Sunshine Coast school, St Andrew’s Anglican College, has developed a comprehensive online learning website, open to the community, to assist parents, students and teachers with the transition to online learning.
The website, which went live last week, is being updated daily with fresh content from the staff at St Andrew’s.
The site provides a wealth of resources, links, videos, help guides and much more, to help with both learning and wellbeing in these challenging times.
Principal Chris Ivey said that in developing this unique tool not just for the College’s students, but for families everywhere, he wanted to reassure the community that they were not alone.
“One of our core values is building connections so, despite the unusual situation we find ourselves in, we are committed to providing unique, engaging and broad educational opportunities for all our students, and those beyond our College,” Mr Ivey said.
“We are rising to the challenge and thinking differently about how we do things.
All students at St Andrew’s, from Prep to Year 12, have access to a device to enable them to continue learning at home and engage with their teachers and classmates via live conferencing and learning platforms.
In Primary School, Walker Learning, an approach that supports the need for children to be active participants in their learning and sits alongside formal instruction, is a crucial part of the way the school’s students learn each day. It is dynamic and integrated into all aspects of daily learning and activities.
This will continue in an online learning environment, with students live conferencing in work groups to complete tasks set by their teachers.
Other initiatives the College’s teachers are implementing include daily challenges from the Sport Department, with Food Technology students cooking meals for their families and private music tutorials.
Mr Ivey said that new ideas and learning styles are evolving every day.
“I am in awe of our dedicated teachers who have come up with some amazing ideas to keep our students engaged and learning online,” he said.
“We have started sharing these ideas on our website, and I encourage teachers across Queensland and Australia to jump onto our website and share what they are doing.
“We’re looking forward to seeing what our colleagues are coming up with.
“We are confident that we can provide our students with a strong, online teaching and learning experience and are committed to staying connected with our students and staff, as we all face challenges that we could never have imagined.”
St Andrew’s Anglican College is transitioning to online learning for all students.
The St Andrew’s Anglican College Online Learning website can be accessed via the College’s website homepage.