Remote and Flexible Learning Updates

September 18th

Dear Parents/Carers,

 As strange and trying as this year has been, it is still surprising to find that we are already three quarters of the way through 2020. Thank you to our staff and students for all of their work and commitment with Remote and Flexible Learning. Everyone will have experienced it in different ways – some enjoying it and some finding it challenging – regardless, there has been a lot of learning and we appreciate the effort that has been put in to make it work to the best of our abilities. We also acknowledge that this has been a challenging time for parents and families, so thank you for your support.

Term 4 arrangements for students

Subject to the advice of the Victorian Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has released a staged approach for students to return to on-site schooling that varies according to the school setting – Primary, Secondary, Metropolitan or Rural.

The purpose of the plan is to get students back in the classroom as soon and as safely as possible without putting at risk all that has been achieved through the period of restrictions to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). 

To achieve both these aims, the return to onsite learning needs to be staged, just as the easing of all other restrictions is staged. 

We are following the advice from our Department and our first two weeks of Term Four will operate as follows:

Week 1 – Monday October 5th – Friday October 9th

  • Remote and Flexible Learning continues for Year 7-12 with a focus on Maths and English classes
  • VCE and VCAL students may be onsite for essential assessment – GAT Wednesday 7th

 

Week 2 – Monday October 12th – Friday October 16th

  • Monday and Tuesday – Year 11 and 12 students on-site
    • Year 7 – 10 continue Remote and Flexible Learning
  • Wednesday
    • All students from Years 7-12 onsite

Our school, working with you, has shown it can be flexible and adaptable in responding to the challenges of coronavirus (COVID-19) and will continue to meet student needs as we look towards the end of the 2020 school year and ahead to 2021.

We are certainly looking forward to having all students back on-site with us and hope that our students and families are feeling the same way. I encourage everyone who is able to take a break over the school holiday period to enjoy some rest, relaxation and adventure. It has been reassuring to have some of the restrictions modified in rural Victoria and I’m sure this will be appreciated by everyone.

Stay well and safe.

Karl Schier
Principal
Beaufort Secondary College

Term 4 Update

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

The Premier, Daniel Andrews, made announcements on Sunday which relate to the return of students to school in Term 4. We are awaiting further clarification from the Department of Education and Training before providing you with exact return dates for each year level. However, at this stage, you can expect that the first week of next term (week beginning October 5th) will continue to be Remote and Flexible Learning for all students. Our Year 11 and 12 students will be able to come onsite for assessment purposes only, in particular, the GAT (General Achievement Test) on Wednesday October 7th, which all students studying a Unit 3/4 subject are required to sit. The Department of Education and Training has indicated that at this stage we will have all students return to onsite learning during the second week of term (week beginning October 12th). The exact day of the week for the return of each year level is yet to be determined as there is a possibility of a staggered start for different year levels. We will clarify this for you as soon as possible.

 

In summary – beginning of Term 4, at this stage:

 

Term 4, Week 1

·      Remote and Flexible Learning continues for all BSC students

·      Year 11 and 12 students able to access onsite for assessment purposes (GAT Wednesday October 7th)

 

Term 4, Week 2

·      Year 7-12 students to return to onsite during this week – specific dates for each year level to be confirmed

 

We understand that it has been a very disrupted year for everyone, not only our students but also for families and communities. We appreciate your support and patience. We will keep you updated when we have further information and clarity.

 

Take care,

 

Karl Schier

Principal

Beaufort Secondary College

 

 

 

 

Student Reports

August 14th, 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you for your cooperation and patience whilst waiting for your child’s Semester

1 Report.

As you would be aware, the Department of Education and Training adjusted the

expectations of Student Reports for Semester 1 in recognition of the transition to

Remote and Flexible Learning during Term 2.

Whilst our school has continued to deliver its teaching and learning program and

monitor the achievement and progress of each student, there have been some

unprecedented changes to our usual program.

At Beaufort Secondary College we know it is vital to involve students and their

parents/carers in learning. This process includes providing reports on student learning.

This semester we have provided a written report for the parent/carer of each student

enrolled at our school and the reports will include information on student achievement

for each curriculum area taught, however there are some changes from our usual

Semester 1 reports.

 

For students in Year 7-10 our report will include:

• a description of the areas of the Victorian Curriculum F-10 taught

• a comment on how the student has adjusted to the Remote and Flexible

Learning environment

• an S or N for learning tasks completed during Remote and Flexible Learning

• an A-E assessment for learning tasks completed via face-to-face teaching.

 

For students in VCAL and VCE our report will include:

• a description of the unit

• a comment on the achievement and learning capabilities of your child

 

Please note that we will not be including teacher judgements and a five-point scale

due to the unprecedented changes to our program due to COVID-19.

Whilst it is our intention to hold Parent Teacher Interviews in Term 4, this decision is

pending future advice from the Department of Education and Training and we will

advise accordingly.

Thank you for your continued support during Remote and Flexible Learning.

Mr Karl Schier

Principal

 

 

 

 

August 14, 2020

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope this finds you and your family well during these challenging times.

Remote and Flexible Learning

We learned a lot from our last experience with Remote and Flexible Learning and have listened to

feedback to improve our practices. We understand that we still have more to learn and we are

developing new skills and knowledge every day. However, we are pleased with the progress we have

made and we seem to have had a much smoother transition to Remote Learning this time around.

We set ourselves a goal of improving student engagement in Remote Learning. To this point, we can

report that we are doing well with that goal. We have worked really hard to make contact with

students who are not joining their classes and we will continue to work on engaging those students

who still find it challenge to access the learning online.

We developed a new model for Years 7 -10 with a focus on engaging more of our students and keeping

the workload manageable for everyone. In summary, all students need to participate in English and

Mathematics throughout Remote Learning. In addition, we have some other subjects which students

need to complete at different points between now and the end of the term. We also have other

subjects which students can choose to join. We have a bare minimum for students to complete but

we have also allowed for any student take on all of their subjects.

We have attached a copy of our remote Learning Model in ‘Powerpoint’ form. We used this to help

explain it to our students in Form Group Meetings. All Year 7-10 students were asked to complete

their subject selections at the beginning of Remote Learning.

Our Year 11 and 12 students continue to work closely with their timetable and are expected to

participate in all of their subjects.

 

Curriculum Day – Friday, August 21st

Before we knew we would be returning to Remote Learning, we had planned for a student free

Curriculum Day on Friday, August 21st. We considered postponing this day but with further discussion

decided to continue with the day. We will spend this day participating in Professional Learning sessions

to improve our skills and knowledge in working in the Remote Learning environment. It will also give

us an opportunity to develop and share our skills, so that we can provide more effective learning

experiences for our students. Therefore, students will not be required to participate in online learning

on this day.

 

Student Reports

We apologise for the delay in making these available to you. They are ready for parents and students

to access and a separate letter of explanation in relation to student reports will be distributed which

explains adjustments that needed to be made as a result of Remote Learning in Term 2.

We will continue to provide updates as we receive more information from the Department of

Education and Training.

Stay safe.

Karl Schier

Principal

Beaufort Secondary College

 

 

 

 

August 3rd 2020

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope this email finds you and your family well during these challenging times. With the state government’s announcement yesterday of further restrictions for Regional Victoria, life will again be changing for all of us – including your child’s experience with school.

We are awaiting the further advice from the Department of Education and Training in relation to the impact of yesterday’s announcements and how that will affect us all. We will communicate the necessary information to you as soon as it is possible for us to do so.

At the present time we know that tomorrow is a student free day with the expectation that we will begin engagement with Remote and Flexible Learning on Wednesday, August 5th. Tomorrow our staff will be preparing for the move to Remote and Flexible Learning and we will further communicate what this will look like for your child.

What we do know is that all students who can learn from home must stay at home. The Department’s advice is to increase physical distancing across the population and slow the spread of COVID-19. Where a student is vulnerable at home or is the child of an essential worker, we can provide access to learning at school. The learning program delivered on-site will be the same as the learning program delivered to students undertaking remote learning. If there is a need to send your child to school, please contact our school on 0467492306 to inform us at least a day in advance, so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

For our senior students, our expectation is that they should be able to work reasonably closely with their timetable. We will begin their transition to Remote and Flexible Learning this Wednesday.

For our 7-10 students we will begin their engagement with Remote and Flexible Learning with a Form Group Zoom meeting at 1pm Wednesday, August 5th. The details for the meeting will be posted on Google Classrooms on Tuesday. Students will be provided with critical information relating to their learning program, with the aim of commencing online lessons the next day. It is vital that all students connect with this meeting. Wednesday will also be an important day to ensure technology needs are met for all of our students and there will be staff at school to provide support.

It is also important that students and parents ask for help if any assistance is required. If you need any wellbeing support for your child, please do not hesitate to contact us. Some further support contacts are listed below:

Headspace - (03) 5304 4777 - https://headspace.org.au/headspace-centres/ballarat/

Kids Helpline - kidshelpline.com.au/

Lifeline Crisis Hotline - 13 11 14 - www.lifeline.org.au

Beyond Blue - 1300 22 4636 - www.beyondblue.org.au

We will continue to provide updates as we receive more information from the Department of Education and Training.

Stay safe.

Karl Schier

Principal

Beaufort Secondary College

 

 

 

 

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