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Parent and Carer COVID-19 email communication

Written by Michaela Brighella. Posted in Latest Notices/Forms, News

Please find below a record of all recent communications sent to parents and carers via email regarding COVID-19.

Some communication has also been provided in The Fountain newsletter and on Facebook.

Please use these as a reference guide.

3 April 2020 From the Principal: thanks from the staff at SMC

3 April 2020 From the Communications Officer: online learning survey for parents

31 March 2020 From the Principal: online learning and fee support

31 March 2020 From the Director of Junior School: learning update and attendance survey

27 March 2020 From the Director of Pedagogy: learning from home

27 March 2020 From the Director of Junior School: learning from home

27 March 2020 From Catholic Education Tasmania: Premier’s announcement

25 March 2020 From the Department of Education: Term 1 ending early, upcoming student-free days

24 March 2020 From the Testing Coordinator: cancellation of NAPLAN

23 March 2020 From the HPE Sport Area Coordinator: HPE TCE excursions

20 March 2020 From Midford: social distancing and hygiene practices

20 March 2020 From the Archbishop: cancellation of Masses

20 March 2020 From Angela Mitchelmore: Year 10 work experience postponed

20 March 2020 From the Deputy Principal: continuing the week with resilience

19 March 2020 From the Principal: precautionary medical quarantine

18 March 2020 From the Department of Education: how to talk to your child about COVID-19

17 March 2020 From the Principal: COVID-19 update #3

17 March 2020 From Catholic Education Tasmania: health advice including social distancing

17 March 2020 From the Department of Education: social distancing

16 March 2020 From the Principal: COVID-19 update #2

13 March 2020 From the Principal: student absences, events cancelled

10 March 2020 From the Principal: COVID-19 update

10 March 2020 From the Risk and Compliance Manager: advice from the Australian Health Department

6 March 2020 From the Risk and Compliance Manager: advice from the Australian Health Deptartment

 

Learning from home

Written by Michaela Brighella. Posted in Featured News, Timeline

St Mary’s College will share key learning from home information with parents, carers and students via the links below, with a dedicated page for Junior School and Senior School.

For all reference information, please visit the pages below.

Junior School learning at home

Senior School learning at home

Here are some practical, fun tips for learning from home. We hope you find these useful! 

 

Junior School learning at home

Written by Michaela Brighella. Posted in Newsletter

We are aware that families have questions regarding their child’s education as schools transition to catering for learning within the home. Our aim is to continue teaching and learning opportunities using a combination of online resources and learning materials.

Due to the age of the students in the Junior School, the responsibility for children to engage in the learning opportunities provided by teachers will rest with parents and carers. As continuity of learning is very important, we wish to work with families to ensure that communication is clear and provided learning experiences are manageable.

Families would already be familiar with platforms such as Seesaw, Showbie, DOJO and SEQTA. These platforms will remain our predominant means of communication and delivery of learning in the event of school closure.

In the event of school closure after the holidays, commencing on Monday 27 April, each Monday a program of the week’s learning for each child will be released and then classroom teachers will be in communication daily with detailed experiences and guidelines utilising the platform most suited to the year level. Teachers will also communicate ideas around timetabling, routines, exercise and relaxation. We are aware that family life varies from household to household so we will endeavour to allow for flexibility.

Reading is the most powerful learning tool children have, please endeavour to read to your child and be read to by your child each day – yes this applies right up to Year 6!

Next week, in preparation for Term 2, teachers will be trialling several ways of sharing activities. Teaching students in an online environment will be a new experience for both families and teachers. We ask for patience and understanding as we all learn together.

It is important to know that when we get back to the regular program at school, teachers will work closely with students to meet them where they are at with their learning. If there are gaps, we will address that. Families shouldn’t be over stressing during this time. The important thing for families is for their children to keep connected to formal education in a regular, routine way.

If you have any questions regarding the above information, please do not hesitate to contact Director of the Junior School, Brigid Knight bknight@smc.tas.edu.au

Thank you for your support during this challenging time.

Senior School learning at home

Written by Michaela Brighella. Posted in Newsletter

We are very aware of questions our students have regarding their education as schools in Tasmania transition to online learning. Our aim is to continue teaching at the College up until Friday 3 April and provide access to online learning programs for our Senior Students.

From Monday 30 March, lessons will still be posted to SEQTA as usual, however, teachers will be trialling Microsoft Teams. Students should monitor both SEQTA and Microsoft Teams if they are learning from home.

The student-free days at the end of Term 1 will be used by teachers to refine online learning in preparation for Microsoft Teams as the main delivery platform for classes.

It is important to know that when we get back to the regular program at school, teachers will work closely with students to meet them where they are at with their learning. If there are gaps, we will address that. Families shouldn’t be over stressing during this time. For Years 7 – 10 particularly, keeping connected to formal education is important, but gaining academic achievement is not as important. These are unprecedented times. For Year 11 and 12 students, TASC has provided assurances no student will be disadvantaged and UTAS has given great reassurance. 

If you have any questions regarding this information, please do not hesitate to contact Director of Pedagogy, Simon Eade seade@smc.tas.edu.au

Please read the following information about guidelines here.

Online learning

We are very aware of questions our students have regarding their education as schools transition to online learning. Our aim is to continue teaching at the College up until Friday 3 April and provide online learning programs for our Senior Students.

The programs used

Teaching staff have been trained in the use of Microsoft Teams, a platform that can be used to deliver live online lessons. When students connect to a scheduled online lesson in Microsoft Teams, they can view or hear their teacher explaining the learning or task for the lesson and teachers can work through resources uploaded to SEQTA or OneNote. Students can also ask questions and interact with their teacher in their virtual classroom. Assignments, tasks and feedback will still be posted and submitted through SEQTA.

Many of our students already have a working knowledge of Microsoft Teams. Staff have also been working with students to ensure they can log into the platform and join an online lesson. Instructions are included with this communication on how to join an online lesson in Microsoft Teams should students have missed tutorials provided by their teachers.

Lessons

More detailed information on how lessons will be run and scheduled by teachers will be provided.

With all that said, it is important to know that when we get back to the regular program at school, teachers will work closely with students to meet them where they are at with their learning. If there are gaps, we will address that. Families shouldn’t be over stressing during this time. Keeping connected to formal education is important, but gaining academic achievement is not as important.

Teaching students in an online classroom will be a new experience for our staff and students, so we ask for your patience and understanding. If lessons need to be delivered from teachers’ homes, there may be situations where unforeseen circumstances, technological or otherwise, cause a teacher to be unavailable for a scheduled online lesson. The impact of students and adults all working from home may also cause internet bandwidth and connectivity problems in some homes or neighbourhoods. Teachers will have the capacity to record lessons for students to view later which will help, and our staff are committed to working through any potential problems.  Resources and tasks will still be available through SEQTA so students can continue with their learning should problems occur with our online classes. As always, our staff are endeavouring to go ‘One Pace Beyond’ to provide a workable solution to any problems should students be studying at home.

Continued use of SEQTA

As schools remain open next week, teachers will continue using SEQTA as the primary teaching support for students with some teachers trialling online lessons through Microsoft Teams. Students at home should monitor Microsoft Teams to check for any scheduled online lessons. Staff will use student free days at the end of term to review and improve our provision of online learning.

If all students are required to remain at home after school holidays, lessons will primarily be delivered using Microsoft Teams with resources posted to SEQTA.

Resources – etiquette, expectations and handy tips

Please read through the information included with this communication which sets out in detail the College’s plan for learning from home.

Year 9 Visual Arts masterpieces

Written by Michaela Brighella. Posted in Featured News

Our Year 9 Visual Arts students have been exploring the natural world and how human life impacts upon it. Under the expert guidance of Anna Berger, students have been working on coloured pastel drawings of endangered species. Layer by luxurious layer, students have worked meticulously to capture the texture of each animal’s unique coat and markings to pay homage to their beauty. An impressive first project for their elective, the Year 9 works are currently on exhibition in S118. Students and staff are invited to view their majesty in person.

The following drawings in order belong to:

Lucy Nischler
Josie Quinn
Emily Cooper
Eliza Topham
Liberty Watts
Charlotte Coutts
Bethany Creese

Sarah Adams
Learning Area Coordinator – Visual Arts

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