In response to COVID-19, Westminster staff have demonstrated flexibility by offering both online and face-to-face learning opportunities for students. Staff 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.
From Term 2 2020, we returned to face-to-face teaching for all years (Reception to Year 12). Online learning support continues to be provided to a small number of Boarding students in isolation and students whose health may be compromised by returning to School too early.
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.