All of the staff at ELTHAM College will miss seeing your bright smiling faces every morning! We look forward to video check-ins when we can catch up with all of the exciting things that you have been doing at home. The staff have created wonderful lesson plans with open ended tasks that can be completed in a home setting. With this in mind, we have a few pointers that will help you make the most of your Remote Learning:
Teaching and Learning
Students are asked to check the News feed on their Learning Advisor’s (LA) page for information each morning. To access your LA page, follow the links from the Junior School mE home to your Neighbourhood and then click on the large yellow ‘Remote Learning’ button. This will bring up each LA within your Neighbourhood.
During the first week, LAs will post a video message for you each day at 8.45am. This will outline what will be covered in your learning that day.
For second and ongoing weeks, LAs will post you a video in the News feed on Monday at 8.45am. They will still post daily work, including videos, to help you complete the tasks to the best of your ability.
Specialist and Module teachers will post in the LA News feed on the same day that they would usually teach you at school. For example; if you have Art on a Monday, then Mel Klein will add what she would like you to do to your LA News feed on that day.
You are expected to complete the work set each day. Don’t forget that the work is for you to complete, not a parent or guardian on a child’s behalf.
If you are unable to progress with a particular task and are awaiting clarification from a teacher, you are encouraged to move on to other work that has been set for that day.
Any suggested timetables are flexible but work should be completed and uploaded as per expectations.
You will be given a time to meet virtually with your LA in small groups. If a time that you have been allocated does not suit your family, we encourage you to contact your LA to reschedule. We will be looking forward to catching up with you all and don’t want anyone to miss out!
Wellbeing while working remotely is of utmost importance. You need to ensure that you look after yourself and your family and make the most of the special extra time with them.
We encourage you to set up a learning space at home where you can work without distractions but still be observed. This will assist you to be focused on your work. Bedrooms are generally not an appropriate place for longer periods of learning as they train your brain to think of them of a place of work and not sleep, which can make it hard to get a good night’s rest.
A daily routine can be beneficial to help maintain a sense of normality while working remotely. We suggest that you create a family routine to help you complete school work, practice important things like mindfulness and still enjoy time playing inside and outdoors.
It is important that you dress appropriately. You should have clean teeth and be wearing comfortable clothing that would be appropriate at school on a normal learning day. If you prefer to wear your school uniform you can, however pyjamas/sleepwear is not appropriate. If you are physically attending the College, you should wear your PE Uniform.
Screentime should be limited to 30 minute blocks. You need to ensure you take plenty of movement breaks and train your eyes on things at different distances from you.
Exercise and creative non-structured play are incredibly important for your wellbeing. Please ensure that you build this into your routine and have fun!
Spending a lot of time with the same people in the same location can sometimes be difficult. Having time alone is therefore important for your wellbeing. Curling up with a book or spending some time playing by yourself with your toys can help significantly.
We encourage you to take time to do activities that you enjoy with your family. It might be cooking, playing board games, reading together or doing a jigsaw.
Staff will be available for consultations regarding learning expectations and outcomes during normal school hours (8.15am – 4.00pm) and will respond to queries as soon as possible.