NSW Department of Education & Training 8213
2007 Annual School Report
Birrong Boys’ High School
NSW Public Schools – Leading the way
Our school at a glance Connections. During 2007 a group of Year 9
students were involved in a landscape project at
Rookwood Cemetery and assisted in the making
Students of a garden in the cemetery grounds.
In February 2007, there were 475 students
enrolled at Birrong Boys’ High School. About
90% are from Non-English Speaking Another significant achievement of 2007 was the
Backgrounds. The largest groups are from development of stage two of the school gym.
Middle Eastern, Asian and Pacific Islander During 2007 the gym was opened for early
backgrounds. Altogether, over 30 different morning classes in combination with a breakfast
nationalities are represented in the school. club for students. A physical testing facility was
also added during the year for students in elective
Birrong Boys’ High School boasts an experienced Careers and Transition Programs
and very stable teaching and ancillary staff. The The school has continued to support students
majority of staff members have been teaching in who wish to leave school before they complete
our school for more than 5 years. All staff work to their high school studies. These students are
ensure that quality teaching programs are always supported to ensure that they have
provided for all students. access to employment or further training.
All teaching staff meet the professional Higher School Certificate students are provided
requirements for teaching in NSW public schools. with access to the information required to make
informed choices about their post school studies
Significant programs and initiatives and other options.
Primary School Links Project Student achievement in 2007
This program commenced in Term 3 2006 and
was developed to establish more productive and Literacy - ELLA
closer links with feeder schools, to provide our In 2007 56% of Year 7 students achieved in the
students with the opportunity to develop proficient and high bands in the ELLA tests, while
leadership skills and to promote our school. 77% of students in Year 8 achieved in the same
Students from our school have worked with bands. The proportion of students in the lower
primary school students in a variety of areas bands has decreased with significant
including literacy, numeracy and sport. achievements made between Year 7 and Year 8.
Staff members from our school have also Numeracy - SNAP
participated in Mock High School days to provide
a closer link between primary and high schools. In 2007 26% of Year 7 students achieved in the
proficient and high bands in the SNAP tests, this
Support Programs increased to 41% for Year 8 students. Programs
that have been implemented to address this issue
Birrong Boys’ High School has continued to work in Year 7 have displayed a positive outcome for
with a number of other organisations during 2007 Year 8 students. A numeracy coordinator works
to provide support programs for all students. in a variety of Key Learning Areas to support
numeracy across the curriculum.
ADRA Australia has continued to support our
transition plan with a Year 7 mentoring program. School Certificate
In 2007, 69 students sat for the School Certificate
Youth Pathways (Mission Australia) provides examinations. The majority of students achieved
another mentoring program for students who may results in Bands 2 to 4. Our students performed
not gain a School Certificate. The target group well in the Computer Skills test with all but 4
for this program is students in Years 9 and 10. students achieving competence. Students
continue to perform well in school based
The Links to Learning project is supported and programs where there is a practical component.
organised by the Arab Council of Australia with
funding from the Department of Education and Higher School Certificate
Training. The project supports young people who
Forty one students sat for the Higher School
experience barriers and difficulties in participating
Certificate in 2007. While results were not
in formal learning.
achieved in the higher bands there was a shift up
Adopt a school program from the lower bands into the middle range of
achievement. This was one of our goals for the
This program is one of the many programs year. Future efforts will focus on moving more
provided by Canterbury Bankstown Career students into the higher bands of achievement.
Messages their cultural backgrounds and see what life is like
for students who live in the country.
Principal's message Ms Amanda Meyer (Co-ordinator)
The Annual Report 2007 aims to provide
information to our parents and our community School context
about the aims and achievements of 2007 and
our goals for 2008. This report is the result of a Student information
whole school evaluation process.
It is a requirement that the reporting of
Birrong Boys’ High School is situated in the information for all students must be consistent
Western Suburbs of Sydney in the Bankstown with privacy and personal information policies.
Area. The school was established in 1958 and
has a strong tradition of comprehensive
Student enrolment profile
education for boys with an emphasis on
academic and sporting achievement as well as Enrolments for 2007 averaged 474 students.
culture and the arts. A significant achievement This represents a slight increase over previous
for the school in 2007 was the complete years. There has been a minor increase in the
refurbishment of two-thirds of the school in a number of students enrolling in Year 7.
major capital works program which will be Enrolments in February by year were Year 7 - 86,
officially opened at the beginning of 2008. Year 8 - 90, Year 9 - 96, Year 10 - 87, Year 11 -
70 and Year 12 - 41.
Our school boasts a very strong emphasis on
working cooperatively with our local community to About 90% of students are NESB, the largest
support others. group being from Middle Eastern, Asian and
Pacific Islander backgrounds. More that 30
Our students are encouraged to strive towards
different ethnic groups are represented in the
the ideal of the school motto “From Each His
school. While most students were born in
Best”. Our mission is to:
Australia, English remains for many students their
Provide students with the best possible second language.
Work in partnership with students, staff and 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
parents to promote socially responsible Male 521 498 451 463 474
behaviour Female 0 0 0 0 0
Provide students with a safe and happy
Make the transitions easier for students from School Enrolm ents
primary school to high school and from high
school into the world of work 600
Prepare students for productive citizenship. 500
I certify that the information in this report is the 400
result of a rigorous school self-evaluation process 300
and is a balanced and genuine account of the
school's achievements and areas for 200
2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Student representative's message
The student representative council has been
active during 2007 by involving itself it a number
of school projects, including fundraising and Student attendance profile
developing a link with Merriwa Central School
that resulted in a three day visit to the school. There has been a minor increase in attendance in
the last year. The MsgU system which the school
The SRC has also supported the school when
had in place and which informs parents of their
important functions have been held including the
son’s absence from school was not continued in
Year 7 Meet the Parents evening, the visit to the
Semester 2 with the school now looking at other
school by Korean students, organising
options in the area of student attendance and
assemblies and organising BBQs at various times
during the year.
The visit to Merriwa Central School was a highly The school has worked in the second half of the
successful trip that allowed students to share year to ensure that students who have effectively
left school, are no longer enrolled and their year. Throughout the year, we have also been
absences are not recorded. There has also been ably supported by well-qualified casual staff who
considerable effort made to reduce the number of are able to fill positions created by extended
students who consistently do not come to school leave or short-term illness.
by offering them support and mentoring
The school has been fortunate also in
programs. While the statistics do not reflect this,
maintaining the position of a second Deputy
there has been considerable improvement in this
Principal. This position remains under review.
However, our ability to continue to develop
Quality Teaching programs and to maintain our
2004 2005 2006 2007 high levels of student welfare programs is
School 85.0 85.9 86.1 88.0 immeasurably increased by the retention of this
Region 90.4 90.7 90.8 90.7 position in the school.
State 90.1 89.9 90.1 90.1
Staffing details are as follow:
Years 7 to 10 Attendance Rates
92.0 Principal 1
91.0 Deputy Principal(s) 2
Head Teachers 6
Classroom Teachers 29.3
87.0 Support Teacher Learning
85.0 Teacher Librarian 1
84.0 Teacher of ESL 1.6
83.0 Counsellor 1
82.0 Total 43
2004 2005 2006 2007
School Region State Staff retention
Staff numbers have remained stable for the past
Retention to Year 12 two years. During 2007, two permanent
members of staff retired. Their position will be
Eighty-four percent of students studying for the filled in the first half of 2008.
School Certificate in 2005 chose to proceed on to
the Higher School Certificate for 2007. This has At the beginning of the year there was one new
been a stable pattern over the past two years. permanent teacher appointed to the school. A
Students who leave at the end of Year 10 further permanent member of staff was appointed
generally find permanent employment or are now during the year.
attending courses provided by TAFE and other More than 10 casual staff also held temporary
colleges. positions in the school throughout the year
ensuring that all teaching positions in the school
Post-school destinations were filled.
Forty one students completed the Higher School
Certificate at the end of 2006. The vast majority Staff attendance
of these students are now undergoing further Staff members have access to leave entitlements
education. Of the students able to be contacted such as sick leave. In 2007 the average daily
after the HSC, 7 are attending universities, 15 are attendance rate for staff, as determined by the
attending TAFE colleges, 4 are attending other Department, was 96.2%.
colleges of further education and 3 are employed.
Staff information All teaching staff meet the professional
It is a requirement that the reporting of requirements for teaching in NSW public schools.
information for all staff must be consistent with The teaching staff members at Birrong Boys’ High
privacy and personal information policies. School are highly qualified in their subject areas.
The staff at the school has remained quite stable The staff members have also shown a high
over the past 12 months. The stability of student commitment to ensuring that student teachers
numbers has also ensured the retention of the and newly trained teachers are supported through
previous year’s staffing levels. The school has quality training and professional development.
been fortunate in being able to have all All staff members are provided with training
permanent positions filled at the beginning of the
throughout the year during School Development At Birrong Boys’ High School we aim to provide a
Days and through a variety of training programs. varied curriculum with opportunities for students
to excel in many different areas. The school has
Qualifications % of staff a strong tradition of participation in sporting
Degree or Diploma 100 activities, the arts and in many other facets of the
Postgraduate 18.6 community
This summary covers funds for operating costs
and does not involve expenditure areas such as Birrong Boys’ High School has again provided
permanent salaries, building and major wonderful opportunities for students in the
maintenance. creative aspects of the school curriculum.
Birrong Primary Market Day – a small group
Date of financial summary: 30/11/2007 of students performed at the Market Day held
Income $ in September. They played many popular
tunes with a Polynesian flavour and their
Balance brought forward 173 973.89 performance was well received.
Global funds 325 593.73 Winning Artists – for the second year running
Tied funds 281 394.90 Hasibullah Tahbin from Year 11 entered the
School & community sources 156 757.82 Auburn Art Show and won the Community Art
Interest 16 319.55 Award.
Trust receipts 33 284.65
Film Making – with the setting up of the Mac
lab there have been 12 films produced plus
Total income 987 324.54
the annual Year 12 DVD. “Class of ‘07” was a
Expenditure huge success again this year with students
and staff enjoying Mr Gailey’s clever
Teaching & learning
Key learning areas 55 610.39
Excursions 11 689.26 Birrong Boys hosted a day visit by the Master
Extracurricular dissections 55 657.76 of Teaching class from Sydney University
Library 4 959.98 which involved practical methods
Training & development 1 529.26 demonstrations.
Tied funds 253 951.90
Casual relief teachers 59 314.90 Sport
Administration & office 122 494.50 In 2007 students enjoyed many sporting
School-operated canteen 0.00 successes. At Birrong Boys’ we see sport as
Utilities 52 249.34 being an important part of a student’s learning
Maintenance 58 959.80 process and we encourage students to be
Trust accounts 14 163.57 actively involved in physical fitness. The school
Capital programs 32 224.90 has had tremendous success during the year in
Total expenditure 722 805.56 Zone sport including:
Balance carried forward 264 518.98 Bankstown Sports Rugby Knockouts
In 2007, the school finances were kept well within Zone Gala Day junior touch champions
the budgets set for the year. The school has been Representation in Area Rugby League
able to set aside extra funds for 2008 to celebrate
the school’s 50th anniversary and open day Reaching the Regional final in the Bill Turner
celebrations, further funds have also been Soccer Knockout competition.
allocated to purchase 25 new computers to The school also had successes in Basketball,
provide students and staff with the latest in Soccer, Rugby League and Oz Tag at Zone
Information Technology resources. Level.
A full copy of the school's 2007 financial
statement is tabled at the first parent meeting of Competitions
the year. Further details concerning the statement
can be obtained by contacting the school. The school participates in:
The Australian Mathematics Competition
Australian Schools Science Competition
School performance 2007
The NSW Schools’ Tritation Competition
Percentage of students in achievement
Royal Australian Chemical Institutes’ levels:
Chemistry Competition Year 7 Literacy (ELLA)
Premiers Reading Challenge 60
Film Industry Workshops 50
Percentage of students
University of Western Sydney Engineering 40
Students organised and participated in Anzac
and Remembrance Day ceremonies 10
Chess and Film Club 0
Battle of the bands
Transition Programs with local primary
schools throughout the year.
Achievem ent level
Percentage in level 2007
In the School Certificate and the Higher School School average 2003 - 2007
Certificate, the performance of students is LSG average 2007
State average 2007
reported in performance bands ranging from
Performance Band 1 (lowest) to Performance
Band 6 (highest). Numeracy – SNAP Year 7
Birrong Boys’ High School entered students in all Students in Year 7 also participated in the SNAP
of the following external examinations and test in March of 2007. This assessment program
assessment programs. The collective results is again a diagnostic test which identifies the
appear below. areas in which students need assistance both as
a group and individually.
Literacy – ELLA Year 7
As can be seen in the graph below, students find
Students in Year 7 participated in the ELLA test significant difficulty with numeracy across the
which took place in March. This test is a curriculum. The majority of students achieve at
diagnostic test which looks at students’ literacy the Elementary and Proficient levels. However,
ability and provides information to the school there are significant numbers of students who
about areas for improvement, both as a group have only achieved at the Low level.
and for individual students.
In order to address this issue, the school has
As seen from the graph below, the majority of developed a program with the support of the
students who attend Birrong Boys’ in Year 7 are Priority School Program to fund a numeracy
assessed as being in the Elementary and program targeting students in Years 7 and 8.
Proficient ranges. This program provides a numeracy support
The school has a variety of strategies in all faculty teacher in a variety of different courses to ensure
areas to address the literacy needs of all that numeracy is taught across the curriculum.
students. An integral part of this program is the Students in Year 8 continue to show improvement
Drop Everything And Read (D.E.A.R) program in their numeracy skills when they are reassessed
which is carried out most days in morning roll call. through the SNAP testing, results have an
This and other programs lead to improved results increase in students achieving in the high band.
for the majority of students when they are
reassessed in Year 8.
The number of students in the Low range is being
addressed in the school through the support
faculty with greater assistance for staff in the
class or by withdrawal of students in selected
School Certificate relative performance
comparison to Year 5 (value-adding)
Results for the School Certificate remain
disappointing. In 2007 results in Science,
Australian History and Australian Geography
have improved on previous years. However,
results in English and Mathematics have not.
The school will continue to address these issues
through further development of quality teaching
programs and the development of study skills
programs and support for Year 9 and 10
School Certificate: Relative growth
from Year 5 (value-added)
Australian History, Civics
Civics and Citizenship
Relative growth -2.0
In 2007, 69 boys sat for the School Certificate
external examinations in English literacy, -6.0
mathematics, science, Australian history and
geography, civics and citizenship. In these
examinations student performance is reported in
6 achievement bands, Band 6 being the highest
level of achievement. School 2007
School Average 2003 - 2007
In English literacy no student achieved Bands 5 LSG Average 2007
or 6, 14 students achieved Band 4, 39 students
achieved Band 3, 8 students achieved Band 2
and 8 students achieved Band 1. In Higher School Certificate
mathematics, 1 student achieved Band 6, 12
In 2007, 41 students sat for the Higher School
students achieved Band 4, 25 achieved Band 3,
Certificate in 20 different subjects.
31 achieved Band 2 and no students were placed
in Band 1. In science, 3 students achieved Band Overall the results for these students were quite
5, 14 achieved Band 4, 27 achieved Band 3, 21 disappointing with no group of students achieving
achieved Band 2 and 4 achieved Band 1. results above the state average.
History results this year were disappointing with Our best results were achieved in Industrial
the majority of students achieving in the lowest Technology, Retail Operations, Chemistry and
three bands. Geography results were Advanced English.
significantly better with the majority of students
achieving in Bands 3 and 4. In 2008 the school will continue to support senior
students with their studies, particularly in relation
In the computer skills assessment 18 students to improving student motivation, study skills and
performed in the Highly Competent range, 46 raising expectations for all senior students.
performed in the Competent range and 4
students did not achieve competency in this area.
While our students continue to remain in the
middle bands in most of these subjects there has
continued to be a drop in the number of students
performing in the two lowest bands. In 2008 we
will work to ensure that our middle students are
encourage to improve their performance to
achieve in the two highest bands.
School 2007 School 2003 - 2007 National benchmarks
LSG 2007 State 2007 The Commonwealth Government sets minimum
100 desirable standards for reading, writing and
numeracy at particular ages. These are referred
to as national benchmarks.
The performance of the students in our school in
70 the Year 3 and the Year 5 Basic Skills Test (BST)
is compared to these benchmarks. The
60 percentages of our students achieving at or
50 above these benchmarks are reported below.
40 The performance of the students in our school in
the Year 7 English Language and Literacy
30 Assessment (ELLA) and the Year 7 Secondary
Personal Development, Health and
Numeracy Assessment Program (SNAP) is
compared to these benchmarks. The percentages
of our students achieving at or above these
benchmarks are reported below.
Percentage of Year 7 students in our school
achieving benchmarks in 2006 and 2007
Percentage of Year 7 students meeting
Higher School Certificate relative
performance comparison to School School National School National
Certificate (value-adding) Reading 60.3 * 71.8 *
Writing 76.4 * 75.0 *
As can be seen from the graph below, this cohort
of students did not achieve the same Numeracy 42.9 * 32.1 *
improvement as did the Higher School Certificate * National benchmarks were not available at the
students in 2006. While above the school time of printing this report.
average for the last 5 years, these results are
disappointing and the issues raised will need to
be addressed in 2008.
Significant programs and initiatives
Priority School Program (PSP)
Average HSC Relative Performance
from Year 10 (value-added) The Priority Schools Program is provided to our
school to support the learning needs of the many
students who come from a low socio-economic
Low Middle High
background. The program provides for both a
-0.5 supplementation in staffing which is used to
maintain a wide curriculum and funds which have
-1.0 been used in the following manner:
-1.5 The provision of two Community Liaison
Officers (CLOs) to support links between the
school and our NESB community. Parents
are able to access the CLOs to discuss
issues regarding their son’s educational
needs and to gain information about student
The provision of a numeracy coordinator to
-3.5 assist staff in developing units of work,
resources and skills to improve the numeracy
-4.0 skills of our students.
Continued support was provided to staff to
School, 2007 develop programs using the Quality Teaching
School average 2003-2007 model which supports both literacy and
LSG average 2007 numeracy skill development.
The publishing of the “Blaze” magazine. This Australia. This program is timetabled and
annual publication is a literacy strategy for conducted once every cycle.
the student editors and well as a valuable
promotional tool for our school community. Youth Pathways (Mission Australia) is another
mentoring program that aims to support young
The provision of suitable materials to support people who are at risk of leaving school before
the literacy and numeracy needs of our completing the School Certificate. The program
students. In 2007 the school library was also supports students who may not make a
provided with extra money to purchase successful transition from school to employment,
appropriate new reading materials for Year 7 further education or training. The target group for
and Year 8 students. this program is students in Years 9 and 10.
PSP funds will continue to be used to ensure that
all students have access to the widest possible The Links to Learning project is supported and
curriculum. In 2008, the funds will continue to organised by the Arab Council of Australia with
support the development of Quality Teaching funding from the Department of Education and
programs with an emphasis on Years 9 and 10. Training. The project supports young people who
experience barriers and difficulties in participating
Primary School Links Project in formal learning. This program covers a wide
This program commenced in Term 3 2006 and range of topics including literacy, numeracy,
was developed to establish more productive and social skills, developing a CV and
closer links with feeder schools, to provide our communication.
students with the opportunity to develop Adopt A School program
leadership skills and to promote our school.
This program is one of the many programs
The main feature of the program has been to give provided by Canterbury Bankstown Career
our students the opportunity to work with our local Connections. The aim of this program is to build
primary schools by providing student mentors to links between businesses, students, teachers and
assist with literacy and numeracy programs as the broader community through activities
well as sport and behaviour support. that increase knowledge about opportunities for
The program was expanded during 2007 to careers and further education.
incorporate all five feeder schools and also During 2007, a group of Year 9 students were
involved students participating in swimming and involved in a landscaping project at Rookwood
athletic carnivals. Cemetery. The boys worked at the cemetery for
This program has been well received by our local 5 days and during that time assisted the
community and will continue into 2008 with the gardeners to create a large garden bed in a
introduction of a maths enrichment class for year section of the grounds.
6 students. The benefits of this program include establishing
Mock High School program links with industry to assist in “real life”
educational opportunities, increasing industry’s
This program commenced in 2006 in two local understanding of the education system,
schools but was expanded to all feeder schools accessing business technology and personnel
during 2007. The program involves staff from and involving business expertise when preparing
Birrong Boys’ visiting primary schools and students for the workforce.
conducting lessons to students. The program has
been an outstanding success and has involved In 2008 we will endeavour to provide another
over 80% of staff. The benefits of this program opportunity through this program for our students.
include promotion, giving primary students an
opportunity to talk to high school teachers and School Gymnasium
preparing students for their journey into Year 7. Another significant achievement of 2007 was the
Staff who visit conduct normal lessons and talk to development of stage two of the school gym.
primary students about their experiences and This program was funded through donations from
duties at High School. Students are also given a number of local sporting and community clubs.
the opportunity to ask questions. The gym is used by both students and staff.
During 2007 the gym was opened for early
Support Programs morning classes in combination with a breakfast
club for students. A physical testing facility was
Birrong Boys’ High School has continued to work also added during the year for students in elective
with a number of other organisations during 2007 classes.
to provide support programs for all students.
The gym, upon its completion, was officially
Students in Year 7 have been supported in their opened on Friday 23rd November 2007 by
transition to high school with mentoring programs Barbara Perry, Member for Auburn with
provided through a community link with ADRA representatives from all donors attending.
Aboriginal education Environment: Towards a Sustainable School
Aboriginal Education is incorporated in all subject
areas as a mandatory component of each course. A number of environment initiatives have been
Historical, social and cultural aspects of running during 2006. They include:
Aboriginal life are areas of study in particular for A Year 7 Local Environment study which is
history, geography, visual arts and music. incorporated in the Science curriculum. Each
year 7 class spends a term doing an ecology
There was one Aboriginal and no Torres Strait
unit, part of which includes a field study
Islander students enrolled at Birrong Boys’ High
undertaken on the school grounds with a
School in 2007.
professional Bushcare worker. Students learn
about local plants, environmental issues,
Career Education and Transition sustainable gardening and creating habitats.
Career Education continues to expand in a
variety of formats including: Students from years 7 and 8 help to reduce
waste in the school through paper recycling,
Year 9 students receiving a “School to Work” collecting the food scraps from the canteen
folder and employment related skills logbook; for composting and keeping a worm farm.
Year 10 Work Experience in a block of time The composting and the worm farm produce
during Term 2; organic fertiliser for the vegetable garden
which is tended by Year 7 classes and the
Job Pathways program interviews for Environment Team.
prospective school leavers;
Career search at University of Western The Environment Team consists of an
Sydney for Year 12; enthusiastic group of students who meet
once a week at recess to plan and manage
TAFE Information Day; areas such as applying for grants and special
projects. They look after the bush garden and
Guest Speakers at school for students with
the herb garden and have made a frog pond.
interests in the defence forces,
apprenticeships, and the Master Builders’ Our school has continued to be supported by
Association. Bankstown Council in many of our environment
programs. This includes the provision of a
The school has provided a Transition Support
Bushcare Officer to work with students in their
teacher to assist the Career’s teacher in
Science classes as well as supporting the
providing appropriate and timely information
to students about the world of work and
Progress on 2007 targets
Multicultural education 2007 is the second year of a three year plan
which has been developed as a blueprint for 2006
Multicultural education is an integral part of life at
to 2008. The following targets were the next step
Birrong Boys’ High School. It is a compulsory
in our plan and follow similar themes to the
component in all subject areas.
Targets for 2006.
At our school, students are encouraged to
celebrate their culture and recognition is given to Target 1
the many community cultural festivities held
throughout the year. Quality Teaching Programs will be developed
in all faculties
Respect and responsibility In 2007 all faculties were involved in a series of
workshops held in both in school time and outside
In 2007, the school completed the two year
school hours to improve all staff members
program to ensure that all staff members are
understanding of backward mapping from
trained in the Glasser system of behaviour
assessment outcomes. Staff members from all
management. This program is aimed at ensuring
faculties then developed or updated existing
that all students are aware of the school’s values
programs using this process. Again in 2007 this
and code of conduct and that each student takes
program was supported by regional consultants.
responsibility for his actions.
Our achievements include:
The values of respect for others and responsibility
for your actions are key points of discussion An ongoing commitment from all faculties to
during regular assemblies and in the many ensure that the programs being developed
support and welfare programs provided for for Stage 4 and Stage 5 students are
students at Birrong Boys’ relevant, require higher order thinking and
engage student interest.
A series of booklets were created in many Target 4
faculties which contained the new units of
Higher School Certificate Results will improve
work. These resources have been shared
among the faculties to assist staff to develop While there were some positive trends in 2006
new ideas and to improve the learning results, this was not achieved again in 2007. This
opportunities for all students. small cohort of students was significantly affected
by the death, in the first half of the year, of one of
Staff members have been able to draw on
their peers who had left school. Many of these
the experience of others and have continued
students lacked the motivation necessary to
to work towards providing Quality Learning
achieve at higher levels after this event.
for all students.
While there were few achievements in this area,
Target 2 the following can be noted:
All faculties will ensure that Information There was a reduction in the number of
Technology will be incorporated into teaching students who achieved only in Bands 1 and
programs. 2. This was not at the required level of 10%.
It is mandatory that all subjects have a All of the students who presented for the
component of Information and Computer Higher School Certificate had met minimum
technology (ICT) incorporated into each program. requirements in following the course provided
While Birrong Boys’ has significant resources to by the school.
deliver this, there are still significant issues in
providing adequate resources to enable staff to There was an increased percentage of
meet this requirement. students who attended all of their
examinations and therefore gained the
In 2007, our achievements included: Higher School Certificate.
An audit of staff computer skills to identify
areas of need. Target 5
Senior Studies Review Committee will be
The development of a program to ensure that
each faculty took on the responsibility for a
particular area of skills. All staff members play a role in monitoring the
ongoing progress of students. To ensure that
Ongoing professional learning to update
senior students are informed when they are not
teacher skills and to provide support to staff
meeting requirements warning letters are
so that they could successfully incorporate
provided to students and their parents. It has
ICT into lessons.
been the role of the principal and the Deputy
Improved facilities provided by the total Principals to monitor these letters and provide
refurbishment of two of our three computer support to students through the regular review of
rooms. the Senior Studies Review process.
Our achievements include:
Regular reviews of students’ performance
School Certificate Results will improve ensured that where students were failing to
Our students have consistently underperformed meet requirements that they were
at the School Certificate. There are a variety of interviewed and provided with appropriate
factors which impact on our results including a resources to redeem their position.
lack of student motivation, poor attendance, All students in Year 11 at the end of Term 3
inadequate preparation and a failure of students had completed minimum requirements for the
to recognise the value of the School Certificate. Preliminary Certificate.
While overall our results for 2007 did not improve,
the following improved outcomes did occur: Target 6
Adequate monitoring of students’ progress Student population will increase for 2008
ensured that no student was “N” determined
The ability to provide a broad curriculum for all
before the examinations.
students depends heavily on the size of the
All students who presented for the School student population. Numbers of students have
Certificate examinations gained a School remained fairly consistent over the past 3 years at
Certificate. around 450 students. To remain viable as a
school the number of students needed to
There was a 10 percent decrease in the increase to at least 500 students.
number of students who gained only Band 1
or Band 2 results in the majority of the The strategies used to improve our schools’
external examinations. ability to attract students included raising our
profile with our local primary schools by
developing joint programs, promoting our From the information gathered a list of students
achievements in local newspapers and improving whose names had come up repeatedly was
the physical surroundings of the school which compiled and these students were interviewed
was significantly helped by the major capital and counselled regarding the information
works project. provided.
Our achievements include:
An increase in numbers of students in Years
The information gathered from the survey was
11 and 12 for 2008.
compiled and placed in a database for future
An increase in the number of students in reference. The database has allowed each of the
Year 9, 2007 to 100. Deputy Principals and Year Advisers to monitor
student’s behaviour in respect to bullying in the
A consolidation of the number of students school. This database will remain confidential.
beginning Year 7 in 2008.
The target of 500 students at Birrong Boys’ Curriculum
High School in 2008 achieved. Information and Computer Technology across
It is a requirement for all NSW public schools to Background
conduct at least two annual evaluations – one With the introduction of compulsory testing of
related to educational and management practice computer skills for all Year 10 students as part of
and the other related to curriculum. In 2007 our the School Certificate the school determined that
school carried out evaluations of Information and there was a need to ensure that all students had
Computer Technology across the curriculum and access to training in these skills as not all
one whole school evaluation on bullying. students were taking computer studies as one of
their elective courses.
Educational and management practice
A review of the results for students in 2006 and
Student Survey - Bullying further testing in 2007 indicated the areas where
students were experiencing difficulties. Similarly,
Background teaching staff were surveyed in a computer skills
Students participated in a survey on bullying in audit to determine strengths and areas which
the school. The survey was conducted during the were in need of attention.
DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) program and
involved a series of questions regarding bullying Findings and conclusions
with students identifying those students who they In 2006, 16% of students attempting the
believed to be the major contributors to bullying Computer Skills test (CST) were found to be
within the school. All information gathered was highly competent, 48% were competent and
kept confidential. 36% did not demonstrate competence in this
Findings and conclusions
The areas where students were found to be
The survey presented the school with some competent or higher were: basic software
interesting information. The majority of the applications, navigating Windows, word
students indicated that bullying occurs in the processing skills, multimedia skills, internet
school and at some time they themselves had and emailing skills.
been bullied. However, the amount of bullying
and the impact it has on them is not enough for The areas needing most improvement for
them to be concerned about. The majority of students were: spreadsheets, databases,
students indicated that they have taken the graphics and research skills.
advice given to them by the school and that is to With teaching staff, 70% of staff expressed
ignore potential bullying. However, there were confidence in performing basis operations
students in all years that did indicate that they within computer software packages, core
were the victims of bullying and it did impact on application tasks common to software
them in terms of feeling safe and being able to do publications as well as internet and emailing
their work in class. skills.
Students were asked to identify those students
Some staff needed further support in
who were bullying not only themselves but also
developing competence with databases,
others and it was pleasing to see that students
spreadsheets, multimedia packages and
indicate who these students were and the type of
bullying that was taking place, whether it was
verbal, physical or by the use of electronic School Development Days were identified as
devices including the internet or mobile phones. suitable times to further develop staff skills.
Individual faculties were allocated a range of meetings and to take on the role. Community
ICT competencies to incorporate into their Liaison Officers rang families to inform them of
teaching and learning programs. meetings and to gain support for the school P &
Staff members have found that professional
learning from both within-school training and Findings and Conclusions
external providers has enabled them to be
Most parents were unable to attend meetings
more confident in providing ICT into
due to work or family commitments.
Neither daytime meetings nor night time
80% of staff members believe that
meetings provided a more suitable time for
technology can enhance student
parents to attend.
achievement of outcomes across all Key
Learning Areas and recognise that teaching While a few parents were happy to attend
technology skills in the responsibility of all meetings where information was provided
teachers. about the school, they were not interested in
a more formal role for themselves or the
Areas which are hindering the
implementation of ICT across the curriculum
have been identified and will inform future No one was willing to take on the role of P &
planning. C President at the annual general meeting.
Future directions Parents attending the meeting agreed that
they wanted to continue meeting regularly
The following are areas which need to be with members of the staff.
addressed in the future:
Parents agreed to disband the P & C
Improved access to computing facilities for all Association at the school and to distribute
Key Learning Areas. any funds remaining in the bank accounts to
Upgrading of all computer hardware to a
standard reached by the Technology 4 Future Directions
The school will continue to hold meetings for
Continued upgrade and extension of the all parents on the first Friday morning of each
school computer network to provide access month.
to more classrooms.
The school will continue to send out a parent
Investigation of expanding the network newsletter each month just before the
through wireless technology. meeting to ensure that all parents are able to
access information about the school and its
Strategic purchase and licensing of computer programs.
Continued professional development of staff Professional learning
to enhance overall skill levels and to maintain
currency with new technologies. All staff members are committed to ongoing
professional learning. In 2007 staff that had not
Establish a multimedia centre which can also been trained in the Glasser system of student
be sued for demonstrations and behaviour management completed the four day
performances for all classes. course in June, as a result this meant that all staff
had completed the training and a consistent level
Continued analysis of CST data to refine the
of discipline and approach when dealing with
effectiveness of ICT integration into teaching
students was implemented into the school welfare
and learning programs.
system. The other major focus was our ongoing
commitment to the Quality Teaching Project.
At the beginning of each of the first three terms of
Parents and Citizens’ Association (P & C the year, the school provides training to all staff
Association) during the School Development Days. In 2007,
Background Quality Teaching Programs, Child Protection,
Anaphylaxis training, Information and Computer
For the past three years it has become Technology and Student Welfare were areas of
increasingly difficult to find parents who were training on these days.
willing to take on the role of office bearers for the
P & C Association. In the period from May 2006
to May 2007, Mrs Abdulmahla was the only office
bearer as President.
The Annual General meeting was held later in
order to encourage more parents to attend
School development 2006 – 2008 Evaluation of the impact of the ESL learning
strategies and identified improvement in
The school has completed the second year of the students learning outcomes.
three year plan which was developed from the
information provided in a series of workshops Target 2
held towards the end of 2005. In 2008, the plan
will be completed, evaluated and a new plan will To improve the numeracy skills of all students
be developed for the next three years. with a special focus on Stage 5 students
A similar approach will be taken for Target 2 as
Targets for 2008 for Target 1. While there has been systematic
For 2008 we have limited our targets to ensure work in all years to improve literacy strategies,
that our main focus of teaching and learning, numeracy strategies need further development.
particularly in the areas of literacy and numeracy Students value the learning of mathematics but
are addressed. do not recognise numeracy issues which emerge
in many other subject areas. This program will
aim to address this.
Strategies to achieve this target include:
To improve the literacy skills of all students
with a special focus on Stage 5 students Using student performance data and school
While in previous years emphasis was placed on based data to inform planning for the next
improving the literacy skills of students in Stage 4 phase of our whole school Quality Teaching/
(Years 7 & 8), staff have identified a need to work Numeracy Plan.
more systematically with students in Stage 5. Using data packages to identify student
The aim will be to improve School Certificate learning needs and programming to meet
results by motivating students and ensuring that these needs in Stages 4 and 5 in all Key
they take responsibility for their learning and their Learning Areas
Providing professional learning and
Strategies to achieve this target include: consultancy support to ensure numeracy
Using student performance data and school teaching and learning strategies are
based data to inform planning for the next implemented in all classrooms Years 7 to
phase of our whole school Quality Year 12.
Teaching/Literacy plan. Raising expectations of students’
Providing professional learning and performance through staff professional
consultancy support to ensure effective learning and implementation of identified
literacy teaching and learning strategies are classroom strategies that impact directly to
used in all classes. improve student learning outcomes.
Providing professional learning in ESL Our success will be measured by:
Pedagogy for all staff A decrease in the number of students in the
Raising expectations of student performance low bands in National Assessment Plan
through the implementation of identified (Numeracy) by 10%.
classroom strategies. An increase in the number of students in the
Our success will be measured by: high band in NAP (Numeracy) by 10%.
A decrease in the number of students in the An increase in the number of students
low bands in the National Assessment achieving expected growth in numeracy from
Program (NAP) Literacy test by 10%. Year 7 to Year 9 by 10%.
An increase in the number of students in the A decrease in the number of students in
high bands in the NAP Literacy test by 10%. Bands 1 and 2 in School Certificate
examinations by 10%.
An increase in the number of students
achieving expected growth in literacy from An increase in the number of students in
Year 7 to Year 9 by 10%. Bands 5 & 6 in School Certificate
examinations by 5%.
A decrease in the number of students in
Bands 1 and 2 in School Certificate Education Support Team evaluation of
examinations by 10%. numeracy in Stages 4 and 5 across the
school in Week 1, Term 4.
An increase in the number of students in
Bands 5 & 6 in School Certificate Staff evaluation of professional learning and
examinations by 5%. its impact on classroom practice.
Staff evaluation of professional learning and
its impact on classroom practice
Target 3 Mrs C. Bogard , Principal
To increase the number of students coming to Mr A. Stasos , Deputy Principal
school. Mr Tony Mahler, Deputy Principal
The school continues to recognise the need to Ms Billie Holloway CAPA Coordinator
increase the numbers of students who attend the
school to ensure that a diverse curriculum can be Ms Karen MacGregor Head Teacher
maintained. We also recognise that a significant Administration
number of students are not attending regularly
which impacts on their ability to achieve School contact information
academic outcomes. This target aims to address
these issues. Birrong Boys’ High School
Strategies to achieve this target are: Rodd St, Birrong 2143
The continued promotion of the school Ph: 9644 5200
through advertising opportunities and articles Fax: 97437009
provided to local media.
Holding an official opening for the completed
major capital works project in Term 1, 2008. Web: www.birrongboy-h.schools.nsw.edu.au
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the School Code: 8213
school’s opening in Term 1, 2008 and using Parents can find out more information about
this and the previous opportunity to highlight Annual School Reports, how to interpret
the school’s achievements. information in the reports and have the
opportunity to provide feedback about these
Continuing to promote the school through
programs with the local feeder primary
Monitoring student attendance regularly and
ensuring that student absences are
accounted for and followed up with parents.
Encouraging students in Year 10 to stay on
to complete their studies in Year 11 and 12
Involving the Home School Liaison officer in
programs to improve student attendance in
the junior years.
Regularly advising parents of senior students
when non-attendance is impacting on the
student’s performance at school.
Our success will be measured by:
Maintaining the school population above 500
students for the beginning of 2009.
Improving the retention of students from year
10 to Year 12 by 10%.
Improving attendance statistics and
continuing to narrow the gap between the
school’s attendance rates and those
achieved by the region.
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.