Newsletter 19th August 2020

Issue 17

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Principal Report

19th August 
A very big thank you to all students and staff for the work that has taken place during the first full week of remote learning.

Our school staff and leadership team understand the challenges remote learning provides and I would encourage families to maintain regular contact with staff and leadership to assist.  Stronger Together is a key mindset that we are encouraging all of our school community members to adopt during these changing and unusual times.  By working together and caring and respecting each other we will not only get through these challenging times but also ensure that we continue to deliver positive results to our students.

Flexible & Remote Learning 2.0

Over the last 10 days we have been in flexible and remote learning (FRL) mode and it has been great to see an increasing number of students engaging with their learning via Google Classroom, WebEx and where required, hard copies of work.  Our teachers have been working around the clock to ensure that learning is engaging and meaningful for our students.  This will continue to include regular reflection on what students are undertaking, their progress and the next steps in learning. 

For our teachers, this is only possible when students engage in their learning as a two way process.  As such, we are asking all students (some with very explicit support from their parents) to actively engage in the learning opportunities in front of them.  This might mean speaking up and joining the conversation in a WebEx session, it might mean asking questions in the Google Classroom or it may mean sharing work samples before their final product is submitted.  All of these actions by our students engage them with their learning and allow our teachers to modify and adapt their planning to meet students at their point of need.  Again, by working together, we can be Stronger Together and ensure that all students experience continuity of their learning.

One of our important learnings from the FRL 1.0 was the need to keep parents regularly informed about student progress.  In order to support this in Term 3, we will be issuing all students with two interim reports, one at the end of Week 7 (28th August) and the other at the end of Week 10 (18th September).  We envisage that this inclusion will assist parents in supporting their children with flexible and remote learning.  Our Flexible and Remote Learning Rubric will also be released shortly to parents and this document outlines the key reporting areas and behaviours that parents can assist us to influence in their children.

Health & Wellbeing

As a school community we know and understand that the current situation can have an impact on one’s health and wellbeing.  We would like to take this opportunity to remind our school community that we have a wonderful and resourceful school Wellbeing Team here to support students and families.  In the last week we have had a staffing change within the team, with Amitpal Kaur joining us as a Student Counsellor and Sarah Thomson leaving the team.  On behalf of our students, families and staff I would like to welcome Amitpal to our team and equally wish Sarah every success in her new endeavours.

For most of this year, families have been navigating the ups and downs of a new reality involving remote learning, working from home and lots of family time. Young people may find this second lockdown more challenging than the first with many mental health professionals concerned about an increase in youth anxiety, depression and substance abuse. Adult carers are encouraged to take the lead by being pro-active in creating a scenario where everyone at home can be less anxious and better organised. As a family, it is important to focus on what worked, and what didn't work, last time.

Adult carers may see this as an opportunity to teach their kids the skills required to manage uncertainty in order to become more resilient. Communication will be key – finding out what they know, understanding what they need to feel safe and helping them focus on the things they can control.

Please consider, if you or a family member is struggling, consulting a medical professional.

Support is available through Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or via the website www.kidshelpline.com.au

Alternatively, contact the Beyond Blue Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service on 1800 51 23 48 or go to the website www.coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au

Expressing Gratitude

It is well known that expressing gratitude is a great way to support mindfulness, our own health and wellbeing and also brings a smile to those around us.  I would like to encourage students, parents and carers to take the opportunity to express their gratitude to our staff members at Wangaratta High School.  This could be via a phone call/message or an email to the staff member on our COMPASS system.  Please take the opportunity to recognise the great work that our staff are undertaking during these changing times.

Stay safe, stay healthy and we look forward to seeing you all back on site as soon as possible.

Bradley Moyle
Principal

Science Week 2020

Take part in an escape room to celebrate Science Week 2020! Deep Blue: Innovation for the Future of our Oceans is the school theme for National Science Week in 2020.

Science Week encourages an interest in science and STEM among the general public, and this year aims to encourage young people to become fascinated by our planet’s oceans. Oceans cover two-thirds of the planet and help control weather systems and the make-up of the atmosphere.

Wangaratta High School science teachers will provide online connection for students with this theme using an Escape Room.

Students will be required to solve a problem, deep in the ocean, by collecting the necessary clues.

Access to the Escape Room will be through the resources of Stile which students have been using with their Remote and Flexible Learning.

Good luck!

Flexible & Remote Learning Profile

Check out Ms Sidney's working from home set up!


Jacqui Sidney is one of our Studio Arts and VCD teachers and Ponyo the cat likes keeping watch over Ms Sidney when she's not climbing curtains or napping.


Got a great flexible and remote learning set up? Send it to us today at wangaratta.hs@education.vic.gov.au
















COVID Cakes

Year 9 have designed and made COVID cakes! Our Year 9 Food Technology class made COVID cakes before the last lockdown and just managed to finish them before the second lockdown. 

Update your Bus Preferences

Need any updates made to your school bus application? Now is the time to let us know if you will be changing address or needing a different bus for the 2021 school year.

School Bus Information 2021

Are you attending your closest high school and live more than 4.8km away?
Fill out this Eligible Students Application Form

Are you not attending your closest high school?
Fill out this Fare Paying Application Form

Please return to the bus coordinator on Amy.Waide@education.vic.gov.au or call 5723 0519

University Open Days 2020

Catch up on all the information from the virtual University Open Days 2020. Learn about subjects, hear from current students and staff from the comfort of your own home. This year University Open Days are running virtually and will include live chats with academic staff, campus tours and information hubs.

The live events have now all taken place but the information is still available at the websites below.

Australian Catholic University
https://bit.ly/2P3hvy0

Charles Sturt University
https://bit.ly/2GmQV1b

CQ University
https://bit.ly/2WkBy2k
 
Deakin University
https://bit.ly/2LEkXR0

Federation University
https://bit.ly/2bpachS

La Trobe University
https://bit.ly/2HDNdi6

Monash University
https://bit.ly/2aVcXJc

RMIT University
https://bit.ly/2QcYDgW

Swinburne University
https://bit.ly/2KKiQHQ

The University of Melbourne
https://bit.ly/2vI0pgx

Torrens University
https://bit.ly/2I7pY0s
 
University of Tasmania
https://www.utas.edu.au/openday
 
Victoria University
https://bit.ly/2IYeXkZ

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg Free Webinar

19th August 
Tune into this free webinar on the 25th August for tips on building resilient families in the coronavirus era.

On Tuesday 25 August, the Department of Education and Training is presenting a free webinar for parents and carers by renowned child psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, on building family resilience during coronavirus.

Parents and carers play a vital role in helping children feel safe through uncertain times.

Dr Carr-Gregg’s webinar is aptly named Managing the Coronacoaster – Tips for building resilient families in the coronavirus era.

In this webinar, Dr Carr-Gregg provides tools and strategies for parents and carers to help manage the lockdown and remote learning.

Topics include:

  • your supportive role
  • setting the emotional tone
  • focusing on what you can control
  • how to deal with disappointment
  • further resources and where to get help.

Dr Carr-Gregg’s presentation will run for 45 minutes. This will be followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer session in which parents and carers can ask questions.

Webinar details

When: Tuesday 25 August
Time: 7:30pm
Duration: 45-minute presentation followed by 15-minute questions and answers session
Format: online via Webex
Cost: free

How to register

To register and for more information visit the Managing the Coronacoaster – Tips for building resilient families in the coronavirus era eventbrite page.

Headspace Support

Headspace has lots of resources to support students, parents and carers.

To contact the Wangaratta High School Wellbeing Team
please call 03 5723 0500.

Our Sponsors

We would like to thank all our wonderful sponsors for supporting our school and providing opportunities for our students.

 

Whether you require domestic, commercial or industrial electrical installations, we have the experience and the team to complete our work on time and on budget. We can assist with computer points, control systems, hot water, stove and cooktops maintenance, cable and pipe locations, emergency lighting, TV and phone points, trenching, scissor lift hire and more.

https://www.websterselectricalvic.com.au/

 

We provide domestic & commercial plumbing maintenance, general plumbing, roofing, septic tank installation and gas fitting services. Our services start at minor tap repairs right through to complete house plumbing renovations. No job is too small!

https://stonebrosplumbing.com.au/

 

 

When it comes supplying quality concrete and quarry products, Mawsons are specialists. The company is recognised as a leading construction materials supplier with a reputation for quality and reliability. Mawsons are able to meet customer needs from 16 quarry sites, 40 concrete plants and 7 landscaping centres. Mawsons also operate mobile crushing and screening equipment, and have a fleet of concrete, cement and quarry delivery trucks.

https://www.mawsons.com.au/

 

Our aim is to be the news and information destination for North East Victoria, by growing and developing print and digital products that serve our communities. Sponsorship and media support of communities and events are part of our business aims.

https://wangarattachronicle.com.au/

 

 

 

Butler’s Pantry Bakehouse is proud to call ourselves your local community bakery in Wangaratta. We’re locals to the area, and we’re so happy to call this our home. That’s why we love getting involved in the local community. Not only do we feed locals and visitors alike with delicious pies, wraps, hot food, rolls, cakes and specialty items, but we also support our local sports clubs. 

Another part of Wangaratta life that we love is helping out with fundraisers and pie drives. We’ve been a part of fundraising for schools, clubs and organisations for a long time, and we won’t be stopping any time soon.

https://butlerspantrybakehouse.com.au/ 

Dennis Family Homes is proud to be a family building homes for families. Our numerous years of building experience promises your home will be built to the highest quality, and well designed. Most importantly, we’ll ensure the home you choose will be the home you’ll love.

https://www.dennisfamily.com.au/

 


 

The team at Ravishing Makeup & Beauty Lounge understand how busy life can be & how easy it is to put everyone else first, our goal is to remind you to slow down & ensure that you put YOU first!

Based in the heart of Wangaratta our salon is a place where you can come to unwind, relax & be pampered by one of our trained therapists.

We want you to leave our salon feeling proud & owning the skin you're in.

https://www.ravishingmakeupandbeautylounge.com/

The Quality Hotel™ Wangaratta Gateway offers modern and relaxing accommodation in the heart of Wangaratta with convenient access to the CBD and local attractions. The hotel is located less than 15 minutes from Wangaratta airport and conveniently close to the Wangaratta Base Hospital, Performing Arts & Convention Centre and the Court House.

https://www.wangarattagateway.com.au/

 

Office Choice is your one-stop for essential office supplies, from office stationery and filing products, to printers, shredders, tech solutions and more. We have everything you need to organise and optimise the daily operations of your business, with a selection of high-quality products from reputable brands available at competitive prices.

https://wangaratta.officechoice.com.au/

 

Bringing together a palette of complementary colours, balanced textures and patterns and the visualisation of the scale and proportion of a space, we will produce solutions to develop an existing style or create a fresh new look

https://www.designhouseinteriors.com.au/

 

 

Your locally owned and operated septic cleaning business. Servicing septics, treatment plants, grease traps, triple interceptors, winery waste and liquid industrial waste in North East Victoria. Open Monday - Friday with 24-hour emergency call-out. 

facebook.com/enviroliquidwaste

We are an established agency with a passionate team who live and breathe all things Wangaratta, we call this place home, and want you to have the best experience when you are selling, purchasing or renting your property with us. We make sure we keep the process simple, efficient and eliminate any stress you have in your real estate journey. 

https://www.insiterealestate.com.au/

 

As a Ford dealer, Ovens Ford provides you with high-performing Ford vehicles designed to thrill and inspire you. Located in Wangaratta, we are your #1 choice for Ford vehicles near Yarrawonga, Myrtleford, Beechworth and Bright.

https://www.ovensford.com.au/

Franks Footwear has been operating for over 60 years in the same store location. We take pride in our excellence in customer service and our wide range of shoes.

https://www.facebook.com/franksfamilyfootwear/

Charles Sturt University (CSU) is a progressive and award-winning university and has a well-earned international reputation for excellence through its innovative approach to higher education.

https://www.csu.edu.au/

 

A1 Tyrepower Wangaratta are North East Victoria's leading independent tyre experts. We specialise in supplying our customers the very best products and services.

Tyres are what we know and what we do! Passenger and commercial vehicles are serviced by our trained personnel dedicated to keeping you and your family safe on our roads.

https://www.a1tyrepower.com.au/

Established in 2011, Grimshaw Signs have built a name as leaders in all aspects of modern signwriting.
Using the latest and best equipment available we are able to deliver the most reliable and high quality signage possible
Grimshaw Signs is committed to building long term customer relationships through excellent service, competitive pricing and the highest quality workmanship.
Located in Wangaratta, we service all of North East Victoria and surrounding areas.

https://grimshawsigns.com.au/ 

We work hard to help you select the best flooring for your application. As well as the installation of new flooring, our service can also include removal of old flooring, and moving your furniture. We pride ourselves on a finish that can't be beaten and have significant experience on both domestic and commercial jobs

http://www.aggenbachfloors.com.au/

Located in Wangaratta, North East Victoria, SignEffects is a locally owned and operated company that is a leader in sign fabrication and installation for over a decade. As highly experienced and qualified signwriters, SignEffects sets new standards in the sign industry. We pride ourselves on providing a professional solution for all your signage requirements.

https://signeffects.com.au/

We are locally established, owned and operated.  With over 30 years combined experience we can guarantee you a wealth of knowledge when it comes to tyres.

We aim to meet all of your tyre needs, keeping in mind quality and affordability.

Great customer service is our mission, call in to see how we can help you today.

https://www.tufftyreswangaratta.com/

Mystery Word Competition

Collect all the letters to win!
Win a $250 voucher from Frank's Footwear Wangaratta
Follow these steps to win:
  1. Collect the four letters from the term 3 newsletters – the third letter is C
  2. Work out the four letter word 
  3. Email wangaratta.hs@education.vic.gov.au with the winning word and your name by Monday, 14th September

*Competition open to WHS students only