Dear Parents,

After half a term of remote learning, face to face teaching will resume for our Year 11 and 12 students on Tuesday 26th May. I can tell you that staff are excited about the resumption of face to face teaching and look forward to the core business of teaching. Despite the sadness that COVID-19 has brought to the world, we have coped relatively well as a country. But we also know that we cannot let our guard down and therefore strict measures and practices have to be put in place for the provision of an effective and safe learning experience on site. In this issue of the Newsletter, Mr Caldow has provided the parameters and expectations by which our college will resume face to face teaching. Whilst we will do everything in our power to keep students and staff as safe as it is possible, it is extremely important that students comply with all the regulations on their return. Regrettably, students who are a risk to others by their behaviour or their lack of attention to the rules will incur sanctions that in the main will be educative and encourage better decision making.

First day back

On the 26th May, Year 11 and 12 students will commence the day with an extended homeroom and from there continue with their normal Day 7 program. After this day, a short Homeroom will be conducted at the beginning of the period 1 class to minimise student movement. More information will be provided to students on a vodcast which they can access during pastoral tomorrow morning and which will highlight the various expectations for the next few weeks. These expectations will be in place for the Year 7 – 10 students as well for their re-entry on the 9th June.

Student Wellbeing & Wellbeing survey

All students were asked to complete a survey on Wednesday to self-assess how they coped with remote learning and what they see as the challenges as they return to school. This survey will give us some indication about how we can support students through their transition back to school. We recognise that some students have struggled with the concept of remote learning and will endeavour over the next few weeks to reacquaint them with routines and structures that will engage them in productive and stimulating experiences for learning. Parents are invited to communicate with the child’s Homeroom teacher or Year Level Coordinator discuss their concerns.

Helpful resource for parents

Andrew Fuller is a child psychologist who has written about many topics related to the impact that COVID-19 has had on households; particularly children. The link attached is a terrific resource that covers issues like developing a smooth transition back to school-based learning, the positive lessons we have learned from the lockdown, helping students return to the classroom, etc. I encourage parents to have a look at this resouce: https://theparentswebsite.com.au/tag/covid-19/

I wish all students well as they re-embark on a journey they started early in the year.

 

With best wishes
Ernie Pisani
Deputy Principal: Head of Senior Campus