Seymour College adapting to COVID-19 restrictions

By David Rak

While the start of term three has been less than ideal, Seymour College has rallied to keep the curriculum flowing.

The primary campus has about 20 onsite learners each day, with students provided work to complete that mirrors the work provided for each child if they opt to learn from home.

“Our teachers will continue to contact students every day in various ways, whether it be by WebEx, emails or phone calls for all students remote learning,” primary assistant principal Dean Bush said.

“This will again enable teachers to provide support for set work and to check in with students to assist them in these uncertain times.

“Work packs for our students are again sent out weekly. These packs are designed to support students at their point of need and include links for supportive educational online resources like reading eggs.

“Teachers are also utilising online tools like YouTube to deliver lessons online to support students and parents with accessing the curriculum.

“I feel that since we have already been through one remote learning period, this is becoming a lot more refined and targeted. Teachers are creating more YouTube clips to support children and families during this period.

“All student will receive a hard copy work pack across the college, as well as learning tasks on Compass. This is to ensure that all students can access learning no matter the situation.”

The secondary campus saw the return of VCE, VCAL and Year 10 fast-track students.

Year 7 to 12 assistant principal Derek Rimes said attendance had been excellent, with students being met by staff for temperature checking, hand sanitising and a meet and greet each morning.

“Classes are running for Year 11 students in the new learning building and Year 12 are timetabled into the VCE centre,” he said.

“The two buildings along with specialist rooms are working well to best utilise our spaces and maintain distancing for both staff and students.

“The system appears to be working well in getting students both on and offsite and managing them throughout the day.

“A big positive are the new pathways that have been put in place and this is making accessibility and traffic flows throughout the school move much more freely.

“On July 20 the year 7-10 students returned to remote learning with work packs being sent out and support through Compass and Learning Tasks.”

Mr Rimes said home group teachers had been allocated across form groups and teachers would be touching base daily to do roll check-ins and provide support to students.

“This current remote period will also see the increased use of Webex sessions which previously were run at the senior school level,” he said.

“At the end of term two we visited St Mary’s College and received very positive feedback from students in terms of enrolments for 2021 into our VCE program.

“This is a clear reflection on the quality of teaching staff and the program we run and this is being recognised within the local community.

“It has been and will continue to be a challenging year for all, but our focus will always be on providing the best possible outcomes for our students.”

Inclusive education students have responded well to all the safety measures and most students are coping with staff wearing masks.

“Staff are reviewing the assessment documents they use and creating Snap Shot sheets that cater to their learners,” inclusive education assistant principal Racheal Broughton said.

“Teachers will continue to have one-on-one planning sessions and will be regularly reviewing data and anecdotal notes to ensure we are teaching to the needs of students.”