Dear Parents and Guardians,
Welcome to Term 2. It has started as no other term has ever started. As parents, you made the decision to do what was in the best interest of your family and we did everything we could to support you in that decision. For those students who attended school, it was business as close to normal as we could get. There have been a few changes and we are doing things differently. A big congratulations to your children, they have adapted amazingly well. Their resilience to adapt to new circumstances has been fantastic.
As of Monday 18 May 2020 all students were expected to attend school, except for those students medically referred to learn from home. Please see the process outlined below.
This means students are either:
- at school;
- have a medical referral to learn from home; or
- recorded as absent if they do not attend.
Current health advice states that schools remain safe for staff and students and should remain open. We want to make sure all children get the best education possible, which is why attending school is so important. We are here to make sure all children are learning and there’s no doubt schools are the best place for them to learn.
For parents with medical advice that their child should not attend school, we will work with you in partnership with the School of Special Educational Needs: Medical and Mental Health to support your child’s learning from home. If you feel your child is in this category, you must contact me and we will work together on the next steps. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your child does not attend school without a medical reason, they will be marked as absent and will not be provided a learning program.
For those students who were involved in distance learning, it seems the learning packages were effective in most circumstances. If you have questions or concerns, as always, please contact the teacher. Our aim for those students learning at a distance was to cover the same curriculum in the same amount of time as those students in class so that when they returned to school, all students were at a comparable place.
A big thank you to all families as we adapt and change and learn as we go. Your patience and understanding is appreciated. Thank you to all staff who have had to completely change what they do and how they do it with very little notice. This has really only been possible as they are all working together. Our average attendance for the first two weeks of term was about 83% increasing to 92% in Week 3.
In relation to the remainder of the term I would like to make just some reminders. There will be no Year 10 to 12 exams. We will have shorter in-class assessments, the details of which will be communicated by the class teacher. The aim is to simulate an exam-like style, remove some pressure and give back up to six periods to the classroom. Student reports will still come out at the end of term. The reports in Year 7 to 10 will not have grades. They will still have a full comment and an indication of progress. Year 10 reports will also have an indication of teacher recommendations for Upper School subjects.
As the term progresses there may be further changes which will be communicated to parents through Connect notices.
Mr B. Wallwork, Principal
There have been several changes in the Library this term to use safe practice with our resources and to reinforce social distancing where possible. The number of students in the Library at lunch time has been reduced by giving different year groups access on certain days of the week. Upper School students who wish to study, are welcome at all times.
- Monday & Wednesday – Year 7 & 9s
- Tuesday & Thursday – Year 8 & 10s
- Friday – Year 11 & 12s
The Library is open after school every day until 4 pm with a lot of students making use of this study time.
Students are still encouraged to borrow books but when they are returned, we store them in the workroom for a week before placing them back on the shelves.
We have also set up an Equipment Cleaning station where students wipe down resources such as laptops, headphones etc when they are returned to the Library.
Term 2 has got off to a great start with all ensembles commencing, and students keen to participate in music-making and creating.
Online learning has also gone very smoothly, and we have seen great engagement from students. To give an example we had 100% completion of an online Aural Test from our Year 10 Class. To do this we used award winning Auralia software which tests students aural/listening skills and provides instant feedback. Our best listeners in this particular assessment turned out to be Jenaya H. and Meysam S. - well done!
Further great work was completed in the realm of composition while students were working remotely, and high achievement was seen by Year 8 students including Jaycie H. and Laura H. In Year 9 high achievement in composition was seen by Jasmine M., Danni L., and Kay T.
In Upper School classes we are seeing continued progress from all, and have seen excellent class performances given by our ATAR Music students Hannah V., Max P., and Daniel O. Our Certificate II Music students are also busy preparing for performances, although the nature of these performances will be somewhat different to what we’re used to.
Pictured below are our Year 11 Cert II Music students building Synthesizers from modular electronic components. This is an example of how we get to the heart of the components that make an electronic instrument.
Pictured below is a Zoom meeting we held with leading Australian musician Matt Bradshaw. Matt has performed in several different countries, on Australian TV, and with many high-profile musicians (including INXS). He was excited to meet our Year 12 Cert II class and talked about working in the Arts Industry. He answered questions from students and shared many stories. Students enjoyed this opportunity, and this shows that despite restrictions we can still engage with professionals to learn about the Music Industry.
Mr G. Ryder, Music Teacher
Our Year 11 and 12 Drama Class were due to have their Drama Performance on May 8 and 9, however due to the current circumstances they were not able to have a live audience. The live performance was canceled and the students adapted to the circumstances and decided to film the production. Once they have finished filming they will edit it and will send a link to view the performance to those who have requested access.
design and Technology
Year 9 Wood Technology
The students of Year 9 Wood Technology were busy constructing miniature outdoor tables, pre-Covid-19 shutdowns and were certainly glad to return to school to finish off their projects.
The idea was to bore a series of holes into the table top, so that things like a BBQ sauce bottle, mustard bottles etc. could be safely held when having a barbecue.
When the students discovered the inner beauty of timber when it was laminated and decorated in whatever way they wanted, they chose to keep a solid top. This allowed them to use the table for a multitude of other purposes. No doubt, there were a few happy Mums on Mothers Day
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