Cromer Public School

Wisdom and Courage

Telephone02 9971 0499

Emailcromer-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Online learning from home

Learning from home

Increased connections between teachers and students to include video conferencing 

Thank you for all your support during these past few weeks of remote and flexible learning. We truly have appreciated your positivity, enthusiasm and ‘can do’ attitude.  

Implementing an online education requires many different phases. Thank you for your support and feedback as we have worked through our phases for teaching and learning from home. We’ve tried to make the phases a sustainable learning environment for the students, the staff and you as the supporting families doing the learning from home.  

As the leader of Cromer Public School, I am very proud of all the time, care and efforts that the staff have made in developing high quality learning tasks and connecting with their students. I’m also very proud of the students and how independent they have become in their learning supported by their amazing families and teachers. To you, the learning from home “teachers” of your children, you have always been your child’s teacher. Your children have learnt the wonderful qualities they have from your family values. Don’t try to replicate the school environment and experience, just be you, the person who is there to support your child in these challenging times; the person who they need reassurance from; the person who they connect and have fun with! Learning from home is not about being online all day! It’s about having a balance between online activities and wellbeing. 

As a strong committed community, we all knew that we needed to dig deep, work together and pace ourselves during this never ending pandemic. It’s been a long journey and I know we’re all trying to do our best! Everyone is becoming exhausted, frustrated and unmotivated the longer the pandemic goes on. It is for this reason that the school has been introducing new things and refining the school’s phases of Learning from Home over the past six weeks.  

To sustain this length of online learning, our plan has been to have the students comfortable with using the online platform Stile, keep them in a routine of learning and keep them motivated to complete their tasks. With the introduction of live video conferencing social connections organised and supported by the class parents over the past few weeks, this has also added to the connection with students. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the P&C and class parents for supporting the students in setting up these optional social connections. It has been greatly appreciated. 

The staff have spent hours attending online virtual training sessions regarding new tools and software programs which have enabled them to provide high quality lessons and meaningful activities, provide valued feedback to their students, embed voice and video messages to the students into the online platform either to say hello or explicitly explain/teach a concept, along with making individual phone calls to their students and their families to check in to see how they’re going and sending emails to follow up on any concerns that have been voiced.  

We believe that communicating in person is extremely valuable and this is why the teachers have been making personal phone calls to their students and families.  

Our next phase of flexible and remote learning to further increase the connections between teachers and students will be to introduce live social interactions with the students in Week 8. This will be launched with a virtual Book Week celebration. All students working from home will be asked to dress up either in a costume or mufti and be asked to join in with their class in the virtual Book Week celebration on their grade day. Those students needing to be at school in Week 8 will asked to come to school dressed up on Wednesday 1st September. 

After careful consideration of all video conference platforms, we have elected to use Zoom. It has proven to be much easier to operate for both students and teachers and is a platform that most parents would be familiar with. These weekly live video conferencing sessions will be through the online platform Zoom and be used as a social connection for the students, their class peers and their teacher. Unfortunately parents will be unable to attend these zoom meetings. 

These zoom meetings will not take the place of the explicit videos that the teachers have been developing and uploading on to Stile to explain the routine for the day and/or a lesson. Stile will still continue to be the online learning platform with Zoom becoming the live social connection with the teacher.  

The Department of Education (DoE) and Cromer Public School have taken a number of steps to ensure Zoom meetings conducted with Cromer Public School students are as safe and secure as possible. 

As we embark on this new journey, we can expect some technical difficulties and challenges along the way. We ask that you have patience with the process and also understand that many of our teachers are using this platform for the first time. Many teachers are also home schooling their own children and teaching their class at the same time. We are sure many of you are in the same situation, juggling home schooling with your own children and trying to manage your own work commitments, and will be understanding if the Zoom session sometimes does not always go to plan. 

These Zoom sessions are optional, not mandatory. Unfortunately, due to the fact that we need to cater for all grades, spread the sessions out across the days and cater to teachers’ other responsibilities, the session times are not flexible. We are also unable to record any Zoom sessions based on DoE policy, nor is any parent. 

We’re looking forward to moving forward in this next phase of remote and flexible learning and seeing the happy faces of our Cromer students. 

Student responsibilities during learning from home

These responsibilities should be adjusted according to the age of your child:

  • establishing and/or following a daily routine for learning
  • identifying a safe, comfortable, quiet space in their home where they can work effectively and successfully
  • regularly monitoring digital platforms and communication (O365, G-Suite for Education, Seesaw, Canvas, email, etc.) to check for announcements and feedback from teachers
  • completing tasks with integrity and academic honesty, doing their best work
  • doing their best to meet timelines, commitments, and due dates
  • communicating proactively with their teachers if they cannot meet deadlines or require additional support
  • collaborating and supporting their classmates in their learning
  • complying with the departments' Student use of digital devices and online services policy'
  • seeking out and communicating with school staff as different needs arise.