Update: 27-03-2020

Updated: May 4, 2020

Dear Parents,

We have come a long way this week with our changing world and the new way of conducting classes and at school and remotely.  As we are writing this email, the Prime Minister and the NSW Premier are working through the next stages to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our teachers have been working extra hard this week providing online material and continue to work towards strengthening our online platforms.

We’ve had some positive feedback regarding the lessons that have been provided however we understand that the students need explicit teaching as part of their learning and face to face interaction.

As of next week, we will be rolling out Microsoft Teams which is the platform that our IT department has been working on for face to face contact with our students.  This is to be used in conjunction with their current program. As with anything new we may experience some difficulties, so we ask for your patience as we move towards this platform to connect better with our students.  On Tuesday we will begin with our Years 5-11 students logging in to Microsoft Teams. Students will be sent an email from their class teacher.  They will need to click on the link to access their class. Initially Years 7 to 11 will be set up with meetings for each period according to the Middle School Timetable and Years 5 and 6 will begin with one class per day. For our Juniors, we expect that students will be set up with an email address to use Microsoft Teams by the end of next week (Junior parents will be sent the details for their child/ren separately. They will need assistance with the sign in)

We have attached two documents that need to be shared with your child/ren regarding the parent and student responsibilities while remote learning.  Due to child protection and to assist with school routine, it is the expectation that the students wear their school uniform or sport uniform whilst participating in face to face lessons. Students who do not log in to the face to face lessons and who do not complete tasks as per the attached document will be marked as absent which will affect their attendance.  If your child is sick and cannot complete their schoolwork or attend online classes, please send an email to their homeroom teacher so they can be marked on the roll as sick.  All students who are working remotely or on campus will be marked present.

We appreciate all the hard work you are doing as parents.  We will be sending feedback forms each Thursday so we can continue to improve our remote learning program.

We wish you a happy and safe weekend.

Kind regards,

Michelle Streatfeild PRINCIPAL  Wahroonga Adventist School O (02) 9487 2100      W wahroonga.adventist.edu.au 181 Fox Valley Road, Wahroonga NSW, 2076 Nurture for today. Learning for tomorrow. Character for eternity

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