Updates will be provided as any new information becomes available. Please check back regularly to ensure the information you have is up to date.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Pastoral Support

If you require pastoral support at this time, please contact your relevant Assistant Deputy Principal (ADP):

  • Year 7: Mr Adrian Goh - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Year 8: Miss Emma Janeczko - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Year 9: Mrs Wiesia Collins - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Year 10: Mr Tony Budas - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Year 11: Mr Ernie Ayala - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Year 12: Mrs Sandra Manning - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

IT Support

Please note support for students will be limited to providing support for the Microsoft Suite of products (Teams, OneNote, etc.) The College is unable to assist with internet connectivity issues at home – students are advised to contact their Internet Service Provider.

To log a Support Request, students are asked to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with their full name and a detailed description of the problem. If in the event of a school closure and the ICT Office is still staffed, students may log a support request by calling 9246 8222 between 8.30am and 4.00pm.

For online /social media concerns – please notify your ADP and report it to the eSafety Commissioner.

 

Remote Learning Expectations BANNER

 

DAILY UPDATE - FRIDAY 27 MARCH 2020

Good afternoon parents and guardians,

 

Thank you for your support of our wonderful staff as they work hard to strive to ensure continuity of learning and care for your children. I was in awe of all the PCG Meetings that took place in virtual settings this morning. I appreciate that for our digital natives, the cyber world is far more familiar than it is for older persons, and yet I am still impressed with their ability to get on with new ways of learning.

 

We have all worked hard as a staff today to iron out any bugs and to ensure that all teachers are ready to deliver remotely from Monday 30 March. Our Director of Learning Technology Innovation, Mr Michael Chiera, has simply been outstanding in his support of staff. We will forever be in his debt for his leadership, not only at Sacred Heart, but also across the Catholic Education sector in WA. Thank you also to our Deputy Principal of Teaching and Learning, Ms Lucie McCrory, for assisting all teachers to adjust their pedagogy to remote delivery. All of this work has been coordinated in the past three weeks by Mr Lucio Cicchini as Acting Principal. The work that Lucio did in three weeks to gear our school up to this level was outstanding. I thank these three people in particular. We are very fortunate to have people of such capacity and commitment in our school.

 

Lots of questions are still being posed about online learning and we are endeavouring to firm up all our responses. Of course, one of the main issues is keeping students and staff safe online.

 

A guide to maintaining a safe, supportive working environment for your children learning from home.

This guide is intended for parents in line with the three Key Practices of the CEWA Child Safe Framework as our students continue their learning online.

  • If you have a child safety concern, please contact your child’s Assistant Deputy Principal.
  • Our College Code of Conduct applies, especially online. Talk about this with your child(ren) and get ideas about what this looks like when online.

Situational Prevention

Through our behaviour and culture, this practice aims to mitigate situations that present risk for our students.

  • Only the platforms approved by CEWA (Teams and school e-mail addresses) should be used to communicate between students and teachers. As per the Code of Conduct, teachers should be transparent and accountable in all electronic online communication. Phone contact will only be made in exceptional circumstances. This would normally be through the pastoral care or leadership of your child’s school.
  • Ensure you are aware of the College’s ICT policy.
  • Consider creating a dedicated workspace for your child and ensure that you are familiar with how to blur the background on Teams if using the video feature.
  • Consider other members of your family who may be also be working in an online space and how your family can manage the noise and reduce distractions as much as possible so that everyone is able to focus on their devices and work/learning obligations.
  • Consider your child’s personal presentation.
  • Try to adhere to normal routines as much as possible so that students are not confused by too many changes. This means waking at normal school time, having breakfast before learning begins, getting washed, dressed and supporting them to access their online learning in their dedicated workspace.
  • It may be wise to write up the schedule/timetable each day as is often done in the physical classroom so your child can see they are making progress throughout the day and they are aware of what lessons are coming next. This reduces anxiety, sets up expectations and provides a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day.
  • Include normal school breaks and food for recess and lunch time if applicable. This also means your children should go outside to play or to get some fresh air during these times as they normally would at school.
  • As the online environment will now be the primary source of communication, there is a potential for cyber issues to increase. Consider familiarising yourself with the eSafety Commissioner’s website on what these issues could be and how best to manage them.

Extended Guardianship

It is our collective responsibility as adults to support an environment that is engaging, supportive and safe.

  • We strongly encourage you to create an online agreement with your child or set some boundaries around yours and the schools’ expectations for completing their online learning. It is important to avoid excess use of technology, and to set clear expectations amongst the family to avoid any unwanted conflict. Click HERE for an example agreement from the eSafety Commissioner. 

Healthy and Respectful Relationships

Modelling behaviours equips our students with the understanding of how they should be treated.

  • Don’t forget to model expected online behaviour if your circumstances allow.
  • Respect the contact hours set by the school in expecting responses from staff.
  • If you expect your child to give the lesson their full attention, it is important you model this on your own device and demonstrate how to best interact when there are interruptions.
  • Remind your child not to type, say or do anything they wouldn’t in person and that anything that is streamed can be retrieved.
  • We understand that you as parents may have other obligations and you may not always be fully aware of what is happening in your child’s online classroom. Therefore, we encourage you to maintain and keep the lines of communication open and transparent between you and your child’s teacher’s. Please note, that for our Psychologists, music teachers and Careers Counsellors, it may be appropriate at times for one to one video contact. In these cases, our staff will seek permission of parents before initiating such contact.
  • Consider a discussion with your child about their safety network. They may have already done this at school, but it is timely to review the network as our regular circumstances have changed. Be aware that many of your child’s regular network helpers may be currently unavailable (e.g; specialist teachers, ADPs, neighbours, friends, etc.) or the methods of contact may have changed. Alternative trusted adults may be needed, as well as community services such as the Kids Helpline, along with their contact details.
  • If you want to know more about the CEWA Child Safe Framework, please click on this link: https://childsafe.cewa.edu.au

Good News

The parent who was diagnosed with COVID-19 is making a strong recovery.

 

Please stay connected with your friends in our Sacred Heart family. I wish you all well as we all work together to minimise the impact of this pandemic.

 

Yours sincerely,
Peter Bothe
Principal

 

CorrespondencewebCorrespondence to parents

Includes copies of previous letters, updates and Newsletter items.

 

 

WellbeingPsychological Wellbeing

Includes advice for students and families as well as contacts for counselling services.

 

 

FAQ

Remote Learning Expectations and FAQs

 

 

 

infoUseful Links: The Department of Education, Catholic Education Western Australia and The Association of Independent Schools of WA will continue to respond as a collaborative team to advice from the WA Department of Health and provide updated advice to schools and staff as appropriate.

 

• Government of Western Australia Department of Health

• Australian Government Department of Health

• Department of Education

• Coronavirus Health Information Line: 1800 020 080

You can also visit the World Health Organisation website for more information about Coronavirus and updates.