Welcome to our very different Term 2. Starting our school year I don’t believe any of us would have been able to predict that we would be learning remotely by second term. On Sunday the 23rd March it was announced that children would be finishing school early on the Monday for the school holidays. In only a few short weeks we have transitioned the majority of our school to remote learning.
Parents have now undertaken the mammoth task of supporting their child's learning at home. This is no easy feat. We understand as a school how difficult the demands are on our families. You are juggling your own work commitments, trying to still be parents and now taking on the added responsibility of being the ‘teacher.’ Feeling tired? Is it any wonder? Our whole staff are incredibly grateful for the messages of support and the willingness of families to do their very best in these unprecedented times. We are lucky as a school to have such a supportive parent community. Please know that our hat goes off to you all. If all the learning that is set doesn’t get achieved for the day that is okay. Be kind to yourself...you can only do your best. Your welfare and that of your children continues to be our highest priority. If the situation becomes unsustainable for you as a family we are here to support you in whatever way we can so please let us know.
To our wonderful staff. They have been so amazing in their response to remote learning. We made a commitment as a team that we would continue to provide a quality education for our children (not just busy work), we would provide daily feedback on learning and that we would stay connected to the children so that they still maintained their sense of belonging to our community. Staff have been on a steep learning curve. Term 1 blurred into Term 2 with no real holidays in between. They have taken on this challenge without complaint. They have supported each other and worked together on the complex challenge of providing remote learning. Many have felt uncomfortable about listening to their own voices and watching themselves on video but they have pushed through because the children are their priority. I know from talking to families you agree...we have a sensational staff group. Each day I marvel at what a blessing our staff are.
Our children should be congratulated on their efforts to their learning. Many have said they don’t think they will ever complain about going to school again! We miss them at school so much. The day we welcome them back will be the highlight of our school year!