Since the country’s alert level 4 Covid-19 lockdown was declared for Wednesday 25 March, St Paul’s Collegiate School has been operating a Distance Learning Delivery model.
Students follow a regular school timetable, attending lessons from Monday to Friday, while teachers deliver a combination of live streamed lessons, video sessions and online assignments. Regular contact between students, teachers and classmates ensures high engagement and focus throughout the new style of school day.
Working hard behind the scenes are the support staff, including IT specialists who are continually monitoring and reviewing the systems to ensure adequate functionality and stability of the programmes, both technically and academically.
While the whole school is used to coming together every day, whether at a Headmaster’s assembly or Chapel service, our students now come together online to Soul Food with Rev at 1:20pm each day. Soul Food with Revd Peter Rickman provides a place for staff and students to hear stories, to pray but most importantly to learn some strategies for their well-being.
Our teachers and staff have been working from home since the lockdown but the school continues to function as normal from within a virtual environment.
Term two will conclude on Wednesday 8 April for the Easter break followed by school holidays.
Term Dates for the remainder of term one and holidays are as follows:
Thursday 26 March – Wednesday April 8 – all students using distance learning platform
Thursday 9 April – School holidays commence
Monday 27 April (ANZAC Day) – National holiday
Tuesday 28 April – Term 2 begins, distance learning recommences.
Our thoughts are with the caring, brave people who are working in health, emergency and essential services. We are grateful for their efforts and wish them well over the coming weeks. We hope they keep safe and protected from harm and we thank them for being there for the rest of us.
Be kind, keep well.