Over the course of the last fortnight, I’ve sent out a number of messages and had many conversations with our Senior School students and families, and I have been consistently impressed by the understanding and flexibility of the all students throughout this time. I hope our Senior School students have spent this week resting and allowing themselves space to relax and process everything that has been going on.
I understand there has been concern and apprehension around the prospect of missing classes, SACs, and exams. Please rest assured that our teaching staff have been working very hard to ensure the impact on your learning is minimal. The nature of this situation means that we are not the only school affected; there are students all across Victoria, and Australia, who are in a similar position and who share your concerns. At Braemar, we are committed to providing an effective remote learning program – including various digital platforms and online resources – that will allow us to continue teaching throughout the year, even in the event that isolation and school closures continue. Our Year 12 students have been contacted separately, but the message to remain positive and committed to learning and study is the same throughout all senior years. An update regarding VCE from VCAA has been shared later in this issue of the Buzz.
If you have any specific concerns, please get in touch with myself or your child’s subject teacher.
I urge all students and their families to maintain positive mental and physical health throughout the break. Wherever possible, I hope you can:
- stay active – get outside safely, get fresh air, enjoy our autumn weather;
- stay in touch – connect with your friends and extended family virtually, it’s important to stay connected despite being physically isolated;
- stay alert – read books, play games, solve puzzles; and
- stay calm – allow yourselves time to rest.
Head of Senior School