Welcome to the Art & Design Department of Islay High School. Within our Department there are various challenging subjects offered to students. All working to build the students enthusiasm and motivation to learning, desire to reach high standards, self-reliance and an openness to new thinking and ideas.
The department is part of the Faculty of Art, Design, Technology & ICT and has four members of staff; Russell Pollock (Acting Faculty Head) Maggie Bell ( Art Teacher), Allan Campbell (Technician) and Greig Barker (ICT Technician). These staff members are passionate about the subjects and are excited every year by the opportunity to inspire new pupils and help current ones develop even further. Our main aims are for each pupil to develop his full potential in the subject and gain a real sense of achievement and fun.
The Art rooms ocupy the newest extension at the school with a custum built twin room format. They are split into the main teaching area and the Studio Space.
After School Extra Classes
Our teachers offer assistance to all students at any point during the school day. We also offer Drop-In Session during lunchtime and after school on a Tuesday and Thursday for any student who wishes extra time to work on their projects.
It is the policy of the Art, Design, Technology & ICT Faculty to encourage a love of learning from each pupil. Driving pupils to work to the best of their ability and take responsibility for their own learning and progress. As a result we expect pupils to work at home where appropriate and ensure the tasks that they are undertaking are worthwhile and not set simply to issue homework.
A work/life balance is important to all, this importance should not be underestimated for teenagers. As a result homework tasks are always considered and negotiated with pupils and become more formalized as pupils move up through the school.
Homework is closely related to classwork currently underway e.g. finishing a folio page begun in class, re-drafting, and reading in preparation for a forthcoming project
Opportunity is given to pupils to access additional help through daily drop in centres at lunchtime and also after school classes where homework can be completed or additional conversations/study can be undertaken
Generally the amount of homework generated is related to not only the complexity of the course they are following but also the pupils’ interest in the topic.
We encourage parents to discuss product and technological issues at home, as studies have shown that a continuing conversation is the most effective way for a pupil to learn.
E.g. my kettle is rubbish because… Why are chairs the size they are? What’s the point of the Internet? How do they make that?
While acknowledging the difficulty in recommending a set amount of homework for each year group, the following should be taken as a general guide:-
S1 : occasional task
S2 : occasional task
N4 : one hour of study per week and finishing classwork
N5 two hours of study per week and finishing classwork
Higher : three hours of preoperational study per week