[email protected] - Information for Parents & Caregivers
As we continue with students away from school (Alert Level 4 and 3), we will move into a more structured format for [email protected], based on what we did (successfully) in 2020 for lockdown. The key components are:
- The 'school day' will be the same as the normal school day, with 5 periods per day, and includes a lunchtime, but not an interval
- Each period will be shorter - 45mins, so the day will start at 9am and finish at 2.30pm.
- Year levels will have Ako Time on the days shown
- Teachers will NOT be teaching every period. Instead, they will be scheduling Google Meet times (contact times) with their classes, where they will expect all students to log in at the start of that period with the rest of the class. This is a time where teachers will be available for that whole period to check in with their class, answer questions, provide feedback, organise small groups to work with etc. Depending on what the teacher requires, students may not necessarily be in the Google Meet time for the full period.
- Teachers will have ONE or TWO periods in the week where they will be available for 'contact time' based on the following:
- ONE period per week for classes of 3 or fewer period (Junior options, PE/Health)
- TWO periods per week for classes of 4 periods
- For a Year 9 student, they will have two Google Meets for each of English, Maths, Science, Social Studies, and one for each of PE, Health and their two options - a total of 12 Google meets over the course of the week.
- The great benefit of [email protected] is that it allows flexibility and helps develop students' self-management skills. Students will be able to complete their learning tasks at any time during the week - they could stick to the timetable, work only in the afternoons, schedule their learning around family activities etc, as long as they are signing in at the start of their Google Meet times with their classroom teachers. They can even sleep in (but have to be at the Ako Time meeting with teachers.
- Students will have a modified programme of learning, depending on the subject and the year level. Some areas are much easier to work on at home, others eg practical subjects, are more challenging. Therefore what students are doing may look very different from what they would otherwise do at school.
- All students have been given access to the Google Classroom for each subject, and many have been working using the Classroom all year. Teachers will give the learning for the week - instructions, resources, links etc - in these Google Classrooms.
- To help parents and caregivers understand what their students are doing (should be doing!), we will make available the Learning Plans for every subject for the week. These can be found on the Learning Plans page on the website, and will be available on the Monday of each week that we are [email protected] (Learning Plans for the week Monday 23 August - Friday 27 August will be available after 10am, Monday 23 August.)
- When we move from Alert Level 4 to Level 3, there may be opportunities for students to uplift further resources and materials from school. We will let you know.
- Ako Time will be held once a week for 30 mins at the start of the day (9am - 9.30am). Students are expected to attend this. (See the timetable above for days of Year Level meetings.
- This is a key part of the programme, allowing Ako Teachers to check and connect with their students, and continue to allow students to connect with others in their Ako class.
- Deans and Heads of Years will also join Ako Times.
If you have any questions at any time, please contact your child's teacher, Ako teacher, Dean or Head of Year.