2011 Annual School Report - Birrong Boys High School

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Birrong Boys’ High School
Annual School Report
Our school at a glance

Students                                                  Student achievement in 2011
In February 2011, enrolments averaged 404                 The following is a summation of the academic
students at Birrong Boys High School. About 90%           results by students in the NAPLAN, School
are from Non-English Speaking Backgrounds. The            Certificate and Higher School Certificate.
largest groups are from Middle Eastern, Asian             Literacy – NAPLAN Year 7
and Pacific Islander backgrounds. Altogether,
over 30 different nationalities are represented in
                                                          NAPLAN       tested   and reported        student
the school.
                                                          achievement in four areas: Reading, Writing,
                                                          Spelling and Grammar. The results for these tests
Staff                                                     are now reported over 6 bands, the lowest
Birrong Boys High School boasts an experienced            starting at 4, the highest at 9; the majority of
and very stable teaching and ancillary staff. The         students achieved across bands 4 to 6. In reading
majority of staff members have been teaching in           the results indicated a reduction in the
our school for more than 5 years. All staff work to       percentage of students achieving band 4 (lowest
ensure that quality teaching programs are                 band). In spelling there was nearly a 50%
provided for all students.                                reduction in students achieving band 4 compared
                                                          to the school average 2008-2011, with an
All teaching staff meet the professional                  increase in bands 7 and 8 and double the number
requirements for teaching in NSW public                   in band 9.
schools.

Significant programs and initiatives                      Numeracy – NAPLAN Year 7
As part of the Priority Action School (PAS)
                                                          NAPLAN tests are reported over 6 bands, the
program, extra funding has allowed for the
                                                          lowest being 4 and the highest 9. Whilst the
employment of a Deputy Principal Teaching and
                                                          majority of students were placed in the lower to
Learning, and two literacy and two numeracy co-
                                                          mid bands, there was a drop in the number of
ordinators.
                                                          students in band 4. Our ongoing focus will
Staff received ongoing professional learning in
                                                          attempt to move students from the lower bands
the areas of literacy and numeracy, and support
                                                          to the middle and higher bands.
was provided to develop programs using the
Quality Teaching model.
A number of programs and initiatives were                 Literacy – NAPLAN Year 9
introduced including:
                                                          NAPLAN      tested     and reported       student
       a highly successful gifted and talented           achievement in four areas Reading, Writing,
        program which increased levels of                 Spelling and Grammar. The results are reported
        student    engagement      and    raised          over 6 bands the lowest being 5 and the highest
        expectations,                                     is 10. The majority of students were placed in the
                                                          lower bands and for reading there was some
       a Study Skills Program for Year 10                improvement in band 9, where the percentage
        students which assisted students to               was higher compared to the school average 2008-
        thoroughly prepare for their School               2011.
        Certificate examinations.

Our PAS funds will continue to support the                Numeracy – NAPLAN Year 9
development of quality teaching and learning
programs with particular emphasis on Years 7 to           NAPLAN tests are reported over 6 bands, the
10. The PAS program will also provide more                lowest being 5 and the highest 10. Results from
options and opportunities for our school to               2011 tests indicate an increase in band 7 with a
maximise student learning outcomes.                       drop in bands 9 and 10. Whilst the majority of
                                                          students were placed in the lower to mid bands,


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8% of students achieved results in the top two            school where ninety percent of students have a
bands, 55% achieved band 5 or 6, representing an          language background other than English and
increase from 2010.                                       where there are over thirty cultural and linguistic
School Certificate                                        backgrounds represented among the student
In 2011, 70 students sat for the School Certificate       body. This diversity makes the school the
examination. Results in English indicate a                stimulating, interesting and successful school that
continuing trend of movement of students from             it is.
the lower to higher bands, while in Mathematics
                                                          The school community is committed to
bands 1 and 5 are consistent with school average
                                                          promoting our school motto “From Each His
2007-2010 and a slight increase in band 6. In
                                                          Best”. We provide a safe and challenging learning
Science and History there was a significant
                                                          environment which focuses on academic
movement from lower to middle bands
                                                          achievement and student engagement. The
compared to school average 2007-2010.
                                                          school community focuses on highlighting the
                                                          best of Birrong across all areas of school life, this
Higher School Certificate                                 is evident in student achievement and
Forty nine students sat for the Higher School             participation in creative arts, sport, debating and
Certificate in 2011. Some pleasing results were           a wide range of community programs that are
achieved in Advanced English with 14.28% of               offered.
students achieving at band 5 and 28.57% at band
                                                          I certify that the information in this report is the
4 with no students obtaining bands 1 or 2. In
                                                          result of a rigorous school self- evaluation
Ancient History 8.33% obtained band 5, 25%
                                                          process and is a balanced and genuine account of
band 4. In Mathematics, 11.76% achieved band 5,
                                                          the school’s achievements and areas for
29.41% achieved band 4. In Business Studies 20%
                                                          development.
achieved band 5, in Geography 16.66% were
awarded a band 5 and 66.66% a band 4. ESL                 Ms Arety Dassaklis
results were very pleasing with 100% of student’s
obtaining a band 3 (37.5%) or 4 (62.5%). In
Modern History 30% of students achieved band 5
                                                          P & C and/or School Council message
and 20% band 4. In Music 16.66% obtained band             Parents have been active this year in partnership
6, 49.99% were awarded a band 3 (33.33%) or 4             in educating our boys through a range of
(16.66%). In Physics 71.42% were awarded a                activities: regular parent meetings, parent and
band 4. In Visual Arts 84.6% gained above band 3.         teacher evenings, subject information evenings,
While in Information Technology 16.66 % gained            workshops and selection committees.
a band 5. The school’s objective to improve HSC
results will continue, with particular focus on           Student representative’s message
lifting achievement in the bottom, and increasing         The SRC have supported the school in various
representation in the top bands.                          ways this year. Bilal Elokdah became president
                                                          mid-year and held regular meetings with the
Messages                                                  SRC. As a team they participated in fundraising
                                                          events such as mufti days, Bandana Day to raise
Principal’s message                                       money for young people with cancer and they
The Annual Report 2011 aims to provide                    have participated in community events such as
information to our parents and our community              White Ribbon Day to voice their support for
about the achievements of 2011 and our goals for          protecting women against violence. The boys
2012. This report is a result of a whole school           positively represented Birrong Boys High School
evaluation process.                                       when they went out into the community to sell
                                                          badges for Legacy. They were commended for
The school was established in 1958 but has had a          their enthusiasm and commitment to the cause.
major     refurbishment      and   infrastructure         They actively prepared barbeques for various
development in recent times producing effective           events such as: Year 7 parents welcome evening,
learning spaces with full technological support.          orientation days and Challenge Based Learning
Birrong Boys High School is a comprehensive boys          (CBL). Selected students participated in


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leadership events and programs such as the
equity forum and various events connected to
the SRC regional conference. They are to be
congratulated on their continued effort and                                  Year    2008   2009   2010   2011
support for the school and wider community.                                    7            87.5   93.6   90.1
                                                                               8            85.2   88.6   89.9




                                                                 School
School context                                                                 9            86.0   87.2   86.1
                                                                              10            82.2   87.1   82.6
Student information                                                           11            84.3   89.7   78.8
                                                                              12            81.1   87.4   90.1
It is a requirement that the reporting of
information for all students must be consistent                              Total   84.9   84.6   89.1   86.1
with privacy and personal information policies.                                7            92.9   93.7   93.6
                                                                               8            90.9   91.5   91.4
Student enrolment profile                                                      9            89.4   90.4   90.2




                                                                 Region
 Gender           2007   2008    2009      2010     2011                      10            88.9   89.1   88.3
 Male              474   495     441       414      405                       11            89.6   89.6   87.9
 Female             0      0       0         0      0                         12            89.6   90.0   89.5
                                                                             Total   90.7   90.1   90.7   90.1
Enrolments for 2011 averaged 404 students. This
                                                                              7             92.3   92.6   92.5
represents a decrease to previous years.
                                                                               8            90.0   90.5   90.1
About 90% of students are NESB, the largest
                                                                 State DEC


                                                                               9            88.8   89.1   88.8
group being Arabic (48%), Chinese (6%), Pacific
                                                                              10            88.7   88.3   87.1
Islanders (6%), Vietnamese (5%) and Turkish (5%).
More than 30 different ethnic groups are                                      11            89.4   89.1   87.6
represented in the school. While most students                                12            89.4   89.8   89.2
were born in Australia, English remains for many                             Total   89.9   89.7   89.9   89.2
students their second language.

                         Enrolments
                                                               Student attendance profile
            600
                                                               In 2011 there was a decrease in attendance. The
            500
                                                               school has addressed this issue by implementing
                                                               a number of new procedures in attempt to
 Students




            400
                                                               improve student attendance. An improvement
            300                                                has been achieved in years 8 and 12 over the
                                                               period 2009-2011 with a 4.7% increase in
            200                                                attendance in year 8 and a 9% increase in year
                                                               12.
            100                                                The raised school leaving age has impacted
                                                               attendance in the senior years. The school has
              0
                                                               made considerable effort to reduce the number
                  2007   2008   2009     2010     2011
                                                               of students who consistently did not attend
                                Year                           school by offering them support and mentoring
                                                               programs. This included links to outside agencies
                         Male   Female                         and assisting them to transition into TAFE,
                                                               apprenticeships and or employment.




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Management of non-attendance                                      Health Services Assistant (Nursing – a
                                                                   non-traditional boys course)
Regular monitoring of attendance data enabled                    Electrotechnology
the identification of students with attendance               Non ATAR based HSC students
patterns causing concern. In consultation with
the HSLO, Head Teacher Administration, Deputy                      All 7 (15.9%) of the non ATAR based
Principals, Year Advisors and parents, individual                   students completed at least one
student attendance programs were developed. A                       VET/TVET subject for the HSC
teacher was deployed to target lateness to school                  One student is employed in Customs
which was identified as an area of concern.                        One student is employed in the Painting
                                                                    and Decorating Industry and is enrolled in
Retention to Year 12
                                                                    TAFE
Approximately 62% cent of students studying for                    One student is employed as a bricklayer
the School Certificate in 2010 chose to proceed                     and enrolled in a private college, studying
onto the Higher School Certificate in 2011. This                    Business
follows the same pattern as in previous years.                     One student is enrolled in TAFE studying
        SC05-         SC06-    SC07-    SC08-   SC09-               Hospitality and works part time
        HSC07         HSC08    HSC09    HSC10   HSC11              Three students are enrolled in various
 School 56.4          61.4     59.4     50.6    61.5                building trades at TAFE
 SEG    64.1          63.3     62.6     64.1    72.0
                                                             ATAR based HSC students
 State  60.8          60.3     61.0     62.7    64.4
                                                                   37 students completed the academic
            Retention to Year 12 (SC to HSC)                        ATAR based HSC pathway
 100.0                                                             20 students (54% of the 37 students)
                                                                    were offered a place at university (state
  50.0                                                              average around 30%)
                                                                   There was a 14.65% increase in the
   0.0                                                              number of students gaining a place at
         SC05-HSC07        SC07-HSC09       SC09-HSC11              university from the 2010 cohort (39.4%)
                                                                   Two of our international students were
                  School      SEG   State                           offered places at University
                                                                   Courses enrolled included - Construction
Post-school destinations                                            Management (3), Health Sciences (3),
                                                                    Information Technology (2), Education
At Birrong Boys High School, 44 students                            (2), Business / Commerce (3), Aviation
completed the HSC course. The school has                            (1), Science (2), Arts (1), Social Sciences
offered a flexible program to enable students to                    (1), Engineering (2)
complete either the academic or Non ATAR based
                                                                   One student received a $20,000
program of study. There were seven students
                                                                    scholarship
who completed the non ATAR based course and
                                                                   Two students received offers from
included in their course of study at least one or
                                                                    particular university courses based on
two VET / TVET courses. 28 students (63%) of the
                                                                    school recommendation
whole cohort completed at least one VET/TVET
                                                                   Three students were made early offers
course.
                                                                    into university courses
TVET / VET COURSES available to students                           Entry to Aviation required a very rigorous
included:                                                           selection process including interview
                                                                   University offers were from: UTS, UWS,
        Hospitality                                                UNSW, Macquarie, Australian Catholic
        Retail Services                                            University     (ACU),      University    of
        Construction                                               Wollongong, Notre Dame
        Information Technology                                    17 students have enrolled in TAFE
                                                                    courses         including:        Frontline


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        Management,       Accounting,       Auto         position focusing on teaching and learning,
        Mechanics, Electrotechnology, Drafting,          employment of Literacy and Numeracy
        Real Estate, Computing and a variety of          Coordinators and a School Learning Support
        Construction and Building based courses.         Officer. National Partnerships funding has
       Several    students     were     offered         allowed the continued employment of a Deputy
        apprenticeships.                                 Principal Curriculum, Head Teacher Welfare,
                                                         Youth Worker, and Technology Coordinator.
                                                         Throughout the year, we have also been
Overall, there was a marked increase in the              supported by well-qualified casual staff who have
number of students entering university. All              been able to fill positions created by teachers
students in the 2011 cohort were made offers to          acting in higher positions, teachers on extended
either University or TAFE.                               leave or short-term illness.

Year 12 students undertaking                             Staff establishment
vocational or trade training                             Position                                Number
Birrong Boys High School offers a wide range of          Principal                                   1
Vocational Education and Training courses. These         Deputy Principal(s)                         1
courses play an important role in the                    Head Teachers                               6
development of the social, interpersonal and             Classroom Teachers                        28.3
employment skills that will lead our students to         Support Teacher Learning Assistance        1.1
participate successfully in our community. At            Teacher Librarian                           1
Birrong Boys High School students have the               Teacher of ESL                              2
opportunity to undertake the following VET               Counsellor                                  1
frameworks:       Construction,      Information         School Administrative & Support            6.6
Technology VET, Hospitality and Retail Services.         Staff
                                                         Total                                      48
56% of Year 12 students undertook vocational
training through their study of one or more VET          Staff retention
courses.
                                                         There was mobility at the beginning of the 2011
Two students, Mohamed Baghdadi who studied               staffing period. Two teacher positions folded due
Retail Services and Thung Ngyuen who studied             to a decrease in student numbers, two staff
Hospitality, were recipients of the Padstow              gained transfers and one staff member was
Rotary Club Vocational Training awards.                  promoted. All positions have been filled.
Year 12 students attaining HSC or                        Teacher qualifications
equivalent vocational educational                        All teaching staff meet the professional
qualification                                            requirements for teaching in NSW public schools.
                                                         The teaching staff at Birrong Boys High School are
99% of Year 12 students attained HSC or an
                                                         highly qualified in their subject areas. The staff
equivalent vocational educational qualification in
                                                         members have also shown a high commitment to
2011. The percentage of students who enrolled at
                                                         ensuring that student teachers and newly trained
university compares favourably with the State.
                                                         teachers are supported through quality training
                                                         and professional development.
Staff information
                                                         All staff members are provided with professional
It is a requirement that the reporting of                development opportunities throughout the year
information for all staff must be consistent with        during school development days and through
privacy and personal information policies.               access to a variety of training and teacher
The staff at the school has remained relatively          professional learning programs.
stable. However, a decrease in student numbers
over the past years has impacted upon staffing
levels. Funding through PAS enabled the
maintenance of the third Deputy Principal



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Qualifications                   % of staff              strong tradition of participation in sporting
Degree or Diploma                  100                   activities, the creative and performing arts and in
Postgraduate                        18                   many other facets of the community.

Financial summary                                        Achievements
This summary covers funds for operating costs
and does not involve expenditure areas such as           Arts
permanent salaries, building and major                   Birrong Boys High School has again provided
maintenance.                                             wonderful opportunities for students in the
                                                         creative arts aspects of the school curriculum.
 Date of financial summary:           30/11/2011
 Income                                        $         The Mac Lab was upgraded to include 10 new
                                                         Imacs. Year 10 Photography produced various
 Balance brought forward          $ 483,958.51           forms of short films including an investigative
 Global funds                     $ 272,810.94           report on issues within the school.
 Tied funds                       $ 472,702.02
 School & community sources       $    95,387.82         Stage 6 Visual Arts provided diverse opportunities
 Interest                         $    31,763.63         to excel in a variety of creative mediums. Several
 Trust receipts                   $     2,915.90         of the best works were selected to be hung in the
 Canteen                          $          -           Auburn Youth Exhibition. The inaugural Birrong
 Total income                     $ 1,359,538.82         Archibalds generated a lot of interest within the
                                                         local community. Ahmad Ahmadi painted a
 Expenditure                                             portrait of Barbara Perry MP which he presented
 Teaching & learning                                     to her and is now hanging in her office at
 Key learning areas               $      47,004.55       Parliament House in Macquarie Street. Barbara
 Excursions                       $      13,165.63       Perry MP invited Amhad and his family to
 Extracurricular dissections      $      25,157.58       Parliament House for a tour and dinner. The
 Library                          $       2,874.84       painting attracted some press and Ahmad's name
 Training & development           $       1,051.08       is now recorded in Hansard. Mark Young and
 Tied funds                       $     499,800.12       Mark Donovan were selected for the National Art
 Casual relief teachers           $      53,127.64       Schools prestigious Year 11 intensive studio
 Administration & office          $      90,432.99       practice program. Performing Arts students made
 School-operated canteen          $            -         their own musical instruments and continued to
 Utilities                        $      75,279.11       perform at various school functions.
 Maintenance                      $      32,885.86
 Trust accounts                   $       4,473.60       Debating
 Capital programs                 $      50,537.76
 Total expenditure                $     895,790.76       Year 8 participated in the Premiers Debating
 Balance carried forward          $     463,748.06       Competition and in the first rounds were
                                                         victorious against Birrong Girls High School and
                                                         Canley Vale High School. Congratulations to Bilal
                                                         Bayah, Albert Tubailgai in Year 8. The Year 9
A full copy of the school’s 2011 financial               premiers debating team comprising of Michael
statement is tabled at the first meeting of the          Nykanen, Yusuf Etri, Mohamad El Chami,
parent body. Further details concerning the              Mahmoud El Ali and Abdul Zreika were fortunate
statement can be obtained by contacting the              to make it to round three. The Year 9 debaters
school.                                                  also had the opportunity to participate in the
                                                         2011 International Youth Day debating
School performance 2011                                  competition and were awarded participation
At Birrong Boys High School we aim to provide a          certificates by Bankstown Mayor Councillor Khal
varied curriculum with opportunities for students        Asfour at Bankstown Council Chambers.
to excel in many different areas. The school has a


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The Year 12 Premiers Debating Competition team           Yr 3: from Band 1 (lowest) to Band 6 (highest for
comprising, Bilal Hafda, Abdullah Alcheikh, Minja        Year 3)
Radic, Mohsen Haider and Marwan Malak
                                                         Yr 5: from Band 3 (lowest) to Band 8 (highest for
reached the zone quarter final. The Year 12
                                                         Year 5)
debaters were honoured by receiving an
invitation to the prestigious state-level debating       Yr 7: from Band 4 (lowest) to Band 9 (highest for
workshop and conference.                                 Year 7)
                                                         Yr 9: from Band 5 (lowest) to Band 10 (highest for
Sport                                                    Year 9)
2011 saw the introduction of Integrated Sport.           and/or
Students regularly participated in sport and had
                                                         In the School Certificate the performance of
the opportunity to compete in interschool
                                                         students is reported in performance bands
competitions, knock outs and gala days
                                                         ranging from Performance Band 1 (lowest) to
throughout the year. Sporting achievements at
                                                         Performance Band 6 (highest).
Birrong in 2011 included the following:
                                                         Literacy – NAPLAN Year 7
       Jesse Hutabarat represented the school
        at the Combined High School Carnival in                                               Percentage in bands:
        the 200m freestyle                                                                       Year 7 Reading
       Mark Evans represented South Western                                         50
        Sydney Region at the Combined High
        School Carnival in Lawn Bowls
                                                            Percentage of students

                                                                                     40
       Kazim Al-Hesani won the Bankstown
        Zone Cross Country in the 14 years age                                       30
        group
       Mohammad Al-Mayahi, Mohammad                                                 20
        Dhakel, Wael Rudwan and Chernoh Bah
        represented the Bankstown Zone in                                            10
        Football. They were narrowly beaten by
        Westfields Sports High School in the                                         0
        South Western Sydney Area Football                                                4      5      6      7      8    9
        Championships                                                                                 Bands
       The Year 7 football team won the Andrew                                                 Percentage in Bands
        Ryan Shield and represented the Bulldogs                                                School Average 2008-2011
        at the Captains Cup in August. They                                                     SSG % in Band 2011
                                                                                                State DEC % in Band 2011
        reached the semi-finals before being
        knocked out by Hunter 14-6                       These results indicate a reduction in the
       The under 14’s rugby won Bankstown               percentage of students achieving band 4 (lowest
        Sports Club Rugby 7’s                            band) and increase number in the percentage of
       The under 16’s reached the final of the          students in band 5 and 6. There was a reduction
        Bankstown Sports Club Rugby 7’s.                 in the percentage of students in band 7, with a
                                                         consistent percentage of students achieving band
Academic                                                 8.
In the National Assessment Program, the results
across the Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 literacy and
numeracy assessments are reported on a scale
from Band 1 to Band 10.
The achievement scale represents increasing
levels of skills and understandings demonstrated
in these assessments.




                                                     7
                                     Percentage in bands:                                                       Percentage in bands:
                                        Year 7 Spelling                                                    Year 7 Grammar & Punctuation
                            40                                                                        50
   Percentage of students




                                                                            Percentage of students
                            30                                                                        40

                                                                                                      30
                            20
                                                                                                      20
                            10
                                                                                                      10

                             0
                                                                                                      0
                                 4       5     6       7      8   9
                                             Bands                                                           4      5     6       7      8    9
                                       Percentage in Bands                                                              Bands
                                       School Average 2008-2011                                                   Percentage in Bands
                                       SSG % in Band 2011                                                         School Average 2008-2011
                                       State DEC % in Band 2011                                                   SSG % in Band 2011
                                                                                                                  State DEC % in Band 2011
A pleasing improvement in spelling with nearly
                                                                          These results indicate a reduction in band 4 and 7
50% reduction in students achieving band 4
                                                                          but an increase in bands 5 and 6, while the
compared to school average 2008-2011, with
                                                                          percentage of students achieving band 8
increasing numbers achieving bands 7 and 8 and
                                                                          remained consistent.
double the number in band 9.
                                                                          Numeracy – NAPLAN Year 7
                                     Percentage in bands:
                                        Year 7 Writing                                                           Percentage in bands:
                            40                                                                                     Year 7 Numeracy
                                                                                                      50
  Percentage of students




                            30
                                                                                                      40
                                                                             Percentage of students




                            20
                                                                                                      30


                            10                                                                        20


                                                                                                      10
                             0
                                 4       5     6      7      8    9
                                             Bands                                                     0
                                       Percentage in Bands                                                   4      5      6      7      8    9
                                       SSG % in Band 2011                                                                Bands
                                       State DEC % in Band 2011                                                    Percentage in Bands
                                                                                                                   School Average 2008-2011
                                                                                                                   SSG % in Band 2011
School performance in writing indicates that the                                                                   State DEC % in Band 2011
majority of students were in the lower bands;
there was a poorer performance in writing                                 This data indicates some pleasing results. There
compared to other literacy areas.                                         was a drop in the number of students achieving
                                                                          band 4. Students achieving bands 6 and 7
                                                                          remained consistent.




                                                                      8
                                                                                                                                   Percentage in bands:
                                                                                                                                      Year 9 Spelling
Literacy – NAPLAN Year 9
                                                                                                                         40
                                         Percentage in bands:
                                            Year 9 Reading




                                                                                           Percentage of students
                                40                                                                                       30
  Percentage of students




                                30
                                                                                                                         20

                                20
                                                                                                                         10
                                10

                                                                                                                         0
                                 0                                                                                             5       6         7      8       9       10
                                     5       6      7      8       9       10                                                                  Bands
                                                  Bands
                                           Percentage in Bands                                                                       Percentage in Bands
                                           School Average 2008-2011                                                                  School Average 2008-2011
                                           SSG % in Band 2011                                                                        SSG % in Band 2011
                                           State DEC % in Band 2011                                                                  State DEC % in Band 2011
Over 70% of our students performed in the lower
                                                                                         The spelling results indicate an improvement in
bands, however there was some improvement in                                             band 10, however in the lower bands the
band 9, where the percentage was higher
                                                                                         percentage was higher compared to school
compared to the school average 2008-2011.                                                average.
                                          Percentage in bands:
                                                                                                                                   Percentage in bands:
                                             Year 9 Writing
                                                                                                                              Year 9 Grammar & Punctuation
                                50
                                                                                                                         60
       Percentage of students




                                40
                                                                                                                         50
                                                                                                Percentage of students




                                30                                                                                       40

                                20                                                                                       30

                                10                                                                                       20

                                 0                                                                                       10
                                     5        6      7         8       9        10
                                                   Bands                                                                  0
                                             Percentage in Bands                                                                5          6      7         8       9        10
                                             SSG % in Band 2011                                                                                 Bands
                                             State DEC % in Band 2011                                                                  Percentage in Bands
                                                                                                                                       School Average 2008-2011
Over 80% of students achieved in the bottom two                                                                                        SSG % in Band 2011
bands, there was representation in the higher                                                                                          State DEC % in Band 2011
bands with a slight reduction in comparison to                                           In the area of Grammar and Punctuation the
SSG.                                                                                     majority of students obtained a result in the
                                                                                         lower bands, with some improvement in the
                                                                                         middle band.



                                                                                     9
Numeracy – NAPLAN Year 9                                                         Progress in Literacy and Numeracy
                                                                                 Year 9
                                     Percentage in bands:
                                       Year 9 Numeracy                                                 %           % of students
                          40                                                                                         achieving
                                                                                      Test        of students          NSW
                                                                                                 who improved
 Percentage of students




                                                                                                                     expected
                          30                                                          Area
                                                                                                                      growth

                          20                                                      Numeracy             94               41

                                                                                  Spelling             76               42
                          10
                                                                                  Reading              88               38

                           0                                                      Grammar              76               47
                                 5      6      7      8       9        10         and
                                             Bands                                Punctuation
                                       Percentage in Bands
                                       School Average 2008-2011
                                       SSG % in Band 2011
                                       State DEC % in Band 2011                  Overall, these growth rates are comparable to
The majority of students gained results in the                                   2010, with a great improvement in the
lower bands, with a drop in the percentage of                                    percentage of students who showed growth in
students achieving in the top bands. There was                                   Reading.
an increase in the percentage of students in the                                 Growth measures were not provided to the
lower band with student growth in the middle                                     school in the area of Writing, this was due to the
band.                                                                            change from narrative to persuasive text in the
                                                                                 Writing part of the paper, and the difficulty of
                                                                                 meaningful comparison.
Progress in Literacy and Numeracy
                                                                                 As ever, our target is to ensure that 100% of our
Year 7                                                                           students improve their performance across all
                                            %              % of students         areas.
                                                          achieving NSW
                          Test        of students            expected            School Certificate
                                     who improved             growth             In the School Certificate the performance of
                          Area
                                                                                 students is reported in performance bands
 Numeracy                                   92                    51             ranging from Performance Band 1 (lowest) to
                                                                                 Performance Band 6 (highest).
 Spelling                                   96                    51
                                                                                 In the English School Certificate examination
 Reading                                    87                    48             improvements were seen across all bands: a
                                                                                 reduction in band 1 with an increase in bands 4
 Grammar                                    87                    66             and 5. 11.26% of students gained a band 5 and
 and                                                                             38.02% achieved band 4. This indicates a
 Punctuation                                                                     significant movement of students from the lower
                                                                                 and middle to the higher bands.
                                                                                 School Certificate results in Mathematics were
Overall, these percentage growth results are                                     again extremely pleasing with 11.26% of students
comparable to those achieved in 2010.                                            achieving in bands 5 and 6. This constituted a
                                                                                 significant movement into higher bands in
                                                                                 comparison with average school results over the



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last four years. Results in Science show a pleasing
                                                                                                           Percentage of students in performance
upward shift, except in the top band with no                                                                  bands: School Certificate Science
students achieving at this level in 2011, with
25.34% achieving bands 4 or 5.                                                                            50


                                                                                                          40




                                                                                 Percentage of students
                              Percentage of students in performance
                                 bands: School Certificate English
                                                                                                          30
                             60

                             50                                                                           20
    Percentage of students




                             40
                                                                                                          10
                             30

                             20                                                                            0
                                                                                                                 1      2      3       4        5    6
                             10                                                                                              Bands
                                                                                                                       Percentage in Bands
                              0
                                    1       2     3       4        5   6                                               School Average 2007-2011
                                                Bands                                                                  SSG % in Band 2011
                                          Percentage in Bands                                                          State DEC % in Band 2011
                                          School Average 2007-2011
                                          SSG % in Band 2011
                                          State DEC % in Band 2011                                         Percentage of students in performance
                                                                                                             bands: Australian History, Civics and
                              Percentage of students in performance                                                      Citizenship
                              bands: School Certificate Mathematics                                       50
                             50
                                                                                Percentage of students




                                                                                                          40
   Percentage of students




                             40
                                                                                                          30
                             30
                                                                                                          20
                             20
                                                                                                          10
                             10
                                                                                                           0
                              0                                                                                  1      2     3       4      5       6
                                    1      2      3      4         5   6                                                    Bands
                                                                                                                     Percentage in Bands
                                                Bands                                                                School Average 2007-2011
                                        Percentage in Bands                                                          SSG % in Band 2011
                                        School Average 2007-2011                                                     State DEC % in Band 2011
                                        SSG % in Band 2011
                                        State DEC % in Band 2011




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                                           Percentage of students in performance                                                     Higher School Certificate
                                           bands: Australian Geography, Civics and
                                                         Citizenship                                                                 Forty four students sat for the Higher School
                                           50
                                                                                                                                     Certificate in 2011. Of these 44 students, one
                                                                                                                                     band 6 was achieved compared to no student
                                                                                                                                     achieving Band 6 last year. Sixteen students
                                           40                                                                                        achieved band 5 compared to last year’s 4, this is
                  Percentage of students




                                                                                                                                     an increase.
                                           30
                                                                                                                                                                         School 2011
                                                                                                                                                                         School Average 2007-2011
                                           20                                                                                        100
                                                                                                                                      90
                                                                                                                                      80
                                           10                                                                                         70
                                                                                                                                      60
                                                                                                                                      50
                                           0
                                                                                                                                      40
                                                          1                 2             3       4      5            6
                                                                                                                                      30
                                                                                Bands                                                 20
                                                                Percentage in Bands                                                   10
                                                                School Average 2007-2011                                               0




                                                                                                                                                                         Biology


                                                                                                                                                                                               Business Studies




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   English (Standard)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Chemistry




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              English (Advanced)
                                                                                                                                                  Ancient History
                                                                SSG % in Band 2011
                                                                State DEC % in Band 2011

School       Certificate  relative
performance comparison to Year 5
(value-adding)
In Mathematics, value adding data from Year 5
showed similar improvement compared to                                                                                                                                  School 2011
relative growth in 2010. Improved value adding in                                                                                                                       School Average 2007-2011
comparison with average school results over the                                                                                      100
last four years was also apparent in the Australian                                                                                   90
History, Civics and Citizenship.                                                                                                      80
                                                                                                                                      70
                                           School Certificate: Relative performance                                                   60
                                                  from Year 5 (value-added)                                                           50
                            4
                                                                                                                                      40
                            2                                                                                                         30
 Relative performance




                            0                                                                                                         20
                                                                                                                                      10
                        -2
                                                                                                                                       0
                                                                                                                                                                                               Mathematics




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Visual Arts
                                                                                                                                            Information Processes and


                                                                                                                                                                         General Mathematics




                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Modern History




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Information Technology




                        -4
                        -6
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Examination
                                                                                                                                                   Technology




                        -8
                                                English


                                                              Mathematics




                                                                                              AHC&C




                                                                                                              Computer Skills
                                                                                Science




                                                                                                      AGC&C




                                                                School 2011
                                                                School Average 2007-2011
                                                                SSG Average 2011




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Higher School Certificate relative                                             Percentage of Year 9 students achieving at or
                                                                                above minimum standard (exempt students
performance comparison to School
                                                                                                included)
Certificate (value-adding)                                                     Reading                           65.2
                                                                               Writing                           52.9
                         HSC: Relative performance from Year 10
                                      (value-added)                            Spelling                          72.1
                         2
                                                                               Grammar & Punctuation               50.0
                         1
  Relative performance




                                                                               Numeracy                            80.0
                         0
                         -1
                         -2                                                   Significant programs and initiatives
                         -3                                                   A number of student engagement initiatives were
                         -4                                                   implemented in 2011.
                         -5
                                 Low           Middle             High        Priority Schools Program (PSP)
                                       School 2011                            The Priority Schools Program is provided to our
                                       School Average 2007-2011               school to support the learning needs of students
                                       SSG Average 2011                       who come from a low socio-economic
                                                                              background.       The       program       provides
Minimum standards                                                             supplementation in staffing which is used to
                                                                              maintain a wide curriculum and funds for
The Commonwealth Government sets minimum
                                                                              additional programs which have been used in the
standards for reading, writing, grammar and
                                                                              following manner:
punctuation, spelling and numeracy for Years 3,
                                                                                    An expanded Peer Reading Program in
5, 7 and 9.
                                                                                      conjunction with TAFE using MultiLit
The performance of the students in our school in                                      resources. This increased levels of
the National Assessment Program – Literacy and                                        student reading for participants and
Numeracy is compared to these minimum                                                 provided leadership opportunities for
standards. The percentages of our students                                            year 10 students who completed a
achieving at or above these standards are                                             mentoring TAFE certificate.
reported below.                                                                     A School Certificate Preparation
                                                                                      Program for Year 10 which assisted
                                                                                      students to thoroughly prepare for their
                                                                                      School Certificate examinations.
 Percentage of Year 7 students achieving at or                                      The School “Blaze” magazine. This
 above minimum standard (exempt students                                              annual publication is a literacy strategy
                  included)                                                           for the student editors and also a
                                                                                      valuable promotional tool for our school
                                                                                      community.
Reading                                                    88.0
                                                                                    Challenge Based Learning –This was a
Writing                                                    72.4                       project for year 7 students involving real-
                                                                                      world problems that were investigated by
Spelling                                                   88.2                       collaborative teams over an intensive one
                                                                                      week period. Teams selected the
Grammar & Punctuation                                      81.6                       problem they wished to investigate,
                                                                                      researched their issue, and then
Numeracy                                                   92.0                       brainstormed strategies and solutions
                                                                                      that were both credible and realistic for
                                                                                      themselves, the school and local
                                                                                      communities. At the centre of Challenge-
                                                                                      Based Learning was the theme Extinction.



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      During the week long challenge, student               Students will be rewarded for doing the right
      teams investigated their issue, generated             thing and there will be consequences if students
      ideas     for     solutions    and finally            make inappropriate choices.
      communicated their work as a multimedia
      presentation to an audience of students,              Our first focus area in Term 1 2012 will be the
      parents and school staff. They were                   assemblies. This will be expanded during the year
      supported by year 8 mentors who had                   to include the other areas of our school.
      completed the program the previous year.
                                                             With the introduction of the new welfare system
      Students grew from the experience
                                                            students will be more aware of their
      developing a variety of skills such as
                                                            responsibilities and play an active role in
      improved confidence in public speaking,
                                                            promoting their own education and welfare. The
      ability to undertake sustained research,
                                                            school will have a safe and respectful learning
      write persuasively and work productively
                                                            environment where each student will reflect the
      as part of a collaborative team.
                                                            school motto “From Each His Best”.
     The student rewards program focused on
      student engagement: increased number of               Year 10 Links to Learning Program
      students received awards for academic
      achievement leading to positive learning              (L2L)
      outcomes and students achieving from
                                                            This program started in Term 1 with a group of 15
      each his best.
                                                            year 10 students. The program is designed to
                                                            assist young people to remain engaged in their
Best of Birrong (BOB)                                       education or transition into further education,
                                                            training or employment.
2011 saw the planning and introduction of the
Best of Birrong program. This new system of                 The program (approved by DEC) ran in the school
welfare building on the current Glasser model will          on Wednesdays and Fridays on alternate weeks
be formally launched and implemented in 2012.               for 2 hours and was coordinated through the
The acronym BOB which stands for Best of                    Arab Council. Two tutors were available to help
Birrong will be used to reflect the new set of rules        and support the students in literacy, numeracy,
and expectations. These will be used in all areas           ICT, life skills and work skills.
of the school i.e. assemblies, classrooms, toilets,
oval and basketball courts, corridors, canteen,             As part of the program’s educational experiences
out of bounds, library, excursions and                      students:
playground.                                                      had an Industry visit workshop at
                                                                    Peppertree Café in Bankstown,
These rules and expectations are a summary of                    attended the Love Bites Workshop to
what has always been important at Birrong.                          educate     them      about    respectful
                                                                    relationships
 LEARN (be prepared to learn and do your best)                  participated in the L2L Sports Day with
 Be SAFE (think about your own safety and the                      AFL at Action Indoor Sports Bankstown
  safety of others)                                                 to encourage team building, increase self
 SHOW RESPECT (respect yourself, others and                        confidence and resilience
  property)                                                      took part in a rewards excursion to the
                                                                    Imax Theatre, Darling Harbour
All staff will use the same language to describe                 completed their White Card Training
these rules and expectations.                                       which was subsidized by the Arab
                                                                    Council
Each fortnight a lesson on one of the rules or
expectations will be explicitly taught by every                  had their Graduation Day at George’s
                                                                    River to celebrate their successful
staff member.
                                                                    completion of the L2L Program.




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Students commitment to the program was                       Aboriginal education
excellent and transition pathways were
successful, with all participants graduating.                Aboriginal education is incorporated in all subject
                                                             areas as a mandatory component of the course.
                                                             Historical, social and cultural aspects of
                                                             Aboriginal life are areas of study in History,
MTC Solutions                                                Geography, Visual Arts, Music and English.
 This program provided assistance and support to             There were four Aboriginal students and no
those students most at risk from disengaging                 Torres Strait Islander students enrolled at Birrong
from education. Two youth consultants worked in              Boys High School in 2011. All Aboriginal students
the school with students each Tuesday. This                  had Individual Learning Plans developed to
program aimed to help students increase their                provide each student with the opportunity to
confidence and self esteem, set goals, provide               involve themselves in all aspects of school life
access to learning resources and opportunities               and extra curricular activities.
and focus on the development of specific skills
needed for learning, e.g. organising materials,              Two of our Aboriginal students participated in the
goal setting, working in teams.                              Number One Fan Day organised by Rugby League
                                                             NSW to celebrate the achievements of
Peer Mentoring Program                                       Indigenous students and to show students the
                                                             opportunities available to them.
In November 2010 a group of eleven Year 10
students were involved in a Peer Mentoring                   Our Year 11 Aboriginal student attended the
Training Day.                                                National Art School and successfully completed
                                                             the HSC Intensive Studio Practice Course.
The training day was facilitated by Gerardene
Currie from the Granville District Office. The day           Multicultural education
was divided into the following four sessions:                As a multicultural school with a high (92%)
     Ice breaker                                            population of LBOTE (Language Background
     What is a Mentor? /The role of Mentors                 Other Than English) students, Birrong Boys High
     Questioning techniques                                 School views multicultural education as its core
     Child protection issues.                               business. It is a compulsory component in all
The mentors did a great job in working with the              subject areas and is the framework through
Year 6 students on the Year 6 Orientation Day.               which all lessons are delivered. The school
They continued to provide support to the Year 7              recognises the diversity of cultural and religious
students in 2011 during their mentoring lessons              beliefs within the school population and students
which were held once a fortnight for one hour.               are encouraged to celebrate cultural and religious
                                                             events throughout the year.
Modules the mentors worked on with year 7
were:- settling into high school, conflict, bullying,        Birrong Boys High School has 3 experienced and
conflict   resolution, self-esteem,         feelings,        highly trained ESL teachers on staff and in 2011
friendships, communication, motivation and self              the TELL (Teaching English Language Learners)
esteem.                                                      program was delivered to mainstream teachers.
                                                             Approximately two thirds of the staff has
The mentoring sessions are designed to be
                                                             completed this course ensuring that ESL students
interactive. The mentors developed a buddy
                                                             are receiving lessons designed to meet their
system through this program. It helped to make
                                                             specific learning needs and enhance their
the Year 6 transition into high school a positive
                                                             educational outcomes.
experience. The mentors were good role models
and developed their leadership, interpersonal                At Birrong Boys High School ESL students are
and communication skills.                                    catered for using the direct, collaborative and
                                                             resource teaching methods. ESL students in Years
                                                             7 – 12 are placed in parallel ESL/English classes
                                                             taught by a specialist ESL teacher. ESL students



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are also supported in other key learning areas            Through the learning teams staff has been
through collaborative teaching. This mode of              provided with professional learning opportunities
lesson delivery enables a qualified ESL teacher to        in literacy, numeracy, ICT and ESL pedagogy.
team-teach with the subject teacher to ensure
equity and enhanced learning opportunities and
outcomes. ESL resources are also created,                 Progress on 2011 targets
organised and disseminated to the whole school
by the ESL teachers through the Support Faculty           2011 was the third year of implementation of a
and the centralised Support Library.                      three year school development plan 2009 - 2011.
                                                          Highly focused school targets ensured that the
                                                          strategic   areas    of   literacy,  numeracy,
                                                          engagement and attendance were addressed.
National Partnership Programs
                                                          Target 1
Birrong Boys High School has been able to                 65% of students achieve significant value added
provide additional resources through the                  in Naplan literacy from years 7 -9
National Partnerships Low SES communities. This           Progress has been made towards the
has allowed the school to increase the special            achievement of this target.
programs necessary for the school to meet the             Our achievements include:
needs of all students as well as provide a greater        Growth has been achieved in year 7 spelling
variety of support in the areas of literacy,              (88.2%), reading (88%), grammar and
numeracy and information technology.                      punctuation (81.6%) and writing (72.4%)
Funding was used to employ an additional                  Growth has been achieved in year 9 spelling
Deputy Principal Curriculum, Head Teacher ESL             (72.1%), reading (65.2%), grammar and
Pedagogy, whose focus was to model exemplary              punctuation (50%) and writing (52.9%)
teaching practice across KLAs, professionally
develop staff on ESL pedagogy and lead whole              Target 2
school professional learning sessions on ESL              75% of students achieve significant value added
pedagogy. Additional support was provided                 in Naplan numeracy from years 7 -9
through the engagement of a youth worker.                 Progress has been made towards the
Additional programs to increase student                   achievement of this target.
engagement such as Bantu, Waste-to-Art and                Our achievements include:
Healthy Living were facilitated by the Youth              Growth in year 7 numeracy was 92%
Worker. The Youth Worker also delivered an                Growth in year 9 numeracy was 80%.
Anger Management Program for students
experiencing difficulty in forming relationships.         Target 3
Consultancy support was provided for the                  To increase student attendance by 5%
Executive which focused on stage 6 assessment             Progress has been made in achievement of this
and programming.                                          target.
                                                          Our achievements include:
A Head Teacher Welfare was employed to work               Year 7 and 12 student attendance is at 90.1%, 4%
with students at risk and to professionally               better than the school average, while our year 8
develop Year Advisers. The Head Teacher Welfare           student attendance is at 89.9%, 3.8% better than
was the school liaison with community based               the school average.
groups such as Links-to-Learning, Independent
                                                          Overall attendance is 86.1%
Adviser Employment and MTC Solutions which
resulted in a reduction in n-warning letters and
suspensions.                                              Key evaluations
An ICT integrator was employed to support                 It is a requirement for all NSW public schools to
teacher professional learning and each staff              conduct at least two annual evaluations – one
member was released for one hour of                       related to educational and management practice
professional learning each two week cycle.                and the other related to curriculum. In 2011 our




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school carried out evaluations of the Refugee            25% of staff indicated a need to increase their
Program and the Science Faculty.                         understanding of the individual and group needs
                                                         of refugee students.
Educational and management                               13% of staff indicated there was a need to further
practice                                                 develop a supporting culture for refugee
                                                         students.
Refugee Program                                           9% of staff suggested the use of mentors for
                                                         refugee students as a strategy to improve their
Background
                                                         engagement.
10% of Birrong Boys High School’s LBOTE
population are refugee students. The school runs         Future directions
multiple programs for students, some specifically
for refugee students. In 2011 several programs           Consequently, in 2012:
were offered to refugee students including the
Healthy Living Program. Students had the                        pertinent and useful information about
opportunity to attend the “Tree of Life”                         refugee students and their learning
performance at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre                     needs will be disseminated at staff
where refugee students told their stories through                meetings.
drama.                                                          The “Teaching Refugees in My
In order to better meet the academic and welfare                 Classroom” program will be delivered to
needs of refugee students, staff and refugee                     staff in order to develop knowledge and
students completed a survey. This focused on the                 confidence in the delivery of the
specific needs of refugee students and of the                    curriculum to refugee students.
needs of staff in delivering the curriculum in a                The “Promoting Positive Behaviour and
way which enhances the learning and welfare                      Learning” program will be revisited by
outcomes of these students.                                      the executive and faculties.
                                                                Existing welfare programs will continue
                                                                 to be offered to refugee students as well
Findings and Conclusions                                         as new opportunities as they arise.
The findings from student responses to the
survey conveyed a desire for the school to focus         Curriculum
more closely on the learning and welfare needs
of refugee students in the following areas:              Background
                                                         As part of the annual school evaluation cycle, the
47%      of refugee students indicated lessons
                                                         curriculum area evaluated in 2011 was the
needed to include more practical elements.
                                                         Science faculty. The evaluation was conducted by
42%      of refugee students indicated that they
                                                         a team including the Principal, the Head Teacher
preferred a consistent and structured teaching
                                                         Science and Head Teacher TAS. The team
approach.
                                                         thoroughly assessed the faculty in the areas of
32%      of refugee students indicated they would
                                                         faculty leadership, HSC, Preliminary and School
like a school culture more focused on learning.
                                                         Certificate Course monitoring, programming and
                                                         registration, staff development, TARS, decision
The findings from staff responses to the survey
                                                         making processes, student welfare, finance,
demonstrated a need for specific training in the
                                                         resource management and communication
teaching of refugee students and a greater
                                                         within the faculty.
identification and awareness of the individuals
and their specific academic and welfare needs
                                                         Findings and conclusions
within particular cohorts:
38% of staff indicated that the school should            The team found that HSC, Preliminary and SC
continue to provide additional specific programs         monitoring procedures were in place. HSC,
for refugee students                                     Preliminary and SC assessment schedules have
                                                         been developed. Faculty programs have been



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collaboratively developed and most programs              compared to 36.5% of the state indicated that
had embedded the schools focus areas of                  they valued the school, this included 50.8% of our
literacy, numeracy and ICT.         Staff worked         students aged between 15-19 years.
collaboratively to develop units of work and
                                                         96% of staff surveyed felt that the school based
resources to assist each other professionally.
                                                         professional learning met their needs, 96% of
Staff were aware of TARS procedures, decision            staff felt that our school was sufficiently
making was collaborative and systems were in             resourced.
place for communication with full time staff.            Parents surveyed indicated that they were
                                                         welcomed and could approach the school on
The area of student welfare was a strength, the          matters related to their sons’ learning and
faculty followed the school‘s welfare and                welfare.
discipline system and used the RISC system to
effectively maintain their records.
                                                         Professional learning
Faculty budget requirements were identified on           All staff members are committed to ongoing
the faculty management plan and a spread sheet           professional learning. 2011 saw continued focus
was centrally kept for store orders.                     on the development of the Quality Teaching and
                                                         Learning Framework, as well as consolidation of
Student surveys indicated the aspects of Science         other school policies such as Welfare which
learning students most enjoyed were the                  support this. A series of workshops that
practical lessons/ experiments. Students felt an         developed and implemented programs using the
area for improvement would be shorter units of           Quality Teaching Framework were also delivered.
work and therefore more topics taught. Students          At the beginning of each of the first three terms
wanted more experiments to be conducted. A               of the year, the school provides training to all
common comment about assessments was that                staff during the School Development Days. In
more time was required and a closer link made            2011, PBIS with the introduction of BOB (Best of
between assessment and classroom learning.               Birrong), quality teaching programs, quality
Overall student feedback was positive about their        criteria-based assessment, child protection, CPR
learning experiences in Science.                         training, refugee curriculum considerations,
                                                         numeracy and ICT strategies and student welfare
Future directions                                        were areas of training on these days.

When new programs are developed they include
                                                         School planning 2012—2014
mandatory requirements such as Aboriginal,
Multicultural and Anti Racism Education.                 The school planning policy provides direction for
                                                         the preparation and implementation of school
A central registration file be established.              plans including the identification of priority areas,
                                                         intended outcomes and targets that are
The school’s formalised TARS procedures be
                                                         consistent with the NSW State Plan and the
implemented.
                                                         Department’s planning documents.
Faculty marking policies, procedures for ranking,
criteria, report requirements, feedback are              School priority 1
developed.                                               55% of students achieve or exceed expected
                                                         growth in NAPLAN literacy and numeracy 7-9.
Parent,     student,            and       teacher
                                                         2012 Targets to achieve this outcome
satisfaction
                                                         include:
In 2011 the school sought the opinions of
parents, students and teachers about the school.                Literacy and numeracy coordinators to
                                                                 focus on professional learning on
Their responses are presented below.                             identified    literacy  and     numeracy
From a state wide student survey conducted by                    strategies through release time
Mission Australia 47.95% of our students



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      Teachers to work in faculty teams to                     Data collection (pre and post) survey.
       embed literacy strategies in programs.                   Student programs implemented
      Provide professional development for                     Professional development of all staff into
       staff in use and analysis of NAPLAN                       school welfare plan (PBIS).
       SMART data                                               Expansion of PBIS programs to
      4 week NAPLAN preparation program                         incorporate new focus areas.
       (Years 7and 9)                                           Explicit teaching of all students in PBIS
                                                                 standards.
Strategies to achieve these targets
include:                                                  Strategies to achieve these targets
      Timetabled positions and minutes from
                                                          include:
       meetings                                                 Well-being surveys are conducted and
      School tests and NAPLAN results indicate                  used to inform programs
       growth.                                                  All staff apply PBIS principles.
      Develop one program per stage per                        All students experience explicit teaching
       semester with literacy and numeracy                       of PBIS behaviour standards.
       strategies embedded                                      Student behaviour data is entered on
                                                                 RISC.
School priority 2                                               Students actively seek leadership roles.
75% of students attain 85% and above
attendance and arrive at school on time.                  School priority 4
                                                          All Aboriginal Students achieve the learning
2012 Targets to achieve this outcome                      goals in their Individual Learning Plan.
include:
                                                          2012 Targets to achieve this outcome
      Review attendance policy to incorporate
       positive     incentives     for    improved        include:
       attendance and revise lateness policy to                 Develop individual learning plans for all
       include monitoring proforma.                              Aboriginal students in consultation with
      Notification to parents re attendance                     parent/guardian.
       levels (letters, phone calls, interviews).               Review individual learning plans for all
      Attendance and lateness records added                     Aboriginal students in consultation with
       to RISC                                                   parent/guardian.
      Recognition letters sent for attendance
       above 90%.                                         Strategies to achieve these targets
                                                          include:
Strategies to achieve these targets
include:                                                        Individual Learning Plans in place for all
                                                                 Aboriginal students
      Incentives exist for improved student                    All Aboriginal students achieve or exceed
       attendance.                                               growth in NAPLAN (Literacy/Numeracy)
      Parents being contacted with respect to                   and ESSA.
       attendance concerns.                                     85% of Aboriginal students above 85%
      Attendance and lateness data is recorded                  attendance rate
       on RISC
                                                          School priority 5
School priority 3                                         100% of executive staff leading school
Increased student well-being through program              improvement initiatives and 10% of staff leading
development and implementation evident from               professional learning sessions.
data.

2012 Targets to achieve this outcome include:



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2012 Targets to achieve this outcome                     Email: birrongboy-h@det.nsw.edu.au
include:                                                 Web: www.birrongbhs@det.nsw.edu.au
       Train executive in the Team Leadership           School Code: 8213
        for School Improvement program.                  Parents can find out more information about
       Revise and redraft executive roles and           Annual School Reports, how to interpret
        responsibilities document                        information in the reports and have the
       Timetable faculties to present short PL          opportunity to provide feedback about these
        sessions at whole staff professional             reports at:
        learning meeting and SDD with focus on
        literacy, numeracy, ICT, ESL, data, class        http://www.schools.nsw.edu.au/asr
        management.
       Develop whole school professional
        learning plan.

Strategies to achieve these targets
include:
       All executive trained.
       100%      attendance   at     Executive
        Conference.
       Evaluations of professional learning
        sessions.
       Whole school professional learning plan
        published.

About this report
In preparing this report, the self-evaluation
committee has gathered information from
evaluations conducted during the year and
analysed other information about the school's
practices and student learning outcomes. The
self-evaluation committee and school planning
committee have determined targets for the
school's future development.
Ms A.Dassaklis,Principal
Mr M.Derbas, Deputy Principal
Ms S.Sharma, Head Teacher Welfare
Ms S Begg, Head Teacher ESL
Ms K MacGregor,Head Teacher Administration


School contact information
Birrong Boys High School
Rodd Street,
Birrong 2143
Ph: 02 9644 5200
Fax: 02 9743 7009


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