Welcome to the end of week one of remote learning and congratulations on surviving so far! The first week was always going to be the most difficult as we all learned how to navigate this new and strange way of teaching, learning and parenting. It is encouraging to see the student’s remote learning skills developing. It is also pleasing to note the life skills the students are learning as they manage their remote studies. Like the adults in their lives, they are learning how to work from home. They are also learning how to work independently, take responsibility for their learning, manage their workload and meet deadlines. These are all important life skills which will make them more skilled learners when they eventually return to the classroom.
Feedback from the students tells us that most of them are enjoying their remote learning so far. Here are some comments from students about their first few days of remote learning;
Hetvi in Year 8 said;
It was very different, I think it went smoothly. It wasn't too bad hopefully we can all be back at school soon, miss seeing everyone. I think I got way more work done then I would have at school. It is more relaxing.
Tina in Year 8 said;
I like online school in my opinion its better doing my work in a area I don't have to get up and move classrooms every 50 min the only thing I miss about school is my friends but my friends and I went on google meet after our class discussion and worked together.
One of the reasons our remote learning program is running so smoothly is thanks to the efforts of the IT staff. They have been working extremely hard since remote schooling commenced, trouble shooting IT issues and supporting staff and families as they learn how to use the various learning platforms. The pace of their workload is starting to ease which suggests everyone is now well connected and using the technology more confidently. The IT staff have also been wonderful in selecting the best platforms for the school community to use and for offering training, support and handy hints to help us use the technology effectively. Thank you to Lucas Hartland, Shaun Minne, Simon Hall, Jess Burns, Kelly Elliott and Trent Holland.
In this time of social isolation, our student's social and emotional wellbeing is as important as the continuation of their academic progress. In Senior School the focus of Wellbeing lessons has been on;
1) Discovering Meaning and Purpose (through goal setting and review)
2) Relationships (through maintaining connections with teachers and classmates via Google Meets)
3) Building resilience through Gratitude (Keeping a Gratitude Journal) and Empathy (through random acts of kindness)
4) Encouraging all to be in an appropriate mindset through Mindset When Remote (see graphic below)