End of Term 1 Update

the following information was provided to schools this afternoon to communicate to parents and carers:
  • Children of essential service workers will be able to attend a care and supervision program at the school from Tuesday 24th If the same parents/carers require holiday program places for their children over the Term 1 holidays due to the State of Emergency, they should contact the school.

 

At this stage, Term 2 will commence for students on Wednesday 15th APR. I will communicate to parents via Compass, CTS Facebook and the CTS website towards the end of the school holidays if there is any change to the Term 2 start date.

 

Today I surveyed all students at school and sent a survey link to all parents regarding remote learning readiness. In the event that we transition to remote learning in Term 2, the survey results will allow our teachers to provide learning resources for your child that match your wifi, mobile data and hardware capability. I will communicate with parents/carers towards the end of the holidays with more information about remote learning.

 

Our Year 12 VCE teachers will be expecting their students to continue their study at home this week with work that has already been set.

 

There are still so many questions that we do not yet have answers for. We are expecting information from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority about the impact of school closures on VCE, VET and VCAL. I will share this information as soon as it becomes available.

 

If we find ourselves transitioning to remote learning in Term 2, it will be essential for our students to develop and adhere to routines. Here are some ideas that parents should discuss with their children:

MORNING ROUTINE

  • We start our day with a good routine that supports our learning.
  • We have breakfast, get dressed and are ready to learn by 8:50am

PLAN YOUR DAY

  • Do you have good lighting and a comfortable work space?
  • Is your learning space clear?
  • Do you have paper, pens and text books?
  • Is your computer charged?
  • Have you checked your timetable?
  • Have you checked in with your teacher in Google Classroom?

ENGAGED IN LEARNING

  • We learn through participating.
  • We manage our behaviour online.
  • We persist through challenges.
  • We submit tasks when required.

HEALTHY MIND

  • Is your water bottle full?
  • Have you prepared a healthy snack for recess?
  • Have you rested your eyes?
  • Have you taken brain breaks?
  • Enjoy lunch away from screens.

HEALTHY BODY

  • Have you moved your body?
  • Have you taken a walk outside?
  • Healthy habits build healthy bodies.

NEXT STEPS AND GOALS

  • At the end of the classes;
    • Schedule time for homework.
    • Reflect on your progress and next steps.
    • Set goals for the next day.

 

Our teachers will be preparing to deliver remote learning in Google Classrooms and will utilise Webex meetings for online video conferencing. I will provide step-by-step how to access ‘Learning from Home’ guides for students and parents.

 

As I said to students today, not wishing to be dramatic, our actions to practice social distancing and participate in remote learning will save lives in the long run as the rate of COVID-19 virus infection increases exponentially in the coming weeks.

 

Take care and stay safe.

 

Rohan Keert | Principal

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