From Mr Hudson

I would like to congratulate WCCS parents, students and teaching staff for the way that our community has engaged in the remote learning process.  It has been a challenging time for many. Early this term we conducted a wellbeing survey of High School students to see how they are going with remote learning. Many students reported that they enjoy learning online and they believe it suits their learning style well. Other students noted that they are beginning to adjust to online learning. Students also reported feeling more tired, anxious and worried about their grades.

Some of the comments were:

“I like the fact that you are reaching out to make sure we are ok.”

“I enjoy being able to move at a pace that helps me to stay calm and I am enjoying some of the methods that teachers have been using to teach in response to remote learning.”

“I cant wait to actually get out of the house and see all my friends and teachers face to face.”

Our Phase 1 has allowed students to reconnect with their peers and staff and provide support and guidance with their learning. 

The first week saw many staff welcoming students back with signs and posters.  It was a positive and uplifting experience for all.

Next week will see the return to school for all students.  This is yet another change for our community and this transition will come with mixed emotions. I imagine some students will likely appreciate the return to normal routine, some will be more concerned about their progress and some may be anxious about their return, possibly impacting their wellbeing. 

Students need to plan for the return to school on Monday with your help, by getting up early, checking timetables (week B) and packing bags, to signal a return to school.

I encourage you as parents and carers to reach out to school staff for support in relation to any grief or concerns your child has experienced during these changing times. Remember, as a school community we are committed to caring for all of the students and families in our community. As part of this care for our community includes staff, it is important that students maintain excellent personal hygiene and bring their own drink bottle with water each day as bubblers will be unavailable for the foreseeable future.

Please remember to pray for our Year 12 students. These young people are feeling overwhelmed at school and may be concerned about the HSC due to the disruption, uncertainty and changes caused by COVID-19. Here is a guide from Reach Out to assist with these emotions:

https://au.reachout.com/articles/how-to-handle-fear-about-the-future-a-guide-for-year-12-students

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. – Psalm 91 v 1 -2

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.  – 2 Thessalonians 3:16

Regards,

Anthony Hudson
Deputy Principal – High School