

Needs attention

Works independently

Needs attention

Works collaboratively

Acceptable

TEACHER'S COMMENTS
Carlin exhibits a basic understanding of the concepts covered in Religious Education/Personal Development this
semester. His assessment results indicate a need for better preparation. He would benefit from maintaining focus in
class and engaging in discussions to gain a better understanding. Submitting work by its due date will be another focus
area for Carlin. It is difficult to tell whether he is engaged, as he rarely contributes to class discussions. His written
responses certainly exhibit the ability to reflect deeply. It is hoped that, as we move through the year, he will feel more
comfortable about taking part in class discussions as his journal entries show he has much to offer.

Carlin McNamara

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ART
EDWINA MINTERN
This semester in ART:
Students have made and presented ideas of increasing complexity, building on their knowledge of different
technologies, genres and themes within the art, craft and design practices. Through the Self Portrait Lino Prints and
Architectural Drawing units, students have discerned and analysed choices in practical tasks and reflected on
outcomes. Students have gained an insight into the skills, traditions, history and culture of visual arts and artists.
LEARNING OUTCOMES

APPROACHES TO LEARNING

Demonstrate ability to use ICT to create, explore and


present ideas and artworks

Understand and demonstrate skills to a variety of art


forms

Uses time efficiently

Acceptable

Works independently

Very good

Works collaboratively

Very good

Demonstrate creative thought and development in


ideas and designs

C+

Completes all set work punctually

Very good
Very good

Reflect on and display pride in work

C+

Shows care and respect of the art


environment

Respond to relevant artists and artworks

C+

TEACHER'S COMMENTS
Carlin has participated quite well in Art this semester. He has demonstrated that he is interested in experimenting with
new materials and techniques. His work created in the Lino Print Unit was effective in concept and showed a good
application of tone with carving tools. Unfortunately, he did not work through the task with enough conviction, so he was
unable to experiment and explore the printing phase. He is encouraged to put in extra time where possible or move
more swiftly during class time in future tasks. Throughout the Technical Drawing Unit Carlin showed more confidence
and productiveness. He demonstrated drawing with precision and explored isometric techniques. His work may have
benefited from him taking more risks and adding more detail to his work. Carlin maintains a somewhat organized Visual
Diary which is ordered and well presented.

Carlin McNamara

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DRAMA
KATIE SABEL
This semester in DRAMA:
Students developed knowledge, understanding and skills about drama as an art form through improvisation, rehearsal
and performance. They made and responded to drama works independently and with their peers. Students explored
and combined the elements of drama to develop tension and focus dramatic action. Students learned to investigate a
topic and gather factual information to present in a Documentary Drama. They performed drama, developing
expressive skills in voice and movement. Students responded to performances from the past through the study of
Alfred Hitchcock and his formula for creating suspense.
LEARNING OUTCOMES

APPROACHES TO LEARNING

Drive tension and create suspense in a performance


piece

Create a documentary drama performance piece

A+

Perform with technique, energy and presence for an


audience

A+

Ability to analyse a Hitchcock film

Reflect and respond to dramatic performance


through written evaluation

B+

Uses time efficiently

Excellent

Works independently

Excellent

Works collaboratively

Excellent

Completes all set work punctually

Excellent

TEACHER'S COMMENTS
Carlin is a creative drama student. During Semester One, he has used his classroom knowledge to incorporate
dramatic techniques and devices into his performance of Roald Dahls 'Lamb to the Slaughter'. Although a little shy and
reserved at times, He is an engaged and focused member of the drama classroom, who continues to provide
constructive feedback and encouragement to himself and his peers. I congratulate Carlin on his efforts during Semester
One, and encourage him to maintain this throughout the year.

Carlin McNamara

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ENGLISH
JOHN MORRISSY
This semester in ENGLISH:
Students developed their writing skills in a variety of genres, with a focus on persuasive writing, letters and the formal
writing of paragraphs and essays. Students read a variety of texts containing familiar and unfamiliar ideas and
information. Their reading and analysis of such texts included Literature Circles, class novels and film as text.
Students engaged in learning experiences that assisted with further developing their verbal and listening skills.
LEARNING OUTCOMES

APPROACHES TO LEARNING

Analyse texts such as novels, short stories, film and


poetry

C+

Write creative pieces, such as stories/poems

Use conventional punctuation, spelling and grammar

Prepare and deliver oral presentations or debates

C+

Uses time efficiently

Acceptable

Works independently

Acceptable

Works collaboratively

Very good

Completes all set work punctually

FUCKING EPIC

TEACHER'S COMMENTS
Carlin is perfect at everything ily

Carlin McNamara

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HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION


TIMOTHY ALWAY
This semester in HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION:
Students completed activities that developed and assessed Physical Fitness, Ball Handling skills, Gymnastics and
Modified Games. They also studied the major systems of the human body in relation to human performance. Through
participation, students built on basic skills and fitness. They learnt new skills and were exposed to activities that assist
with the development of confidence and knowledge to implement those skills in individual and team sports.
LEARNING OUTCOMES

APPROACHES TO LEARNING

Demonstrate a range of ball skills and apply them


appropriately in modified games

C+

Display a satisfactory level of fitness

B+

Utilise a range of fundamental skills and movement


patterns in HPE classes

Understand the key components of the systems of


the human body with regard to human performance

B+

Analyse rules, techniques and tactics for HPE

Uses time efficiently

Acceptable

Works independently

Acceptable

Works collaboratively

Acceptable

Completes all set work punctually

Acceptable

Brings correct HPE uniform

Very good

TEACHER'S COMMENTS
Carlin is a quiet and happy member of the Health and Physical Education class. He demonstrates ball skills that
continue to develop and he is encouraged to continue focusing in class to further improve these. Carlin participated well
in the Swimming program where he demonstrated competence with his strokes and water safety. He is encouraged to
work on his body position in the water to improve the efficiency of his strokes. Carlins fitness is well rounded and
continues to improve as the year progresses. In Health this semester we have looked at Fitness Components and Body
Systems, including the Muscular, Skeletal, Respiratory and Cardiovascular systems. Carlin has displayed a satisfactory
understanding of these. I look forward to working with him next semester.

Carlin McNamara

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HUMANITIES
MATTHEW DELANEY
This semester in HUMANITIES:
Students have focussed on the structure and conflicts of medieval civilisations and examined how different cultures
have affected the History of human endeavour. They have explored the impact of specific events and developments
upon society in the Middle Ages.
LEARNING OUTCOMES

APPROACHES TO LEARNING

Describe key aspects of daily life for people in


Shogun Japan

Identify the structures of Feudalism in the Medieval


world.

B+

Implement effective research skills utilising Primary


and Secondary sources to justify opinions and
answers, focusing in particular on the impact that the
Plague had on society

Uses time efficiently

Very good

Works independently

Very good

Works collaboratively

Excellent

Completes all set work punctually

Very good

Demonstrate knowledge and skills under examination D


conditions
TEACHER'S COMMENTS
Carlin has worked consistently in Humanities to develop his historical knowledge and research skills. He has strong
source analysis and research skills, applying them to a focus on life in Medieval Europe. His essay on the Black Death
was well researched and insightful. Carlin has consistently shown a pleasing application to tasks and would benefit
from demonstrating the ability to use primary and secondary source material more to support his contentions. While
examining Medieval Japan, he has used competent presentation skills to demonstrate his solid understanding of the
topic. He had difficulty recalling specific detail and demonstrate understanding of the subject matter under exam
conditions.

Carlin McNamara

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INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC
CAROL GALEA
This semester in INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC:
Students studied a musical instrument for the pleasure of solo and/or ensemble playing. They are exposed to the
technical features involved in mastering their instrument. Musical development includes understanding music from the
perspective of music literary, aural development, interpretation and creativity.
LEARNING OUTCOMES

APPROACHES TO LEARNING

Demonstrate appropriate instrumental technique

B+

Uses time efficiently

Very good

Demonstrate competence in music reading

Works independently

Very good

Play the instrument with appropriate coordination

B+

Works collaboratively

Excellent

Play the instrument with correct posture

Completes practice

Very good

Display fluent reading and performance of rhythm

Attends lessons punctually

Acceptable

Show a developing competency in aural skills

B+

TEACHER'S COMMENTS
Carlin has a terrific attitude and has made great progress this semester. He is now playing with a beautifully pure,
lovely tone over the whole range of the flute and no longer struggles to play the notes of the high register. Carlin should
still try to take deeper and fewer breaths so that he can use more air to play loudly and in longer phrases. Carlin has
given some wonderful performances this semester on bass flute in the Flute Ensemble and as first flute in the
Symphonic Band. He is well on the way with his preparations for his Grade Three examination at the end of the year
and is gaining familiarity with his pieces and technical work. Carlin has attended most, but not all, lunchtime rehearsals
Flute Ensemble. However, his attendance at the morning Symphonic Band rehearsals needs to improve.

Carlin McNamara

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ITALIAN
PATRIZIA DE MENEGHI
This semester in ITALIAN:
Students engaged in a lively communicative approach to the development of skills for listening, speaking, reading and
writing, with a clear structural and grammatical progression. Topics included: family; pets; hobbies; and Italian
immigration in Melbourne. Students continued to develop an appreciation of the cultural differences between Italy and
Australia.
LEARNING OUTCOMES

APPROACHES TO LEARNING

Identify one or more items of information in short


spoken texts; follow instructions in the spoken
language

Ask and respond to simple questions in the spoken


language using correct intonation and pronunciation;
read and recite selected texts; participate in role
plays and short conversations

Read and recognise words and ideas in their context

D+

Construct short, grammatically correct sentences;


recall appropriate vocabulary with accurate spelling

A+

Present a Keynote/PowerPoint presentation about


the student's family

Uses time efficiently

Very good

Works independently

Excellent

Works collaboratively

Excellent

Completes all set work punctually

Excellent

TEACHER'S COMMENTS
Carlin has made some progress this semester in Italian. He approaches lessons with increasing positivity and is able to
apply basic language skills in his written and spoken Italian. Carlin is a cooperative student who at times struggles with
the work, he therefore, needs be be proactive toward his studies by seeking clarification when unsure of work and by
participating in class activities. He also needs to regularly revise vocabulary, verbs and points of grammar covered in
class to be able to progress in all areas of the Italian language. Carlin produced an solid ICT assignment on La mia
famiglia.

Carlin McNamara

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LATIN
DAVID WALKER
This semester in LATIN:
Students engaged in the following topics:
- Revision of nouns, verbs, adjectives, prepositions and numerals
- Principal parts of 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th conjugation verbs and of the verb to be
- Perfect tense of 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th conjugation verbs
- Perfect tense of the verb to be
- Questions
LEARNING OUTCOMES

APPROACHES TO LEARNING

Recall and apply new vocabulary

C+

Uses time efficiently

Very good

Recall and analyse new grammatical constructions

Works independently

Very good

Translate Latin sentences into English

Works collaboratively

Very good

Translate English sentences into Latin

D+

Completes all set work punctually

Very good

Recite Paradigms

C+

TEACHER'S COMMENTS
Carlin has worked steadily and cooperatively in class but has struggled with the more challenging aspects of the work.
He has assimilated about fifty per cent of the course contents (vocabulary/grammar/translation) and is able to put those
into practice in a limited range of assessment tasks. He has performed consistently at an average level in translation
and other class exercises. His test results have been reasonable but better results would be achieved by more
frequent revision and a more consistent approach to home study requirements. I congratulate Carlin on his efforts to
date and I encourage him to maintain a positive attitude towards Latin.

Carlin McNamara

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MATHEMATICS
TIMOTHY ALWAY
This semester in MATHEMATICS:
Students used efficient mental and written strategies to carry out the four operations with integers. They recognised the
index laws and applied them to whole numbers. They simplified simple algebraic expressions and made the connection
between expanding and factorising such expressions. They converted between units of length, area and volume and
performed calculations to determine the perimeter and areas of triangles and trapeziums. They determined the
features of circles and calculated the area and circumference of circles.
LEARNING OUTCOMES

APPROACHES TO LEARNING

Demonstrate learnt knowledge and skills and their


application in topic tests and assignments

E+

Solve unfamiliar problems through the selection and


application of appropriate strategies

Display the ability to complete and present work in a


clear, logical and accurate manner

Uses time efficiently

Needs attention

Works independently

Acceptable

Works collaboratively

Needs attention

Completes all set work punctually

Needs attention

TEACHER'S COMMENTS
Carlins approach to Mathematics this Semester seems to have been lackluster. He is a capable student but takes a
passive role in the lessons. After some interventions, most notably towards the end of the semester, Carlin did seem to
take more of an interest in the work and was completing most set tasks. Throughout the Algebra and Equations units
next semester, it is important Carlin pays careful attention during the lessons covering operations involving
pronumerals, especially those involving negatives, as he did find the Integers test at the start of the year challenging.
Carlin is encouraged to reflect on his start to Mathematics this semester and return to class with an enthusiastic and
open mind. I look forward to working with him next semester.

Carlin McNamara

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MUSIC
OLIVIA CHER
This semester in MUSIC:
Students continued to further develop their aural skills and music literacy using Kodaly principles. Students continued
to develop their ensemble skills though the exploration of more complex rhythms and textures through the study and
performance of the ensemble work War Dance. Students explored composition, and improvisation using music
technology as a platform. The students developed their understanding of music in specific cultural contexts through the
exploration of Rock music and the fusion of rock music with other different music styles.
LEARNING OUTCOMES

Improvise, compose and perform music in given


structures

APPROACHES TO LEARNING

C+

Describe personal observations about the


characteristics of music in specific cultural and
historical contexts

Demonstrate skill in music literacy, including music


technology

A+

Uses time efficiently

Acceptable

Works independently

Excellent

Works collaboratively

Very good

Completes all set work punctually

Needs attention

TEACHER'S COMMENTS
Carlins music literacy assessments reflect some fine skills and he is usually a cooperative member of the Music
classroom. Unfortunately his organisation and commitment to home learning have lacked the necessary effort. This has
hindered his ability to improve upon his current skills and has tarnished several of his grades. Carlin has so much to
offer in Music, and I encourage him to strive for his greatest effort in all activities next semester.

Carlin McNamara

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SCIENCE
TIMOTHY ALWAY
This semester in SCIENCE:
Students investigated cells as the basic units of living things and focused on the specialised structures and functions.
They studied how energy appears in different forms including movement (kinetic energy), heat and potential energy.
Students explored the different states of matter and investigated them in terms of the motion and arrangement of
particles.
LEARNING OUTCOMES

APPROACHES TO LEARNING

Complete experimental reports in the required


scientific format

E+

Display knowledge that cells are the basic units of


living things and have specialised structures and
functions

A+

Identify that energy appears in different forms


including movement (kinetic energy), heat and
potential energy, and causes change

D+

Demonstrate an understanding of the difference


between Physical and Chemical change

Uses time efficiently

Acceptable

Works independently

Acceptable

Works collaboratively

Acceptable

Completes all set work punctually


Displays safe laboratory techniques

Needs attention
Very good

TEACHER'S COMMENTS
Carlin has shown an interest in Science this semester, though, I feel he is yet to put in his best effort. His understanding
of concepts has suffered due to this and if he is to achieve grades more reflective of his capabilities he must put in a
greater effort. Carlin is encouraged to take a more active role in the lessons by involving himself in class discussions
and asking questions where necessary. For his scientific reports, Carlin needs to conduct further research to
comprehensively link the results obtained with scientific concepts. Punctuality with work improved towards the end of
the semester, though, does still remain an issue. I hope that Carlin can spend time over the Term 2 holidays reflecting
on his start to Year 8 and returns with an improved application.

Carlin McNamara

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