The implementation of remote home learning provided many challenges for students, families and teachers. Children not only in Australia, but all around the world, all faced the same challenges when it came to their schooling during the pandemic. The school developed and implemented an online remote home learning portal to support families during this time with their child’s remote home learning. All activities and learning was uploaded onto this portal on a Friday ready for the following week’s learning tasks. The online portal provided a central place where families could find everything that they would need for learning each week.
The transition to remote home learning was truly a momentous achievement for all of our children and families to adapt to. I could not be more prouder of our whole community who worked together to ensure that this worked. To see the quality of the learning programs offered and the support offered through video conferencing, email and phone calls was something that our whole school community should be applauded for.
A highlight over this time was seeing the many photos of students learning from home, to see so many of our children making the most of this challenging situation certainly put my mind at ease that we were working together positively and that our children were doing well. I am so grateful for our wonderful community and the support the school received during this time.
The teachers at SFdS are passionate about what they do and continue to do, to work really hard to ensure that they are providing the best educational experiences possible during challenging circumstances. I am grateful for the amazing staff at SFdS who worked tirelessly to ensure that we were able to maintain some continuity in the learning of our children. Our home learning program allowed for flexible, self-paced, learning and was enhanced by multimedia, as well as access to a wide range of on-line resources and activities.
SFdS is enforcing a variety of guidelines and strategies to support physical distancing and good hygiene practices to reduce the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission within the school environment. The guidelines and strategies are being implemented to help create a safe environment at SFdS in this current COVID-19 climate.
The School may, from time to time, review and update these guidelines and strategies to take into account the advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer and the Victorian Government to ensure the health and wellbeing of our students, staff and families is adhered to at all times.
Wellbeing and Home Learning Program
St Francis de Sales understands this is a very unique situation the world is in and that remote learning may cause a significant degree of anxiety for you and your child. Working remotely certainly presents with some challenges, so please be sure to look after yourself and the people in your family.
We are all living in extraordinary times, continuously dealing with changes in the way we interact and live. As we continue on this journey together, we continue to acknowledge and recognise the physical restrictions, emotional stresses and financial pressure that make daily living difficult to cope with during this time.
We understand that as parents you found yourselves having to play a much more active role in your child’s education and never before had the burden of responsibility between schools and parents been shared this way. We were certainly aware that parents were exhausted also, often juggling working from home and supervising their children.
We would like to take this opportunity to reach out to families and acknowledge the challenges of learning this way. Like teachers and students, parents need to be supported in the role they played during Remote Learning.
Whilst the education of our children is a high priority, the wellbeing of all our families is a priority also and we acknowledge the importance of this.
If you have any concerns around your child’s wellbeing, or are in need of further support as a family, please do not hesitate to contact us.
John Rudd | Principal
Stephanie Stedman | Wellbeing Leader Students, Staff and Community
Remote Home Learning Portal
To support our families with Remote Home Learning, the school developed a Remote Home Learning Portal. The portal provided easy access to each year levels learning program together with resources. The portal site would be updated regularly and every Friday afternoon the portal would be loaded with the next week’s learning tasks.