Supporting your child with the Return to School
What we have learned in responding to this pandemic is the social value of schools as communities and now together we are about to embark on the staged transition back to school.
We have included Andrew Fuller’s resource: reflecting on our next transition during COVID-19, as we all adapt (again) back into in-school learning.
Key take aways, from our perspective, are:
We have all been through incredible alterations of lifestyles
There needs to be a clear understanding that we intend to keep everyone safe – this is a health issue and we are all in this together
‘Limbering up for learning’ will involve rekindling friendships, warm-up our curiosity and stretching our imaginations. We will all need a few practice runs before we feel we can safely regain our full stride
Take it slow and make it fun
The well-being of our students will be in the forefront of our minds as we return to school next week. Teachers will be using a range of resources to support their reflection, celebration and understanding of what we have all been going through.
Classroom teachers will share useful tips with you on how to support your child with the return to school via the daily task Compass posts.
In addition, the following resources are recommended by the DET to support this transition from home.
Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800 or kidshelp.com.au
headspace: 1800 650 890 or eheadspace.org.au
Resources designed for students
ReachOut: coping during the coronavirus
headspace: How to cope with stress related to Novel Coronavirus
Other resources for support students
Be You – COVID19: supporting educators, children and young people
ReachOut – Deal with bad world news resource
Lifeline – Mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak
Beyondblue – Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak
World Health Organisation – Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak
World Health Organisation – Helping Children cope with stress during the COVID-19 Outbreak
Centres for Disease Control – Manage Anxiety and Stress
Centres for Disease Control – Helping children cope with Emergencies
Many thanks to those who completed our survey – we had a fairly even representation from all our grades P-6, which has helped us gain a whole school perspective. Here is some initial data
Greatest Successes included …
Children have become more used to it, continued self-time management
Video teaching, Zoom meetings, Small group learning
Completing tasks independently and at their own pace
Maths, Inquiry Assignments, Singing
We have survived another week, this one with no tears.
Getting insight into the way my child learns
Some challenges were centred around …
Pressure felt to complete all tasks each day
Time to access the Specialist program
Parent-Teacher feedback and progress
Getting the right level of chellening work
Standard of work produced
Giving the required time when working full time
Maintaining focus, minimising distraction
2021 Enrolments are Open
Our enrolments for families in 2021 have opened, unfortunately due to current circumstances we have had to postpone our advertised School Tours until Term 3. Feel free to download the enrolment form which is available on our website
https://www.brightonbeachps.vic.edu.au/enrolment and email it to Benita.Danckert@education.vic.gov.au
All enquires welcome via email - firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning the office on 9591 0888.
TheirCare will be open on Monday the 25th of May 2020 from 7:00am to 6:15pm (Pupil Free Day). Breakfast and afternoon tea will be provided, but please make sure that you pack a morning snack and lunch. Bookings for the Pupil Free Day, Monday the 25th of May 2020, need to be done through the TheirCare Parent Portal”.
Hope you enjoy the amazing iNewsletter that the wonderful Benita has sourced for our school whilst she worked from home. Personally we think she deserves a pay rise. (This is what happens when Bev and Kim don't proof read it)