Belmont High SchoolAnnual Report20188203Page 1 of 14Belmont High School 8203 (2018)Printed on: 20 June, 2019

IntroductionThe Annual Report for 2018 is provided to the community of Belmont High School as an account of the school'soperations and achievements throughout the year.It provides a detailed account of the progress the school has made to provide high quality educational opportunities forall students, as set out in the school plan. It outlines the findings from self–assessment that reflect the impact of keyschool strategies for improved learning and the benefit to all students from the expenditure of resources, including equityfunding.Geoff RobinsonPrincipalSchool contact detailsBelmont High School424 Pacific HighwayBELMONT, [email protected] 0600Page 2 of 14Belmont High School 8203 (2018)Printed on: 20 June, 2019

School backgroundSchool vision statementBuilding Harmony and Success:Be the best you can,Give respect, get respect,Responsible in all we do,Learning is power,Accept people are different,Work together.School contextBelmont High School is a comprehensive high school located in the southern suburbs of Newcastle. The school wasestablished as the first comprehensive school outside of Newcastle in 1953.Some improvements have been made to buildings since the school was established but many of the facilities are still intheir original state. A major building upgrade has been announced and initial work has began at the end of 2018. Theupgrade will include new student and staff facilities, special education learning spaces, hospitality and technologylearning spaces and administration areas.The Family Occupation and Education Index (FOEI) for Belmont High School in 2017 was 111 (from 107 in 2017) whichplaces the school above the state average of 100 for disadvantage. Forty nine percent of other government schools havehigher levels of disadvantage. Eleven percent of BHS students are in the highest quartile of the FOEI with 61 percent inthe lowest two quartiles.Enrolment levels at BHS have shown a decline from 1120 students in 2010 to 872 in 2018. Aboriginal enrolment in 2018was 65 students with five percent of student enrolments from a Language Background Other Than English (LBOTE).In 2018 the school had four support classes (two IO, one IM and a newly established MC class) with total enrolments of38 students.Student attendance in 2018 was 85.7 percent which was below state levels (88.4).In 2018 the staffing entitlement was 64.7 teachers including the executive staff (principal, 2 deputy principals, and 12head teachers). SAS staff allocation is 14.882. The school receives a learning and support allocation of 1.7 teachers. Allexecutive staff have been appointed to the school since 2010. Twenty eight teaching staff have been at the school frombefore 2010.The school provides an enrichment stream in years 7–10 with students selected to participate in these classes aftersitting an external test. A Learning Hub operates each week to provide support for students in the completion ofassignments and assessments.The criteria for non–local placements at BHS is the creative and performing arts and this is reflected in the size of themusic ensemble groups at the school. The creative and performing arts areas are also regularly some of the highestperforming subjects in the Higher School Certificate (HSC).NAPLAN results in 2018 showed students' average scores for scaled growth in year 7 reading and years 7 and 9 writingwas above state averages.The school is "delivering" value adding for NAPLAN in 2018 between years 7 and 9 and "working towards delivering"between years 9 in 2015 and 12 in 2018.The BHS P&C operates the school canteen contributing significant funds to support educational programs at the school.Attendance at P&C meetings is on average 5 parents.Page 3 of 14Belmont High School 8203 (2018)Printed on: 20 June, 2019

Self-assessment and school achievementSelf-assessment using the School Excellence FrameworkThis section of the Annual Report outlines the findings from self–assessment using the School Excellence Framework,school achievements and the next steps to be pursued.This year, our school undertook self–assessment using the School Excellence Framework. The framework supportspublic schools throughout NSW in the pursuit of excellence by providing a clear description of high quality practiceacross the three domains of Learning, Teaching and Leading.A comparison of the self–assessment between 2017 and 2018 indicated that there was an improvement in the learningassessment, teaching effective classroom practice and data skills and use elements from delivering to sustaining andgrowing. All other elements of learning remained at 2017 levels of sustaining and growing,. All other elements of teachingand all those of learning were self–assessed as delivering.Our self–assessment process will assist the school to refine our school plan, leading to further improvements in thedelivery of education to our students.For more information about the School Excellence ability/sef–evidence–guidePage 4 of 14Belmont High School 8203 (2018)Printed on: 20 June, 2019

Strategic Direction 1Quality TeachingPurposeTo improve delivery of innovative and creative teaching and learning experiences for students to reach theiracademic, vocational, technological, social, cultural and personal potential in a global society.Overall summary of progresseClass in Years 7 to 9Bump It Up Strategies implemented for year 9 studentsExpansion of STEM activitiesCANVAS implemented as teaching and learning program used by staffProgress towards achieving improvement measuresImprovement measures(to be achieved over 3 years)Funds Expended(Resources)Progress achieved this yearMoving value added studentachievement in both NAPLANand HSC from delivering tosustaining as measured by theSchool Excellence Framework.Some further individualtuition provided for targetedsenior subjects via reshuffleof Sport allocations onThursday afternoon at noadditional expense toschool.Expansion of Learning Hub program determined asa priority for 2019. Development of Qualitative andImpact data groups.Bakers Delights partnershipprovided catering forduration of year supportedby some supplementaryhealthy options. Socio–economicbackground ( 20000.00)As senior students are heaviest users expandedprogram to focus on them.Promotion of junior access Thursdays after Sportalso a priority.Value added for NAPLAN and HSC in 2018identified as deliveringMeeting benchmarks set by NSWState Plan: increase the studentsin the top two bands of NAPLANby 8% by 2019; IncreaseAboriginal students in top twobands of NAPLAN reading andnumeracy by 30% by 2019Teaching and Learningprograms – LiteracyIncrease by 5% 2017 levels ofstudent interest and motivation(21) and appropriatelychallenged(28) as measure byTTFM survey.Teacher time for STEMclassAnalysis of 2018 TTFM teacherand parent surveysSTEM ME project grants 1500All major goals achieved. Student satisfactionsurvey was reflected in the TTFM data with studentinterest and motivation increased by 4% andappropriately challenged increased by 12%.Total committed approx. 5000/term for one dayprogram.Evaluation of NAPLAN data. There has been anincrease in the percentage of students in the top 2bands for reading and numeracy from 14.69% in2016 to 15.69% in 2017 and 17.8% in 2018. Therehas been an increase in the percentage ofAboriginal students in the top 2 band for readingand numeracy from 4.88% in 2016 to 10.88% in2018 although this represents a very small numberof students.Next StepsFurther implementation of CANVAS for student and parent useContinued Implementation of Bump It Up Strategies for students in year 9Page 5 of 14Belmont High School 8203 (2018)Printed on: 20 June, 2019

Expansion of learning hub to five days per week to support senior students.Page 6 of 14Belmont High School 8203 (2018)Printed on: 20 June, 2019

Strategic Direction 2Quality SystemsPurposeThe focus on BHS quality systems recognises that processes are the means by which the school organisationharnesses and realises the talents of its people to produce quality teaching and learning and relationships thatare critical for student success.Overall summary of progressImplementation of CANVAS as teaching and learning platform across the schoolIncrease in awareness of attendance requirements among all sections of the school community and recognition ofstudents with good or improved attendanceAll year 7 students participate in transition planning in first two weeks of term.Progress towards achieving improvement measuresImprovement measures(to be achieved over 3 years)Funds Expended(Resources)Progress achieved this yearIncreased attendance for allstudents particularly in semestertwo by 6% to semester one levelsExisting school staffincluding head teacheradministration, schooladministrative staff, homeschool liaison officerAnalysis of semester attendance data.A noticeable fall in attendance from 2017 to 2018:2017 – 90.56% to 2018 – 85.3%. Semester 2attendance 85.3% drop–off of 0.3% from semester1 compared to 7.7% drop–off in 2017.Attendance Kiosk purchased for implementationwith senior students in 2019.Increased engagement from2017 levels for all students asmeasured by TTFM surveyresults for institutional andintellectual engagementSchool staffing resources.Completion rates for CANVAS "belts". Usage ratesof CANVAS for staff, students and parents. Staffsurvey.TTFM survey results show an increase of 5% for allstudents for institutional and intellectualengagement.Decision to move from IEP to ITP (IndividualTransition Plan) and move this process to Term 4when visiting local feeder schoolsNext StepsFurther monitoring processes implemented to support student attendance.Transition to high school plans developed for year 6 studentsPage 7 of 14Belmont High School 8203 (2018)Printed on: 20 June, 2019

Strategic Direction 3Quality RelationshipsPurposeTo develop productive relationships within the school and wider community in order to enhance the educationalopportunities for the students of Belmont High School.Overall summary of progressContinued employment of Aboriginal Education Worker (0.6) and literacy tutor supporting academic and culturalprograms for students.Employment of a community liaison officer and improved communication strategies including upgrades school websiteand digital school sign.Additional transition activities undertaken for year 5 students from partner primary schools.Progress towards achieving improvement measuresImprovement measures(to be achieved over 3 years)Funds Expended(Resources)Progress achieved this yearIncrease Aboriginal attendanceby 5% from 2017 (84%) to 2020Employment of AboriginalEducation Worker 46331Analysis of semester 2 attendance for Aboriginalstudents and identify student of concernIncrease percentage of localenrolments from year 6 to 7 from66% in 2017 to 80% in 2020Employment of acommunity liaison officer 91420 83751Increase in percentage of enrolments from partnerprimary schools by 3.5% from 2017Increase the percentage ofstudents who are sociallyengaged in the life of theschool from 59% in 2017 by 7 %in 2020 as measured by TTFMsurvey.Employment of studentsupport officer (flexiblewell–being andsocio–economic funds) 90000TTFM survey showed that students who are sociallyengaged in the life of the school remained at 59%.Next StepsEmployment of Aboriginal Education Worker (0.8)Development of additional strategies and links between primary schools and Belmont High School to support Aboriginalstudents.Continued employment of community liaison officer and student support officerPage 8 of 14Belmont High School 8203 (2018)Printed on: 20 June, 2019

Key InitiativesResources (annual)Impact achieved this yearAboriginal background loadingEmployment of Aboriginalbackground loading( 46331.00)Analysis of Aboriginal attendance dataNAPLAN analysis.100%ompletion rate of individual educationplans. Aboriginal backgroundloading ( 46 331.00)Attendance for Aboriginal students 91.4% insemester 1 2017; 77.2% in semester 2. 2017:76.3% in semester 1 2018; 74.7% in 2018.In Year 7 NAPLAN at or above expectedgrowth for Aboriginal students was abovesimilar schools and state in reading, spellingand writing. In Year 9 at or above expectedgrowth for Aboriginal students was abovesimilar schools and the state in reading,spelling and writing.English language proficiencyTeacher time 9931All students achieve growth is all elements ofESL scales. 50% of EALD students achieveexpected growth in NAPLAN grammar andpunctuation, writing and spelling.Low level adjustment for disabilityEmployment of 1.7 learningand support teachers. and 101 743 in flexible teachertime.Premier's priority in increasing percentage ofstudents in top 2 bands of NAPLAN by3.01%.Analysis of NAPLAN results for targetedstudents: 43% of students demonstratedpositive growth of 1–2 bands; 63% ofstudents demonstrated either positive growthof maintained above NMS.Socio–economic backgroundEmployment of StudentSupport Officer 91420Employment of CommunityLiaison Officer 83715Student AssistanceScheme 20000Analysis of enrolments from partner primaryschools to high school show increase inpercentage by 3.5%In the TTFM survey there was an increase inpositive student responses to all elements inthe three elements of social emotionaloutcomes, academic outcomes andDRIVERS of student outcomes.Positive Lifestyle Days 5000Teacher time to support outof home school students 10000Support for beginning teachersPage 9 of 14Balance funds to beadjusted in 2019 budgetBelmont High School 8203 (2018)All teachers completed accreditationPrinted on: 20 June, 2019

Post-school destinationsStudent informationStudent enrolment profileEnrolmentsProportion ofstudents movinginto post-schooleducation, trainingor employmentYear 10%Year 11%Year E entry5126University Entry0080Other0150Unknown6298Student attendance 1194.593.694.982.81295.693.896.585.8All Years93.992.893.985.7State .288.286.61289.990.190.189All Years89.789.789.688.4A survey was undertaken on schools leavers from theyear 12 cohort of 2018. Forty–one students respondedto the survey.Year 12 students undertaking vocational or tradetrainingIn 2018 nineteen students undertook a vocationaleducation or trade training course. This representsseventeen percent of all students undertaking a year 12course. Subjects studied included: construction,hospitality, retail services, sport coaching, beautyservices, human services, screen and media.Year 12 students attaining HSC or equivalentvocational education qualificationIn 2018 108 students were enrolled in at least one HSCcourse. Eighty–six students completed the HSC in2018. Thirteen students completed a single HSCcourse in 2018 and will attain their HSC in 2019.Workforce informationManagement of non-attendanceStudent attendance is monitored each lesson byteachers and rolls are marked electronically. Emailsand SMS messages are sent to parents on a dailybasis making them aware of student absences. Studentabsences are monitored by the head teacheradministration and other school staff who telephoneparents and carers of students with unexplainedabsences. Students with a pattern of unexplainedabsences are referred to the school learning supportteam and referrals are made to the home school liaisonprogram. Students with chronic non–attendance arefurther referred to an attendance conference andpossible court action.Workforce compositionPositionPrincipal(s)1Deputy Principal(s)2Head Teacher(s)12Classroom Teacher(s)45Learning and Support Teacher(s)1.7Teacher Librarian1School Counsellor1School Administration and SupportStaffOther PositionsPage 10 of 14FTE*Belmont High School 8203 (2018)14.881Printed on: 20 June, 2019

2018 Actual ( )*Full Time EquivalentOpening BalanceThree staff members have identified as beingAboriginal.RevenueAppropriationSale of Goods and ServicesTeacher qualificationsGrants and ContributionsAll teaching staff meet the professional requirementsfor teaching in NSW public schools.Gain and LossTeacher qualificationsQualificationsUndergraduate degree or diploma95Postgraduate degree5In 2018 staff undertook 1795 hours of professionallearning which included mandatory training andprofessional learning identified by individual staffmembers as part of their professional learning plans.Professional learning funds of 67250 were used tosupport staff enrolment course costs, accommodationand travel.All teachers met the requirements of teacheraccreditation.Financial informationFinancial summaryThe information provided in the financial summaryincludes reporting from 1 January 2018 to 31December 2018.10,311,1887,910334,47105,558Investment Income8,943Recurrent ExpensesEmployee RelatedOperating ExpensesProfessional learning and teacher accreditation10,668,071Other RevenueExpenses% of 03Capital Expenses0Employee Related0Operating Expenses0SURPLUS / DEFICIT FOR THEYEAR122,746Balance Carried Forward754,567Funds are required for outstanding salaries. Funds arealso being allocated to support additional projects aspart of the building upgrade which commenced in 2018and is due for completion by term 4 of 2019. Thisincludes the purchase of interactive panels for futurefocused learning spaces.Financial summary equity fundingThe equity funding data is the main component of the'Appropriation' section of the financial summary above.Page 11 of 14Belmont High School 8203 (2018)Printed on: 20 June, 2019

2018 Actual ( )Base TotalBase Per CapitaBase LocationOther BaseEquity TotalEquity AboriginalEquity Socio economicEquity LanguageEquity 62,3174,347278,736Targeted Total956,383Other Total145,137Grand Total9,699,802Figures presented in this report may be subject torounding so may not reconcile exactly with the bottomline totals, which are calculated without any rounding.A full copy of the school's financial statement is tabledat the annual general meetings of the parent and/orcommunity groups. Further details concerning thestatement can be obtained by contacting the school.School performanceNAPLANIn the National Assessment Program, the results acrossthe Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 literacy andnumeracy assessments are reported on a scale fromBand 1 to Band 10. The achievement scalerepresents increasing levels of skillsand understandings demonstrated in theseassessments.From 2018 to 2020 NAPLAN is moving from a papertest to an online test. Individual schools are migrating tothe online test, with some schools attempting NAPLANon paper and others online.Results for both online and paper formats are reportedon the same NAPLAN assessment scale. Anycomparison of NAPLAN results – such as comparisonsto previous NAPLAN results or to results for studentswho did the assessment in a different format – shouldtake into consideration the different test formats andare discouraged during these transition years.In Year 9 the averaged scale growth for students wasabove similar schools and the state in grammar andpunctuation, reading and writing. In Year 9 at or aboveexpected growth for students was above similarschools and the state in grammar and punctuation,reading and writing. In Year 9 at or above expectedgrowth for Aboriginal students was above similarschools and the state in reading, spelling and writing.Page 12 of 14In Year 7 the averaged scale growth for students wasabove the similar schools and state in grammar andpunctuation, spelling and writing. In Year 7 at or aboveexpected growth for Aboriginal students was abovesimilar schools and state in reading, spelling andwriting.In Year 9 the averaged scale growth for students wasabove the similar schools and state in numeracy. InYear 9 at or expected growth for students was abovethe similar schools and state in numeracy.In Year 9 at or above expected growth for Aboriginalstudents was above similar schools and the state inreading, spelling and writing.The My School website provides detailed informationand data for national literacy and numeracy testing. Goto to access the schooldata. As schools transition to NAPLAN online, the banddistribution of results is not directly comparable to bandaverages from previous years. While the 10 banddistribution available to schools who completedNAPLAN online is a more accurate reflection of studentperformance, caution should be taken whenconsidering results relative to what was formerly a sixband distribution. As the full transition of NAPLANonline continues, the most appropriate way tocommunicate results for NAPLAN online is by scaledscores and scaled growth. This is the reporting formatagreed by state and territory education ministers, and isreflected on the myschool website.There has been an increase in the percentage ofstudents in the top 2 bands for reading and numeracyfrom 14.69% in 2016 to 15.69% in 2017 and 17.8% in2018. There has been an increase in the percentage ofAboriginal students in the top 2 band for reading andnumeracy from 4.88% in 2016 to 10.88% in 2018although this represents a very small number ofstudents.Higher School Certificate (HSC)The performance of students in the HSC is reported inbands ranging from Band 1 (lowest) to Band 6(highest). In 2018 eight Band 6 were achieved in thefollowing subjects: biology, community and familystudies, mathematics, music (3) and society and culture(2). Band 5 was also achieved in ancient history,biology, business studies, chemistry, community andfamily studies, dance, engineering studies, Englishstandard, English advanced, English extension 1,English extension 2, geography, legal studies,mathematics general, mathematics, mathematicsextension 1, modern history, music, personaldevelopment health and physical education, societyand culture, visual arts.Belmont High School 8203 (2018)Printed on: 20 June, 2019

Parent/caregiver, student, teachersatisfactionIn 2018 parents, students and teachers participated inthe Tell Them From Me Survey.Seventy parents completed the survey and in allPage 13 of 14Belmont High School 8203 (2018)Printed on: 20 June, 2019

sections parent responses were below the state norm.Sixty–three teachers completed the survey withresponses being at or above state norms in thefollowing elements: learning cultures, data informingpractice and technology. Teacher responses werebelow state norms in the following elements:leadership, collaboration, teaching strategies, inclusiveschool, parent involvement, challenging and visiblegoals, planned learning approach, quality feedback andovercoming obstacles to learning.The survey was completed by 257 students in March2018. There was an increase in positive studentresponses to all elements in the three elements ofsocial emotional outcomes, academic outcomes andDRIVERS of student outcomes.The Tell From Me Survey will again be completed in2019.Policy requirementsAboriginal educationAboriginal students at Belmont HIgh School were againsupported by the employment of an AboriginalEducation Worker (AEW) as well as literacy tutor. AllAboriginal students completed learning plans whichwere provided to staff. Aboriginal students wereinvolved in a range of cultural activities with the dancegroup continuing to perform at school events such asNAIDOC and at local primary schools and communityevents. Aboriginal attendance rates are below similarschool groups and state rates. The decline in rates isconsistent with whole school rates. The Eight Ways ofLearning strategies are also included in all teachingprograms.Multicultural and anti-racism educationAll teaching programs have a multicultural perspective.The school has two trained anti–racism contact officers.Page 14 of 14Belmont High School 8203 (2018)Printed on: 20 June, 2019

School context Belmont High School is a comprehensive high school located in the southern suburbs of Newcastle. The school was established as the first comprehensive school outside of Newcastle in 1953. Some improvements have been made to buildings since the school was established but many of the facilities are still in their original state.