COVID-19 Response

 

Background to our school’s response

Our school campus was closed for classes and events as of 18 March 2020.

Throughout the April holidays teachers and staff worked tirelessly to facilitate distance learning.

Distance learning (some online, some facilitated through other means) began on Monday, 20 April.

School permitted to reopen in a phased manner from Monday, 1 June.

MMWS Protocols for Covid-19

For more detailed information, please see these letters from our Administrator, William Bester, to the Michael Mount community.

Letter to Michael Mount community – 16 March 2020

Letter to Michael Mount community – 17 March 2020

Letter to Michael Mount community – 24 March 2020

Letter to Michael Mount community – 09 April 2020

Letter to Michael Mount community – 17 April 2020

Letter to Michael Mount community – 24 April 2020

Letter to Michael Mount community – 30 April 2020

Letter to Michael Mount community – 11 May 2020

Letter to Michael Mount community –  22 May 2020

Letter to Michael Mount community –  01 June 2020

Letter to Michael Mount community – 10 June 2020

We continue to assess and follow the guidance of the Department of Basic Education and the National Alliance of Independent School Associations (NAISA) and the Federation of Waldorf Schools.

What does distance learning look like at Michael Mount?

Early Childhood

Early Childhood teachers are committed to supporting and helping to nourish the children and their families through stories, songs, and activity ideas, and providing a rhythm for the children. Remembering that play and work are the cornerstones of the early childhood curriculum, resources are provided to help support parents to bring Waldorf education into their home. Teachers communicate weekly and are available for check-ins as needed.

Class 1 – 4

Teachers follow the Waldorf curriculum and connect with their pupils in a variety of ways. Digital technology is used sparingly, primarily for social purposes, with these younger children.

Class 5 – 7

Class 7 returned to campus 9 June 2020. Classes 5 and 6 phasing in from 15 June 2020.

Class 8 – 10

Assignments and creative work are uploaded onto MS Teams for these classes. The teachers are available to assist the students with any work they are struggling with. Students submit their work for assessment and feedback is given.

Class 11 – 12

Class 12 students return to the Michael Mount campus from 2 June 2020. Class 11 students return to the Michael Mount campus from 8 June 2020