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Academic Life

Conferences / Meetings

Parent–Teacher conferences are held following the first, second and third academic quarters. Notices are sent to parents in advance of the conference. All the conferences are mandatory for parents. Additional conferences may be scheduled according to the need. Special conferences are necessary when a student’s work or behavior deteriorate to the extent that his welfare and that of his classmates suffer.

Curriculum

The development of a child is multifaceted; the intellectual, emotional, physical, and spiritual areas all require care and nurturing for the formation of a healthy child of God. We, at St. Benedict’s College, recognize this process by utilizing appropriate teaching practices designed to address the age groups served, with attention to the Sri Lankan Government Curriculum Guide (English Medium) containing national education standards. Basic to the curriculum is the study of religion, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, computer science, fine arts, physical education etc.Subjects considered in the “core curriculum” are religion, mathematics, reading/literature, English/language, arts, science, and social studies.

Academic Responsibility

As parents and educators, we are dedicated to helping children to become responsible citizens. Students must learn not only responsible conduct behavior but also responsible academic behavior. To this end, students, especially Upper School students, are ultimately responsible for completing their own assignments and homework and for remembering to bring their own books, homework, assignments, and materials to class. Students are discouraged from calling home for forgotten books, homework, or materials.
Although teachers try their best to notify parents if students have lost books or materials or have received zeroes for missing assignments, it is the ultimate responsibility of the student to keep track of school assignments, grades, and materials and to relay this information to his or her parent. Students should make arrangements with teachers or outside tutors for extra help if further academic assistance is needed. At the beginning of the year, teachers will send home the times they are available to give students extra help.

Promotion & Progression through Grades

Progress through the grades is a matter of achievement in the basic skills as well as of age, maturation, social and civic development. It is expected that the majority of students will be well — adjusted and will move through the adopted course of study at the rate of one grade per year. However, some students may experience difficulty in mastering the academic phases of the school program and will profit more from school if retained one grade. Special consultation with the parents, teachers, and Rector will be arranged in sufficient time in each case. The final decision regarding a student’s promotion or class placement within a grade rests with the school.