In response to COVID-19, we have used our superb technology infrastructure to empower our teachers and students to comfortably pivot between both online and face-to-face learning in a quick and flexible manner.
We are committed to providing the very best technology, organisational structures and support to ensure students enjoy a seamless learning experience, whether at home or at School in the classroom.
During the shutdown at the start 2020, we successfully supported our students by delivering seamless online lessons and support which made the return to campus easier as our curriculum continued to be delivered unhindered.
More recently, during the two-day state-wide lockdown in November, we are one of the only schools that effortlessly continued to deliver lessons to our students via our online teaching platforms. Testament to our ability to quickly effortlessly switch between online and face-to-face learning.
This test of our ability to transition between learning delivery certainly gives our student and parent communities confidence that we are ready for whatever 2021 may hold in store.
Teachers and pastoral care staff are fully committed to nurturing a human connectedness in our online world of learning. When online, we encourage interactive communication to flow freely in both directions through live chats, video tutorials, private YouTube channels and virtual meetings with students.
Students have access to their curriculum, homework and assessments via SEQTA, the School’s teaching and learning platform. SEQTA is also a powerful tool for parents and caregivers to gain insight into their child’s learning and progress. The platform offers an open channel for parents and teachers to communicate and collaborate in each student’s development.
In the Senior School, our aim is for students to follow a ‘normal’ school day timetable and structure, with a class roll taken for every lesson. Our teachers are developing meaningful content and, with student input, creating new ways for presentation of work and class participation.
In the Preparatory School, we recognise that a ‘normal’ seven lesson school day may be too rigorous for young students who are just beginning their independent learning journey. We are intent on maintaining a flexible approach to learning and giving parents of young children the support and resources to help their children learn from home.
Whether learning on the School campus or from home, parents can be reassured that human connection, guidance and flexibility are essential elements of the Westminster learning experience.