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1 St. Joseph School - Sliema
PARENTS’ MEETING 26th September 2013

2 Parents’ Prayer O Lord, we give you thanks for having given us children. They are our joy, and we accept with serenity the worries, fears, and hard work which bring us pain. Help us to love them sincerely. Through us you gave life to them; from eternity you knew them and loved them. Give us the wisdom to guide them, patience to teach them, vigilance to accustom them to the good through our example.

3 Parents’ Prayer Support our love so that we may receive them back when they have strayed and make them good. It is often so difficult to understand them, to be as they would want us to be, to help them go on their way. Grant that they may always see our home and school as a haven in their time of need. Teach us and help us, O good Father, through the merits of Jesus, your Son and our Lord. Amen.

4 MISSION STATEMENT Inspired by Gospel values and the teachings of Saint Emilie, our school aims at creating a team of dedicated professionals to give our girls a holistic education, developing their individual, intellectual, spiritual, emotional, creative and physical potential to the full, in the knowledge that such gifts come from a loving God who asks us to use them for our good and that of others.

5 School Motto Believe and Achieve



Our three-year plan focuses on: Strengthening the school ethos and focusing on the charism of our foundress St Emilie de Vialar, with an emphasis on gospel values and social justice. Strengthening inclusion in a mixed-ability student population. Improving feedback on assessment. Empowering parents to better assist in their daughter’s holistic development.

Rendering of stone walls in the main court yard and replacement of weathered slabs Plastering and painting of downstairs corridors and ceilings Re-wiring and installation of energy saving lights and new speakers in the main court yard; removal of surplus wiring Waterproofing membrane and plastering of the Senior Section facade New apertures in the staff room and staff resource room Projector in the Physics Lab

10 Secondary School Certificate and Profile
This is a national school leaver’s certificate that will be the same for all students in state, church and independent schools. It is issued by the Directorate for Quality and Standards in Education and is recognised by the Malta Qualifications Council. The SSC&P can be awarded at Level II or Level I, depending on the criteria satisfied. Students who do not fulfil the criteria will not receive an SSC&P but only a Certificate that indicates they have attended secondary school.

11 Secondary School Certificate and Profile
The SSC&P will record student performance in: All academic subjects All non-formal activities organised by the school but which do not feature in the National Curriculum Informal learning which takes place outside school hours Personal qualities which the student acquires during her school days Attendance during the school year

12 Secondary School Certificate and Profile
The data will be collected by the school every year in May and will cover all the years spent in senior school. More detailed information, including all the necessary forms, will be ed to parents and posted on the school website.

13 SSC&P: Requirements for Level 2
Senior V: 2 Informal Activities and 2 Non-Formal Activities [at least in 2 years] Senior IV: 3 Informal Activities and 3 Non-Formal Activities [at least in 3 years] Senior III: 3 Informal Activities and 4 Non-Formal Activities [at least in 4 years] Senior II: 3 Informal Activities and 5 Non-Formal Activities [at least in 5 years] Informal Activities means outside school hours

14 Assessment for Learning
Formative Assessment Assessment for Learning November Assessments prior to Parents’ Day Parents’ Day Mid-Yearly Examinations & feedback Annual Examinations & feedback Conduct and Appraisal on the Klikks School Management System

15 Parents’ Day : Term 1 Parents’ Day for term one will take place on Thursday 28th November 2013 Students will not be allowed to queue for parents Parents and students can visit any teacher for feedback Parents and students are to use the feedback in the folder to prioritise who they need to visit Students must take responsibility for their progress

16 Parents’ Day : Term 2 Parents’ Day for term two will take place on two days – Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th April 2014 Parents and students are to attend on one morning and must bring their Mid-Yearly Exam Report to Parents’ Day Students will not be allowed to queue for parents Parents and students can visit any teacher for feedback on performance and progress

17 Mid-Yearly Exams Mid-Yearly Exam papers will include a marks grid to give students an indication where marks were lost and gained All students will be given the opportunity to see their corrected exam scripts in class, during lessons, and receive feedback on areas for improvement All exam scripts remain the property of the school Past Exam Papers on CD will be on sale from the school

18 Annual Exams Annual Exam papers will include a marks grid to give students an indication where marks were lost and gained All students will be given the opportunity to see their corrected exam scripts in class, during lessons, and receive feedback on areas for improvement between Monday 23rd and Friday 27th June 2014 All exam scripts remain the property of the school Past Exam Papers on CD will be on sale from the school

19 School Outings School outings are organised regularly to enhance the educational, spiritual and pastoral programme we offer our students. All students are expected to participate actively in school outings. Information forms with the details of the outing will be ed to parents; consent forms will not be sent home with students. If parents object to their daughter attending a particular outing it is their responsibility to contact the Head or Assistant Head to let her know.

20 Klikks School Management System
The Klikks SMS site will give parents and students access to: Student time-table and school calendar Attendance Conduct Reports [i.e. behaviour in breach of school rules] Appraisals [i.e. positive behaviour to be rewarded] Mid-Yearly and Annual assessments and exam marks Exam Reports will not be posted home

21 Klikks School Management System
Many parents have not yet activated their Klikks parent account. Both parents will have a separate account provided the school has been given both addresses. Parents are responsible to check the Klikks account regularly to know whether their daughter has been given a Conduct Report or Appraisal. Please contact the school secretaries on if you need help with your Klikks account.

22 Conduct All students have been made aware of what misbehaviour can result in a Conduct Report at the start of the school year. The Student Code of Behaviour is available on the school website. Parents will be able to check for any Conduct Reports at any time once their Klikks parent account is activated. Parents will be alerted by to check the Klikks SMS site if their daughter has repeatedly received a Conduct report. An accumulation of 10 points from Conduct Reports will result in a Detention after school from 1.30 to 2.30pm; parents will be informed.

23 Appraisals Appraisals will be posted on the Klikks system to reward behaviour outlined in the ‘Positive Behaviour’ lists on class-room notice boards and in the Student Code of Behaviour. Students will be rewarded with positive points for achievement, enthusiasm, improvement and commitment. Positive points earned from Appraisals will not cancel out negative points earned from Conduct Reports. Appraisal Assembly will be held monthly to recognise and celebrate positive behaviour in the school community.

24 Confidential Information on Klikks
Parents will only be able to see information related to their own daughter. Teachers can only see the Conduct Reports and Appraisals that they have given to the students they teach – they cannot see any Conduct Reports or Appraisals given by other teachers. The Head of School, the Assistant Head and the Mistress of Discipline only are able to see the Conduct Reports and Appraisals of all students.

25 Student Absence : less than 3 days
Student Attendance is taken by the Mistress of Discipline every morning during the first lesson. Students who are absent will be marked ‘absent’ on the Klikks system. When an absent student returns to school she will be given an ‘Absentee Form’ by her class teacher to be filled in by parents. Once this form is returned, ‘absent’ will be changed to ‘certified’ or ‘medical’ on the Klikks system. If the ‘Absentee Form’ is not returned to the class teacher, the student will remain listed as ‘absent’.

26 Student Absence : 3 days or more
Students who are absent from school for 3 or more days are required to present a doctor’s medical certificate together with the Absentee Form on their return to school. When the medical certificate is returned to the Class Teacher, the ‘absent’ will be changed to ‘medical’ on the Klikks system. Your timely co-operation is needed for us to record the proper data.

27 Student Absence: days excused
Parents are encouraged to fix any necessary medical appointments for their children outside school hours where possible. Parents are discouraged from taking their children abroad during term time. On occasions when this cannot be avoided, the school must receive a signed written note in advance. Only written notes will be accepted for your daughter to be excused from school [not an ]. This must be handed to the Head or Assistant Head, who will sign it and pass it on to the Class Teacher. Students who need to leave school early must be signed out at Reception.

28 Student Absence: SSC&P
Student absences are recorded in the Secondary School Certificate and Profile for every single year in the secondary school. Students who do not average 85% attendance will not be eligible for a Secondary School Certificate and Profile at level II. Student absence from school is monitored monthly and reported to the Education Authorities. On the school Exam Report sheets we will put down the total number of missed school days.

29 School Communication The school website can be accessed at:
The school general telephone number is In emergencies the school mobile number may be used – School communications will be passed on to parents by ; kindly check your regularly.

30 School Communication General communication by should be addressed to the school secretaries at: Confidential communication by can be addressed to the Assistant Head, Ms Bonett, at: Or the Head, Ms Fleri Soler at: Every effort will be made to answer your s as soon as possible

31 ECDL ECDL is taught during ICT lessons from Senior I to Senior V; ICT lessons are compulsory. ECDL modules are offered in collaboration with ‘Holistic Courses’, Fgura. ECDL exams will all be held in the school ICT Lab after school hours; parents will be notified in advance. Each student will be given a username and password and will be able to take online diagnostic tests (practice tests) and receive feedback. Parents can follow their daughter’s progress online.

32 ECDL ECDL information and forms have already been sent home and are also available on the website. All payments will be made through the school in one payment at the start of the scholastic year All payments will be collected by Ms Bason; receipts are to be kept as proof of purchase. Any queries re ECDL modules can be addressed by to Ms Charlene Attard on

33 INTERNET PROTECTION Data Protection Policy re Internet Use
No image or reference to staff, students, school building, school uniform or regalia that pertains to St Joseph School Sliema may be reproduced on the internet without the written consent of the Head of School.

34 INTERNET PROTECTION To this end it is unlawful for any of our students to post photos or details on the internet that can in any way identify them as students at our school. We are asking for your co-operation to ensure that if any such images or references are available, they are removed at once. Serious disciplinary measures will be taken against students caught abusing this policy.

35 Code of Behaviour Punctuality: Assembly starts at 8.00 am Belongings:
All uniform and other personal items should be clearly marked. Any unmarked items that are found and remained unclaimed will be disposed of at the end of the school year.

36 Code of Behaviour Students should not be encouraged to bring mobile phones, cameras or music players to school. If, for a valid reason, mobile phones, cameras or music players are brought to school, they must be put inside an envelope marked with the student’s name and class and handed in at reception on entering the school. They will be returned at 1.30pm. Mobile phones, cameras or music players that are taken to class without permission will be confiscated. A card phone is available at reception for student use.


38 Code of Behaviour School Uniform
Complete school uniform is to be worn at all times. The school case with school logo, and the school outing bag, are compulsory. Students are to come to school wearing their school tracksuit on days when they have PE, Drama or Dance lessons. Blazers must be worn on entering and leaving school when the winter uniform is worn. Skirt lengths are to be decent and faded or torn uniforms are to be replaced. Parents are to ensure that uniforms are smart, in good condition and fit well.

39 Code of Behaviour Hair is to be tidy and tied back if it is long. Hairstyles unbecoming the school uniform, hair gel and extravagant hair dye is strictly forbidden. No make up or nail varnish is allowed Girls are allowed to wear a matching pair of stud earrings on their ear lobe; any other piercings are strictly forbidden and will be confiscated. Girls who enter the school premises and who, for any reason, are not wearing their uniform, should be dressed in a way that is suited to a church school environment.

40 A signed written note (not an email) is required:
For permission to leave the school grounds during school hours; students must be signed out at reception when they leave school during school hours For not wearing the full school uniform For permission to be exempted from PE lessons To explain why homework has not been done For permission to be away from school. All absences must be fully explained. To explain any medicine which the pupil needs to take on the school premises

41 Parental Co-operation
In the best interest of their daughter, parents are asked to communicate and co-operate with School Management at all times. Parents must not approach teachers without prior permission from School Management. Parents should not phone teachers at home. Parents are kindly reminded that they should be dressed in a way that is suited to a church school environment on their visits to the school.

Ensure regular attendance and punctuality. Inform the school promptly of any absences. Ensure that the correct school uniform is worn at school and in journeying to and from school. Support high standards of work and behaviour. Support the Code of Behaviour and Discipline Policy. Check their s and Klikks account regularly. Ensure that the school is made aware of any problems which might affect the child’s work or behaviour.

Ensure that the school is kept aware of current emergency contact numbers and address/es. Give support and encouragement for home-learning. Attend Parent-Teacher Consultations. Encourage their child to get involved in all aspects of school life. Get to know about their child’s life at school.

44 Senior II Option Choices
Senior II parents will be guided on option choices available in school, as well as further education opportunities, in an Options Meeting that will be held in school on Monday 24th March 2014 at 8.45am. Senior II students will attend an Options Seminar in school on Wednesday 26th March 2014. Senior II students will have an ‘Options Taster Morning’ on Friday 28th March 2014. One-to-one session if required. Options information is available on the school website in the Guidance section.

45 Attendance by students and parent/s is compulsory
Senior V : SEC Exams A meeting to explain the SEC Exam system, together with details regarding applications for the May 2014 session, will be held in the school hall on Friday 4th October at 8.15am Attendance by students and parent/s is compulsory

46 SEC Exams : Practicals/ Course Work/Projects
Biology, Chemistry, Physics: practicals are compulsory and make up 15% of the final SEC Exam mark Practicals must be completed over 3 years, starting in Senior III Strict deadlines must be respected; late work will not be accepted Practicals are moderated by MATSEC in Senior V

47 SEC Exams : Practicals/ Course Work/Projects
Computer Studies, Home Economics, Art, PE Option Course work/ Project work/ Portfolios are assigned in Senior IV and contribute towards the final SEC Exam grade Strict deadlines must be respected; late work will not be accepted Course work and Portfolios are moderated by MATSEC in Senior V

48 Spiritual Welfare The School Chaplain is Fr Mario Mule Stagno. Mass and the Sacrament of Reconciliation take place on a regular basis. The Marian Pilgrimage, Lenten Preparation Mornings, School-Leaving Masses, the Crowning of Our Lady, Live-Ins and Adorations are all important parts of our student spiritual programme. We offer a varied spiritual programme and we expect all our students to participate actively. Staff members voluntarily dedicate time and energy towards these activities, many times after school hours. Parent attendance at these spiritual activities is also greatly appreciated.

49 Guidance The Guidance Teacher is Ms Nathalie Camilleri.
Students can make one-to-one appointments. We try our best to educate the students to confide in appropriate people, at appropriate moments. The Guidance Department also organises various talks/seminars to tackle important issues such as smoking, bullying, sexuality etc.

50 Senior IV and V Guidance re choice of post secondary education
MATSEC Talk for Senior V students and their parents Talks from representatives of various post secondary institutions Visits to post secondary institutions, example ITS and MCAST Career Seminar

51 School Counsellor: Ms Patricia Stilon
The School Counsellor is available in school on two mornings. Parental consent is required for the student to be able to visit the School Counsellor. Parents can also avail themselves of the services of the Counsellor to discuss issues related to their daughters’ well-being. The Counsellor liaises with parents and agencies concerned with the welfare of the student

52 Donation We are grateful for your support, which helps us to work hard to offer the best education possible to our students, in a school environment they deserve. Talk about payments spread over 3 terms if needed, as well as first reminder, second reminder etc.

53 Kindly do not hesitate to inform the school of any situation that is hindering your daughter’s progress, or affecting her behaviour.

54 Thank-you for your attention

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