Our Special Education Support Unit at James Busby High School is very proud of all the achievements of students and staff during this ‘Learning from Home ‘period. We thank you for your wonderful support and encouragement of students and staff. This has been a challenging term, however, there is much to celebrate this term in terms of students and staff achievements.
In regards to Year 12, I thank Year 12 students for maintaining their focus on their studies this term. I would also like to thank parents for their support of transition activities that have been organised including transition and review meetings. In particular, I thank the school counsellors, Head Teachers and Mr Suljevic for their great work. Well done, Year 12, your level of engagement has been fantastic.
I also thank parents and carers for your patience as we have worked with the Department of Education in organising support for vaccinations for Year 12. I thank Ms Bartolillo for her wonderful support. If you have any further questions regarding these, please leave a message at the front office and I will call you back. We will keep you informed as to end of Year 12 activities as information comes to hand.
Changing Communication Processes
Organisation of communication has been important during this learning from home period. We appreciate your considerate and friendly approach and letting us know of any concerns at an early stage. We have been busy organising phone calls being made to students and parents to support students’ engagement in learning and to assist with their work where required. As well, teachers and SLSOs have offered to mentor students. If you would like to talk to your child’s class teacher or Year Advisor, please call the school and leave a message for the Head Teacher or class teacher and they will call you back. I thank all staff for their great work in communicating with parents and students.
An increased focus on ICT
We appreciate all the encouragement and support of your child’s learning in what has been a quick change over for many students in using technology on a daily basis. I am still learning many aspects of ICT and the many wonderful resources that are available. I thank the Head Teachers, Ms Bray and Ms Samuel for leading their faculties in this.
Staff have worked hard as a team to implement technology. Staff have met each day via zoom for the first six weeks of ‘Learning From Home’ in streamline learning processes for students. We are continuing to meet at least three times a week. Staff have met with students via zoom and on Google Classroom. This year, I have introduced a change in the SLSO role where they are also involved in supporting students and teachers on Google Classroom. I would like to thank support officers for their wonderful work and to recognise their fantastic contributions to supporting students, not just in this week which is SASS recognition week, but throughout the year. Please contact your child’s teacher or Head Teacher, if you have any questions regarding technology or require more work booklets.
'Focus on Inclusion’
Last week, the Inclusion Team in our school met for a zoom meeting. I would like to thank all those who attended from across the school both Mainstream teachers and teachers of Special Education Support classes. A news school team in the school this year, we look at activities, programs and processes to continue to maintain and to improve inclusion in the school. I would like to thank staff for their enthusiasm and great ideas.
‘Wear it Purple Day’
This year staff dressed in purple for our Staff meeting on ‘Wear It Purple Day’ to celebrate gender diversity. As well we organised a zoom meeting with students with the theme ‘Start the Conversation and keep it going’. I would like to thank Ms Ramsay our Librarian for working with me on ideas for ‘Wear it Purple Day’.