I would like to start by sharing my gratitude for the many overwhelming comments of appreciation that have been expressed to the school in this very unusual time. Whilst many schools have been besieged by parents signalling what they don’t have or could be doing better, our experiences have been quite different. The very vast majority of your communications have sought to recognise our teachers and how they have clearly gone above and beyond their normal commitment to provide the best experiences possible. We do however, encourage feedback both positive and constructive in order to continually realign our teaching to ensure best practice. Your evident understanding and appreciation that all that we do must be considered in the context in which we operate, revealing the brilliant character of our Malvern community, and as they say, ‘you never know the true quality of someone’s character until the road gets rocky.’
I do appreciate all the difficulties associated with remote learning as many teachers at Malvern Primary School, including myself, are continuously finding themselves juggling parental, work and home educational commitments, solidifying the concept that ‘we’re all in this together’. Having said this, I would like to make you aware of the Remote Learning Wellbeing Portal we have created on the front page of our website, http://www.malvernps.vic.edu.au/remote-learning/. It may not be a silver bullet for our current situation, however it does contain a lot of handy hints, suggestions and practical strategies which may assist parents with the plethora of challenges they are currently facing.
We must all continue cohesion and cooperation if we are to be the beneficiaries of Henry Ford’s enduring wisdom: “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”
Thank you for your ongoing support of our remote teaching and learning program. Stay safe and Stay strong.