Dear Parents and Carers,
Thank you for continuing to work in partnership with our teachers and school in support of your child's learning during remote learning. A special thank you for the feedback about the success of the alternative learning day - screens down day - on Wednesday. We have loved hearing about the joy, connection, family time and communication that was enabled in your family. We have enjoyed seeing some of the great artistic, explorative, creative & imaginative experiences of our students. The day was proof that we don't need screens to be learning!
It is with pleasure that I can now announce the appointment of Mrs Val Sheahan to the substantive Assistant Principal position at St Patrick’s. We have been blessed with Mrs Sheahan’s leadership in the acting role this year and are delighted to have her joining the team into the future. Please join me in congratulating Val.
Kindness in COVID meals
Yesterday our wonderful and talented canteen convenor Leayra cooked up another storm of dinners for people in need in this covid lockdown time. This week the delicious dinners are chicken and vegetable curry. The parish and the Sapphire Community Pantry will again distribute meals to those in need. If you, or someone you know needs a cooked meal please email me email@example.com and I can put their name on the list for a meal next week or into the future.
A couple of years ago Jordan from YSafe came to St Patrick’s for staff, student and parent education into online safety. The YSafe organisation has offered us access to an online module ‘Communicating Safely Online, the module is 21minutes and worth watching alongside with your child / children. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXG5gv1ukWI
The Sudsy Challenge
How to Keep Your Child Independent During Remote Learning?
- Establish routines and expectations
It is important to develop good habits from the start. Create a flexible routine and talk about how it’s working over time. Chunk your days into predictable segments. Help students get up, get dressed and ready to learn at a reasonable time. Everybody make your bed! Keep normal bedtime routines, including normal rules for digital devices. Adjust schedules to meet everyone’s needs but don’t default to staying up late and sleeping in.
- Choose a good place to learn
Your family’s regular learning space for occasional homework might not work for extended periods. Set up a physical location that’s dedicated to school-focused activities. Make sure it is quiet, free from distractions and has a good internet connection. Make sure an adult monitors online learning. Keep doors open, and practice good digital safety.
- Stay in touch
Teachers will mainly be communicating regularly through our online platforms Seesaw and MS Teams. Make sure everyone knows how to find the help they need to be successful. Stay in contact with classroom teacher, support teachers and school leaders. If you have concerns, let someone know.
- Help students ‘own’ their learning
No one expects parents to be full-time teachers or to be educational and content matter experts. Provide support and encouragement, and expect your children to do their part. Struggling is allowed and encouraged! Don’t help too much. Becoming independent takes lots of practice.
- Begin and end the day by checking-in
In the morning, you might ask:
- What activities do you have to do today?
- Do you have any MS Teams meetings?
- How will you spend your time?
- What resources do you need?
- What can I do to help?
At the end of the day you might ask:
- How far did you get in your learning tasks today?
- What did you discover? What was hard?
- What could we do to make tomorrow better?
These brief grounding conversations matter. Checking in on students to process instructions they received from their teachers, and it helps them organise themselves and set priorities – older students too.
REMEMBER; Not all students thrive in distance learning; some struggle with too much independence or lack of structure. These check-in routines can help avoid later challenges and disappointments. They help students develop self-management and executive functioning that are essential skills for life.
DEAR PARENTS, THANKYOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILDREN AT THIS TIME
This year St Pat's celebrated Father's Day a little different. Students wrote about their heroes and why they love them! if you haven't already check out our video of all the responses on our Facebook Page.
From the Parish
21 – September (7:30pm-8:30pm) “The Parenting Children Course”
The Diocese of Broken Bay is offering a ten week ‘Parenting Children Course’ (via zoom) for parents of young children, seeking connection and support during lockdown while learning new skills. It’s fun, hopeful and designed to inspire confidence in your abilities as a parent.
Register at bit.ly/101_Parents or contact Emma.Baker@bbcatholic.org.au
Remote Learning Support
If you are looking for information or resources about how the St Pat's team can support your family during remote learning please check out the Remote Learning tab on our website or email Mrs Grant @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Just a reminder to reach out to people you know and a great time to check in with your children by asking this simple question....Are you OK?
Be YOU be TRUE
Thinking of you all and thankyou for your honest feedback as I attempt to give each of our St Pats families a "care" call.