Actually, this has been a good term!
Too often, at times of change, we default to a negativity bias. We tend to overlook all the wonderful things that have happened and focus almost solely on what hasn’t been so good.
I think Term 1 has been a bit like this for some, but when you think about it rationally, overall it has actually been a really good term. Think back to our beginning of year coffee morning, our Commencement Service, the information evenings, visits to Currency Creek, the uniquely Investigator Surf Carnival, Sports Days, swimming lessons, ELC Speech and Language Workshop, the chickens in our agriculture area, plus so much more. Now our high-quality educational programs are being delivered remotely and our teachers and ELC co-educators are working harder then ever to ensure that nobody is disadvantaged in anyway. Yes, it is different, and change can be difficult for some, but this is rich, relevant, future-focused learning, up with the very best being offered by the finest colleges in Australia.
We appreciate the overwhelmingly positive support we have received in relation to our Remote Learning trial and have reflected on the constructive feedback given. Our trial period concludes at the end of Week 1, Term 2 and from this time will be poised to offer an expanded suite of on-line learning opportunities for the whole of Term 2. An updated learning program will be sent by our Director of Teaching and Learning, Andrew Panozzo, at the beginning of term, but some key features are listed below:
- Increased Zoom time for every year level
- Additional “video lesson” recordings for content instruction
- Upgraded resources on our Learning Portal, See Saw and Class Dojo for ELC to Year 12
- Daily work plans for Junior School students and weekly plans for Middle School students
- The capacity for students and parents/caregivers to book small group or one-one Zoom sessions with teachers to discuss their learning, ask questions, etc.
- Continuation of our ELC @ Home Learning packs
- The option for SACE students to attend some small, socially distanced, on-site intensive classes
- A greater number of “online” activities and fun events, such as “Investigator’s Got Talent”
- Continuation of our supervision for students whose parents/caregivers are working in essential services or wish to access care.
The unpredictability of COVID-19 means that everything is subject to changes and we try to keep you abreast of these, even if you might sometimes feel we are overcommunicating. We are also conscious of the need for students to be physically active, and do not want them to be ‘glued’ to a screen all day.
I have really appreciated your support in my first term at this world-class Anglican College, and look forward to being able to have more social interactions with you again soon. Let it be of great comfort during this pandemic to know that you are connected to a community of wonderful parents/caregivers who are focused on providing their students with the finest education possible, dedicated staff who go above and beyond to maximise student outcomes and motivated students who are poised to have a positive impact on this world.
Actually, it has been a good term!
Wishing everyone a happy Easter and restful two-week break, before we return on Monday 27 April. These holidays will be very different but a number of families have embraced the opportunity for change. I am hearing stories of camping in the backyard, family sports challenges, ongoing family board games, jigsaw challenges, movie-making, woodworking and other plans to learn a new skill. Many of you will be able to work on an entry for “Investigator’s Got Talent” too.
Our Little Investigators Vacation Care program will be available for our ELC families during the break.
Please savour this very special family time.