Community Update – 7 April 2020

Dear Families

We continue to be encouraged by the positive and caring outlook of all those in our community, while we adapt to the changing world around us. The indelible human spirit for creativity, laughter and joy has been clear to see, with incredibly creative people sharing their humorous, artistic and poignant reflections on our current predicament, across many different social networks. Memes and video mashups notwithstanding, the somber statistics on the nightly news reminds us to not become complacent, and remain diligent with the steps taken to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Plans for Term 2
The commencement of Term 2 on Wednesday 15 April will look a little different than normal, with the delivery of a home-based, remote learning model for our Prep – Year 12 students for the foreseeable future. Towards the end of Term 2 we will reassess the advice and recommendations from health and government officials and advise our community of any updates or changes to our plans.

The Early Learning Centre and OHSC will continue to operate a normal program on-site, commencing from Wednesday 15 April. The direct advice from the Victorian State Government in relation to Early Learning is that childcare and Early Learning Centres are considered essential services.

We are conscious that a number of parents will be considered essential workers, or are not in a position to facilitate a home-based learning model. These families are able to physically send their children to attend the College each day, where they will be appropriately supervised while receiving the same online learning delivered to those students who are at home. Public buses will run to their normal timetable, while at this stage the College charter bus service will not be operating. We have not confirmed if our Three Leaves Café (canteen) service will be open, and will update students and staff regarding this service once we receive more advice.

We will be asking families to complete a short survey/form indicating what arrangements will be needed for their children at the commencement of Term 2. Parents or caregivers will receive an email in the next hour or so, requesting the completion of a form. Please complete this from by Wednesday 8 April 5.00pm. If your plans change between completing this form, and next Wednesday 15 April, please contact the Director of Junior School (cmarshall@elthamcollege.vic.edu.au), or Director of Senior School (mpobjoy@elthamcollege.vic.edu.au), as appropriate.

We have continued to refine our home-based learning delivery over the break and while we are conscious it won’t all be smooth sailing, everyone is keen to get stuck into the new term with renewed energy and enthusiasm. The staff are to be commended for their dedication and ability to adapt, learn, and explore new modes of delivery in a fast paced and dynamic environment. We are very proud of all their efforts.

Remote Learning Hub
To support remote home-based learning in Term 2, we have created a Remote Learning Hub, located on the College website. Please use the following link to access the information Remote Learning Hub. We are asking parents and children to please familiarise themselves with the information and instructions relevant to them, by selecting the appropriate areas on each page. These pages will develop further as we expand on our remote learning model. Look out for updates on a regular basis.

We will continue to keep you informed of any further developments as they arise and hope you remain safe, optimistic and confident in the measures being taken to protect our community during these unexpected times.

Sincerely

Simon Le Plastrier
Principal | ELTHAM College
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