I wish to acknowledge the extraordinary efforts and commitment you have made through another week of remote learning. Thank you for continuing to go above and beyond. We are very thankful for your support and hard work and we feel lucky to be able to work alongside you to support the learning of your child.
It’s not the narrative that we were promised as students, parents and teachers. There’s been little opportunity for our Foundation kids to forge new friendships in the playground. There’s been no swimming programs or camps. No Tabloid Sports days, Art Show or French Day. There’s been no canteen or assembly and little opportunity for our student leaders to lead. When we all signed up for school in 2020, none of us thought that student attendance at school between March 22 and October 5 would total 14 days (Year 3-6 students) or 24 days ((Foundation to Year 2 students). We didn’t sign up for remote learning, isolation or stress.
There are however many positives that we have received in return. We had had a unique opportunity to learn new skills and develop behaviours and dispositions that can hold us in great stead long into the future. We have developed patience, resilience and empathy. Together we have re-imaged how learning can take place through the use of technology. In partnership with you we have ensured that your children/our students have continued to build upon their skills and knowledge and supported each other through some tough times. We have helped to strengthen our community.
It’s perfectly natural and normal for students not to complete EVERY set task and activity and in reality there is NO student that completes every set task during regular face to face teaching. It’s perfectly ok to down tools and recharge every now and then. Take a break from the work and attack it later on refreshed and with greater zest and energy.
There are 4 weeks of term to go. We want everyone (students, parents, staff) to finish with ‘a bit in the tank’ and not finish the term completely exhausted. There are plenty of things we can keep doing to help invest in our own wellbeing.
- Reduce the amount of news, we watch/listen to
- Exercise – something most days
- Practise mindfulness meditation
- Stay connected with people- structure regular check in times
- Burn scents
- Play Music
- Do something you love in the outdoors
A reminder also about a FREE Department webinar on family resilience………
To help parents and carers build family resilience in these difficult times, the Department is presenting a free webinar by renowned child psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg on Tuesday 25 August.
Resilient families play a vital role in helping children feel safe through the uncertainty of coronavirus (COVID-19).
- When: Tuesday 25 August
- Time: 7:30pm
- Duration: 45-minute presentation followed by 15-minute questions and answers session
- Format: online via Webex
- Cost: free
To register and for more information visit the Managing the Coronacoaster – Tips for building resilient families in the coronavirus era eventbrite page.
Weekly Overview for Week 7:
Foundation Week 7 Remote Learning OVERVIEW – 24-Aug-2020
Year 1 Weekly Overview Term 3 Week 7 – 24-Aug-2020
Weekly Outline Week 7 – Term 3 – Year 2 – 24-Aug-2020
Year 3 Weekly Overview Term 3 Week 7 – 24-Aug-2020
Year 4 Weekly Overviw Term 3 Week 7 – 24-Aug-2020
Year 5-6 Weekly Overview Term 3 Week 7 – 24-Aug-2020