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Brighton Grammar offering school holiday program kids can do during lockdown

By Jordy Atkinson, Bayside Leader

A Brighton school has come up with an innovative solution to give students — and parents — a break from lockdown holiday boredom.

Just because they’re stuck at home, doesn’t mean kids have to be bored thanks to a Brighton school’s innovative holiday program.

In a Victorian first, Brighton Grammar is offering an online program for students, with everything from science experiments using kitchen ingredients, to fitness bootcamps and videos to make practising your musical instrument fun.

Principle Ross Featherston said the school recognised students and parents might need help to stay engaged and interested during the break and the online program, Crowther’s Corner, was set up to address that.

The activities and resources, created by Brighton Grammar teachers, also includes tips on minding your mental health during lockdown.

The program follows the school’s successful distance learning model, which guided students to be self-motivated learners and built on the skills taught to students during in-class lessons.

Mr Featherston praised the school community for embracing online learning.

“We promised our community that we could deliver learning to the boys online and we did that most successfully,” he said.

“We wanted to continue the momentum by offering a distance learning holiday program to our students.

“Distance learning has further connected us as a community. It has strengthened our student voice and learning, improved teacher efficacy through our coaching program and allowed students to gain more personalised feedback from their teachers.”

The online holiday program runs until Thursday, April 9.

Mr Featherston said he was monitoring government advice on a return to school date for students in Term 2.


This article was originally published online via the Bayside Leader website on 31 March 2020, and in the Bayside Leader in print on Tuesday 7 April 2020.