Academic Focus

Welcome to the final term of the 2021 academic year! I trust your families have enjoyed the term break and are looking forward with anticipation to the many good things that are now before us.

While we will continue remote learning for the next two weeks, we are thrilled to be preparing for return to face to face learning from Week 4. So many insights have emerged from the term away from campus, and one of them is most definitely the fact that schools operate most successfully when we can be together. As I wrote at the end of last term, we are immensely proud of the way in which our students took up the responsibilities of learning in remote mode, but we are eager to reconnect with the interactions possible when we are together in a classroom.

As emphasised in the recent communication about return to school, face to face attendance is expected from Week 4. However, the School recognises that some students may need to learn remotely for limited periods of time. A protocol to provide remote access to classroom learning has therefore been developed. This protocol does not provide the same experience as when the whole school was operating in remote mode; it is, rather, a way for students to be connected to the lesson that is being delivered face to face in the classroom at times when they cannot be at school. The protocol was linked within this week’s return to school communication and is also available here.

The Year 10 2021 Term 4 bridging programme was launched this week with the first Independent Project workshop delivered online. We are delighted that 128 students have taken up this opportunity, supported by 15 staff mentors. Yesterday afternoon began the ideation phase of the investigations – and staff leading the workshop were incredibly impressed with the engagement, creativity and depth of ideas emerging from the first session. Congratulations Year 10!

Next week, the Tuesday and Thursday afternoon primer programmes for CAS, TOK and HSC Extensions will begin. These courses will be delivered online for the duration of the term, from 2.00pm each sport afternoon. They are accessed from the Year 10 Term 4 Canvas course. Students enrolled in these courses will receive regular communication via the Canvas Announcements and must ensure they monitor these announcements carefully.

Once again, may I offer my sincere welcome to the term and warm invitation to contact the Curriculum Office if we can be of any assistance at all in supporting your son’s ongoing learning growth through his Term 4 programme of study.

Deborah Williams | Academic Dean

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