As you would be aware, the Victorian Government has made announcements in relation to arrangements for schools in Victoria from and including Friday 4 June.
Based on advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, our year 7 – 10 students will continue with online learning, our VCE / VCAL (year 11 & 12) students will return to classes on Friday the 4th June. Year 10 students studying a VCE subject should only attend school for a Unit 1 Exam and may only remain at school in the VCE / VCAL Study Centre to complete their other classes online.
A reminder that all school staff and students aged 12 or older must always wear a face mask(indoors and outdoors) at school, unless an exception applies.
As a result of the decision to extend the lockdown period parents will need to ensure a suitable learning environment is maintained at home including, workspace, monitoring their progress and maintaining routines. Below are some suggested strategies which we have implemented at home with our own children.
Setting up a learning environment
Every home is different but it’s important to provide a quiet and comfortable space in which to learn.
Where possible, extended learning should take place in a space your family shares. For example, a lounge room or dining area. These spaces are preferable over a bedroom, where your child can feel isolated and supervision can be more challenging.
It should be a place
- that can be quiet at times
- that has a strong internet signal, if possible
- where you or another adult is present as you would normally when your child is online, dependent on age
Communicating with your child
We encourage you to start and finish each day with a simple check-in. These check-ins can be a regular part of each day.
These questions allow your child to process the instructions they get from their teachers and help them organise themselves and set priorities. You could also check-in with your child throughout the day. This will depends on your child’s age and needs.
- What are your learning intentions or goals?
- How will you be spending your time?
- What resources do you need?
- What support do you need?
- What did you learn today?
- What was challenging? You could come up with a way to deal with the same problem if it comes up again.
- Consider three things that went well today. Why were they good?
- Are you ok? Do you need to ask your teacher for something? Do you need help with something to make tomorrow more successful?
2021 General Achievement Test – to be rescheduled
The 2021 General Achievement Test (GAT) scheduled for next Wednesday 9 June 2021 will be rescheduled to a date to be determined. We expect this to be in the coming weeks.
This decision will support schools to focus on completing coursework and school – based assessments on return to the classrooms. The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority(VCAA) is currently determining the most appropriate date for the rescheduled 2021 GAT, and we will keep you updated.