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SCHOOL TO RETURN TO REMOTE LEARNING ON: 15/04/2020
(Information has been sent to all families as at 08/04/2020)
The news about COVID-19 is not only unavoidable and is changing on a daily basis. BHCS will always work to ensure that our community is a healthy and safe one. Our goal is to help reduce the risk of the spread of the virus to members of our community as best we can. We want to assure you that we have been actively preparing and looking at ways that we can keep our staff, students and broader school community safe, whilst still delivering quality education.
On Tuesday, April 7 we sent home an email to all families that read as follows: -
Dear Parents and Carers,
As we move towards a new school term, we are certainly exploring new territory! The past few weeks have been a time of rapid adjustment as we navigate so many new changes in this era of isolation. The Government has now announced that all Victorian schools will move to remote learning. This means that students who can study from home, must study from home.
Our teachers have continued to work to roll out a comprehensive online ‘Learn from Home’ program and I’m so proud of all their efforts. As we transition into this new phase of online learning, there are a few points to clarify.
1. We are all in survival mode
The world has shifted beneath us and each of us are impacted by pressures that we cannot ignore. Whether this is the stress due to losing income, ill family members, not being able to visit those we love, or the anxiety of not knowing when all this will end, please remember that it is okay to ‘not’ feel okay.
It’s also completely acceptable to give yourself a break. Educating your child is not a race! You might find your child learns at a different pace to what you were expecting and that’s okay. If you’re also trying to work from home at the same time things may not always go as planned.
We want to encourage you to relax and lower your expectations while you figure out what is achievable for your family. No one benefits from stressed parents trying to cajole children into learning.
2. You are your child’s primary educator
Before school even started for your child, you were your child’s first teacher. Your family habits, mindsets and outlooks are far more influential upon your child than any online learning program will ever be. This means that if you can see that something isn’t working or your child isn’t engaging with the online content, that’s okay! You get to be the judge of what is best for them right now.
When you get a moment, take some time to consider some of the things you love that you might be able to teach your child such as a science experiment, gardening, baking etc. The school curriculum is always there for you to follow, but remember that you are also an invaluable resource for your child. Share your passions and make the most of this time spent together.
3. Learn from Home is not Homeschooling
Homeschooling is a choice made by parents who then have a responsibility for creating their own curriculum (a course of subjects to study). You do not have to homeschool your children!
Our ‘Learn from Home’ program will provide you with an abundance of material that your child can access within an overarching curriculum structure. This continues to be a partnership between you and us.
Our teachers are handpicked for their devotion and passion and they genuinely want to help your children succeed! They are there to support your child’s learning journey, especially when things don’t go as planned. Don’t suffer in silence, but keep an open line of communication with them.
4. Engaging content is not the problem
When get the opportunity to look through the online resources we have made available to you, you will see how many incredible options there are. The last thing we want, however, is for you to feel overwhelmed. It is our role to guide you through these resources. Setting the curriculum is our job.
5. Keep it Simple
For younger children, it might involve reading a book, drawing a comic, creating with Lego or even outside play. Each of these activities will still involve learning.
Older students will have more concrete work goals set by subject teachers, who will also be assessing their progress. It is our role to keep you informed of your child’s progress throughout their learning through normal reporting processes. This includes being advised if they are falling behind in submitting such things as assignments. You don’t have to carry the responsibility for ensuring that they meet all their work deadlines.
Remember, stress and tension serves no one. You know the needs of your family best and you get to choose what this term looks like.
Let’s remember that hope and a positive outlook are incredibly powerful and that we serve a God who cares about the smallest sparrow.
We want to continue to emphasise that the health and wellbeing of our entire school community is of primary importance to us. Ensuring we minimise the negative impact on the students’ education is equally important.