I trust that the arrival of some rain this week is just what is needed at present!
This week we have moved to a remote learning model – congratulations to everyone, you have done a fantastic job in picking up this new model and running with it, and we really appreciate your perseverance with this, we have all been on a steep learning curve!
I believe that people are appreciative of the regular contact through Zoom Meetings; however, we are looking at a revised schedule for these meetings next term so that we can maintain contact without having the process become burdensome.
Next week we will not be sending any work packs home all staff will be involved in professional learning relating to the delivery of our remote learning program.
Information relating to this was sent home earlier this week.
Once we learn more about how this will look for next term, we will send information to you.
We continue to be in regular contact with Catholic Education to keep abreast of the steps we will be taking moving forward.
I hope that the regular emails have kept you as up to date as possible in terms of keeping you as up to date as possible in these changing times. If there are particular sets of information that would be of use, please let me know.
If you are aware of any families that are not receiving emails or information updates, please let us know at school so that we have accurate contact details.
One conversation that we are hearing on a regular basis is the reminder to take some time out from the 24-hour news cycle of today’s world, as the overload of information can weigh heavily. There are upsides to these changes that have been forced upon us, finding the ones that work for each individual is the challenge. There are many different ways to do this – take a walk, read a book (Dervla McTiernan is a fantastic author for those interested in reading…), listen to some music, play some board games (who has stolen the most monopoly money?) spend some time in the garden. We can also spend some time with God.
Below are some links to daily prayers that might provide an opportunity to pause and reflect on our days:
We encourage you to make use of various activities that don’t need a screen/device such as writing, reading and physical activity. We encourage the children to continue with their regular daily PE sessions as a break from bookwork.
Library – as mentioned last week, those families wishing to borrow further books, please let us know at school and we will make a selection and leave these at the front office for collection by you.
This might be useful to your family during the extended time at home during the coming weeks.
Data - I am not advocating for any communications carrier, the information below has been brought to my attention:
Both Telstra and Optus have put out information about the availability of additional data allowances for the month of April.
Further information can be found on their respective websites as follows:
We are living in times that no one could ever have anticipated and the changes have come thick and fast. Everyone is grappling with new ways of working and going about their daily business. This week I have chosen a prayer for the parents who are at home struggling with becoming ‘instant teachers’ without any training. Please know that you are doing a good job, we do appreciate that it is difficult, and we are here to help you.
Holy Spirit, as families adjust to everyone being home as businesses and schools operate remotely, we ask that You guide people in their new realities. Give spouses grace for each other. Prompt worn-out parents to speak words of kindness and encouragement to their children. Help children find creative ways to experience the beauty of all You have created and continue learning.
Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.—Psalm 57:1