Meaghan

I have loved seeing our students return to school throughout the week on their designated days. As they walked through the gates, it was evident they were excited to come together again with their peers and share all of their holiday stories. Connection with their friends is so important for our teenagers and it certainly is good for their mental health. Every morning we held a Year Meeting via Zoom and I included a song of the day.

You may wish to click on the links below to see the types of songs we have been playing;

Can’t Stop the Feeling   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ru0K8uYEZWw

or

You Can Count on Me    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yc6T9iY9SOU

Of course, I have equally enjoyed seeing our senior students back in the classroom, reconnecting with their teachers and reflecting on the work they have been doing during their time when ‘learning from home’.  I was fortunate enough to spend some time with our Year 12’s this week, ensuring they are aware of the supports available to continue their educational journey for the remainder of 2020 as well as reminding them of our high expectations of doing their personal best.

School planning for next week – we will continue with the same phased return of students as last week. (We are still operating in Phase 1) Students will be expected to continue with their online learning from home and have the opportunity to attend on their designated days. As always, we will continue to adhere to all safety measures from the Health Authorities as well as following the Department of Education’s direction regarding our operational procedures. Our College will inform the school community as soon as changes are to take place.

Over the course of this week I spoke with our students about their experiences (both positive and negative) in terms of being in isolation or “ISO” as I’m told!

Here are some of the insightful comments I received:

  • "I liked the online learning, however my teachers gave me more work than what we would normally do in class!”
  • "I’d much rather be at school mostly because I like seeing my friends and it’s more organised at school for me to learn.”
  • "I found I didn’t have the same motivation or discipline learning from home as I do in class”
  • “I liked the flexibility of being able to work longer on a topic, rather than stop when the bells goes and move on. It was a good thing for me.”
  • “I struggled with learning from home because there was no order to my day, structure or social opportunities”
  • “It was difficult for me to get motivated but having my PJ’s as school uniform was a good thing!”
  • “It felt really weird to have all of your classmates in your bedroom learning”
  • “We had too much work”
  • “My home environment was distracting with noise from my dog and my sisters!”
  • “I liked the flexibility and found I finished earlier in the day and could then do other things”
  • “I liked the ZOOM lessons with my teachers and the flexibility to work longer if I needed to. The three day face to face and two days at home is great but I know it won’t last”
  • “My teachers worked really hard"

I think this last statement summed up the majority of student’s sentiment when I spoke to them about their overall feelings of being in ‘ISO’.

  • “ISO has allowed me to appreciate the moments about school that I used to take for granted. Seeing my teachers, my friends and the structure of the day won’t be forgotten on me.”

Important: If you have kept your child home for COVID reasons, you need to notify the school either by phone on 65831844 or email us on hsc-portmac-school@det.nsw.edu.au.