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.

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

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

Teachers follow the Waldorf curriculum. Classes use Zoom for lessons and to connect socially. MS Teams and other communication tools are used as needed.

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 11 & 12 students follow the timetable for term 2 for all academic subjects. Using MS Teams teachers teach online, or post worksheets / projects / assignments/ give students links of videos to watch etc. Work is assessed and feedback given.