Keeping Education Going
Below is how to access our Home Learning Program at Kyilla, which will contain work for the first two weeks of school in Term 2. This has been prepared by teachers and Education Assistants in the past two weeks. At this stage, the State Government is still requesting that children remain at home if possible. Families will be emailed a copy of their child’s Home Learning Program at the end of the school holidays. A hard copy package will be available for parents to collect (this will have the plan plus printed resources).
Parents can collect their Home Learning Program from the Library according to the first letter of the family surname, please note the designated time. This will avoid queues of people and give the opportunity to keep a safe social distance. Families who have more than one child will have their packages bundled together. School photos will be with the packages.
Teachers will organise to contact families once per week (per child) to answer any questions and see how things are progressing. Parents or children (depending on their age) can email teachers, and teachers will be using Seesaw to check-in at the beginning of the day and check-out at the end of the day. Guidelines for parents and students will be sent out with the electronic copy of the Home Learning Program.
ABC Education Resources
The ABC has released a bunch of free educational content which could help parents who are trying to juggle work and kids learning at home. This could be a lifesaver when things get a bit tense, the wifi is slow and you just need the kids to watch some educational TV: https://education.abc.net.au/home#!/home
In some really exciting news, Alix R (Board member and parent) was successful in obtaining a grant for the second stage of the Early Childhood Playground. We are hoping to commence work on this during the school holidays. The second stage of the playground will consist of a bike path and a nature climbing trail.
Paying It Forward
As the economic and financial implications of COVID – 19 take hold, I know that we have families who are or will be experiencing financial distress. And we may have families who are in a position to help others out. Please be mindful of your neighbours and if you are in a position to assist please do so.
As there will be no school excursions for the near future, if parents would like their excursion charges refunded, please contact Sandra in the office. [email protected]
Foodbank is currently looking for donations, you can visit their website to either find information on donating or if you require assistance. Mondo Butchers are also organising food packs which can be delivered to someone in need: https://mcwlifelinewacarepack.com/
If you are experiencing financial stress, please visit: https://ndh.org.au/
And the following website has some really useful information to help cope with the stress and anxiety that is occurring for everyone right now: https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak
From the Deputy Principals
As we are entering a time when our students will be more digitally connected, it is important to keep informed and proactive when it comes to cyber security around your home. It is never too young to start teaching your child/ren about cyber safety. Remember that good habits start young.
Below is some advice from E-safety around maximising your control as a parent.
Update your software
An update is a new, improved or safer version of installed software (an operating system or application) on computers and mobile devices.
Use Parent Controls
Parental controls are software tools that allow you to monitor and limit what your child sees and does online.
They can be set up to do things like:
- Block your child from accessing specific websites, apps or functions (like using a device’s camera, or the ability to buy things).
- Filter different kinds of content — such as ‘adult’ or sexual content, content that may promote self-harm, eating disorders, violence, drugs, gambling, racism and terrorism.
- Allow you to monitor your child’s use of connected devices, with reports on the sites they visit and the apps they use, how often and for how long.
- Set time limits, blocking access after a set time.
If a device or program is shared by multiple members of your family, you should be able change the tool settings to reflect each user’s age and skills.
Use strong unique passphrases
Passwords are passé! Passphrases are the first line of defence for your accounts. Passphrases grant access to a computer, application or online service and are most effective when they are unique to a single account.
For more information, here is a link to the top 10 questions that parents have about online security.