Wesley moves to online learning

Posted March 25, 2020 in News By Richard Ryan

Wesley College has today announced that it will transition its students to online learning from Tuesday 31 March.

Writing to parents and guardians, Headmaster Mr Ross Barron said: “The crisis at hand is like no other we have ever experienced in living memory. Like you, the continuing uncertainty of our lives has been front and centre of my mind every waking moment. I can honestly say I have never felt the weight of responsibility as heavily as I have over the last two months.”

He went on to explain: “The College has maintained close alignment with the experts including health and government authorities; however, we have listened carefully to your feedback as the landscape continues to change rapidly.

“We believe we have reached a critical mass of high student absenteeism, which when coupled with increased levels of concern from our community, informs us that this is the right decision for Wesley.”

Wesley is well-placed to move to remote, online learning as our students and teachers already use a suite of tools including Schoolbox and OneNote and other educational programs. Face-to-face contact will be maintained through Webex video conferencing for Years 5-12.

The remote online learning model will continue until at least Thursday 9 April. The College will provide further communications regarding Term 2 arrangements.

Mr Barron ended his letter with a note of support: “I know in the coming days, many of you will experience myriad emotions, including being frustrated, worried and even a little sad. I can assure you, that I, along with the entire College community share that sentiment.  We will miss seeing students and families on campus but we will find new ways to connect our community and keep the Wesley spirit alive.”

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