Dear Students, Parents & Carers,
On behalf of our school, I want to say a big thank you to all our students, parents and carers for your continued resilience and support during Term 3. I know flexible and remote learning has not always been easy, but through our collective efforts, our students have continued to make valuable progress in their learning.
Term 4 is important for every Victorian student, and our teachers will strive to deliver high-quality learning for everyone. Whether we’re teaching remotely or face-to-face, our focus for Term 4 is on making sure that every student is supported in their wellbeing, learning and transition needs.
The Victorian Government has outlined the staged return to on-site schooling as part of its gradual roadmap towards reopening.
Term 4 on site schooling arrangements for students
Subject to the advice of the Victorian Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has released a staged approach for students to return to on-site schooling.
The purpose of the plan is to get students back in the classroom as soon and as safely as possible without putting at risk all that has been achieved through the period of restrictions to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
At Wangaratta High School, this has seen students continuing to learn via flexible and remote learning during Week 1. Our senior students studying Unit 3/4 subjects have also been onsite on Wednesday 7th October to undertake the General Achievement Test (GAT). It has been great to see the familiar faces of our senior students on site and we look forward to seeing all students back with us in Week 2.
Week 2 Arrangements
12th – 16th October 2020
All students will resume on site learning at Wangaratta High School in Week 2 as follows:
As students resume their onsite learning they will be involved in a number of activities to re-connect them with their peers, their teachers and our school. This will include breakfast being available for students on their first day of returning to school next week. Breakfast will include eggs and bacon and be available from 8:30am onwards on students resumption days as listed above.
Health and safety measures
The Term 3 flexible and remote learning arrangements were put in place to significantly reduce the movement of more than one million students and their families across Victoria, to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Thanks to you and your family for contributing to this on behalf of our school community.
As on-site schooling resumes, we will continue to have in place strong measures to protect the health and safety of students, staff, families and the community. This includes identified entry and exit points for students, restricting parent/guardian access to school grounds and continued emphasis on hand hygiene and physical distancing where possible.
Please note the following important pieces of information:
It is expected that throughout Term 4, our COVID safe rules and regulations will still apply. We thank parents for their co-operation and understanding as we continue to work to keep our community safe.
Priorities for Term 4
As we support all students with a return to on site learning this Term, we will have three key priority areas.
Our highest priority will be the wellbeing, particularly the mental health, of every student and member of staff. This means effectively mobilising all available resources to support our most vulnerable students and enabling staff to access the relevant support services.
Some of our students have thrived in the remote and flexible learning environment, others have maintained their learning progress, and some have fallen behind, despite their best efforts and those of their families and teachers. Our priority will be supporting both those who need it to catch up and those who have progressed to continue to extend their learning.
We will make every effort to ensure successful transitions for children are supported.
We know some families are worried that their child may have to repeat a year due to the disruptions of coronavirus (COVID-19). There is little evidence to support the benefits of repeating a year to catch up. Instead, we will use teaching strategies that draw on the best evidence available to help students meet their learning needs.
Parents and guardians can be confident that the best option for almost every child is to stay with their peer group.
Our school, working with you, has shown it can be flexible and adaptable in responding to the challenges of coronavirus (COVID-19) and together we will continue to meet student needs as we look towards the end of the 2020 school year and ahead to 2021.
We look forward to seeing all of our students back at school next week and resuming their on site learning, face to face with their peers and teachers, as we work towards celebrating successes and building hope and optimism for the year ahead.
At Wangaratta High School we L-E-A-R-N.
Our LEARN Instructional Model is a tool used to create a whole school approach to excellence in teaching and learning.
This is the cycle that our lessons move through, with each stage of the learning experience accompanied by key actions and questions to develop thinking and independence. Over the next few weeks, we’ll post some tips on how families can use the LEARN Model during Flexible and Remote Learning and as we return to school.
Each stage of the L-E-A-R-N Model contains key actions (verbs) to be performed by students. Have a look inside the hexagons to find these verbs, and use these to guide a conversation.
L – Learning Focus
How did you tune in to the learning today? What prior knowledge did you activate?
E – Explicit Teaching
How can you connect this learning to prior lessons? Do you need to question any of the ideas or concepts?
A – Application of Learning
Could you further collaborate with a classmate to apply this learning?
R – Reflection
Can you review the key ideas from the lesson today? How would self-assess your participation and understanding?
N – Next Steps
Based on what you learnt today, what do you predict might be next for your learning? How can you prepare for this?
The Senior Italian class celebrated the end of Term 3 (and the soon-to-be end of online learning) with a Webex cooking class. Unfortunately, a power outage meant some of the class members could not join, but Charlotte Chambers, Ebony Norris, Mikaylah Rumbelow (Year 11) and Caitlyn Delaney (Year 10) learned how to make some delicious risotto all’aceto balsamico.
Year 7 English
Our year sevens have been learning how to use all of their senses to create a vivid experience for the reader.
Ivy O’Connor 7B
The fog is rolling in from behind us. The sun is dim behind the mountains. The only warmth is our jackets and the roaring crackling bonfire in front of us, Repelling the fog like water to oil. I look into the fire and it heats my face right up instantly. I turn around and look out onto the quiet night world, the stars and moon in the sky, the fog in the paddocks, it seemed so different from the day almost like a whole other world. I take a deep breath of the crisp night air and it feels clean and cool. I smell the smoke from the fire. It smells dirty, different to the cold air.
Talking about life now, school, work, jokes… It's comforting but there's a bittersweet feeling in my heart knowing I won’t be this comfortable or content again, in a second time, it will fly and what I'm experiencing will only be a memory.
I enjoy the night as It goes on. We talk and talk late into the night, until the fire dies out and we all start to shiver.
Rolling, the wind blowing.
down the hill, showing off my skill.
the grit on my wheels of the pavement, gotta commit.
I feel like the main character, there's no competitor just me, there's no guarantee but right now I feel free.
The lights flashing above me, people bouncing shaking their head matching the beat, singing along. Lights of colour and fire, images of feelings, smiles on everyone's face, the beat drops and everyone jumps including me, singing along with all the right words. Feelings of excitement pulse through me.
The weekend day was the first hot day my town has had in awhile, I could feel it heating up, especially skating around town. So I stopped for a frozen drink, it was refreshing and crisp, it tasted bubbly and also gave me some energy from the sweet sugar, just what I needed to cool down from skating and keep going.
Connection to place is a key theme in the novel Blueback which is being studied by our year sevens. For this task, students wrote about a place they feel connected to.
Tara Genn, 7B
Buderim falls was a place that I would go to regularly. It was a nice long walk to reach the waterfall. It was a beautiful walk in a rainforest with tons of different animals. The waterfall was quite big, with a huge pool at the bottom that we used to swim in. There were lots of smaller pools as the water went down the stream. We used to climb the rocks and jump in the water, find goannas and go behind the waterfall. It's located in QLD sunshine coast buderim where i used to live. I felt like with every rushing drop of water, rushed away another one of my worries. We used to take picnics up there and spend the day venturing into the bush, swimming and playing. It was so much fun. It was so peaceful and you couldn't hear cars, or people, just natural sounds like rushing water, birds, frogs and more.
The Groper Fish
Thomas Ryan 7A
As the Groper gracefully swims through the deep waters, his teeth shine by the reflection of the sun.
This shiny slippery fish swims through the school of fish, he munchies on the Sardines like a bag of chips.
The feeling of the side of his fin tickling by the remaining fish, he looks blinded by the flashing light of the other fish.
Year 7 English - Blueback
Blueback by Tim Winton is famous for having many different front covers, here are some our students created themselves:
One of the key themes in Blueback is ‘Connection to Place'.
Tim Winton writes ‘This place is a kind of friend to me’ In this quote Dora Jackson is saying that Longboat Bay, a place, is like her friend. She doesn’t feel lonely by herself here because she goes to it for comfort and safety like from the storm when Dora was old it saved her from it. She has so many memories from growing up and with Abel and his dad so she doesn't want to lose them. When Abel came back to the house it was muddy and broken so Abel and Stella helped to fix it and protect it. Abel and Dora showed us that a place is like a friend.
The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) eligibility for Term 2 has been extended so that families holding a valid means-tested concession card or temporary foster parents are eligible for CSEF up to 5 October 2020.
Payments for students eligible between Wednesday 15 April and Monday 5 October 2020 will be made at 50 per cent of the standard primary and secondary per student rates.
The CSEF system will open again for new applications from Monday 5 October, with the submission date extended to Friday 27 November.
To find out more and apply for CSEF see here.
The 2020 Student Attitudes to School Survey (AtoSS) will be conducted during Weeks 2 and 3 of Term 4.
The AtoSS is an annual student survey offered by the Department of Education and Training to assist schools in gaining an understanding of students' perceptions and experience of school.
This year, the survey also includes some questions about student health and wellbeing and student perceptions of COVID-19. Understanding health and wellbeing needs has always been important, but especially so this year, and the Department is providing this survey to allow schools to capture this information to support students.
Students will be asked about their thoughts and feelings in relation to their school, family, friends, health (including mental health), wellbeing, and bullying. Students will be required to bring their laptops to school to participate in the survey.
A copy of the survey is available from your child’s school. Please contact the administration office if you would like to see the survey before making your decision about whether you would like your child to participate.
If you would like more information, please speak to your child’s teacher, or contact the Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participation in this survey is voluntary.
If you do not wish for your child to do the survey, please opt out via email to your school: email@example.com
Please do so before Monday 12 October, stating that you wish to opt out of your child’s participation, along with their name, school and year level.
If the school does not receive a Refusal of Consent email from yourself before the survey commencement date, Monday 12th October, it means that you give your consent for your child to participate in the 2020 Attitudes to School Survey.
Year 7 - Immunisation of the HPV9 dose 2.
Year 10 - Any student who missed out on the Meningococcal vaccination in Term 1. Forms can be picked up from the administration office.
YACVic are supporting the Victorian Government to ensure young people are at the heart of Victoria’s new Youth Strategy. This is an important new youth strategy which will improve how government works with young people.
YACVic is hosting a series of forums in partnership with the Victorian Government. The forums will be youth-led and will provide an opportunity for young people to share their ideas about what should be included in a new Youth Strategy for Victoria.
Friday 9 October
The youth forum is only for young people aged 12–25 who live in the Ovens Murray and Goulburn regions.
You can read more about the consultations here: https://www.yacvic.org.au/advocacy/shape-victorias-youth-strategy/
Parents, carers, school leadership, staff and school councillors are invited to attend the 2020 Parents Victoria Online Conference. The theme is a Brave New World: Changes, challenges and opportunities for families and schools.
This year’s conference program includes presentations from expert speakers and groups on mental health support for students and parents, connecting school communities and engaging families.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino will open the conference and answer questions submitted by schools and families.
To submit a question email firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday 11 October.
Date: Monday 19 October 2020
Time: 10am to 1.15pm
Cost: The conference is free but registration is essential.
Registration: Register here. The conference will take place on Zoom.
Youth Council is a group of up to 20 young people aged between 14 - 18 years which meets regularly to discuss youth issues, help organise youth and community events, take part in leadership forums and personal development activities. Youth Council is a 12 month commitment.
Youth Council is open to any young person who is interested in making a difference in their community.
For more information and to nominate see here.
Apex Park Regional Playspace - Community Engagement
The Rural City of Wangaratta is constructing a Regional Playspace at Apex Park, Wangaratta and we are seeking business and community members to participate in a community engagement panel.
The project will create a regionally significant recreational play space at Apex Park, Wangaratta. The works includes the construction an adventure playground and parkour equipment. The equipment will be designed for young children, their parents, middle aged children, adults and people of all abilities.
Parkour is an emerging and incredibly popular activity around the world, this project will be the only one of its kind in Australia. The parkour element will be activated by Council's youth service team, through the delivery of regular training programs and competitions. Schools, services and recreation groups will also be encouraged to regularly utilise the equipment.
To assist in the development of the project Council is establishing a community engagement panel to provide valuable input into the final design. If interested, you would be required to participate in online consultation sessions (which can be arranged after hours). The sessions will be used to provide the engagement panel with concept designs for review. The aim of the engagement panel is to ensure the final park design meets the community’s needs.
If you are interested in participating in the community engagement panel please forward through your expressions of interest to email@example.com.
In October 2020 Local Government elections will be held across Victoria, including in the Rural City of Wangaratta. Following the election seven councillors will be in place to represent local residents.
School Bus Service & Public Transport
School buses will operate as normal across Victoria throughout Term 4 to support those students who need to get to school.
Public transport continues to operate on its regular timetable during the day for passengers who need to travel.
Extra extensive cleaning is being carried out on all trains, trams and buses as well as stops and stations, to help keep passengers safe. We’re cleaning high touch surfaces regularly and deep-cleaning trains, trams and buses every night.
When traveling on the public transport network or school bus, please make sure you:
Road network operations
On the roads, school speed zones will operate as usual throughout Victoria. School crossing supervisors will also continue to help students and staff move around schools and roads safely.
Please be patient as you drive around your school and community during drop-off and pick-up times. Remember to stick to the school speed zone limits, take extra care when driving around schools and allow students to cross the road safely.
Mental Health Month
In Australia, October is Mental Health Month! Which is perfect timing because it has been a tricky year so far, and now we’re returning to onsite learning which might create feelings of anxiousness. There are many ways to improve your mental wellbeing to feel less anxious and happier. These include:
Having a healthy sleep routine – This means going to bed at the same time every night and waking up at the same time every morning and getting 8-10 hours sleep every night. If you find it hard to go to sleep, turn your phone off an hour before bed, maybe read a book instead. If you feel that you can’t sleep because you are overthinking things that are bothering you, it’s a good idea to practice mindfulness techniques (listed below). Or, you could get up and write a list of things that are bothering you so that you don’t have to think about it in bed, and you can deal with it tomorrow. It’s very important that you don’t sleep too much because that will make you feel tired.
Having a healthy diet – Having a healthy diet doesn’t just improve our physical health, it also improves our mental health. Research shows us that having a diet high in vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, beans, cereals, grains, fish, and unsaturated fats such as olive oil improves mental wellbeing and happiness. It also improves energy levels and can improve our sleep.
Exercising – Exercise releases chemicals into your body such as endorphins and serotonin which are effective in improving your mood. If you exercise regularly it reduces stress and improves symptoms of anxiety and depression. Exercising also improves your sleep patterns, and if you have a healthy sleep routine you improve your mental wellbeing. Some ways that you can exercise is just to play your favourite sport, going for a power walk or a run, riding your bike, scooter or skateboard. There are also a lot of apps that you can get on your phone like ‘seven-minute workouts’ or you can YouTube exercise classes. This way it’s free and you don’t have to leave your home.
Mindfulness – A great way to get rid of anxious feelings is to practice mindfulness. For some people this can be meditating and there are a lot of meditation videos for free on YouTube. Or it can just be breathing techniques, which is something that you can do anywhere, whenever you start to feel anxious.
As you inhale and exhale, be mindful of the feelings of fullness and emptiness in your lungs. Do this a few times until you feel calmer. There are many apps on phones that you can get for mindfulness techniques, be careful because not many of them are free.
If you feel like you have gained some extra ‘corona kilo’s’ throughout lockdown, you’re not alone. We have all experienced a huge lifestyle change this year so it’s no wonder there have been some unwanted side effects. But it is important that for our health to make sure that we look after our bodies by staying active and eat nutritious foods.
Fruits and Vegetables – These are good for our bodies because they are full of vitamins and minerals which give us energy. They also have fibre which helps us digest our food. They give us energy that lasts longer than if you were to eat processed foods. You could make yourself a fruit salad, have fruit with yogurt, or chop up some carrot and celery and eat them with a healthy dip like hummus or tzatziki.
Yogurt – Not all yogurt is good for you. Most yogurt has lots of sugar in it to make it taste better. Yogurt that is healthy for our bodies is plain yogurt (not vanilla flavoured) or Greek yogurt. These yogurts are high in protein which is good for your muscles and probiotics which are good for digestion and immune system. But these healthy yogurts taste bitter or sour. If you add a little honey, cinnamon and a few berries it tastes just as good as flavoured yogurt and it is much healthier for you.
Muesli Bars – Muesli Bars can be a good source of vitamins, minerals and fibre and can make you feel full until your next meal. Some can be good for you, but some can be packed full of sugar. It’s important that you have a look to see how much sugar is in them before you buy them. If it says they have more than 600 kilojoules per serve, have more than 14 grams of sugar per serve and less than four grams of fibre, then they’re not a healthy option.
Nuts – Nuts have heaps of antioxidants in them. Antioxidants do lots of important things to help keep our bodies healthy, they are good for our heart, they help us fight diseases and they helps reduces stress levels. Snacking on a handful of nuts instead of a handful of chips, will keep us feeling fuller for longer. Try to avoid nuts that have salt on them though.
Having a healthy diet doesn’t just improve our physical health, it also improves our mental health. Research shows us that having a diet high in vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, beans, cereals, grains, fish, and unsaturated fats such as olive oil improves mental wellbeing and happiness.
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