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Parent Focus Group – Secondary Timetable Review

Posted: November 20, 2020

It has been quite a journey for our secondary school students over the last 12 months. Our campus closure forced us into an online learning platform and this led us to changes in the structure of our timetable. We started this academic year with a three-period day and we learned a lot about the impact of the schedule on the learning experience for students and teachers.

When we think about our timetables we think about the three-period day vs the six-period day and we create streams of pros and cons. It’s complicated. Both of these structures offer important and meaningful learning and teaching moments. But the lived experience of both of these timetables has us wondering “What would make it even better?” How might we build on what we know and create a Secondary timetable that incorporates the best aspects of the six-period and the three-period days and helps us achieve the five DC Outcomes? (The outcomes are a framework of educational outcomes which has recently been developed and which is in the course of being shared more widely; more details available soon.) 

To answer this question, we are starting a Secondary timetable reform project with members of our leadership team, teaching faculty, student body, and (here is where you come in) our parent community. We aim to evaluate the successes and challenges of both the current timetable and the three-period day timetable and potentially establish timetable changes that we will implement in August 2021.

How can you help?
Mark Poulsum and I will be running a short information gathering session via Zoom on Thursday 3 December 2020 at 3.30pm and we welcome your participation. During the session, we hope that you, as parents and caregivers, will be able to highlight what you have seen as the successes and challenges of our recent timetable experiences.

If you are interested in participating in this focus group, please let me know via email at and I will send you the Zoom meeting details.

Ange Molony
Secondary Vice Principal