Newman News Term 1 Week 10: From the Leader of Early Childhood

I wish to extend my thanks to our Early Childhood students and their families for the incredibly positive way that they embraced the remote learning tasks last week. Students produced some excellent work and their skills in delivering their work in new and creative ways was fantastic. The teachers across Marian Campus provided very positive feedback on the quality of work that students were completing and submitting. At an Early Childhood level, we appreciate that there are large amounts of parent support required for the children to effectively access the tasks. We generously thank parents for their time in balancing their children’s remote learning with their own work and home commitments.

As we reflect on the wonderful activities and learning that our students engaged in across Term 1, our teachers are excitedly planning for new learning experiences that will excite and engage our students during Term 2. The likelihood is, that teaching and learning will continue to be offered remotely for a period of time in Term 2. The teaching staff have been very busy throughout this week engaging in professional learning and discussing ways to make Early Childhood remote learning accessible, engaging and informative for our students, whilst holding firm to our play-based learning pedagogy. We are very lucky to have a team of dedicated, enthusiastic, committed and driven teachers who have worked, and continue to work incredibly hard to ensure that the learning that is offered to our students is of the very highest possible quality. I am very thankful for all their hard work over the past few weeks, as we have transitioned and prepared for their new mode of teaching.

I hope all families have an opportunity over the Easter break to relax and recuperate after a busy few weeks. As Catholics at Easter, we celebrate new life through Jesus’ Resurrection. This seems very fitting at the moment as we search for new ways of connecting with each other and our loved ones, and of making meaning in uncertain times. My prayer is that you stay safe and healthy over the Easter break, and experience lots of love and joy as you celebrate your Easter story for 2020. I look forward to reconnecting with our students and families when Term 2 commences.