Bunbury students give remote classes a big tick

Nicolette BarbasSouth Western Times
Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School Year 4 teacher Josh Williams has been running the remote learning program with his students over the last two weeks.
Camera IconBunbury Cathedral Grammar School Year 4 teacher Josh Williams has been running the remote learning program with his students over the last two weeks. Credit: Nicolette Barbas

As COVID-19 forces schools into online learning, students at Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School have turned to remote learning.

While the school has not yet enforced a “stay at home” policy, deputy head of academic studies Kathy Chiera said students were welcome to continue their studies in an environment they felt comfortable in.

“It is up to the students to decide whether they wish to study at school or from home, but we have ensured there are appropriate resources at hand for all students,” Ms Chiera said.

“All of the classes are being run through a remote learning platform where teachers are conducting the class as normal.”

From a cohort of 34 students, Year 4 teacher Josh Williams had just five in his class on Tuesday.

“While it is not a normal school day, we are doing what we can to make sure students are proactively learning,” Mr Williams said.

“Early on we had some teething issues, but the students came up with etiquette rules since and it is working a lot better now.

“We found that students are communicating more than they would in a classroom setting which has been great to see and a lot of them are able to work quicker from home.

“As teachers that has been challenging at times.

“I don’t think I could teach a class without students present in the room, but I think there is definitely a way we could incorporate other children into a school setting like this.“

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