Nagle College aims to foster a desire for knowledge, an excitement about learning, independence in thinking and a commitment to the community. We provide a curriculum that aims to meet the needs of all students and cater for the myriad of educational and vocational pathways available to them in a challenging, enriching and supportive learning environment. The Junior Secondary School program recognises individual differences in students and aims to provide experiences which assist them to become independent learners. Opportunities for choice, for determining goals and outcomes, and for working at the individual's own pace foster this independence. We work to provide curriculum programs that will give students the skills to work autonomously, and in groups, and to make meaning of their world.
Nagle College offers a Year 9 Program aimed at engaging the students at their stage and age of learning. Students complete a program consisting of a combination of compulsory units and special interest elective units. Special emphasis is given to a practical, hands-on approach to learning in special interest elective units, providing students with the opportunity to broaden and deepen their learning.
Through the broad range of academic subjects, co-curricula and community activities, students are able to access learning opportunities in a very holistic way. The academic programs are also designed to give students a balanced curriculum that will provide access to the pathways offered in Senior School including the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), Vocational Education and Training (VET) and the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). We also offer the Vocational Preparation Program (VP) at Year 10. This program incorporates nationally recognised training and can be tailored to suit a student's interests and needs. In addition there is the opportunity for students to undertake an Australian School-based Apprenticeship (ASbA).
Homework is an important component of the Nagle College Educational Program. Homework:
Year 7 and 8 average 1 to 1.5 hours of homework five nights per week.
Year 9 and 10 average 1.5 to 2 hours of homework five nights per week.
Year 11 and 12 average 2 to 3 hours of homework five nights per week.
The above is a guide only and allowance for individual differences is given.
Assessment and Reporting
Assessment and reporting are essential components of challenging and engaging learning programs. Through assessment and reporting valuable and regular feedback is provided to students and parents at Nagle College. We use assessment and reporting to support students in their learning programs, and to make clear links between learning and achievement. We encourage students to reflect on their learning and develop independence and control of their own education. Assessment and reporting takes place in an environment of trust and considers the learning needs of students and their programs.
Assessment at Nagle College is seen as an integral part of teaching, and not merely a tool to assess learning. Assessment is fair and appropriate for the task at hand and takes many forms, both informal and formal. Assessment tasks may include, but are not limited to, essays, oral presentations, quizzes, tests, exams, reports, models and performances. Assessment tasks are corrected and graded in a timely manner and formative feedback is provided.
Reporting is an integral part of hte communciation between teachers, students and parents. Through effective communication we support student learning and enhance the relationships between teachers, students and parents. All students at Nagle College receive regular feedback about achievements in their learning programs. Nagle College formally reports to students and parents throughout a semester. Mid-semester reports provide information on work habits and general progress for students and parents. End of semester reports are a detailed summary of the main achievements and areas for improvement for students. Semester reports have a mixture of written information and grades. The end of semester report has a varity of formats to satisfy the demands of different report styles and learning programs. The main requirements are the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS) in Years 7 to 10; the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE); the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) and Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs.