Monday 23 March 2020

Monday 23 March 2020 

Senior School 

Update in response to the Prime Minister’s briefing issued yesterday (22 March), so that parents with daughters in Years 7 to 12 are aware of the arrangements at Somerville House. Our Head of Junior School has issued a separate communication to parents of students in Prep to Year  6.

The outdoor and indoor gathering restrictions announced by the Australian Government do not apply to schools. However, Somerville House will continue to implement  a range of  measures as outlined in previous communications.
Students and staff must self-isolate for 14 days if they are returning from overseas travel or have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19. They must not attend school during this isolation period.
I have previously indicated that teachers continue to provide face-to-face curriculum delivery. Our teachers are under immense pressure to continue delivery of their lesson plans, in addition to building their online teaching skills and other duties.
The Somerville@Home learning mode will be implemented in the event that the School campus is mandated to close its doors.
In the interim, a student who remains at home will have the responsibility to:

  • Ask a friend in each subject to collect any materials distributed in her classes.
  • Submit any assignments due while she is absent, directly to her subject teacher, via email attachment.
  • If a Year 11 or 12 student has any in-class assessments during her absence, she will be required to sit the comparable assessment task (in line with QCAA requirements), on her return.
  • Students in Years 7 to 10 will be able to sit the assessment on their return for feedback purposes. 
  • Refer to the summary of each lesson on MySubjects or OneNote, according to her class teacher’s preferred platform.

Tomorrow (24 March), we will introduce the Somerville@Home academic program to our Years 7 to 12 students.  For Prep to Year 6 students, communication will be provided by the Head of Junior School, as there will be some age-appropriate modifications to specific learning platforms.

In the coming days, the Principal will share with all parents the Somerville@Home Protocols  so that they are also aware of the guidelines for parents, in supporting their daughter’s home learning program.
Over the coming months, many in our community will become affected by the virus, directly or indirectly.  The School has planned for several scenarios so that we can remain flexible in our response.  We are placed in a very good position to support the learning of our students in the event of a mandatory school shut-down.

Junior School 

Junior School teachers have been steadily working with students honing their skills in readiness for Somerville@Home.

Although many students have already been completing homework tasks using a variety of online platforms to support their learning, on Tuesday (24 March), we will be conducting a whole Junior School practice Somerville@Home session. Teachers will assign an activity for students in Prep to Year 6 to complete as part of their usual homework, providing them with the opportunity to use their year level platform with parent support as necessary.

  • Prep to Year 4 – Seesaw
  • Year 5 – Seesaw/MySubjects
  • Year 6 – Seesaw/OneNote

Should your daughter have any difficulty accessing the homework task, please contact her class teacher via email. 

School Books

Today, Junior School students have taken home some additional items (workbooks) in their school bags. We would ask that girls do not bring these items back to school or complete any of the work/activities until directed to do so by their teacher. We would like to use these resources in conjunction with our online learning platforms in the event that the school needs to enact its Somerville@Home program. 

Tomorrow (24 March), guidelines tp parents will be send so that parents can support their daughters in engaging with Somerville@Home. While we do not currently have any advice that school closure will occur, we simply want to be prepared if it does.