The approach to the end of Term 1 was a very different learning journey to the one we started with in February this year. We began with our usual events and lessons, and as we worked through the term, we could see the landscape changing almost daily. Along the way we have adapted, reviewed and exercised flexibility in response to the government directives to deal with the astonishing impact of COVID-19 in our global community. Our core business of teaching and learning required teachers to shift from the preferred face to face delivery to the online approach. While previously online tasks were supplementary to our teaching practice, they quickly became our central focus. With the help of Director of Learning Technologies, Paul Reid, and tech savvy staff members, teachers were able to devise programs for students to follow in a reasonably seamless fashion. Staff either worked at home or onsite at the College, worked in Teams and upgraded their knowledge of SEQTA. Gaps in online delivery were identified and departments worked together to ensure a consistent and sustainable approach to learning for the start of Term 2. Teachers and students have clear expectations for Term 2 including the taking of Attendance for Homeroom and lessons, interaction with lessons including students being able to ask questions and seek clarification. The College has been very well supported by the community with many families offering their thanks and support during this challenging time.
“I think the school has done a great job of setting up an online learning program that has been easy to access and complete work and also help keep routine with the student’s regular school days.”