SPC Learning @ Home - Student and Whānau Help Sheet

Please talk about this as a whānau so that together, you can make a plan for how you can effectively learn from home. We recommend that parents check with your son each day to ensure that he is completing the work that is set by his subject teachers.

We do expect all work set by our teachers to be done, unless the student is sick.

With the school closed and our whole community in isolation to avoid spreading the virus, students will be required to work at home and NOT work with or socialise with friends. Work will be provided for students by teachers this week, March 25-27.

For the remainder of this week our teachers will be available during normal school hours to support you with your learning. While you are learning at home your teachers will be using a range of communication methods and online platforms to support your ongoing learning.

From Monday 30 March until Tuesday 14 April the school will be officially closed for school holidays. As is normally the case during school holidays teachers will not be providing online learning during this period.

Term two commences on Wednesday 15 April after Easter. From April 15 teachers will continue to provide work for students through online learning until we are able to return to school.

 The main online platforms for St Patrick’s College Learning @ Home are Google classroom, Google Docs, Gmail, Hapara and Education Perfect. There are others and staff will notify students of these.

How Will This Work For Students

From April 15 teachers will provide you with online work regularly throughout each week and will provide feedback at least three times a week on work completed.

Teachers will be working online with many students so you will need to be patient with each other when waiting for individual responses.

The teachers will be available to support throughout the week and will post work on the platforms that they have identified to you.

You can email them on their school email address (first name.surname@stpats.school.nz) if you need support.

We recommend you adopt the following habits:

  1. Check your school email every morning - you will have updates from your teachers, in the form of emails, Google Classroom and other platform notifications. Make a plan for how you will manage your classes and write it down. Do not use personal email accounts.
  2. Create your own timetable for the day – we would recommend that you create a routine as you would normally on a school day, a schedule that has regular breaks and study time in manageable chunks.
  3. Set up a work space - Find a space at home that you can set up as a good work environment. Make sure that it is comfortable, well-lit and ventilated and somewhere you can work without distractions. You should work on a laptop or computer. Remember that your phone is too small for long periods of use and not recommended as a learning tool. Take regular breaks, drink water and eat good food.
  4. Have some fun - Make sure you have some variety in your day. Make space for exercise, creativity and device-free time!
  5. Find a support person - many of us need someone to hold us accountable and help us meet deadlines. Perhaps one of your parents/caregivers might check in with you to make sure you have a work plan, or maybe you and another student in your class could check in with each other. It is important to set up good work habits and set yourself up for managing screen time.
  6. Friend Time - think about a way you and your friends can catch up.  Try an online video call with your morning tea.
  7. Remember our school values - think about ways that you can show by keeping the faith and doing the MAHI as you navigate this new way of learning.

How Will It Work For Parents

To support home based learning, you could help your son with the following Learning @ Home habits:

  1. Ask him if he has checked his school email each morning.
  2. Ask him to share his daily timetable with you.
  3. Where possible, provide him with a quiet place to work.
  4. Make sure he has a support person. This is a new way of working for a large number of our community. The reality is that many of us, students and adults, need someone to ensure that we meet deadlines. A support person can be important to do this as well as managing screen time and helping establish good timetable habits.

This website also has some helpful tips to support students and parents with learning at home - https://study.com/academy/popular/learning-at-home-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic.html

We Are Here For Both Students and Parents/Caregivers
- If You Need Us We Can Support You

This is a rapidly changing situation for all of us, and it could be stressful and uncertain. We know that there is a huge amount of information online, not all of it is useful. Here at St Patrick’s College we are committed to supporting you during this time. Take care with what you read online. Remember to critique your sources just as you normally would.

We must all play our part to ensure the health and wellbeing of all in our local and wider community. Please ensure we all do the simple steps to help stop the spread of diseases like COVID-19:

  • Avoid close contact with people with cold or flu-like illnesses.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing.
  • Wash hands for at least 20 seconds with water and soap and dry them thoroughly:
    • before eating or handling food
    • after using the toilet
    • after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose.

These are challenging times for us all. Please remember that there is support available for you. Whether that be from staff, whānau or friends. As advertised last week this website https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/ includes wellbeing during COVID-19. The other service available is the 1737 help line that is available 24/7 by either free call or text with a trained counsellor.

For regular updates on COVID-19 you will find this information on the national website https://covid19.govt.nz/

We hope that this information will assist with your son’s Learning @ Home online.