Kia Ora whanau
I hope you are all safe and well in your bubbles.
We would like to thank you for your continued support of teaching and learning during this most recent lockdown. Teachers report varying levels of engagement in the learning.
We have continued to adapt how we develop and present our online learning, and as you can imagine this relies on students and whanau playing their part at home.
We fully understand the pressure many are under at the moment, but we need your help to check and monitor your children’s learning, even a simple query about what they have done each day.
While the school has undertaken the distribution of devices to those who need them, it is disappointing to see that many students who are taking this up are in the Senior levels. BYOD has been part of Wesley College for over 4 years now, all students should have their own device to use at school and home.
The devices are funded by the Trust Board so are extremely reasonable to purchase. There is a payment plan available enabling you to pay off the device to an agreed amount and time frame.
Applications for this assistance is available from the school office on request. Please contact the school if you would like more information.
The past 12 months have shown us how crucial it is for students to able to switch quickly into online learning. But it’s not just a lock down concept. It’s the world our children are entering.
A student having their own device will lead to increased participation with learning, whether students are at school, during prep or at home or during future lockdowns. Parallel to having their own device, learning coaches will monitor and support learners to use their device for effective lifelong learning whereby students become more responsible, independent, and learning becomes a 24/7 activity.
A student having their own device, teachers are also able to personalise the learning so each student can learn at their own pace.
Learning becomes student driven. … we want independent, responsible learners – these traits will be beneficial after school in working life
Student collaboration and communication increases. … again, lifelong skills
Personalised instruction … teachers are there to ensure your child’s learning is customised for them
It is, and has been, our expectation that every student at Wesley will have their device.
Take care and be safe.
Ngā mihi nui
Dr Brian Evans
BA, Dip Tch, MEd, PhD