Students, teachers adapt to online learning

GIPPSLAND Grammar’s new learning at home model, which the school transitioned to last Monday, has been operating relatively smoothly.

Gippsland Grammar’s Lisa Baker said the teachers and students had embraced the new way of learning, which was put in place in response tothe COVID-19 pandemic.

“We did however incur one short IT hiccup but, the school is glad it made the decision to move to Learn@Home early so issues like these can be ironed out without greatly impacting students,” she said.

Gippsland Grammar’s online system was upgraded Monday night.

Even though other local schools closed Tuesday, Gippsland Grammar continued classes online.

If it is recommended that schools remain closed at the beginning of term two, Gippsland Grammar will continue with online education for all its students from early learning to year 12.

Sale’s Chiara Centra, said her daughter was “as keen as mustard” to get started.

“Whilst I am also working from home, I was able to hear her interact with her classmates.”

East Gippsland parents of four, Jessie and Poh Ng, reported the online learning had so far been successful and productive.

Gippsland Grammar is one of only a few schools able to continue private one-on-one practical instrument instruction as well.

Gippsland Grammar director of music Matthew Goss said 180 students across all three campuses were involved.

“We have 18 different tutors on 12 different instruments – we are very proud to be able to keep lessons going for our students at this challenging time,” he said.

“Music is one thing that can remain relatively constant and help keep our minds off the stresses of the world.

“Where words fail, music speaks.”