A very different Week 6 with Pupil free days and remote learning at St Joseph’s. Yesterday’s news of an extended lockdown for NSW is not really surprising and we have been preparing for this event.
This week we asked everyone to go gently and to get yourselves into a home learning routine (like we have all done before), and to contact your child’s teacher or the school if there are any technical issues or things that we can help you with. With the news that lockdown will be extended for at least another week – we also need to be prepared that it could be extended again, so setting up great routines will be an advantage.
Next week all students will have additional online teams meetings with our Classroom Support Assistants to do reading or writing conferences and to receive intervention programs online. The school needs to be able to support all students with their learning no matter what the format is. Students will need to check their calendars on Teams – K/1 your meetings have already been scheduled, with Yrs 2-6 being sent out early next week.
The timetable sent out for remote learning is recommended and will be the one that is followed onsite. This is in line with the Department of Education which suggests that Kindergarten to Year 2 should be completing 2.5 hours daily, plus other activities and students in Yr 3 - 6, 3 hours a day, which is reflected in our suggested timetable. The routine that suits your family will obviously work best, especially if families are sharing devices and have other commitments during the day. The daily check in is necessary to allow staff to mark the roll – again our legal obligations don’t cease during remote learning. Students are expected to complete the work that has been set out for them and to upload or submit to either See-saw or Google classroom. This allows teachers to assess their learning and progress and again is a requirement so that teachers can fulfil their roles. Teachers will email families if they need you to follow up on some work, or assist your child with uploading their completed tasks so that teachers can record and assess them.
Students at this time do have increased screen time so with this beautiful August weather we encourage them in their breaks to get outside and enjoy the fresh air, which I am sure they are doing. To keep our students safe whilst online the Australian government has some great resources such as the eSafety Commissioner website.
I would like to thank all of our St Joseph’s families for the first short week of remote learning, all things considered it went very smoothly. We know that remote learning is a huge change for all families and the juggling act we appreciate is very real, so thank you for your commitment to making this be a good experience for all of your children.
I would also like to thank staff for their tireless work over the last couple of weeks. They too are juggling work and family commitments with many of us also having children at home remote learning. The preparation for remote learning, as well as uploading work and learning activities, and then assessing all students work and retrieving these online you will appreciate is a big task, and one that St Joseph’s staff yet again have done seamlessly – so thankyou to our wonderful staff.
Please continue to check facebook and your emails for correspondence that will come through, as always the school will send out the latest information as it comes to hand.
From lunch time today in the schools weather shed there are some more packs for the Kindergarten students for Week 7 learning. These will be left in the weather shed over the weekend, so if you are driving past please pick them up.
Tasks and activities will continue to be uploaded onto See-Saw for K-Yr 3 and onto Google classroom for Yrs 4-6.
There is lots of information to take in, so please don’t hesitate to contact the school if you have any queries or questions.
Enjoy some extra time with your beautiful families.
Blessings and stay safe,
I love the simplicity of the prayer, yet we pray for everyone in our school community, and ask to be kept safe. I love that the prayer connects our school community, wherever we are learning from at the present time.
In these uncertain times, it is comforting to be able to offer up our thoughts, anxieties and prayers to St Joseph to intercede for us.
As a school we pray that our community is kept safe, and we thank you for all the work you are doing at home with your children.
St Joseph protect us.
- Liz Murray
Religious Education Co-ordinator
Our school counsellor Jess O’Rourke is still available for phone/video calls – she can be contacted via email Jessica.O'Rourke@catholiccare.cg.org.au.
She has also provided some great resources for families.
Students in K/1 are learning to make equal groups in maths. There were lots of creative collections! In integrated studies, students chose an object to take photos of it in different positions of the sun. Great effort this week K/1!
Absence notes in Remote Learning are still essential.
If you're child attends their morning meet or meets the requirements of their class teacher by checking in with them you will be marked as present on the class roll.
If a student is sick, attending a medical appointment or unable to complete remote learning an absence note will still be required.
All absence notes can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
We thank you for your co-operation in this matter to assist us with our attendance requirements.
PRC Rule Adjustment update
To support all students, the following adjustments have been applied to the Challenge in 2021. A full list of changes for 2021 can be found on the PRC rules page.
- The Challenge closing date has been extended to allow extra time to finalise student entries and coordinator validations. The new closing dates are:
- Challenge closes for students: Friday September 3, 2021
- Challenge closes for coordinators: Friday September 17, 2021
- Students on all Challenge levels will be able to read 10 choice books.
- Students on all Challenge levels will be able to include books on their reading records that they read collaboratively as a class, in person or online with their teacher or at home with their parents/carers.