We have seen a super week of online learning with children fully engaged across the school. I feel very proud of the children, families and staff at Parkhill for their ongoing commitment to this very unusual situation we continue to find ourselves in. Our engagement rates are greater than those we saw in 2020 which is wonderful to see.
I am sure you share my concerns about the extension of lockdown, and hope that the additional 7 days is enough to see the virus under control once again so that we can return to onsite learning, and reestablish ourselves once more.
Across the school we are using Google Classrooms and Seesaw so that children can access learning activities, we have whole class Google Meets and open teacher time, one to one support sessions, small group teaching sessions and access to Learn from Home packages. I do believe children involved with music instrumental tuition are engaging in online lessons too.
As we head into the second week of lockdown we wait to hear how the metropolitan restrictions will play out and what this will mean for week 9. Our Y5/6 students are naturally feeling very anxious as they were due to go away to Camp Kangaroobie in week 9. This is looking unlikely at this stage. We are working hard to try and secure dates later in the year.
It has been super to gain your insights into how we can promote Parkhill and engage our community events through our recent ‘Connecting Communities’ survey. Thank you to those who took time to share your ideas with us. I feel like the damage done to the Parkhill ‘community feel’ on the back of CoVID in 2020 and its continued presence around us is not to be underestimated. With ongoing restrictions in place whole school events and parent involvement is compromised and limited which begins to make us feel even more disconnected. I believe this is something felt wider than just the Parkhill community. I would like to thank the positive voices I hear in the community and understanding many of you offer in such challenging times.
I heard something that really warmed my heart earlier this week and I wanted to share with you. This student driven act made me smile so big, I hope it does the same for you! This is what education is about - empowering children to have the skill and confidence to take action. I do believe Patrick and Annie C delivered several of these letters to their neighbours on the back of the learning they had been doing in class.