In the two weeks since our last newsletter, the world has changed. The words ‘social distancing’ and ‘keep well’ have a whole new meaning as we work as a nation to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, as we all scramble to adapt to new ways of learning, working and communicating, remember that we are still a community, and we can still support each other. We have opened up a closed MVAC Community Facebook that we invite you to join.
Learning from home is like trying to build a car while it is driving down the highway. The car has started, but it is missing doors and seats and lights! You get the picture. We are all in a new space using technology to facilitate online learning as most students are now at home. Be patient as your children adjust to being isolated at home and accessing learning online. This is a big shift and while it can be stressful, it also provides opportunities for becoming more independent in learning.
As we ring each family and drop off learning material to the homes of those that need it, know that we care for you. School is not the same without students and we can’t wait until they are allowed to come back. Meanwhile, remember … ‘in uncertain times we have the certainty of a God who cares’.
Mrs Julia Heise
The last few weeks have been quite unprecedented as we have moved to delivering learning online. This is new for students, families and teachers and we appreciate your cooperation and patience as we manage this new space.
Teachers have been delivering lessons online and sending material home by bus drivers if necessary. To continue to refine our online delivery, teachers will be engaged in Professional Learning on Wednesday and Thursday next week, therefore April 8 and 9 will now be pupil free days.
What does this mean for you?
• No new learning material will be delivered on Wednesday and Thursday.
• Students of essential services workers may still come to school and be supervised on Wednesday and Thursday.
• Year 12 open book exams will go ahead from Monday to Thursday in an online mode. Year 12 can come to school to sit these if they wish.
What about Term 2?
Term 2 will continue to be in online learning mode, until the government lifts restrictions. Classes will start on Tuesday, 28 April. Should there be changes we will keep you informed.
Take care and keep safe. We are only a phone call or email away if you have questions or need assistance.
Today we choose to rest in the promise of Psalm 62, "I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from Him. He alone is my rock & my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken", that even in the uncertain we have the blessing of knowing that God is the rock, He stabilises us within the unstable and shelters us to see it through.
To say that the last couple of weeks have not been a challenge would be to lie but what a blessing it has been to find new and creative ways around todays current situation, to see individuals and communities come to one another's aid and to see the message of hope and love resound.
The chaplains have been working on online chapels, virtual bible studies, instagram devotionals and a podcast to help support each of you. Online chapels will be sent out through SEQTA each Wednesday, scheduled times with students for bible studies will start up next week, our @mvacchaplain instagram account features live devotions and question time each morning at 8am and we just uploaded a new podcast today on the motion podcast.
We can't help but think of each of our students and our families during this time and we pray that God continues to shine light upon the darkness of today.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 The Message (MSG)
16-18 So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.
The Lift Project
Being locked down at home isn't good for anyone's mental health. Dr Darren Morton provides tips for staying sane during the Coronavirus lockdown. Click on the link to have a look at “The Lift Project” for tips on how to lift your mood and your life during this time of “lockdown” and for the future.
As a way to stay more connected we have launched a school closed group page through Facebook. The page is called MVAC Community and will be used as a way to communicate the everyday happenings around school. The purpose is to give you an opportunity to engage with parents and teachers who are part of our school community.
On this page, staff will post about learning, spiritual activities and wellbeing.
You can be a part of this community by:
1. Having a FB account
2. Searching MVAC Community in the search bar
3. Requesting to join
4. Identifying yourself
The request will be approved within 24hours and you will then be able to post about your child’s learning. We look forward to being together in cyberspace.
Stay safe, look after yourself and most importantly each other.
Mrs Rontania Jensen
Around the School
As learning moves online due to COVID-19, Kindergarten have been exploring new ways of connecting with each other through Seesaw. Kindergarten teachers are uploading daily tasks for children to do at home and they are returning a number of entertaining and cute videos to share their home learning. They were also able to connect through Zoom as a way of socially interacting as many are now working from home. It was nice to see each other and share a smile and laugh. Thank you to all our families for supporting their child during these unprecedented times!
In Year 1, we have all been enjoying our online and home learning. The students have been following along to the YouTube videos made by their teachers.
We also had a great time using Zoom to connect.