NEWSLETTER 

May 1st, 2020 

Dear Koo Wee Rup Secondary College Community, 

We enter the end of week three of remote learning and by now we are all beginning to enter new routines in our lives. What started out as an exercise in exploration of new ideas and practice in the way we all teach and learn has quickly transformed into routines that we are all coming to terms with. 

I will not say that it has been perfect, in fact far from it as parents, teachers and students still grapple with situations that arise. While we continue to hear of wonderful things that are happening through this new platform of teaching and learning we are acutely aware of the stresses that are still there for families and teaching and non-teaching staff. With this in mind I ask that every member of our community continue to look after each other and check in with each other. The health and wellbeing of all of us is paramount to supporting the work that we are all undertaking through this difficult time. 

I would like to take this time to thank our college captains, supported by our Senior Team for the wonderful ANZAC DAY You Tube commemoration. The idea and inspiration came from our captains and they are to be commended for their work. 

I would also like to share with you that the musical piece that was created and performed by our music department has had over 7,000 hits and has made its way to the Premier’s office. We are very proud of this work. 

With regard to Onsite learning I would like to remind our families that this only applies to families who meet the strict criteria as outlined by the government. Students who do attend will only be provided with supervision. While this is not ideal and I recognise that some of our students require 

additional support our teachers are mostly working remotely so we can only offer limited support on site. I wish to thank families for their understanding around this situation. 

As your Principal I continue to be as proud of our community as we all come together during these hard times. As a parent I long for my children to be with their friends learning and socialising together, however, until such time as our schools revert to normal practice I urge you to continue to support the work we are doing and remain home until such time as we are allowed back. 

Felix PATTON, Principal 

REMINDER ABOUT OFFICE HOURS 

The College office is open between 9am and 3pm each day. 

REMINDER TO STUDENTS WHEN DOING ONLINE LEARNING 

We recognise that it is a challenging platform for learning for some students. Please make sure you read the instructions provided by teachers FIRST and then if you continue to have problems contact your class teacher or level coordinator. 

MAKING IT EASIER FOR YOU TO GET INFORMATION 

We have created a new section on the College website called REMOTE LEARNING. When you click on the heading, it will take you to sections with all the latest information and advice about learning from home, the programs our teachers are using, talking to students about wellbeing issues and copies of all the newsletters we have been sending out. We are receiving a steady supply of wellbeing resources to share. 

THE LATEST INFORMATION FROM DET ABOUT DEVICES AND DONGLES 

We have been told that devices and dongles will arrive in the school early next week. When they do arrive we will contact the families who have been on our waiting list. In the meantime our computer technicians are doing a wonderful job trying to help all students with technical problems. 

SEAL APPLICATION PROCESS FOR 2021 

As stated on the forms, Facebook page and the website, applications are due in by Monday the 4th of May. However the entrance exam has been moved to Saturday July 18th. 

The application forms are online on the school website in the SEAL page. 

WE MAY EXPERIENCE CONNECTIVITY ISSUES DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS. 

Strong winds and storms can have a negative impact on signal strength and this is most likely to impact live Microsoft Teams and WebEx meetings. Students or staff with satellite or dongle Wi-Fi connections are particularly at risk. When connectivity is weak, the video signal is the first aspect of a meeting to be lost. Using phone data can improve this situation, depending on the strength of the network carrier. If in a live meeting and connection is lost, students should not panic. 

There is also potential for high rains to cause leaks onto copper NBN wires, again weakening signal strength. Rural properties are more likely to experience this over urban properties. Activities that use low bandwidth, such as accessing Compass, Teams threads, OneNote, Stile and many others, should not be affected, yet it is still possible. The staff at KWRSC are aware of the potential issues and disruptions and are prepared to provide alternative learning experiences and to provide concessions for students where needed. Where students experience major connectivity issues, as always it is asked that contact be made with their teachers or the College via email or Compass. WE NEED TO HEAR FROM FAMILIES WHERE STUDENTS ARE NOT FULLY ENGAGING WITH ONLINE WORK. 

Where families have already contacted us, we are aware of understandable situations where there are technical issues, students with special learning needs or students with medical problems and we are doing our best to support these students. However we have not heard back from some families at all where our staff indicate that students are not regularly doing work. The leaders of each Learning Community have been trying to follow up these families to see how we can support the students. If your child is in this situation and you have not made contact with us yet, could you please do so as soon as possible. We do not want students to get behind. 

WE WOULD LIKE FEEDBACK ABOUT HOW THINGS ARE GOING WITH ONLINE LEARNING 

During House group time on Thursday this week, we asked all students to complete an online survey to assist us with understanding how they are travelling and to work out what further support we can provide. 

We would also like to invite parents and carers to provide feedback. Please go to the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8HXQ9WJ