Dear Parents and Carers,
Current planning for teaching to be online across the whole school is underway to start in Term 2. Online learning will be designed by each teacher to ensure that children are receiving a wide range of subject areas. Specialist teachers will also be sending work home. Please remember that all age groups of children will still require considerable adult support and supervision in their learning especially in the younger years.
Loan of computer equipment for families who need it
I am making available to loan to families 5 iPads that are approximately 5 years old and about 35 Apple Macbook laptops that are over 8 years old, to use at home during this health crisis for online learning. If your children do not have access to a device at all or have limited access due to the number of people in a family using the current home devices, you can express an interest in the loan system. You will need to have your own access to internet for these devices to work. I expect there may be more interest than devices so I will therefore take all the names and place them in a raffle.
Please be aware that as these are older devices they may not be compatible with all the websites recommended but we feel they would be better than not having a device at all.
- If you want to register an expression of interest by 3 pm Monday 6 April to lend either an ipad or Apple Macbook please email me with your preference at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will place you in the draw.
- The draw will be held Tuesday 7 April.
- Families being offered a loan device will be contacted Tuesday 7 April and the device can be collected.
- Before you take a device home, you will be required to sign a loan agreement with the school.
- Please note that the staff at school are not experts on these devices and we will not be able to support you with computer issues at home.
- If you accept a device and then find it too difficult to use, please return it to the school and it will be offered to another family.
All Students to use SeeSaw to receive lessons for Term 2
In order to uniform how we send work and messages home from each classroom teacher next term, all the staff are now trained and preparing lessons on SeeSaw, which is a downloadable App. Please download this programme to your devices and phones at home to be ready for the school to go online at the start of Term 2.
Please email your child’s teacher/s to register with them that you are able to go online in Term 2. Teachers will then email you with your child/ren’s log on details for SeeSaw and
any other programmes that they will be directing students to use. Please note that all students have now been issued with new log on details as the school has upgraded the version of SeeSaw being used to obtain additional features.
Kirsty Press-Kindergarten (Kindy 1 and 2)
Shona Gilfillan-Pre-Primary (Mon/Tues) Room 17
Meagan Mableson-Pre-Primary (Wed-Fri) Room 17
Natasha Tonner-Kindy/Pre Primary Room 18
Melissa Taylor-Year 1 Room 4
Louise Colley-Year 1 Room 5
Phil Johnson-Year 2 Room 3
Fiona Boath-Year 2/3 Room 15
Heather Wilson-Year 3 Room 16
Jude McIntyre-Year 3/4 Room 14
Manioll Yiannakis-Year 4 Room 8 (Mon-Thursday)
Rebecca Howman-Year 5 Room 9 (Tues-Fri)
Julianne Timmers (Mon-Room 9/Fri-Room 8)
Ian Lindsay-Year 5/6 Room 10
Scott Fairclough-Year 5/6 Room 12
What about families without internet or available devices at home
Staff will be contacting those families who have not registered for online learning in Term 2 to offer them work packages.
Collecting work packages
We will be setting up areas in the undercover area attached to the canteen, for families to collect work packages or items that teachers are distributing for lessons. There will be clearly marked tubs for each class. It will be an honour system for families to come and take what the teacher has asked them to collect.
A possible routine for the learning from home
Our staff feel it is important to maintain a ‘school day like routine’ while children are not attending school, but we all understand that this may be difficult. Children thrive in an environment where there are clear routines as it provides time structure to their day, gives them a purpose, as well as providing clear boundaries. Keeping to regular sleep patterns and bed times is also recommended for maintaining a good routine and wellbeing. It is very important to ensure that there is an opportunity for some creative choice and lots of fun within these routines.
Being a part of a family and contributing to how the home operates is an important lesson for children to learn. Regular chores or a schedule of chores for each child to complete each day is a good way of teaching respect. Chores can be any jobs that need doing around the house. If they are done prior to the time or done quickly, children can have creative time for the remaining time prior to lunch. Chores can include doing the dishes, wiping surfaces, taking out the rubbish, making beds, folding laundry, filling up the dog’s bowl, pulling weeds, etc
Suggested Daily Schedule
|Before 9:00am||Morning Routine||Get up, make bed, put dirty clothes in laundry, make breakfast, read a book, play with toys (non-electronic).|
|9:00 – 9:30||Morning Exercise||To remain healthy, it is important to keep moving and lift the heart rate.|
|9:30 – 11:00||Academic time||It is good at this time to give children a time limit for each activity. Some suggestions are to: solve puzzles, keep a journal, investigate and inquire.|
|11:00 – 12:00||Creative time||A big part of learning is developing creative thinking and problem-solving skills. Creative time can include the following activities: Lego, drawing, craft, playing a musical instrument, cooking.|
|12:00 -12:45||Lunch and time outside||Children who participate in the creation of their own food get a better understanding of how much effort it takes to prepare and learn lots of skills through measuring, approximating, fractions, reading instructions etc.|
|12:45 -1:15||Quiet Time||After a healthy lunch is an ideal time to have some quiet time. We suggest reading, colouring and/or mindfulness activities. This is not time for electronics.|
|1:15 -2:30||Academic time||Children can develop their academic skills; play games, solve puzzles, keep a journal, investigate and inquire. In this session electronic learning could be included. Educational apps, online apps, educational TV.|
|2:30||Time outside||It is important each day to ensure the children get to burn off as much energy as possible|
I am only a phone call away if you need to ask any questions or want to make suggestions.