Meaghan

The one thing I want our students to know through all of the uncertainty and often mixed messages from social media regarding COVID-19 is;

  1. You matter and we miss you
  2. We are here

The Department of Education has clearly outlined their expectation of a phased return to school. These 5 phases are listed below.

  • Phase 0. Where we currently are, schools are open for families who need it
  • Phase 1. Students at school at least one day per week.
  • Phase 2. Students at school at least two days per week.
  • Phase 3. Students at school five days per week, with social distancing measures
  • Phase 4. Students at school five days per week, with full school activities

As of Monday 11 May, we are moving to Phase 1. I have included the organisation of our school day structure below.

Learning from home will remain an integral component of this phased return as we operate in the dual mode of supervising a reduced number of students on site, and students at home.

All students will continue to be given access to learning either online or with materials provided to them by our campus.

Why are we doing a phased approach?

Maintaining the health and wellbeing of our staff, students and school community is of utmost importance. A phased approach will mean there are a smaller number of students at the campus each day, providing more space to spread out. It also helps to balance the varied needs of students and staff, their families, personal circumstances and workplaces.

I am reminded of a great saying by Jim Rohn in the midst of all of the messages we hear about COVID 19;

“Either you run the day, or the day runs you.”

I know for a fact our campus staff have demonstrated this mantra.

I thought it would be a good idea to describe what a day on campus looks like as of Monday 11 May until Friday 22 May 2020 for students in Years 7-10 only.

Time

Activity

7:45-8:15am

Students should already know their designated classroom for the day. This has been communicated to them via the student portal. However, as students walk through our front gates, Mr Fisher and Mr Duck will be there to make sure they know their classrooms and answer any questions.

8:15am

Students walk to their designated classroom and their supervising teacher will assist them in setting up their workspace.

8:30am

There will be a live ZOOM to all classrooms by myself and the Deputies to discuss the day, reiterate social distancing and hygiene practices and welcome students

8:45am

Laptop device loans will be arranged whilst all students engage in a live stream from the Department.

9:30am

Online learning / ZOOM / Google Classroom lessons

10.24am

Lunch 1

The canteen is open. Students will be expected to follow the social distancing markers when lining up.

10.54am /12.48pm

Online learning / ZOOM / Google Classroom lessons

12.48pm /1.18pm

Lunch 2

1.18pm

Wellbeing Click View Activity

2.15pm

End of school day

Year 11 and 12 students will work on their normal timetabled lessons, including cross campus.

Attached is a booklet titled 'Parent Blended Learning Handbook - Phase one'.  I hope you find it helpful.