Today marks the official conclusion of the Term 1 2020, a term which has been incredibly different to the way we planned at the start of 2020. The rapidly changing COVID -19 situation has impacted on all of us. This past month has been different from anything we have experienced as families and a school community.
I would like to thank all of our staff members who have continued to show up for work each day and happily continue their usual duties in such a committed way during what has been a tough time. I particularly acknowledge the emotional challenges faced by some of our staff who have had to cancel their overseas holidays, usual trips back home to see family and for one staff member postponing her wedding and honeymoon.
As you can imagine, we have been busy this week. We have been on a steep learning curve as we move to online communication and learning. It has been a challenge for teachers to suddenly learn a new mode of teaching. We are all moving into the un-chartered territory of remote learning, assessment and feedback. It is important to note that this is new to all of us, and while we are thankful for the Pupil Free Days that allowed us time to immerse ourselves in preparing lessons for our learners, there will still be some trial and error. We remain committed to continuing to provide high quality learning programs for our students.
Things could change during the holiday break so we ask that you please check notifications and updates on our SkoolBag app and School Facebook page regularly. Staff will be on holidays as of today and subsequently will not be answering emails or responding to posts sent via Facebook or Dojo.
At this stage, Term 2 will commence on Monday 27th April. Unless informed otherwise by the Government and Department for Education, our school will remain open to provide remote curriculum delivery and to support students whose particular circumstances require them to be at school.
We will work with families of students who will require attendance at school during this time. This will include children whose parents are required to be at work.
Learning will be delivered simultaneously in school and at home. All students will access the same mode of learning; those at school will be supervised to access the same curriculum provided for those who will access it from home. During the holidays, information will be sent to families who need to access school, advising of the learning space their child has been assigned for term 2.
We value working closely with you. However, as family members should not enter school grounds, please drop off and collect your children at the gate. Should you wish to speak with us, please contact us by phone or email. We thank you for your understanding with this.
This will continue until we are advised differently by the government and the Department.
We are aware that the move to learning at home and transitioning to online lessons may find families in unfamiliar territory, but it will be important to just do your best to balance learning and your daily responsibilities. What we want you to remember is that this is not ‘Home Schooling’ but more closely, has been described as ‘Crisis Schooling’. We do not expect you to ‘teach’ your child. What we do expect is that you support your child in the best way that you know how and focus on keeping their mind (thinking) and body (doing) active, that you support your child to remain socially connected to their peers and the school, that you support them to find joy in the little things around them and most of all that you support both theirs and your own wellbeing.
We look forward to reconnecting with you next term, quite probably in a different way to what we are used to.
We wish you a happy, safe and restful break at home.
The Leadership Team.