Dear Families and Carers,
Our staff have compiled some learning packs to support you working with your children at home. I want to acknowledge the work of some other schools in the state who have allowed us to use some of their resources. This is a time when we are all working across the Department of Education community to support families who choose to start learning from home or who have no choice but to do so. These Learning Packs are for use until the end of the term. Once Term 2 begins we will have more comprehensive information for you.
We acknowledge that learning at home looks very different than learning at school and being flexible is the best way to manage.
Next week, when working at home please know there is no need to complete every activity – we have provided choice rather than a list of tasks that has to be completed. There is a tick box on the front page of each learning pack where you can keep check of what you get covered in a day. A range of resources for different areas of the curriculum are available in the packs.
Please ask children to record their work in a new exercise book or folder.
Class teachers are available to answer email messages in work hours where time permits. We recognise they are also teaching those children who are still here at school.
If you need a hard copy of the packs, please call the school office and there will be one available for pick up.
I want to mention outside time too. Outside time is also a really critical activity, especially at the moment. For those of you lucky enough to have a backyard there is a lot of learning that can happen there too especially while the weather is so lovely. Perhaps this is the time to look at establishing or re-establishing a vegetable garden even if it is one pot where you grow silver beet. Helping children develop a love of living things will help their well-being, especially at the moment. I have included a clip here form Costa Georgiadis from Gardening Australia: https://www.abc.net.au/radio/coffscoast/programs/breakfast/radio-school-costa/12088372. He has some ideas about helping children to be nature detectives. A connection to nature will help those children who are missing their school friends.
As the weeks unfold we will have a range of other clips to support parents and carers with home schooling. There is also of course a wealth of information available on the internet.
I want to acknowledge the hard work and professionalism of our fantastic staff who are dedicated to making a contribution to the learning of students now working at home.
Please stay in touch with us
Critical School Policies and Documents
Learning Packages Kinder and Support
- Office 365 Photos and Videos – these can be uploaded directly into the Completed Work folder on any device including mobile phones.
- Office 365 Completed Work Folder – There is an unforeseen issue with copying files from the student’s file drive to the Completed Work folder. The easiest way to do this is to download the file onto your device and then upload it to the Completed Folder in Office 365. If you are continuing to have difficulty with uploading work please email the completed assessment tasks to your child’s teacher.
- How to download a document from the Student’s Files in One Drive
- How to upload a document into the Completed Work folder in One Drive
- Office 365 Shared folders – if you having difficulty finding the learning folders shared by your child’s teacher, please go to Outlook email (in Office 365) and open the shared folders link in the the teacher’s email. In One Drive look at the left hand-side of the page for shared and click on it. The folders should now be there.
- How to – 0ffice 365 Information sheet – logging on
- How to – Communicating with your child using Microsoft Teams (parents)
- eSafety Webinars – eSafety (Government website) are running free live webinars for parents/carers and students during April and May which will explore the latest research and expert advice for using technology safely, as well as developing the skills to help you and your family stay safe online. Click here to join a webinar or to download an information sheet. The esafety site to register your interest in any of the webinars is at esafety.gov.au
Home Learning Packages Term 2 Weeks 3 and 4:
- Home Learning Packages for Weeks 3 and 4 have been emailed to all parents. They can be accessed by students in the “Home Learning Activities” folder in Office 365. A hard copy may be picked up at the office if needed.