Wednesday, 25 Mar 2020

WestMAC supports students to learn from home

Students and families of West Moreton Anglican College who have chosen to self-isolate during the COVID-19 pandemic are being well catered for with teachers working around the clock to support a blended learning model.

While the College has remained open for all students to attend each day as per the ongoing health advice regarding the pandemic, an increasing number of families have chosen to keep their students at home.

The College has taken a proactive approach and developed individual “Learn-From-Home” plans to allow students to keep learning during self-isolation.

Head of Junior School Kirsten Mullan said families had been very grateful for the extra support shown by teachers and the College.

“A number of families chose to self-isolate quite early on due to underlying medical conditions and we’ve been working hard to support those families and students to continue their learning.

“Our teachers are working extra hard in this new blended mode of learning and we are ready if there was to be any change to the health advice and a transition to a full learn-from-home model was required,” Ms Mullan said.

A WestMAC family who chose to self-isolate early on during the COVID-19 outbreak say they are grateful for the support of the College.

Julie Macdonald-Mall, whose daughter Shivawn is in Year 5, said the prospect of home-schooling was daunting but with the support of the classroom teacher and a framework now in place, things were going smoothly for her daughter.

“It’s been a wonderful time to bond with my daughter but daunting at the same time to think that I would now essentially be her teacher.

“We are very thankful that the classroom teacher has been fantastic and extremely helpful with any questions I’ve had along the way. It’s been nice to know I can go back to the teacher for clarification and while we know they are still teaching students in the normal classroom setting as well, the teacher has been very responsive,” Julie said.

WestMAC’s blended learning model will be communicated to parents.