The Homework Guidelines of Hennessy Catholic College are intended to:


The Nature of Homework
Homework should be seen as an extension of school work, allowing students to continue their studies in a different environment with more time and a wider range of resources than is possible in the classroom.

Homework is an important part of the secondary curriculum and varies according to the requirements of each subject, the method of teaching and the progress of students. Homework is defined as:

Reading newspapers, watching current affairs and news programs and then discussing the issues with household members and relating these issues to particular subjects are important homework tasks.


The Communication Diary
Students must use a communication diary to record their homework. Diaries should be on students' desks during the lesson and all homework should be recorded on the day that it is given with the due date. Assessment tasks should be recorded with reminders closer to the due date, so that the possibility of 'forgetting' is minimised.


The Role of Parents/Guardians
Parents need to check and sign the diaries, as they are a valuable point of communication between the teacher and the home. Such parental monitoring will assist students in developing sound study and homework habits.

Parents are encouraged to take an active interest in their child's homework, but not, of course, to the extent of doing it for them.

There may be times when no homework is given as the nature of the course may require all activities to be confined to the school. However, it can be assumed that, given the guidelines outlined above, students will be involved in homework activities of one sort or another for much of their course of study.

Parents should not expect that homework be given in every subject every day. However, they should feel free to extend students' interests in any number of ways - having books and magazines around the house, encouraging the watching of suitable television programs, especially on ABC and SBS.

Parents will be advised if a student has continual difficulty in submitting assignments by the due date, or is disregarding homework requirements.

Homework Requirements
A general guideline would be that students complete each night (on average):

Year 7:                  30 min
Year 8:                  45 min

Year  9:                 1 hour
Year 10:                1 hour
Year 11:                1.5 hours

Year 12:                2 hours

It is unusual to expect work to be completed for the next lesson unless state by the teacher.