Dear parents and carers,
As many of you would be aware, Daniel Andrews has announced an early start to the holidays for all Victorian school students.
Students from Victorian schools commence holidays tonight. Staff will continue to work for the remainder of this week and the school will stay open to ensure we are all fully prepared in the event that remote learning needs to take place in term two.
Our current advice is that school will commence as per our calendar in term two on Tuesday, April 14 although there is a high likelihood that this advice will change.
I understand that the impact of having children at home from tomorrow may cause some families hardship and if that is the case please contact the school.
Other than normal holiday homework that teachers might give to students, particularly senior students, the next three weeks are holidays and not remote learning.
Assessments for our students that were scheduled for later this week have been postponed with more information about the re-scheduling of these, or what format assessments may take, will be communicated to students at the beginning of term two.
As a school we are in an excellent place to begin remote learning in the event that this becomes a reality. We are also able to support student learning in cases where families have no or unreliable internet access.
All students have been given the opportunity to complete a survey indicating their internet access so we do have a list of families where this access is not available. Communication with these families will be initiated after the holidays so that arrangements can be made for hard copy work to be collected or delivered.
In the event of remote learning, students will be informed about due dates and assessment of that work by individual teachers. We are aware that teachers and students may be required to look after children or siblings and may also be required to help out around the house.
With this in mind, we have ensured that our remote learning platform remains flexible. Our aim is to ensure learning continues but not to place extra pressure on students, teachers or their families.
As time progresses and more restrictions are put in place, financial pressure may be felt by many of our families. Please do not hesitate to contact the school if this pandemic causes you financial hardship.
We are committed to supporting our students and their families in any way we can, so please contact us if you have any concerns.
We will continue to post updates to our website and any immediate communications will be via text and email. Brief updates will appear on our facebook page.
Paul Clohesy, Principal