Learning at Home Links
The most important focus during the ‘Learning at Home’ time, will be that your daughter remains connected and engaged with the College. We expect that all students will be able to demonstrate progression in their learning, but this will differ for each of your daughters, depending on their own circumstances.
Your daughter’s physical and mental health is more important than anything else.
We are aware that some:
- students are going to be anxious with the changes to learning at this time.
- students will have family members or friends who may be diagnosed with COVID-19.
- families will have parent/guardians who are unemployed.
- students and families will not have the access to internet technology all the time.
- students will have limited parent/guardian supervision or may be required to assist with other family members – siblings, grandparents, etc.
- Attendance will be marked for all lessons.
- Student absentee procedures
- During the ‘Learning at Home’ time, SMS messages will not be sent daily. Contact will only be made after a period of regular absence, when there has been no notification.
Essential Workers – Student supervision will continue to be available for Brigidine College Year 7 – 9 students, who have parent/guardians who are essential workers, unless the Government indicates any changes.
- Please complete the Form, only if your daughter requires supervision.
- If your arrangements need to change, please contact the Student Absentees.
If there are other exceptional circumstances where your daughter(s) need to be supervised, please email your daughter’s Pastoral Leader to discuss.
Preparing for Learning at Home
The College will continue to deliver the academic curriculum.
The information below provides information to assist students and parents while students are ‘Learning at Home’.
- Students should have a dedicated space, which is quiet and free from distraction.
- Ideally, students should not be working from their bedroom, but understand this may not be possible, if there are multiple people in the household working from home.
- Ensure mobile phone does not distract your learning.
- Students should be prepared with all required materials for their lessons for the day.
- Whilst online, students are required to wear Brigidine approved uniforms e.g. dress, sports uniform, jersey, hoodies, cocurricular shirts etc.
- Students and parents need to be mindful of the Acceptable Use of Devices information
- Report any misuse of devices to the College and seek pastoral care where required.
- Unacceptable use of devices may lead to criminal offences, which is outlined below.
College platforms such as SEQTA and Teams are not to be used for social communication between students.
- Lessons will continue for all subjects including Formation and Tutorials (Year 11 & 12).
- The only exception is Study lessons for Year 11 & 12.
- Teachers will connect with students, only from the College endorsed platforms:
- SEQTA – Direqt Message and Forums
- Microsoft Office – Outlook, Team Chat, Team Meetings
- Work and direction for students will be available in SEQTA and resources will be available from a range of platforms including Class OneNotes, Textbooks, Worksheets, Media files, Education Perfect, websites etc
- The College would recommend that students not use video in any class and Home Room meetings, unless requested to have them on by the teacher. Teachers may encourage this at the start of lessons.
- If students or parents/guardians would prefer not to use video at any time, teachers will understand the reasons.
- If students are having difficulty with internet connections, it would be recommended to switch off video, due to the amount of data and bandwidth that video can take up.
Managing the Daily Timetable
- Students will work from their regular timetable, which has been adjusted slightly – Daily Plan
- Students should check both Direqt Message and emails daily.
- All notifications from Microsoft Teams will be sent directly to Outlook.
- Students may contact teachers via Direqt Message.
- Weekly work and guidelines will be given to students each week.
- A Direqt Message will be sent to students and parent/guardians at the beginning of the week.
- Teachers will be online at scheduled Home Room and class times to check in with students, answer questions, provide further direction, or at times explicit teaching.
- If a teacher is unavailable for a lesson due to absence, students will be notified of this, and will continue with work that has been set for the week.
- Students are expected to be online for Home Room and all lessons, unless a parent/guardian has contacted the College to indicate a student absence.
Managing Learning at Home
It is recommended that parents/guardians play an important role in supporting learning at home. These include:
- Parents/guardians to supplement what teachers do, not to replace them.
- Parents/guardians to help children develop independent learning skills and manage their own learning.
The focus is on helping your child in their readiness for learning, ensuring they are prepared and focused for the lesson.
Importantly, parents/guardians aren’t expected to deliver material or content.
In a home-supported learning environment readiness to learn includes:
- Support children to create regular routines and learning habits;
- Ensure a quiet space free from distractions, setting aside materials that they don’t need for learning e.g. mobile phone;
- Laptop with adequate internet and video to interact with teacher and class;
- Stationery items required for that lesson, including pen, paper and calculator.
Show trust and confidence in your daughter’s capacity to become stronger, more resilient and more independent through this experience of online learning.
Understand that the transition to online will be one of trial-and-error for parents, teachers and students. Patience and communication will be important.
Consider what is a reasonable timetable for your daughter (particularly for students in Year 7 – 9). Their physical and mental wellbeing is more important than their academic progress, during this time.
- Younger students may struggle to be in an online learning environment all day, so there may be occasions where you decide for her not to be online.
- It is okay for you to make decisions that are best for your daughter, if there are occasions where she does not attend all lessons during the day, if this assists her wellbeing.
- If you do make the decision for her not to attend any classes, please contact Student Absentees, who will ensure that all teachers are made aware of the reason.
Parents/guardians are encouraged to have their daughter liaise with their teachers through DM, rather than emailing individual teachers.
The following link provides evidence-based research on Key learning concepts for parents to be effective partners in home-supported learning – Evidence for Learning
What will happen if my child’s teacher is unwell or a vulnerable worker?
The College will manage staffing allocations as they normally do. If a teacher is unwell or unable to attend school due to their own health reasons the College will engage supply teachers as required.
Will there be access to support for student wellbeing?
Yes. The College staff will continue to be alert to the needs of students as we return to school. If parents are particularly concerned about their child’s wellbeing, they should contact their daughter’s Home Room teacher.