St. Fergal’s College Homework Policy
The rationale for Homework.
Homework is an integral part of the learning process. Learning continues through the completion of homework. Teachers assign homework for a variety of reasons e.g. :
Homework provides a link between school and home and gives parents/guardians the opportunity to reinforce the importance of learning.
Types of Homework.
Homework may be short term i.e. due the next day or long term e.g. the completion of a project. It may take the form of :
Teacher’s Responsibilities :
Each student is given a Student Journal at the beginning of the school year to record details of homework for each school day. The Journal must be kept neatly and free from any graffiti. Lost or defaced Journals must be replaced (at a cost of €25 currently). The Journal remains the property of St. Fergal’s College at all times.
Students should carefully record the instructions for their homework for each class. If no written homework is assigned it is automatically assumed that revision of the day’s work is undertaken. There should be an entry in the Homework Journal for each class of the day. When homework is completed it should be marked as done in the space provided.
If a student is absent from class for any reason s/he should find out what work was covered, what homework was given and have it completed before the next class.
It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that Parents/Guardians sign the Journal daily/weekly as instructed by the relevant Year Head.
Recommended Homework/Study Timetable:
1st year: 10-12 hours per week. (2 hours minimum per day, Monday-Friday.)
2nd & 3rd year: 12 -14 hours per week. (2.5 hours minimum per day, Monday-Friday.)
Senior Cycle: 18 -22 hours per week. (3 hours minimum per day, Mon-Sat/Sun.)
Sanctions for non-completion of Homework
Ratified by the Board of Management: Sept. 2012.