Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic all Victorian schools moved to Remote Learning from the start of Term 2 (14 April) until 26 May (Prep, Year One and Year Two) or June 9 (Years Three, Four, Five and Six). This required learning tasks and communication between school, families and students to be online and through telephone calls. We supported our families to continue the learning of their children by loaning Chromebooks and iPads so that tasks could be accessed as well as providing other essential items such as Library books, Take Home readers and school stationery.
Learning Tasks were sent out via the online platform Seesaw. Newsletters and other correspondence were sent out via Seesaw and email. Phone calls were also made by school staff to families. Monday morning Meditation and Friday Assemblies were video recorded and sent out via Seesaw with students being encouraged to contribute to these events. Class meetings, learning tasks and specific programs requiring staff support were conducted through Google Meet and Google Classrooom.
Classroom teachers were available from 9.00am – 3.30pm each day to answer questions, stay connected with students and families, provide feedback on tasks and support the learning of their students. Learning Support Officers (LSO’s) were available from 9.00am – 1.00pm each day to support the learning of students.
Learning tasks were allocated in 3 stages over the course of a week. Tasks for Monday and Tuesday were sent out via Seesaw on Monday at 8.45am and were due on Wednesday at 9.00am. Specialists (Italian, P.E. and Art) weekly activities were sent out on Wednesday at 9.00am. Tasks for Thursday and Friday were sent out on Thursday at 8.45am and were due on Friday by 3.30pm.
While Remote Learning did pose some challenges, there were many positives such as different modes of learning, the need to be creative and innovative, increased computer skills and a real sense of working in partnership with our families.