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A Message From the Headmaster - Wednesday 6 May

Posted on 06 May 2020

Dear Ormiston College Families

As we navigate the COVID-19 situation together, it is pleasing to see some strong signs that life on campus may soon return to the vibrant and spirited atmosphere that our College is known for.

Government Announcements

Based on medical advice, the Queensland Premier has announced that state school students will be returning to school soon.

This will begin with Prep, Year 1, Year 11 and Year 12 students returning to their schools for face to face classroom learning from Monday, 11 May.

The Queensland State Government intends to reassess the situation on 15 May before a possible return to school for remaining year levels on Monday, 25 May.

From 11 May at Ormiston College

At Ormiston College we are already catering for large and growing numbers of students in various year levels on campus.

At the same time, we also have significant numbers of students learning from home.

We have been pleased with our Learning from Home model and the comprehensive suite of teacher videos, live sessions, online support materials and other resources provided by our teachers. However, the government decision to return some entire year levels to school and not others will mean we have to change some aspects of this approach.

Secondary School

From 11 May, students in Year 11 and Year 12 are expected to be on campus. Children in all other year levels continue to be welcome on campus.

With teachers returning to their usual Year 11 and Year 12 on-site class commitments from 11 May, the Secondary School will reinstate our usual class timetable schedule for all year levels from Year 7 to Year 12.

This means that all secondary students from Year 7 to Year 12 who attend the campus will be learning in their usual classrooms, at the usual lesson times, with their usual teacher.

The College will continue to support Year 7 to Year 10 students who are at home, although there will be some changes.

To this point, the Learning from Home model has had the flexibility for students to have access to their subject leader across the entire week, to learn at their own pace and to determine the order in which they engage with their subjects across the week.

With the return of the Year 11 and Year 12 students, this flexible approach is no longer sustainable.

Year 7 to Year 10 students who are at home will now be expected to engage with their subjects during the scheduled lesson times of their usual timetable.

Term 2 timetables will be available from Student Café from this Friday. This means that all students, whether at home or on campus will now have access to their timetabled teachers for teaching, feedback and support during their scheduled lessons, not across the entire week.

Each day will commence at 8.30am with a virtual Form Class followed as usual by lesson 1 at 8.45am.

Year 7 to Year 10 students at home will connect with each lesson online. There will be a live component for each lesson enabling the teacher to explain new concepts and provide instructions for the lesson.

During a scheduled lesson, when students are working on tasks from OneNote, TEAMS or other resources, they can access support from their teacher either face to face in the classroom or virtually if students are at home.

Students who are on campus will be expected to attend in full school uniform including dress hat and blazer. The canteen will operate as usual.

Students who are engaging with live sessions from home will still be required to present in school uniform or their PE/House uniform.

Junior School

From 11 May, children in Prep and Year 1 are expected to be on campus. Children in all other year levels continue to be welcome on campus.

Prep and Year 1 students will be participating in their usual school day, with their usual classroom teacher and teacher aides.

Students in Year 2 to Year 6 will continue with either classroom learning on campus or learning at home.

The canteen will operate as usual.

Parents choosing to keep students at home

We respect that some parents may wish to keep their Prep, Year 1, Year 11 or Year 12 child at home due to their personal concerns about COVID-19.

Please understand that our Prep, Year 1, Year 11 and Year 12 teachers will now focus on their usual class activities and will not continue to provide the comprehensive online programs of recent weeks.

If you choose to keep your child at home, please contact your child’s Junior School teacher or Secondary School Year Coordinator to discuss the work to be covered and how you might support your child’s learning at home.

Parents on campus

If parents need to be on the College grounds, we ask you to pay attention to the requirement for adults to maintain physical distancing of 1.5m at all times.

Parents and carers should not gather in areas around the campus such as carparks, at the school gate and outside classrooms during this time. Please make use of our pickup and drop-off areas wherever possible.

Looking ahead

These new government decisions require us to respond with new thinking and new approaches.

At the same time, we are pleased to be planning for the return of all students and normal campus life.

In the coming weeks we will continue to adapt and pull together as a team. As a result, I am sure that the journey back to normal will be both smooth and productive.

We appreciate your support.

Yours sincerely

Brett Webster