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Bacchus Marsh Grammar e-News
Issue 5  |  02 March 2016
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It was pleasing to hear the positive feedback from so many people in relation to the information evenings and early parent-teacher interviews. These are vital elements of the communication process and it is always good to hear that they have gone well. Equally we value feedback when things have not been as parents had hoped so that we may look to improve our processes.

Another area that is central to school/parent communication is student reports. At present I have begun a process of beginning to review our reporting structure and format. For me, the clear goals are:

  1. That reports are timely and give an accurate picture of a child’s development and learning in relation to that which is expected but also enable a clear mapping of a student’s progress or growth.
  2. The report reflects a real knowledge of the student and providing a “snap shot” of a student’s clearly articulated goals and pointers that enable a student to continue to improve.

I had cause to read my Year 12 report from the 1970’s during the holidays. It was single sheet with Mark, Position in Class and a one line hand written comment. Whilst this is perhaps extreme, the picture that was painted was clear, accurate and future orientated and many less trees were killed in its production than we currently do each Semester.

As we commence this process of review I would like to receive comment and feedback from parents about the things they would like to see us incorporate in a new reporting structure and format. If you would like to make comment please send me an email via: school@bmg.vic.edu.au This address is accessed by myself and my Assistant Michelle Graham.


Andrew A. Neal


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