The Covid-19 virus continues to be a concern for the community at large, and we are committed to supporting students and families as we work within the advice of the Federal and State Governments, along with the health experts of our nation.
Our school will remain open, although the style of learning may change. If we are directed to cease face-to-face learning by the Government, we will remain open and learning will continue through the MVAC Learning@Home program that is currently being designed using both direct digital means and self-directed learning tasks. Years 7-12 students will access learning through SEQTA and Office 365 Teams, while Prep to Year 6 students will utilise online learning platforms such as Study Ladder and Mathletics, along with some flexible project based learning at home.
I encourage you to send your children to school if they are well and make the most of learning with their peers. We do not have any cases of Covid-19 within our student or staff community to date. Like other organisations, we do have students and staff members who have self-isolated for various reasons including travel.
We will support as best we can those that are in periods of self-isolation or quarantine, but regular school is where our main effort currently exists. We are very grateful for our teachers and school staff who are keeping students focused on their learning while carefully monitoring their wellbeing and sense of safety.
These are truly uncertain times and we continue to be updated on a regular basis by the Association of Independent Schools NSW. This afternoon the Education Council of Australia announced that NAPLAN will not proceed in 2020 so that schools can “focus on the wellbeing of students and continuity of education, including potential online and remote learning.”
Be assured that your children, our staff and Mountain View as a community are central to our planning, our decision making and our efforts to provide safety, security and ongoing learning for all students in our care. God bless you and enjoy time with your family this weekend.
Mrs Julia Heise
Chapel of the Future
During Australia’s current social climate being impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, it means that our weekly chapel gatherings have to look a little different. Taking this challenge on, we as chaplains had the opportunity to look at chapels in a new way. This week, chapel was held in individual homeroom class groups via the gift of technology.
Pre-recorded praise & worship, ice-breakers, messages and questions with discussion opportunities were brought to the homerooms. Junior school discovered the story of Noah, Middle school journeyed with Paul and Seniors unpacked Peter's story.
What a blessing it is to work in a school that the staff wholeheartedly believe in the mission and purpose, our teachers were troopers, taking on the challenge with us, and working with their home rooms to help engage in discussion and spiritual growth of our students.
Yes, there were challenges and lessons were learnt along the way but we are excited to build upon what was, take on feedback and make next weeks chapel even better. Each day looks a little different and each day we need to shift perspective and think creatively but in all of the change we know that the God we serve is consistent, and in His consistency there is no fear of the unknown for His perfect love casts all fear away and His light illuminates our next steps.
Kindy learn their ‘camera’ words
Learning words while outside is a fun way to learn, and this is what Kindy were doing for a lesson this week. Thank you Kindy teachers for making learning engaging!
HSC Drama students put their individual projects on display this week. They included three costume designs in progress, one script and three monologues. Good luck to our first ever Drama HSC students!
Hooray for Teacher Aides
Students in Prep – Year 6 are supported in their learning by Teacher Aides, wonderful people who give extra support in literacy and numeracy.
House Volleyball Competition
While external sport has been cancelled for now, our students are still enjoying sport at school, washing their hands before and after games. Heath won the Middle School Boys Competition, while the girls are still in their preliminary games. It is wonderful to see students refereeing and scoring the games. Leadership in action!