Normally at this time of the year we would be reporting back on Siena in the City presentation evening and other learning events, but we are in a very different reality. However, we are all committed to ensure that the provision of excellence in learning and the attention to wellbeing continues in these changed circumstances.
Overall the students are making the best of this situation and becoming more comfortable asking questions either by Microsoft Teams Chat function or by interjecting during class time. Teachers are also very aware of how much can get done in a class and we encourage a slower approach to the delivery of new content, as well as providing time for independent learning. These are interesting times, but our students are also gaining new learning skills.
I am very pleased to let you know that the Year 12 Formative SACs are progressing as we’d hoped. Our girls are committed to their learning and it shows in their participation and assessment. Subject teachers are compiling the new VCAA Study Design changes and we will communicate these to students in the next week.
It is true that while the teaching staff have done an amazing job of redirecting lessons and assessments toward online learning, and our administrative staff continue to support our families following up absences, the onus to participate in lessons lies more heavily on our young women in this remote environment. The levels of attendance have been exemplary, and we are very proud of our students. It is so important to maintain this momentum. Please continue to support and encourage your daughters as we all rise to the challenges before us.
All the staff at Siena College are here to assist and support in any way we can, so please don’t hesitate to contact us.