Dear Parents and Guardians,
On Monday 13th April, the Queensland Government decided that, in order
to reinforce social distancing across the community and slow the spread of
COVID-19, students will move to a home-based learning model from Monday 20
April 2020 until at least Friday 22 May 2020 (Weeks 1 to 5 of Term 2). During
this period, all students who are able to be supervised at home and learn from
home are to stay home. This means that if you are working from home (i.e. not
attending your workplace) your child should be at home not at school. The
exceptions to this are: children of essential workers, on days when they are
not able to be supervised at home and no other arrangements can be made, and
vulnerable students. A decision about the remainder of Term 2 will be made by
Kenmore SHS has prepared for this occurrence. Our school
will be delivering online learning from the first day back. We have been
working hard and are well positioned to do this with our OneNote platform and
some new technologies we will introduce. Please be aware that we do not have
the capacity to operate in dual modes i.e. to offer this online environment and
traditional face to face teaching in a classroom at the same time. Therefore
all students will be working from an online model. However we do understand
that students of some essential workers will need to physically attend school.
I need to be clear that this means that students of essential workers who
attend the school will not be in front of their classroom teachers in the same
I want to reiterate that our school operating hours are the
same when working from home. This means that students should follow their
timetabled lessons and times. Routine is important for students, staff and
their families. Please post up in their workspace the Continuous Learning Guides (see below) to assist you and your child to connect to these routines and
learning. Work will be available in their OneNote from the scheduled start time
of each lesson and their responses to each lesson will be expected by their
teachers. Students who attend school during this period will be supervised in
an open classroom space in S Block, ensuring appropriate social distancing
measures are in place. Our observations from last term would indicate that
social distancing issues are not classroom based but become a challenge during
student break and socialising times. Social distancing during break times will
be the students’ responsibility and you should rely on your child to be
responsible to adhere to these expectations. Students who come to school are to
go to the undercover area of S Block. Students attending will require
headphones from day 1 and headsets with microphone from week 2. Students
attending are required to be in uniform and are to bring their own food as the
canteen will not be available initially. You should also check the website of
your current bus company for updates on transport arrangements.
Students will start work in OneNote as per their timetable
from day 1 of term 2. From week 2, our students will have the wonderful
opportunity to engage in interactive tutorials with their teachers and
classmates at least once per week. This will occur via the Departmental
approved iSee platform. Please see the iSee Parent Letter for details
around this platform and be assured we will send weekly updates for parents to
support their child’s involvement.
It is important for students to note that they must check in
each school day prior to 9:00am via Education Perfect to confirm their
attendance and readiness for the day. Heads of Year will set tasks for students
each morning to respond to. This will be the first check we will take to see
who has engaged , as expected, for the day. We will follow up with families if
attendance is not confirmed (via student responses in Education Perfect by 9
am) and there has been no parental confirmation of absence. Please contact the
office as per usual practice if your child is unwell and unable to undertake
learning for that day.
We want our students to continue to access quality learning
and feel connected to their school community. At Kenmore SHS, we have a
strong academic program with a suite of core learning platforms that our
students regularly engage with and this forms the basis of our work this
term. However, you should also feel confident in these uncertain times
that the social-emotional wellbeing of your child/ren is at the core of all the
planning we have done. Please know that we are here to support you and your
children. With our preparation and guidance and your support, I am confident
that students will continue to learn and grow in Term 2.
Your proud Executive Principal,
Mr Paul Robertson
To support our students and families, we
should mirror routines expected whilst at school. Therefore, we have
provided the following guides for our students and their
Continuous Learning Guides
Please refer to the parent and student guides below, to
support the continuous learning experience, with daily routines and
Click here to download the Daily Student Guide (PDF, 813KB)
Click here to download the Experience Student Guide (PDF, 813KB)
Click here to download the Parent Guide (PDF, 810KB)
We will continue our communication with you through our
website, newsletters, emails and Facebook. You can also
stay informed through the QSchools app.
The QSchools app integrates with the school website, and
allows you to see when news, events and newsletters are posted to the
school website. You can also receive push notifications and emergency
announcements including school closures through the app. To download the app visit the application store for your
iPhone/iPad, Android or Windows PC device.
Students will communicate with teachers through their
OneNote and iSee platforms.
difficult times there may be a number of our families in unusual,
unpredictable and uncertain circumstances. And, because we know you will
have many questions we may not have answered, I would encourage you to send
these to email@example.com
so that we may respond to your questions and your
family’s circumstances. In these times, it is important that our school
community supports our community. We have a dedicated support team looking
to respond. Please let us know how we can help.
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Curriculum Delivery in OneNote and iSee
Students will be
accessing their subject content via their OneNote platforms. As best as we
are able, the intention is to provide for our students as close to
practical the sense of structure and normality of a current school day.
Students will be receiving advice from us that they will
be able to view the content for each lesson as per their timetabled lessons
throughout the week. That is, if they have English (for example) on Monday
period 1, they will be able to see at least 70 minutes of class work on the
OneNote by 9:05 am that day. Therefore, we encourage each student and
parent to set and follow a regular school-structured day. This will be
important for students and their families for consistency of administering
routines and practices during this period and for when we return to
Teachers will make themselves available one lesson per week in a tutorial to communicate with students in real time in the iSee platform
. This will be rostered to maximise the opportunities for students to engage actively in a spread across the week. This provides an opportunity for check-in questions, feedback on student work and explanation of concepts and misunderstandings. We encourage all students to participate, but appreciate it may not be possible for everyone.
From Week 2, we have scheduled one tutorial session with each student's teacher in every subject area. Class teachers will email students directly to let them know which lesson of the week their tutorial will be. Students need to write these into the iSee Tutorial Schedule (PDF, 68KB) so they are organised for Week 2. This will ensure students are ready and signed in at the right time, each day.
Internet Connections and iSee Platform
Positive Attitude and Perseverance
Teachers have been preparing in this platform for a short amount of time. It is new for students too. All teachers acknowledge the challenges you’ve experienced with online learning in Week 1. We are hopeful our planning for this face to face, interactive platform will result in a positive experience in Week 2 and beyond. As you have this week, please be patient and persistent. Remember we are all learning in this environment together and the first session is about learning how to use iSee, the expectations of behaviour in the tutorial and an update on Week 1 learning. Students are reminded to be courteous and kind when they log in and wait for their teacher’s instructions.
Expectations for Delivery of Learning
School work will be provided for each planned lesson in
the usual week (3 x 70 minutes for a typical class).
This work will be provided through the Class OneNote
platform (see previous statement regarding weekly tutorial) and uploaded in
clearly organised tabs and pages. Each lesson will have questions to check
for understanding that students will need to respond to so that we can
monitor engagement and learning.
Students will work online with the classes they currently
have on their timetable (a copy of their timetable was emailed to them
again prior to the holidays). The Year 11 Vocational Educational Program on
Monday at 1:55pm and Year 10 Career Education Program on Thursday at 9:05am
will continue. Heads of Year will deliver Morning CARE and extended CARE
(student wellbeing program) content and activities to students. Sport (Year
7 to 9) and FLX (Year 12 only) will not be delivered in the online
We have given careful consideration to how the provision
of information in OneNote, that is not delivered face to face, will be
received by teenagers. We know that checks for understanding (mastery
questions/quizzes/reviews etc.) will help engage students and help teachers
check on the acquisition of concepts/topics.
Further options such as interactive platforms (Education
Perfect/Quizlet) and videos (ClickView) will help engage students and
explain concepts that may be difficult to read and understand.
It is natural that students will want to continue to
question, clarify, gain feedback and as such feedback will be given in a
timely manner in the OneNote before the next scheduled lesson or within the
next lesson. This does not apply to drafting or completed assessment
feedback, where normal school practices still apply.
Our ICT Helpdesk staff will continue to support students
via the firstname.lastname@example.org
Note that in many subjects Term 1 results may reflect an
interrupted assessment schedule, and an achievement result may be based on
formative tests, in-class work and teacher observations.
Exam style assessment tasks in years 7-10 will be amended
to another mode.
Students will be informed about how they are submitting
assessment (SafeAssign, OneNote, email, SharePoint etc.) in individual
subjects electronically. This will mean a clear trail of communication
outlining what the process is and a help guide will be available.
The National Assessment Program—Literacy and Numeracy
(NAPLAN) that is normally sat by students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will not
be held in 2020 due to disruption caused by COVID-19.
Many Year 11 students have not yet completed Term 1
assessment due to the postponement of the exam block. In the event that
this exam block is cancelled in Term 2 due to prolonged closure, exam style
assessment tasks in year 11 will be amended to another mode. Dates for
assessment may be adjusted in some subjects to accommodate these changes.
Our Year 11 learning program will continue to be delivered in full to
prepare students for senior assessment in the ATAR system.
In response to the evolving COVID-19 situation, the
Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) has now provided
advice to schools regarding the decision to reduce the number of internal
assessment items for the 2020 year.
This means that final subject results in general subjects
will be calculated from two internal assessments and one external
In Essential English and Essential Maths, it will be two
internal assessments and a common internal assessment developed by the
In all other applied subjects it will be three internal
Teachers and Heads of Departments have adjusted their
learning program and made decisions in the best interests of the students
in response to these new guidelines. The changes to assessment and
assessment dates will be specific to each subject, however this has meant
changes to the program of preparation for students in all cases leading to
the external exams in Term 4.
The QCAA’s Parent and student FAQs page can be found
Click here to view the QCAA's Parent and Student FAQs page https://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/coronavirus-updates/parent-and-student-faqs
Differentiation in an Online Space
Staff from the Teaching and Learning Support Department
(TALS) and English as Additional Language / Dialogue (EAL/D) staff will
continue to work with students and families in an online environment.
Inclusion teachers will maintain contact with students with high support
needs and will be available to assist where needed to support students with
disabilities. All teachers will continue to cater for the many and varied
learning abilities within their classes. Support teachers will be working
with classroom teachers on strategies to assist with differentiation of
work for their learners.
What adjustments are being made for students?
- Using visuals and graphic organisers
- Providing appropriate work for individual ability
- Encouraging students to work with a peer through an online
- Moving to online learning platforms where applicable
- Available for contact via email
- Providing a scribe as needed
- Print activity sheets out if preferable
- Breaking down tasks into smaller chunks
- Make a “to do” list for each activity
- Set a time limit and return – give breaks
- EAL/D tutorials will still run throughout the week. Students will
have access to their EAL/D teachers.
- EAL/D staff will also be in touch with teachers of EAL/EQI students
regarding modification of any assessment for their needs as well as
What support can parents provide for their
- Keep a record of your student’s login and passwords for online
- Email classroom teachers for clarification regarding work unless
- Keep completed work as evidence of learning or submit it as stated by
the classroom teacher (e.g., completed activity sheets or scanning of
completed activity sheets, photos of students engaging in learning
- Encouraging students to use Assistive Technology (e.g. One Note
Immersive Reader and Dictation Tools) if they have difficulty with
reading or writing.
NOTE: If your student is having
difficulty with accessing their work, please contact relevant classroom
teachers sooner rather than later.
Student Welfare and Support
All student welfare concerns
are to be directed to Julie Savage (Deputy Principal) and Guidance Officers
via email email@example.com
Our Guidance Officers will continue to work with students
and the parents of students.
Please continue to check our website for resources and
updates regarding student and community wellbeing.
COVID-19 Mental Health and Wellbeing Support Resources