It was wonderful to see the senior students on site today and we have spent time catching up and welcoming students back to school. Today we had 94% of Year 11 students and 85% of Year 12 students with us, which on day one is terrific. We will contact those not with us to increase those rates significantly over the next few days.
Well done on everyone’s work at home and in talking to students throughout the day, there is appreciation for support of families at home mixed with some relief to be able to come back to the familiarity of school.
Today we have spoken with many students and looked at the combination of being at school with the teacher working from home and I am pleased to say that via OneNote, email and Microsoft Teams, today’s online at school learning has been productive. The issues of using the current Zoom platform and having student lessons hacked with inappropriate material (multiple times across Qld now) continues to see us avoid this system (rated by DoE as High Risk), though there is some suggestion that a school approved Zoom platform may soon be emerging.
Our access to online learning platforms continues to change each week and our priority goal is to provide immediate access for students to better platform options. Two weeks ago, we secured an increased connectivity onsite that has significantly improved the ability of our teachers to work online and I must publicly acknowledge the work of our Tech Team and IT Manager Mr Matt Holz for overseeing these improvements.
On Friday of this week we will again review the week to see where we can improve learning for our students and teaching for our teachers. Thank you again for your patience and partnership in these unprecedented times.
Please remain vigilant in this COVID-19 space and thank you for your support.