Parent Bulletin 11
Friday 28 May
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Circuit Breaker Year 7-12 Remote and Flexible Learning
Dear Parents, Carers and Students,
The Acting Premier has announced new circuit breaker restrictions for Victoria to swiftly address the recent COVID-19 outbreak. These restrictions will be in place for a seven-day period.
Following advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, all Victorian schools will move to a period of remote and flexible learning from Monday 31 May to Thursday 3 June inclusive.
Today (Friday 28th May) will be a student-free day to allow schools time to prepare. Remote and flexible learning will commence on Monday 31 May. Students will learn online at home, with the exception of vulnerable students or students of essential workers who may attend school.
Teachers will be working from home, and will be using Compass and Google Classroom to communicate with students and deliver lessons via video conference. This will enable teachers to engage with students and continue to maintain positive relationships whilst they are learning at home. Students will have the opportunity to ask clarifying questions of the teacher.
Video conferencing will be conducted via either Google Meet (integrates with Google Classroom) or WebEx. Attached are the video conferencing protocols for your reference (see below).
Structure of the Year 7-12 Teaching and Learning Program
Students will follow their regular timetable during the school day. The day will commence with their first timetabled class where the roll will be marked. There will be no form assembly for this period of remote and flexible learning.
The roll will be marked each period. Students must attend every class. Students who are working in an alternative arrangement can be marked ‘Parent Choice’ on Compass (for example, if they are working during different hours to allow for parent work to be completed at particular times, or are unwell).
Each lesson will commence with a short video conference (approximately 10 minutes) with the classroom teacher, introducing the learning goal for the lesson and explaining the concepts that will be covered.
Students will then work independently on the resources and application tasks that are provided on Google Classroom / Compass platforms. The teacher will remain online, available during their class time via the chat functionality of the video conference. Teachers may return to video or audio throughout or at the end of the lesson as required.
Any events scheduled to occur outside normal classes will not run, for example after school SACs. These will be rescheduled. Students are expected to attend their timetable classes.
Parent Engagement & Communication
We understand the importance of effective communication and how vital it is during the upcoming week. To ensure that communication between parents/carers and school happens in an efficient and timely manner, all communication with the school should be directed to the team coordinator in the first instance. The central role of Team Leaders and Coordinators is to work with students and families to ensure students are happy and successful at school. Teams are led and overseen by a Team Leader and two Coordinators in the Year 7-10 teams.
Student Team Information
Junior School - Years 7 to 10
Senior School - Years 11 to 12
Further information about supporting students during the remote and flexible learning period can be found here: Support your child’s learning from home.
As with other remote learning periods, our school will provide on-site supervision for students in the following categories:
Children where both parents and/or carers are authorised workers who cannot work from home, work for an essential provider and where no other supervision arrangements can be made:
Where there are two parents/carers, both must be authorised workers, working outside the home in order for their children to be eligible for on-site provision;
For single parents/ carers, the authorised worker must be working outside the home in order for their children to be eligible for on-site provision.
Children experiencing vulnerability, including:
children in out-of-home care;
children deemed vulnerable by a government agency, funded family or family violence service, and is assessed as requiring education and care outside the family home;
children identified by a school or early childhood service as vulnerable, including via referral from a government agency, or funded family or family violence service, homeless or youth justice service or mental health or other health service.
If your child requires on-site supervision, please complete the attached documentation and forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org by 3pm on Friday 28th May.
I will update you as soon as we receive further information from the Department of Education and Training.
Year 12 Ensemble Performance
The Year 12s performed their ensemble on Tuesday 18th May.
After rehearsing in and out of class since early last term, the students invited friends, family and staff to watch them perform “What We’ll Build” as part of their Unit 3 VCE Drama assessment.
The two groups, comprising of Jack Diffey, Tilly Hill, Zoe Novacek, Gabriel Olivier-Hernandez, Emily Rosewall, Swopnil Shrestha, Emily Tikulin, Melina Vampatella and Olivia Vecchiarelli, performed a collection of scenes in the style of Bertolt Brecht’s Epic Theatre. The work explored their chosen social issue, themes from picture story books and their predictions for the future of Gen Z.
After a year of no live Drama performances last year, it was wonderful to have the Drama room buzzing again, with before the show nerves and after the show pride and excitement. The students now reflect on the experience, analysing their work in a SAC and using the skills gained to prepare for their Solo Performance SAC and exam later in the year.
Thank you to the Performing Arts staff for your continued support of these students.