Thank You – Jennifer Oaten

Thank you for your support during these difficult times. It is a tough time for all of us but I know we will come through this, even stronger, as a community.

My commitment to you is that your daughter’s education will continue. Our dedicated teaching team will be with your daughter on this journey.

It will be difficult for you at home, and our learning opportunities won’t be perfect, but our teachers will do their absolute best. Please be patient as we are also learning what works and what doesn’t.

Be patient with your daughter, it may take a little while for her to establish a routine, and each student will work differently. Some prefer to work in blocks of time while others will work to their timetable. They will need to try different routines.

I do not expect students will work all day every day. Our hope is to keep all our girls engaged with learning, ensuring they stay connected to our community, while supporting their wellbeing.

We will also endeavour to provide learning opportunities that do not require students to be online. You may be asked to be involved: taking on a part, in a play or a dance routine, sharing your opinions or artistic ideas, or perhaps hosting a family book club. We can all learn together.

My 6 suggestions for parents at this time are:

  • Set up a study space for your daughter, preferably not in her bedroom. A couple of different spaces she can move between may be helpful.
  • Assist your daughters to set up a routine for the day with set times for breaks, exercise and other activities. This could be different each day.
  • Check in each morning to see what your daughter aims to achieve, and at the end of the day to understand what has been completed, what went well and what was challenging.
  • Encourage her to connect with friends each day, to ask questions and to share tips about learning, but ensure you establish rules, on the use of social media.
  • Encourage offline activities every day, especially exercise and assisting at home.
  • Keep in touch with our staff if your daughter is having difficulties with learning, with IT, or with managing at home.

We are some of the most fortunate in our community so let us reach out and support others. Let us offer prayers for all health care workers, the vulnerable, those making decisions and for all those in our Santa Maria College community.

God Bless

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