Well, it’s been another challenging week for many of us. The uncertainty continues, and we are continuing to take one day at a time. Remote learning via the matrix has been going for the last week or so and staff have also been supporting the children of essential workers in our care. I would like to take this opportunity to thank those of you who have supported your child’s remote learning.
Next week, as per Catholic Education's Director, Ross Fox’s communication, next week will be “pupil free” and staff will be unavailable for remote learning. However, students are encouraged to continue working on their matrix.
Staff will be participating in intensive professional learning on 'Microsoft Teams' and communication next week will be limited. It looks like we will utilise Seesaw and the Google Classrooms, however, it will be accessed through Teams. In time, Teams will also replace Zoom as our main form of online communication. More on this to follow after our training.
Next week the ELC remains open as usual and a relief teacher will be available to supervise the small number of students whose parents are unable to find alternative care.
We are regularly updating the Remote Learning link on our website too.
Amongst the uncertainty and extra workload, the Holy Spirit staff have risen to the challenge as usual. We are missing the students – their stories, smiles, interactions and even the cheekiness! School is just not the same and there is no clear idea of when we will see the students face to face again.
This will be the last Newsletter for the Term, but I will be sending regular updates. We are still waiting for information regarding next term. As soon as any decision is made by the ACT Government and Catholic Education, you will be informed.
On Sunday the Church celebrates Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday marks the start of Holy Week. It reminds Christians of the journey Jesus made into Jerusalem. Many people welcomed Jesus by shouting, waving palm branches and throwing branches down in the path of the donkey. They hoped that Jesus was the Saviour who the Bible had promised. As a family, you may like to spend some time watching the video below to acknowledge the start of Holy Week.
Palm Sunday Story: https://safeyoutube.net/w/fwK3
As our local Churches are unable to offer Mass at this time, several local Priests are sharing the opportunity to say the daily Mass online via the Catholic Voice website: https://www.catholicvoice.org.au/mass-online/
Project Compassion boxes may be left at the Front Office next week during school hours. We thank you for your generosity this Lenten season.
CatholicCare has provided a range of material to support families.