|22 Oct 2021|
There is much excitement and anticipation about the return to school on Monday for both students in Years 5-11 and staff.
Learning from home during lockdown enhanced students’ autonomy in many ways and added a greater degree of flexibility to how they organised their everyday life. As we transition back to school, the change in flexibility afforded by learning from home is going to require time and patience for students to adjust. Peer dynamics and teacher-student relationships will take time to re-establish and resume their familiar patterns. While these relationships have been maintained during remote learning, it is different when we are together at school after a long time away from each other.
Our whole school approach will address the transition back to school in a range of interactive ways in class time and pastoral time to ensure we harness and hear about the girl’s experiences, and evolving independence, during remote learning. What we do know is that our students are naturally curious and very keen to learn and we look forward to the busy, vibrant noises of student life that make our school hum. Our focus themes for our return activities are: hope, gratitude, connectedness and self-efficacy. We ask that you support your daughter/s in being proactive in preparing themselves for a successful return to school, as we know this will alleviate stress levels and support their independence and sense of achievement.
As you would know, our School policy is that mobile phones are switched off and placed in lockers between 8.20am and 3.15pm. Mobile phones that are confiscated can be collected at the end of the day after a conversation with one of the Deans of Pastoral Care. Repeated confiscations result in detentions after school and/or further consequences.
Please be aware that smartwatches are only to be used for the time function only, and may be confiscated if used for any other function such as communication. All distracting features of smartwatches or wearable devices must be switched off during school hours. Use of Silent, DoNotDisturb, SchoolTime and Focus modes is expected. The camera, video and / or audio recording capabilities of mobile phones, smart phones and other smart wearable devices are not permitted to be used at school or at a school event unless permitted, upon request, by a staff member. Please be aware of this information in making the choice to allow your daughter to wear a smartwatch to school. Remind them to treat their smartwatch like a standard watch during the school day.
Mrs Marysa Boland and Mr Justin Madigan
Deans of Pastoral Care
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