Learning at Home

Learning at Home

Week 4, Term 2 Principal's Address

Good morning parents, carers and students,

There has been a fantastic buzz around the school last week as staff get ready for the return of students, starting with Year 7 today. It would be an understatement to say that we have missed the students and the excitement around the school lately is testament to that. Our main focus will be the wellbeing of students as they transition back into school after 8 to 10 weeks of isolation. I would like to thank Kim Smith, Laura Simsen and the Year Co-ordinators for putting together a fantastic transition program for our students. The other focus will be getting students back into the routine of school and learning. Teachers and students will have to start again with the learning habits that had been developed over Term 1, but I’m sure with a consistent approach across the school we will all get back into the swing of learning very quickly.

We will be having a focus on hygiene when students come back to school and extra cleaning, especially on touch points, of the school. There will be lots of soap and hand sanitiser at school and if parents could remind students about good hygiene practices, we would appreciate it.  To reduce the number of adults on site I’d also ask that parents avoid coming into the school where possible. Make phone appointments where possible but if you need to have a face to face meeting then organise it before-hand so we can set up an appropriate socially distanced space. Students and staff with and flu-like symptoms will be required to stay at home to reduce the chance of infection. I’d also ask students to bring their own drink bottles.

I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank the teachers of MSHS. The constant attitude by all teachers has been to give it a go and then look to improve. To move to online learning within one day of going Pupil Free was amazing and it all came down to the positive staff attitude and their ability to work together to overcome difficulties and constantly improve. I asked a lot of the staff and they went above and beyond in their response. The outpouring of thanks and gratitude from students and parents was overwhelming and showed that the whole school community were also in awe of these fantastic teachers.

I would also like to thank the students for their part. The amount and quality of work from most students was exceptional and showed a deep commitment to their learning. The ‘Bronze Award’ boxes in the front office are almost full of balls now because of the huge number of students that were rewarded for doing exceptional work during this home learning time. The boxes were almost empty before Pupil Free began.

Lastly, we cannot forget the parents. It is very difficult for students to achieve their potential without a supportive home environment. In fact, it has been shown that what happens at home has a slightly greater impact on student outcomes than what happens at school. Parental support has been vital to the success of home learning and the Stromlo teachers are aware of the part that parents played and are exceptionally grateful for it. As a parent myself, I know how hard it has been to work and teach and your own kids at the same time. You have achieved something amazing, well done.

Peter Radford

Principal

Week 3, Term 2 Principal's Address

Video Message

Good morning parents, carers and students. It is very exciting to speak to you about transitioning students back to school. We are all very grateful that as a community we have been able to ‘flatten the curve’. As I’m sure you are aware, students will be transitioning back to school in a phased approach. Year 7 will be back at school as of 18 May (Monday Week 4), Year 10 will be back 25 May (Monday Week 5), Year 8 and 9 will be back Tuesday 2 June.

For Week 4 when Year 7 students are physically at school, the online timetable will still be in use and Year 8-10 students will still have their regular video conferencing (Google Meet) sessions.

For Week 5 when Year 7 and Year 10 students are physically present at school, there will be no Google Meet sessions but there will be work set for Year 8 & 9 students to complete on their Google Classrooms. This will allow staff to prepare for the whole school to be physically present in classes in Week 6.

To reduce the risk of infection, the Directorate will be providing extra cleaning (especially surface cleaning), hand sanitiser for every staff member to take to classes, signage to remind us of social distancing of staff, and limiting events to reduce the number of adults in one room. Staff will also be reminding students to wash their hands regularly and practise good hygiene. If any parents feel that they still need to keep their children home due to the risk of COVID 19 infection, can you please fill out the Google Form by following this link https://bit.ly/3fCFqln Alternatively you can ring or email the school to let us know.

Lastly I’d like to thank the community for supporting us during this constantly changing time. Your words of support and appreciation were heart-warming and showed us that we were on the right track.

Yours Sincerely

Peter Radford

Principal

Mount Stromlo High School

Video Message - Term 2 Principal's Address 04.05.20

Transitioning Students Back to School

ACT Public Schools will return to face-to-face learning in a staged approach from 18 May. Click here for transition details provided by Katy Haire, Director General of the ACT Education Directorate.

The health and wellbeing of our school community is a priority. We will be taking steps to make sure our school is a safe environment for everyone. Please refer to advice from the ACT Chief Health Officer which will guide our approach.

Continuing Learning at Home

Please complete this form if your child will still be continuing Learning at Home. This data will help us plan accordingly. If you complete this form and your situation changes, you will still be able to send your child to school.