Principal’s update – 27/03/2020

Dear Aurora families

I hope this email finds you all in good health.

Today is Day 4 of our ‘learning from home’ response to the COVID-19 situation. I am pleased to report that all lessons have run according to schedule this week in our Microsoft Teams classrooms. I want to thank our students and staff for their adaptability and resilience in these challenging times.

A reminder that class rolls are being marked for all lessons. Parents should contact the coordinating office by telephone on 1300 287 629 or by email at auroracoll-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au if your child is unable to attend their scheduled lesson.

Please be aware that students accessing classes and class resources from home may also impact on your internet connection’s download limit. We have been collecting information from families regarding home internet connections to assist in planning for future lessons, and understand that some students have limits either on bandwidth or downloads that may impact class attendance. If you are concerned about limits on your connection and the impact that online classes may have on your account, I encourage you to contact your broadband provider to enquire whether they have additional capacity available for education purposes during the current situation.

You should also be aware that while students may be using Aurora College or NSW Department of Education equipment to study from home, any filtering or monitoring that the Department has in place to protect students at school is not available at home. School internet connections include an automatic filtering system, preventing students from accessing sites categorised as unsuitable or inappropriate for education. This includes social media sites such as Facebook and YouTube. As the filtering system is attached to the school’s internet connection, and not to the individual devices in use at the school, students using an Aurora College device to access the internet from home or other internet connections will not be bound by these filters. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Technology Support Team on 1300 610 733.

Please note that previously published assessment schedules for all years will be followed, though individual tasks may be modified with appropriate notification to students and their parents.

We have produced a series of short videos and other resources to support students and their parents during this time. These resources can be found on the Learning from home resources page of our website https://www.aurora.nsw.edu.au/learn/learning-from-home-resources/.

Our school counsellor and learning support team are available to assist any student in need. Students and parents should contact the coordinating office to make a referral.

My best wishes to you all.

 

Regards

Chris

 

Chris Robertson
Principal, Aurora College

C/- Mowbray Public School

635 Mowbray Road Lane Cove North NSW 2066

T: 1300 287 629

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