From the Principal
An adjustment to learning methods – for now
Heritage College has quickly adapted working arrangements across all campus locations to support the wellbeing of students, families and staff during this prolonged public health situation. Our contingency plans for off-campus learning, combined with a commitment to flexible working for staff, means that Heritage College is well-placed to continue to operate through these unprecedented events.
I would like to thank our professional team for being adaptable and flexible, enabling the college to roll out the delivery of our off-campus learning programs. The timeframes for completing this rollout, while adhering to the latest advice from the government in a period of great uncertainty, has been less than forgiving, yet the outcome has resulted in minimal disruption to learning for students.
During the last week of term, secondary teaching staff successfully checked in with students online to see how they are adapting to the new platform. Transition from the classroom to off-campus learning has gone smoothly and we are confident that this can continue should it be required at the commencement of Term 2.
Supporting our community
In times of uncertainty and suffering, the wellbeing team are ready to support enrolled families through this very difficult time. During off-campus learning and the holiday period, the wellbeing team provides support for both students and families. The first step in connecting with the wellbeing team is via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. One of the team will respond to your request within 24 hours.
You (or your child) can arrange for a confidential discussion with the primary or secondary wellbeing team or chaplain. This can happen via phone call or an online meeting during business hours throughout the holidays.
There are other ways we can support as well. For practical needs, we have set up a Google Form for families of Heritage College to let the team know of any urgent requirements you may have. If you have a prayer request, please send through using this confidential Google Form. Supporting our community is critical during this time; we want to do all that we can to support you and your family.
During isolation, remember these tips:
- Stay active – Remember that regular exercise is important. Visit your local park or walking paths to get moving. For indoor physical activity, Moe Jones’ workouts for children and adults are a wonderful resource.
- Self-care – Try to retain a positive state of mind and do things you enjoy. Start reading that book you’ve been meaning to read for a while, develop a new hobby or go out to the garden. Prioritise eating well and adequate sleep.
- Connect with others – maintain social connections via phone or online. Rediscover the lost art of letter-writing to family and friends both near and far. Write a letter of encouragement or thanks to someone you have admired or appreciated.
Stay safe and well over the holidays, and we look forward to seeing our wonderful students, families and staff on campus again soon.
Mr Sonny Aiono