A Word from the Headmaster – Ross Featherston
This is the final week of distance learning for our Prep – Year 2 and Years 10 – 12 students. We are all looking forward to welcoming these boys back to on-site teaching and learning on Monday 25 May and Years 3 – 9 boys in the following week.
Tomorrow our teaching staff return to school to prepare for on-site teaching, with no distance learning or on-site student supervision planned for the day. It provides all Prep – Year 12 boys with the opportunity to spend the day off screen and recharge (maybe with exercise) so they feel energised as we launch into Term 2 once again on-site.
It is also timely for your son(s) to consider the simple routine of keep, stop, start and reflect on his distance learning experience and what has worked for him, what hasn’t and what opportunities he might want to explore on his return to school.
Once again, thank you for your patience during these challenging times. I encourage you to review the Return to School page on our website where you can find updated information for your son’s year level and important guidelines for parents and boys of what to expect when they return.
Please watch this week’s episode of On The Gate for another personal tour with a particular focus on our health and safety protocols that have been put in place in preparation for our return to on-site learning.
Have a good week.
A Word from the Deputy Headmaster, Head of Secondary School – Dr Rachel Horton
There is definitely a renewed enthusiasm in the boys that I have spoken to online this week as we prepare for our staged return to school. They are certainly aware that things will need to be a bit different at school for a while at least, but they are excited to see their friends and to get back into the classroom to learn.
As we transition back to onsite learning, there will be some challenges as boys, families and staff alike settle into new routines designed to safeguard our community. Although we are just past the mid-point of the term, the boys have not been on site for around 9-10 weeks so for some it will also feel like the start of a new term and it may take them a little time to adjust.
It will be important for the boys to re-establish routines and study habits, ensure they get enough sleep and have good exercise and eating habits. For advice on how to help your son with the return transition, I can recommend watching the Secondary School Pastoral Webinar, in particular the section from School Counsellor Naomi Tham.
I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you of our Return to School page. All the information on our procedures and protocols can be found here. Should you have any questions above and beyond this, please contact us.
‘In this Together’ – Reconciliation Week
In preparation for the boys’ return to school, Indigenous and Cultural Development Coordinator James Hilditch, School Captain Jack Clarkson and Prefect Jaikob Akinci held the first of many student forums on Tuesday 19 May.
Boys will be invited to be a part of the preparations for our Reconciliation Action Plan and the events of Reconciliation Week from 27 May to 3 June. Interested boys can find more resources under The Oak on the Hub and should contact James Hilditch to attend the next forum. Read the full article from Christian Neeson, Director of Co-curriculum.
The short video below outlines our planned celebrations for the week.
Director of Co-curriculum
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