From the Principal and the Department of Education and Training: Please check your email to see our online timetable, first week back timetable and further details to assist our move towards online learning this term.
The two main platforms we will be using is Google Suite – Google classrooms and Webex Meetings. Google Suite allows both student and teacher to access work online via a shared online filing system – Google Classrooms. The other platform provides a means to communicate using video conferencing – Webex Meetings. Please note we have Zoom on standby as our secondary video conferencing platform if increased traffic and bandwidth is taken up as the whole state logs online next week. Also all conferences will be recorded and placed in Google classroom so that students can access them if they miss a scheduled meeting.
The online timetable outlines the expected lesson times and teacher availability to work with students. You can see that direct instruction and set times for tasks average out at about 2 hours per day with the remainder of the day taken up with 30 minutes exercise and work time to complete set tasks independently.Please make yourself available to pick up either stationery packs or allocated computers this Wednesday 15th April.
See email and complete the Online permission section and paste it into a reply email, to give permission for your child to access the online platforms.
We have been quite busy ourselves learning to navigate and use the two platforms –Google Classroom and Webex Meetings/Zoom video conferencing so that we can show the students how it works. We are very lucky to live in the age of internet, so that we can stay physically isolated without being socially isolated. We are looking forward to the challenges and are excited to be going online with our teaching and learning this term. We are all going through this together, and it is affecting all of us. This has the opportunity to unite us and bring us together as a community. There will be challenges with technology, bandwidth, internet service and plenty of unforeseen hurdles but we can succeed together.
Log on details for Google Apps for Education –Google Suite (Google Classroom, Google Drive etc.), Email and Ed Puzzle will be forwarded individually to parents and students on Wednesday 15th April. Mrs Hughes, Ms Girschik and I will email out specific learning tasks to be done from your Learning Booklet for the first week of term while we conduct individual Readiness Checks for online learning and set up software remotely with each students and their devices.
Finally I have provided the Education Departments official notification about online learning below for your perusal.
Dear parents and carers,
As you are aware, the situation regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support during the early commencement of the Term 1 holidays.
The Victorian Government has now advised that all schools will move to remote and flexible learning when students return for Term 2 on Wednesday 15 April.
This means that all students who can learn at home must learn from home. This is a very clear directive by the Victorian Government based on the advice of the Chief Health Officer.
All students will be learning from home, except for children on days when they are not able to be supervised at home and no other arrangements can be made.
This is not an action being taken lightly, and I understand it may cause you and your family concern and stress. Please know this step is being taken to slow the spread of the virus and ensure the health and safety of all Victorians.
Most of our teachers will also be working from home. All of them have been working hard to put curriculum plans in place to ensure continuity of learning and to support the wellbeing of all our students.
Work is also underway to identify students who do not have access to digital technologies at home. Devices such as laptops and tablets will be made available on loan to these students free-of-charge to ensure no student misses out.
This is clearly going to be a challenging time for all of us. It’s going to be critically important that we work very closely together to ensure that we provide the very best possible support for the ongoing wellbeing and learning of our students and your children.
The Department of Education and Training’s Learning from Home website provides information and resources for parents and carers: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/parents/learning/Pages/home-learning.aspx
Further information regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) and schools can be found on the Department’s website, which will continue to be updated as the situation evolves: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/department/Pages/coronavirus.aspx
Thank you for your support during this time.