Remote and Flexible Learning

The John Paul College Remote and Flexible Learning Framework is an overall strategic approach to learning when students are not on site at school. There will be particular approaches for different year levels and even for different subjects to allow for the best learning and support to be delivered. However, each approach will fit within this overall strategy, which is designed to ensure that students, teachers, non-teaching staff and families are clear about the coordinated approach we are implementing.

Remote and flexible learning is a new environment for all of us – students, families and College staff. It is important we all do our best to look after each other, support each other, communicate in the various means available and reach out for support when required. It won’t always be easy but we’re all in this together, we are not alone and teachers are committed to ensure student success in learning and connectedness, wellbeing and support continues.

There are five main facets of the John Paul College Remote and Flexible Learning Framework:

 

Each of the facets of the framework have a vital part to play in supporting students to thrive in this remote learning environment.

Connection: 
It is important that we all make the commitment and effort to stay connected to each other when we are all following the physical distancing measures in place. John Paul College will ensure that there is regular and purposeful communication with individual students, classes, pastoral groups and families to maximise the connections possible and to provide avenues for communication. Connection to the spiritual aspects of ourselves by giving time and attention to prayer and growth in faith is a key way to connect to God. Students are also encouraged to continue to connect in a variety of ways with friends to ensure that physical distancing does not inhibit socialisation during this time. It is important that we all make the commitment and effort to stay connected to each other when we are all following the physical distancing measures in place. John Paul College will ensure that there is regular and purposeful communication with individual students, classes, pastoral groups and families to maximise the connections possible and to provide avenues for communication. Connection to the spiritual aspects of ourselves by giving time and attention to prayer and growth in faith is a key way to connect to God. Students are also encouraged to continue to connect in a variety of ways with friends to ensure that physical distancing does not inhibit socialisation during this time.

Wellbeing:
There is a great need to focus in our own wellbeing at this time of isolation and uncertainty. We are committed to continuing our focus on wellbeing through promoting self-reflection, mindfulness and healthy relationships. The support mechanisms of the Pastoral group and House as well as the College nurse and counsellors will play important roles in supporting students in this area. These services will be delivered in a variety of modes including Microsoft Teams video conferences with students and parents/guardians. The College will promote and encourage various forms of physical activity that fit within the physical distancing guidelines designed to keep members of this community healthy.

Real-Time Online Learning: 
Students will be able to connect in real time, along with their peers, with their teachers and other support staff using Microsoft Teams. This process will allow for students to engage together in learning experiences and to have discussion and receive feedback.

Flexible Remote Learning: 
There will be a focus on providing learning material that can be undertaken both online and offline. Students will access learning tasks set by teachers using SIMON Class Notices and email. These tasks will be completed by students within a given timeframe using their digital resources, textbooks and other resources but not always at the same time. This approach will allow students to work at their own pace and seek further assistance from teachers and other support staff when required.

Learning Support: 
Teachers, IT Support, Resource Centre staff and Learning Support (SCIL) staff will provide assistance, feedback and supporting resources for students to help in understanding, modifying and completing learning tasks. These services will be delivered in a variety of modes including Microsoft Teams video conferences with students and parents/guardians.

The College will embrace this challenge and continue to learn, grow and thrive in this new environment.

Download the Remote and Flexible Learning Framework

 


Remote and Flexible Learning, Guidelines for Students 

Remote and flexible learning is a new environment for all of us – students, families and College staff. It is important we all do our best to look after each other, support each other, communicate in the various means available and reach out for support when required. It won’t always be easy but we’re all in this together, we are not alone and teachers are committed to ensure student success in learning continues.

Learning Schedule

You are advised to follow your daily timetable for scheduled classes as shown on SIMON. This will help you in keeping focussed, up to date and available for online meetings.

 

 Every school day, you are expected to:

•  Read the Daily Messages in SIMON
•  Check emails at least every morning and afternoon and respond as appropriate
•  Read the Class Notices in SIMON, on your subject’s class page, at the beginning of every school day to ensure you are ready for a Microsoft Team meeting . These will generally be held during scheduled class time to avoid any clashes.
•  Read the Class Notices in SIMON, on your subject’s class page, for each scheduled class and follow the instructions as directed by your teacher.
•  Keep in regular contact with your teacher via email, especially if you are experiencing difficulties with your work. Your teachers will get back to you as soon as they can during school hours.

Homework and Study Policy in a Remote Learning Environment

 Years 7 to 10: Students are strongly encouraged to complete learning tasks and study between 8:30am and 3:00pm Monday to Fridays. The requirement, as set out in the Homework and Study Policy, to do additional hours after 3pm does not apply in a remote learning environment. However, there may be times when students need to complete set learning tasks and study after 3:00pm. We will monitor this situation during the term and parents/students are encouraged to email class teachers if there are any concerns regarding work load. Reading is always encouraged.

VCE and VCAL: Students are still expected to participate in the learning program as directed by their class teachers, complete tasks and study in order to demonstrate satisfactory achievement of the outcomes and prepare for assessments. The demands in terms of time students need to set aside for VCE and VCAL remain consistent with term one and with our current Homework and Study Policy.

Read more about Assessments, VCE and VCAL Updates


Maintaining a healthy and balanced routine as you learn from home.

 

Required Resources

Organise your learning space at home so you have ready access to materials needed for each of your subjects. Install Microsoft Teams on your device as at times your teacher may require you to join an online meeting. Installation instructions are available on SIMON’s Daily Messages (Microsoft Teams –Student Guide). If you do not have Internet access at home, ask your parent to send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Your teachers understand you no longer have access to the specialist classrooms at the College. Do not worry, your teacher will adjust lesson plans to suit home learning. If you have any specific concerns regarding resources for a particular subject, please email your subject teacher. Your subject teacher will respond to your emails as soon as they can during school hours.


Support Services

It is important to take care of yourself and others during this time. The Headspace link below give tips about managing stress associated with the Coronavirus.

Teenagers and Sleep

Headspace: How to Cope with Stress related to Coronavirus

VCAA COVID-19 Advice

You can also seek the support of a family member, pastoral teacher, house coordinator or College counsellor.

To get in touch with a College counsellor please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.