Remote Learning - Term 3

August 3rd

Dear parents, carers, students and staff,

 

Yesterday, the Victorian Government announced that, on the advice of the Victorian Chief Health Officer, regional and rural Victoria will move to stage 3 restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

These requirements apply to all schools across the government, catholic and independent sectors and across all metropolitan Melbourne and rural and regional Victoria. The changes to schools’ operations will come into effect from Wednesday 5th August, following a student free day on Tuesday 4th August, and are likely to apply until the end of Term 3.

 

As outlined in the Chief Health Officer’s advice on Friday, schools remain safe places for staff and students – but these steps are critical measures to reduce the movement of students and families across the state. 

 

There are implications for our school, and for families in our school community. A summary of what the changes mean for schools is below.

 

TIMELINE

  • Today has been a ‘normal’ day of school under current arrangements, with students attending on site today asked to take all their necessary learning materials home.

  • Tuesday 4th August will be a student-free day across Victoria to enable teachers, especially in rural and regional Victoria, to prepare for flexible and remote learning.  Students are not required to complete schoolwork during this day.

  • Wednesday 5th August will be the first day of Remote Learning.

 

REMOTE LEARNING PROGRAM

Our remote learning program will be very similar to Term 2, with some minor adjustments that have been made based on the feedback of students, families and staff. Each sub school (Junior, Middle and Senior) will have a learning schedule outlined for them.

 

Each morning every student will have a virtual Mentor Group meeting at 9am where they check in with a staff member and get set up for their day.

 

All students have access to Google Classrooms and XUNO so that they can contact their teacher and also keep up to date about work that is required and content being delivered.

 

Families that have concerns regarding access to the internet or internet connectivity should contact the school via email Ararat.sc@education.vic.gov.au Students that were provided with an internet dongle last time will have this automatically recharged.

 

The full details of the remote learning program can be found in the included parent handbook which is also available online, this can be accessed by clicking here.

 

Junior School Students – Year 7 & 8

In this package of information you will see that we have created a schedule for all of our students.  Junior School students will be following the same schedule Monday – Thursday focusing on their core subjects (English, Maths, Science, Health and PE).

 

Friday’s will be ‘Feel Good Friday’ and students will complete activities from their non-core subjects (Humanities, French, Music, Drama, Art, Graphics, Food, Technology and Textiles), what subjects exactly will be based on the current timetable.  Further information regarding this is outlined in the Junior School Learning Schedule.

 

Middle School Students – Year 9 & 10

Middle School students will continue to follow their normal class timetable. The only adjustment being Mentor Groups every morning at 9am, providing the students with a virtual check in with their teachers and peers.

 

Senior School Students, Year 11 & 12 (VCE & VCAL)

Senior School students will continue to follow their full timetable, with the addition of a Mentor Group meeting every morning at 9am. Some other important information to note:

  • The GAT will be rescheduled from Wednesday 9th September to Wednesday 7th October.

  • The schedule for the VCE examinations and release of results will remain as previously advised.

  • Further information about consideration of disadvantage and coronavirus (COVID-19) will be provided shortly.

 

On-site Supervision

All students who can learn from home must learn from home. This is a very clear directive from the Victorian Government based on the advice of the Chief Health Officer.

  • On-site supervision in rural and regional Victoria will be available to:

    • Children whose parents cannot work from home

    • Vulnerable children

    • Any child with a disability

  • The process to apply for attending onsite will remain the same as last time. An application for onsite attendance due to parent employment arrangements needs to be submitted by 9am the Friday before each week, please click here to access the form. You will then be contacted by the school to confirm this attendance.

 

These are truly challenging times that we are all working, living and learning through.  However, as was demonstrated last time, working together as a school community we can get through this. Thank you again for your continued support and understanding as we move towards our second transition to Remote Learning.

 

As always please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or queries ellie.mcdougall@education.vic.gov.au

 

Kind regards,

Ellie McDougall

Principal

Additional Resources

Principal :                                    Ellie McDougall
Acting Assistant Principal :       Emma Henry
General Office hours:    8.15 am  to  4.30 pm   Monday to Friday

Ararat College is committed to Child Safety (Ministerial Order No.870) and takes all reasonable steps to ensure that the safety of our students is paramount.