Good afternoon and I hope that this finds you and those closest to you, safe and well.
Firstly and most importantly, thank you for your efforts and the extraordinary contribution that you are making to support your child and our staff during such a challenging period.
The Acting Premier has announced an extension to Victoria’s lockdown procedures for the Melbourne Metropolitan Area. Schools in metropolitan Melbourne will continue remote and flexible learning for Prep to Year 10 students.
We have had huge numbers of students online and it has been a privilege to jump into morning webex meetings with staff and students. This is a great connection tool and a terrific way to check in on the wellbeing of our students. We have had 412, 421, 420 students participating in the online learning programs over the first 3 days and this helps give us confidence to continue with the system and structures we currently have in place.
The webex meetings and the posting of learning tasks through SEESAW will continue during next week’s extended remote learning period. Class meetings will be complemented by Science, Art, French and Phys Ed specialist lessons. Troy Wood and Sarah will continue to run their support programs for 70 plus students as part of the Tutor Learning Initiative.
I guess that the message is that nothing much will change.
An online Google Link will be sent out shortly through compass requesting registrations for onsite attendance for Friday 4 June through to Thursday 10 June.
The same criteria that were in play this week will be applied again for this period of remote and flexible learning, namely:
Children where both parents and/or carers are authorised workers who cannot work from home, work for an essential provider and where no other supervision arrangements can be made:
- Where there are two parents/carers, both must be authorised workers, working outside the home in order for their children to be eligible for on-site provision
- For single parents/ carers, the authorised worker must be working outside the home in order for their children to be eligible for on-site provision.
Children experiencing vulnerability, including:
- children in out-of-home care
- children deemed vulnerable by a government agency, funded family or family violence service, and is assessed as requiring education and care outside the family home
- children identified as vulnerable, including via referral from a government agency, or funded family or family violence service, homeless or youth justice service or mental health or other health service.
End of semester reports are still planned to be available at the end of week 9 via COMPASS. These reports will take into consideration the disruption of this lockdown – particularly the timing of it – and the incomplete data sets and assessments we currently have. Some planned assessments can progress remotely next week while others, by their nature, will need to wait until we return to face to face teaching (hopefully at the end of next week) to be completed.
Parent Teacher Interviews in week 10 will be held remotely and we’ll send more detailed information about this shortly. This will include how to book sessions and available times through COMPASS.
Disappointingly, our Year 5 and 6 students will have their camp deferred. We are working hard to secure a camp date later in the year so that our students can enjoy the experience. It may look different, but we are determined to give our Senior School students this opportunity. Watch this space.
Thank you for your support
Take Care and stay strong
“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”
― Haruki Murakami,
Week 7 overview for our students at each Year Level.
Included also are some DET endorsed wellbeing resources for students and parents, and some links to support