April 17th, 2020
Dear Koo Wee Rup Secondary College community,
What an amazing week in education it has been for all of us. When the Premier stated that we would all be teaching and learning remotely and with flexibility for the whole of term 2, there was a collective intake of breath around the state.
Prior to the holidays, schools have been gearing up for such an event but were not sure of the duration.
Now that we have reached the first mile stone together at the end of week one, we can say with some confidence that we are astounded by the abilities of our parents, students and teachers to embrace new technologies and new ways of teaching and learning.
I am so proud of the Koo Wee Rup SC community that I work and serve in. I am proud of the fact that despite some trepidations we have all jumped in and are having a go. Many of us are learning new skills each day which will serve us well when we emerge from this.
Schools are vibrant places and act as hubs for our communities. We are now finding that even though we are operating differently we can still be that focus for our community.
What we have all achieved inside of a week is truly amazing and I thank you for that.
It is important to know that as we continue this journey, we keep working with each other, checking in with each other, being kind to each other and understand that no problem is too big to resolve.
I would like to thank all staff and families for their continued support during this time.
Teachers are reporting in that students are engaging in lessons and enjoying the innovative way information is being presented.
From a parent view point I can empathise with families as I watch my two children engage with their teachers using Microsoft teams. I would also like to remind parents and carers to check in with their children and ask them what they are learning, how they are going. I walked into a Japanese class this morning, thinking I would check in, the look I got was ‘NOW IS NOT THE TIME DAD” so with that I advise you to pick your time but by all means be part of the journey.
To my staff, I say thank you for all the wonderful work you have done over the last four weeks to get this happening.
TAKE CARE OUT THERE. I look forward to each day that we move back to a school that has children in it, laughing, running around, singing, concentrating, and debating the rules – just the normal stuff we do.
Finally if you can work and study from home you must work and study from home.
Felix PATTON, Principal.
LATEST INFORMATION ABOUT STUDENT LEARNING PROGRAMS FOR TERM 2
1. We are very pleased with the uptake of remote learning programs by our college families. Just this week we have been averaging 95% of our students making contact with their teachers online and where there have been students not making contact, it is mostly due to technical difficulties. Overall this is a wonderful response to the new system.
2. HOUSE GROUPS
· Until further notice we will be running House Groups only on Mondays and Thursdays from 9am to 9.15am. This is an excellent opportunity for students to share with their House Group teacher how they are going. If they wish to pass on any private concerns they should email their teacher separately rather than raising issues in front of the group through MS Teams.
3. PROBLEMS WITH COMPUTERS, INTERNET ACCESS AND DEVICES NEEDING REPAIRS.
· We are aware that several families do need assistance in these areas. In some cases our technicians are able to fix programs on computers and provide advice about how to access a program. We placed an order with the education department some time ago for devices and dongles. As yet they have not arrived. We have some ipads which we are distributing with priority going to Year 11 and 12 students. We do not have enough devices for all the students who need one and we do not have any spare dongles. Please be patient. We will notify you when the devices and dongles arrive and then ask you to come in at different times so we can follow social distancing. In the meantime staff are being given the names of students who are not able to access online learning and will make allowances for these students.
4. STUDENTS WHO NEED TO BE ON SITE
· We have a few students who are attending school each day because of their parents’ circumstances. Please note that the department requires a form to be completed in advance where parents need their children to attend the school. This should be completed by the Thursday of the week before so that the school can work out how many teachers we need to have present. Please contact the school if your children are in this category and you need a form emailed to you. School buses are running as normal.
5. INFORMATION ESPECIALLY FOR STUDENTS IN YEARS 10, 11 AND 12
· Please be aware that although the way the school is operating is different at the moment, the requirements of staff and students remain the same. We are all still following the Term 2 timetable that is on Compass with the expectation that teachers will be available for their students during their timetabled class. Likewise all students are expected to be completing the set work for that subject in the allocated time – this may require joining an online meeting or working independently on tasks set by your teacher.
· If a student is not available during these times the College will mark this period as an unapproved unexplained absence. This will not only contribute to your overall attendance data for each subject, but may have implications on your teachers’ ability to authenticate your work.
· If you have any questions about this please contact Mr. Gwynne or the Senior Learning Team (Mrs. Miller, Mr. Palser or Mrs. Hamilton).
Student Wellbeing, Facilities, Buses