We hope you have enjoyed some quality family time over the holiday break. As we work through this difficult time together, we will endeavour to provide your child with a consistent approach to their learning experience in Term 2.
The following points will guide our remote learning journey, following the guidelines and requirements outlined by the Department of Education and Training Victoria (DET) during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Learning from home in a school setting
When you start to think about helping your child to learn from home, remember that no one expects you to be a subject matter expert or teacher. The most important thing you can do is to continue to provide comfort, support and encouragement to your child.
You can help your child to learn from home by working with us and supporting your child as they undertake the activities provided.
Online Learning Protocols and Information
How communication will be shared between us all
On each morning of home-based learning starting on Wednesday 15 April;
- At 9.00am Teachers will use Compass and/or Google Classroom to distribute Learning Tasks
- Parents to use Compass to email back the teacher to say they have received the Learning Task. If your child is unwell and unable to complete the day’s tasks, please notify in the same way.
- Please use the suggested times which teachers have assigned to each task when helping to supervise your child’s learning.
- Teachers will be available to reply to parent communication as soon as they can during business hours.
For help on how to use compass please visit our communication page.
Managing screen time and online safety
It’s important you keep a balanced approach to home learning. Time spent using digital devices for learning should be broken up with physical exercise and offline learning tasks often.
It’s also important that during this time of remote learning we maintain safe and responsible use of information and communication technologies. This includes:
- the appropriate use of digital platforms, privacy and information protection
- respectful online communication.
Mental health and wellbeing check-in
Just as you set aside time for physical exercise, it is important to make time each day to check in on your child’s mental health and wellbeing.
As your child adjusts to their new routine and not being able to see their friends in person, it is important to be understanding of their feelings of frustration, anxiousness and even anger – every child will react differently.
To support your child, use these mental health and wellbeing check-ins to:
- provide an opportunity to talk about how they feel and listen to what they say
- identify one or two things they could do to address what they are concerned or angry about
- ask how they are going, whether they are finding it easy or hard to learn remotely, and if there is anything they’d like your help with.
There is a risk that your child may be bullied online. If you think this happening to them, support is available on how to talk to your child and us at: Bully Stoppers.
Parentline also offers support on parenting issues such as education and bullying.
If you have any other concerns about the health and wellbeing of your child, contact us directly, which will have access to resources that can help.
GHPS protocols for online conferences
Download poster (PDF) to place near your child’s study space.
** If you unable to download Microsoft Teams or do not have the capacity to do so, please let us know and we will contact you via Compass instead.