The Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary School is a post-secondary state school offering academic courses at ordinary, advanced and intermediate level. The school offers courses suited to the individual needs of the student. About five hundred students leave the school every year.
One third of the students find employment and the remainder continue studies at a higher level. Most of these students achieve a positive result in external examinations, which blending with an improved character formation, augurs well for the young men and women who leave the school to face the challenge of the new millennium.
Number of Lessons
- SEC: 4 lectures
- Intermediate: 3 lectures
- Advanced: 5 lectures + 1 tutorial 5 lectures + 2 practical sessions for Science subjects, Art, Home Economics
Adult / Mature Students
Applications from adult (18-23 years) and mature (23+ years) students are accepted if places are available.
All students following all courses SEC, AIO and MC courses are eligible for the maintenance grant.
Maintenance grant officials are present during registration to receive these applications.
Guidance and Counselling
The Guidance and Counselling Department offers the following services:
- Guidance to students in their choice of courses and subjects.
- Support to students with disability.
- Vocational education – visits to various workplaces and vocational institutions are organized regularly.
- Personal and social development sessions including study skills.
- Life skills sessions are organized to promote discussions about relationships, sexuality, subtance abuse, road safety.
- Personal counselling to students who are facing difficulties in their relationships, family, self-esteem, loneliness and grief.
- Students are offered confidentiality in personal guidance and counselling unless there is a perceived risk to self and/or others. Students who need special arrangements for the school and MATSEC examinations are to contact the Guidance teachers during the month of October
Students who, after having their application accepted, fail to turn up after October 15, 2007, will have their registration cancelled.
Students who decide to discontinue their course of studies before the end of the scholastic year are to inform the Administration Office. Resignation forms are obtained from the Clerks’ Office. Students receiving a stipend must also inform the Maintenance Grant Office.
Students Representative Council
The Students’ Representative Council (SRC) has an active and important role in the enhancement of our school life. Elections for 5 First Year and 5 Second Year student representatives are held annually in November .
Three of the elected students form part of the School Council.
There is a direct service from Valletta to GCHSS and return by Bus no. 43 every 15 minutes all day starting at 05:15hrs.
- The school helps students organise their own group transport to different localities when there is sufficient demand.
Standards of Behaviour
1. Discipline and general school standards are the responsibility of all members of the staff at all times, whether they are in or out of the classroom. Overlooking bad behaviour amounts to condoning it.
2. Whether certain behaviour is considered acceptable or not depends on the situation and the circumstances of the case, but there are certain types of misdemeanour which are not tolerated. These include:
- disturbing the class, disrupting the lesson or disobeying specific orders of the teacher
- eating in lecture rooms, laboratories, or in the Administration, Library, Lecture, and New Blocks
- damaging school property or committing acts of vandalism
- improper language
- intimate behaviour on the school premises
3. Moreover, students must ensure that mobile phones are switched off during lectures.
4. Incidents of improper behaviour which teachers feel they cannot handle themselves are referred to the Subject Coordinators and to the School Administration for the necessary action, which may include suspension, forfeiting the maintenance grant, and even the termination of registration.
School Dress Policy
Casual wear is the standard gear for students. The school is aware of the importance of clothes for students with regards to their self presentation. However, suitability and propriety in dress and appearance are expected. Students are not allowed in school if they are improperly dressed. More specifically, this includes:
- sleeveless tops
- T-shirts with offensive or political slogans
- strapless/narrow straps and low-cut tops
- bare midriffs
- mini skirts
- heavy jewellery
School Attendance Policy
- Regular attendance is required of our students in the study courses of their choice.
- Moreover, STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO SHOW INTEREST, MOTIVATION AND COMMITMENT. In the case of prolonged unsatisfactory progress, they may be asked to discontinue the course.
- Students are duty to bound to follow their school timetable. Unjustified absence from lectures (even one lecture) on any school day leads to the deduction of that day’s stipend.
- Attendance for tutorials and practical sessions is obligatory.
- Unjustified absenteeism leads to dismissal from school and, eventually, to the termination of registration.
- Students’ attendance is recorded daily. In each lecture the teacher fills in the official Students’ Attendance Form which is then handed in to the clerks every Friday.
- Students are not accepted for lectures if they report late without justification. Parents are informed about students’ habitual absences.
- Students reporting sick must be covered by a medical certificate.
- Requests for exemption from lectures for examinations, interviews, medical appointments, bereavement, and other valid reasons must invariably be approved in writing by the School Administration to be considered valid.
- Students must show their medical certificates or exemption notes to their teachers and afterwards forward them to the clerks’ office.
- Students are allowed 15 days sick leave per scholastic year against a medical certificate. Students who are absent for more than 70% of lectures in a term, even if covered by medical certificates, are NOT allowed to sit for the end of term written tests. Moreover, the Head of School, in such cases of absenteeism, may request students’ termination from attending GCHSS.
- Students who feel sick at school must first go to the School Administration for an exemption note from lectures to cover them for that day’s absence. The exemption note is to be handed in to the clerks after showing it to the teachers concerned.
- In order to sit for final examination and to be promoted to 2nd Year the student must obtain a minimum of 70% attendance, a minimum of 50% marks in course work, and a minimum of 45% marks in the annual exam. A student who fails in one exam only, whether at Advanced or Intermediate Level will still be promoted. If a student fails in more than one subject the student will not be promoted.
Diversity and Equality Policy
Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary School aims at:
- Celebrating diversity through a variety of activities;
- Avoiding discrimination on the grounds of gender, race, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation or other distinction;
- Making students aware of the benefits of being part of a student body which is rich in diversity;
- Ensuring that staff, students and visitors receive fair and equal treatment;
- Ensuring that our buildings are accessible to staff, students and visitors with disability as far as is reasonable and possible.
Disability Equality Policy
Through its mission statement Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary School aims to promote disability equality by providing for flexibility in the recruitment process of students with disability. These students are eligible to apply for the SEC Revision Course on completion of Form V at secondary level and participation in the SEC examinations. They need to fulfil the basic requirements in order to be eligible to apply for entry into the Advanced Level and the Matriculation Certificate Courses.
All applications are considered on individual basis. Students who require support must produce a Statementing Report or its equivalent. Applications from students with disability are processed in advance of the registration process so as to prepare for the individual needs requested.
Students with disability benefit from the following support structure:
1. An Assistant Head of School designated for the responsibility of inclusive education
2. A Learning Support Unit
3. Counselling and Guidance to help students with disability in:
- their choice of subjects.
- organising annually Individual Educational Programmes, MAP sessions, annual reviews.
- personal counselling and special arrangements for the school and MATSEC examinations.
- personal and social development sessions.
- developing links with other agencies such as: ETC, MCAST, ITS, and the University of Malta.
- empowering them to make their voices heard and to participate fully in the educational process.
- the provision of other support services: a learning support assistant, peripatetic teacher, sign language interpretation, medical support.
- the provision of any other support deemed necessary and appropriate.
Health and Safety Policy
PROCEDURE TO BE FOLLOWED BY STUDENTS IN THE EVENT OF FIRE
Procedure to be followed when you are in class and hear the fire alarm:
- Close all windows. Switch off electricity and all electrical appliances. Turn off gas.
- LEAVE the room in a single line. Adopt the ‘buddy’ system, that is, form pairs and be accountable for your friend’s presence till the end of the evacuation exercise. DO NOT STOP to collect personal belongings. Follow the teacher. The last person who leaves the room is to close the door.
- Walk towards the exit by following the escape route indicated by EXIT signs.
- If your route is blocked, try to find an alternative route. Stay with your group.
- Once out of the building, walk towards the assembly point indicated.
- STAY WITH YOUR CLASS in the assembly area. Report immediately to your teacher if your ‘buddy’ or any one of your friends is missing.
- DO NOT get back inside the building until told to do so by your teacher.
Some important points:
If while evacuating a building there is a lot of smoke, stay as low as possible or crawl towards the exit.
If while getting out of a room your route is blocked by fire, go back into the room and close the door. Use pieces of cloth available to block any gaps in the door. Open a window and call for help.
If you hear the fire alarm bell when you are not in class:
- LEAVE the building at once, quickly and calmly. Follow escape routes indicated by EXIT signs. If you are not inside the school building, proceed quickly to the assembly area.
- DO NOT STOP to collect personal belongings.
- DO NOT use lifts.
- When clear of the building, PROCEED TO THE ASSEMBLY AREA. Report to school administrators if persons who were with you are missing.
- DO NOT get back inside the building until told to do so by the school administrators.
PROCEDURE TO BE FOLLOWED IF YOU DISCOVER A FIRE:
If you are NOT in class:
- Raise the alarm by informing one of the school administrators, a member of staff or one of the health and safety teachers. If you are in class:
- Inform your teacher IMMEDIATELY.
Environmental Awareness Policy
Our school promotes an awareness of the importance of environmental protection by:
- Adopting a waste management strategy by participating in the Progett Skart on the separation of domestic waste.
- Upgrading the school premises, facilities and environment.
- Keeping the school premises and environment clean and enjoyable.
- Refraining from vandalism and wilful damage.
- Promoting energy conservation, saving water and ecologically aware consumption.
- Promoting environment awareness education and information.
School Data Protection Policy
AIM Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary School retains and processes information on staff and students to carry out its administrative and educational functions according to the Data Protection Act 2001, the Education Act, and other subsidiary legislation. For the provision of the Data Protection Act, the Data Controller is the Head of School
STAFF School staff members provide personal information to the school when they fill in the Personal Information Form. Staff information files are retained by the Head of School. Personal information is stored on the computer systems of the Head and the Assistant Head in charge of processing this information to the Education Division.
STUDENTS Students forward personal information to the school through their application. This information can also be forthcoming from the Education Division and the students’ previous schools. The School retains, processes, analyses, and assesses students’ personal data to provide them with the educational service provision of their study courses. This information is retained in document form by the Assistant Head in charge of processing students’ information. This information is also kept on the School Administration computer systems and can be accessed and used by the School Administration, the Guidance Office, the School Secretary and Clerks, Subject Coordinators and the Teaching Staff. This information is also forwarded to the various departments within the Education Division.
PROCESSING OF VISUAL IMAGES The School is responsible only for visual images taken by school representatives.
RIGHTS Staff and students have the right to request, in writing, information on their personal data retained by the school, and to rectify or erase personal data that is not processed in accordance with the Act.
While the School may periodically request staff and students to reconfirm their personal data, they are expected to inform the school immediately with any changes of their personal data.
A written request for a copy of the full School Data Protection Policy can be forwarded to the Head of School.
School Assessment Policy
Written Assessment Policy
In the first term, written assessment tests are given during December. No lectures are given during the five-day test week.
- Advanced level tests take place on the first day.
- Intermediate level tests take place on the following two days.
- SEC level tests take place throughout the week.
The Coordinators of the Subject Departments set these tests.
Any particular arrangements are discussed with the Head of School.
First year students sit for written assessment tests at the end of the second term.
Second year students sit for their end-of-course final examinations.
The Final Assessment Report for second year students includes the following information:
- the first year annual grade
- the first term assessment mark
- the final examination raw mark out of 100.
- the Overall Global Mark for the course.The Overall (final) Global Mark for the course is worked out on:
- •50% of the final examination mark; and on
- •50% of the average of the overall global mark of the first year and the first term assessment mark.
In the third term, first year students sit for written assessment tests in June. A test timetable is compiled featuring two one-and-half hour test sessions daily for Advanced and Intermediate subjects.
- First session: 08.30 – 10.00
- Second session: 10.30 – 12.00
In order to be promoted to the second year, students must obtain an overall Global Assessment Mark of at least 45% in each of the subjects studied at Advanced and Intermediate Level.
A further Credit Mark, out of 10, is given for participation in school life and activities.