UPDATED: Monday, 30 March, 2020.
Since Wednesday 25 March 2020, Trinity Grammar School has been operating in a remote learning mode. This decision has been taken following direction from the NSW Premier, requiring:
- NSW schools to remain open
- NSW schools to teach in a remote-learning mode
- Parents to have the option to keep their children home from school
- NSW schools to provide school-based supervision of students if needed
How is the School delivering remote learning?
Please visit the School’s Remote Learning landing page.
I’m confused by the NSW Government announcement. Do I send my son to School or not?
For COVID-19 mitigation purposes, the NSW Government has asked schools to remain open, but deliver in a remote learning mode. We understand this has caused some confusion amongst our community.
The NSW Premier has said schools in NSW will remain open but has encouraged parents to keep their children at home to contain the spread of coronavirus.
As we have been advised by the government, School-based supervision of students is to be provided as an option. This is intended to support families who may work in the health sector, or other essential service contexts, and who may not be able to supervise students at home.
We also understand other parents may not fall into government-identified categories, but who are also unable to supervise students at home. School-based supervision is available for these families also.
‘School-based supervision’ means your son would receive his learning via Trinity’s remote platform, just as the other students will, but he will do that learning whilst on the School’s grounds and supervised by School staff.
Student attendance records
The School continues to have a government obligation to keep records of attendance. The three key categories during remote learning will be: present; learning remotely; or absent (for illness). The roll will be marked of the boys who are present at school each day.
A text message will be sent to parents of boys who are not present at school, stating that the boy is absent and noting that the School is assuming that he is learning remotely. If this is the case, no response is necessary. If your son is unwell and therefore not learning remotely on that day, please notify the school by responding to the text message.
Year 7-10 assessments
All formal assessments for Years 7-10 that are scheduled between now and the end of term will be modified to become work done remotely that provides evidence of learning.
Are Year 11 and 12 examinations still taking place?
The government has now stated that if people can work from home, they should. Recognising the increased urgency in the government’s guidance, we have taken the decision to cancel the remaining Year 11 and 12 examinations. There will be no examinations on Tuesday or Wednesday. The Curriculum Office will be in contact with Year 11 and 12 students regarding this decision, and the path forward for their re-engagement with remote learning.
What will happen to Study Support and Study+ Programmes?
The Arthur Holt Library in Summer Hill library will be closed from Tuesday March 31. Study Support and Study+ Programmes have been cancelled.
Is the School going to use video conferencing/meeting platforms for remote learning?
Yes. We are trialling additional protocols in Week 10 for Phase 2, which we anticipate rolling out at the start of Term Two. Interactive video will become a more prominent feature of remote learning at that point.
As we move to the second phase of remote learning at the start of Term 2, we will be using interactive chat and live classroom breakouts using the video meetings function in Microsoft Teams. Our choice of this platform has been based on familiarity:
- our students are familiar with the Microsoft Office suite,
- it integrates with Canvas, a platform with which they are familiar
- it offers our ICT extensive functionality when it comes to protocol and protection securities
The opportunity to trial and develop our approach will take place during the course of Week 10 to ensure that our protocols for interactive video, and the skills of staff, are in good shape.
Will my son be able to continue his music lessons when the School is closed?
The School will be in contact directly with students who take instrumental music lessons.
What is happening with other co-curricular activities?
All co-curricular activities have been paused during remote learning.