Subject Assessment Area Maintenance - Comments bar

Use the Comments bar to create a comment bank for the various subject assessments or areas. Comment banks can also be linked to a subject or to a staff member.
There are two Comments areas:

The comment bank allows teachers to select pre-approved comments to include in their reports.

Use the comment bank facility to save time and to minimise the variation in reports.


 Opening the Comments bar

To open the Comments bar:

  1. Select Curriculum > Assessment Area Maintenance from the SynWeb main menu.
    The Set Subject Assessment Area Search Criteria window is displayed.
  2. Search for the assessment area.
  3. Click on the Comments bar.

     You can click anywhere on a navigation bar other than the caption to open it.

    The Comments bar of Subject Assessment Area Maintenance is displayed.

Subject Assessment Area Maintenance - Comments bar key fields and buttons

Grid area fields and buttons
The fields in the grid area for the selected comment correspond to the fields below. See Comment area below.

Comment area fields and buttons




Sequence number of the comment.


Comment topic. Used to categorise the various comments within an assessment area.
For example, a comment topic could be called:

  • General, and include general comments about the students
  • Test, and include comments about test performance in the subject.


Comment rating. Within a topic, ratings can be used to classify comments.
For example:

  • Excellent, Good, Satisfactory.
  • A, B, C.
    See Comment bank in the Synergetic Assessment and reports manual for more information about how you can classify and store standard comments.


Comment available to be included in student reports.
See Entering stored comments to bring in similar existing comments.

Gender references
If your organisation is co-educational, gender references (pronouns such as 'his', 'he', 'she', 'her' and so on) only change if the comments were written with masculine references. Gender references do not change if the comments were written with female gender references. For example, the comment 'He has done well on his term project' would change to 'She has done well on her term project', but 'She has done well on her term project' would remain unchanged.
If your organisation is single-sex then enter the comments as they should be for that gender.

Name substitution
Wherever a question mark (?) that has a space on each side of it is encountered in a comment, Synergetic substitutes the ? with the student's preferred name by default.

Tip: If you want to include the question mark symbol without it being substituted with the student's preferred name, place the question mark symbol directly after the word that you want it to appear after.

The system administrator can determine whether the student's given name or preferred name is used. See CommentName configuration setting in the Synergetic System maintenance manual.




Add a new comment record at the end.

Insert a new comment record before the selected comment record.

Delete the highlighted comment record.

Copy the last comment into the new comment.

Move the selected comment bank above the one immediately above it.

Tip: Click repeatedly to move up the desired number of lines.

Move the selected comment bank below the one immediately below it.

Tip: Click repeatedly to move down the desired number of lines.

Apply the changes to the comment.

Common buttons



Navigate between the subject assessment areas.


Delete the selected subject assessment area. See Deleting subject assessment areas.

Create a new subject assessment area.

Search for another subject assessment area.

Customise which navigation bars are displayed and their order.

Create a task relating to the selected subject assessment area.