School News 02/09

Yesterday’s announcement by the Premier that we were continuing with remote learning certainly wasn’t the news we wanted to hear! Fortunately students and staff have developed a routine around learning....

Yesterday’s announcement by the Premier that we were continuing with remote learning certainly wasn’t the news we wanted to hear! Fortunately students and staff have developed a routine around learning, and we really need to encourage all students to engage in their daily educational activities. We acknowledge how difficult it is for you as parents to juggle your own commitments as well as supervise home schooling, so we understand if some days not all activities are completed. 

Principal Briefing – In our most recent briefing there wasn’t too much information relevant to primary schools, other than the extension of remote learning. Other points of interest focussed on the GAT, vaccinations for Year 11 and 12 students, acknowledgement of the breadth of learning activities schools were offering during lockdown, a celebration of the state’s good NAPLAN results, and the importance of well-being during these challenging times. As more information becomes available from the DET, we will keep you updated. 

Supervision at school – Just a reminder that in order for a student to attend school during lockdown, both parents/ carers need to provide the relevant work permit, and formally apply for your child to attend. Students on site will NOT be given any explicit instruction, but merely supervised during the school day. On any given day there are children from P-6, all with different learning activities, making it almost impossible for the limited staff at school to provide any meaningful, individualised tuition. 

Building update – Today marked an important milestone with the concrete slab poured for the new gymnasium and Performing Arts Centre. It is also anticipated that the structural frame for the building will be erected by the end of the month. Although this is all very exciting, please keep well away from the construction site as it is not safe for any unauthorised people to enter. 

Tips for remote learning – There are many sources of information that outline ideas to improve the home schooling experience. Listed below are some tips for students that I sourced from the web. 

  • Have a routine. (You can help your child establish a time table that might reflect an abbreviated school day.) 
  • Communicate with your teachers and classmates. (Make sure you participate in interactive lessons.) 
  • Practise mindfulness and be kind to yourself. (Take breaks to clear your mind!) 
  • Create a work/learning environment. (Make it a regular and stimulating space.) 
  • Get out of your pyjamas and have breakfast. (Food gives you energy!) 
  • Make sure you've planned your breaks and lunch in advance. (Everyone needs a rest and something nice to eat that they can look forward to.) 
  • Try to cancel out distractions. (Turn off the telly, music and mobile phone.) 
  • Adjust your learning to suit online lessons. (You might need to problem solve in different ways.) 
  • Set a ‘reward’ for the end of the day. (Going for a surf, walk, skate, cycle or making a special meal.) 

 

Thank you all once again for supporting your children with their schooling during this challenging period. On a positive note, the weather is great, the wind is in the right direction, and we all live in the best place on earth. Enjoy the upcoming weekend, and for all the footy fans in our community, enjoy the CATS last game of the season! 

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