Maitland High School

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Learning during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Our school, like all NSW public schools is open. Parents and carers are encouraged to keep their children home if possible. This decision has been made as part of the Government's ongoing approach to social distancing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The link below is provided by the NSW Department of Education to support families taking these early steps.


Learning from home has started in NSW. Get your family ready now at #LearnFromHome


Below is a link to The NSW Department of Education’s ‘Advice to Parents and Carers’. It covers these important factors:


Parent responsibilities during remote learning

  • Provide support for your children by:
  • establishing routines and expectations
  • defining a space for your child to work in
  •  monitoring communications from teachers
  •  beginning and ending each day with a check-in
  •  taking an active role in helping your children process their learning
  •   encouraging physical activity and/or exercise
  •  checking in with your child regularly to help them manage stress
  •    monitoring how much time your child is spending online
  •  keeping your children social, but set rules around their social media interactions.


Student responsibilities during remote learning

  •  These responsibilities should be adjusted according to the age of your child:
  • ·establishing and/or following a daily routine for learning
  •  identifying a safe, comfortable, quiet space in their home where they can work effectively and successfully
  •  regularly monitoring digital platforms and communication to check for announcements and feedback from teachers
  •  completing tasks with integrity and academic honesty, doing their best work
  •  doing their best to meet timelines, commitments, and due dates
  •  communicating proactively with their teachers if they cannot meet deadlines or require additional support
  •  collaborating and supporting their classmates in their learning
  • complying with the departments' Student use of digital devices and online services policy'
  • seeking out and communicating with school staff as different needs arise.


At Maitland High School, we have set up educational provisions to help students learn at home. All students, whether they are on or off campus, will continue to learn and will be provided with the same tasks to complete.


No computer, laptop or tablet at home?

The school will loan out computer laptops to students who cannot access a computer or tablet at home. Please do not call the school, email us instead with the subject line; “Laptop Loan”.  


No internet connection at home?

Students who do not have internet access at home, will have regularly scheduled times to bring in their loaned devices and access our wifi to download new work from CANVAS and upload their completed work.  Additionally, there will be tutorials and workshops for senior students on site as NSW Health advice allows, in due course. 


Your child already knows how to access learning via CANVAS

We have taught all students how to access their courses on CANVAS and students who are at home and who have access to online technology should start engaging with that work now. However, please see the links below that provide step by step instructions for both you and your child to access CANVAS.


School work provided via CANVAS can be accessed by following these step-by- step instructions:


Parent ‘How -To’ Instructions


Student ‘How -To’ Instructions


Packaged Learning – same at home as at school

We will be packaging learning that using CANVAS that will be the same for all students whether they are at home or at school e.g children of essential services providers, who have no choice but to attend school. The learning activities will be well-scaffolded so that all students are able to understand what to do and how to do it. Importantly, I stress that it will be the same content delivered online as at school.

Students are able to submit their work online, participate in online discussion threads and receive quality feedback and learning direction via our CANVAS LMS. Many of your children already do this and have been doing it for some time. 


Units of work are evolving every day on CANVAS

Please be aware that as @24/3/20, not all faculties are up to the same point in online delivery, however, our staff are continuing to develop significant amounts of quality, well-designed work to transfer learning online in a very short space of time. We will continue to evolve our online learning capacity and work will be added to CANVAS daily. We are also very well-supported through the extensive resources of the Department of Education, (DoE) to continue to deliver quality content and resources for every student to continue learning from home.


Year 12 HSC

All senior students, especially Year 12, are reassured that the National Standards Education Authority (NESA), understands and is making extensive allowances for the disruption this serious world event is causing to HSC preparations. Please do not worry about this, NESA is working extensively to ensure Year 12 students are not disadvantaged at the HSC. More explicit information is being developed by NESA and will become available shortly.


NESA's latest information:

Following the meeting, Chair of the NESA Board Professor Peter Shergold said he had three important messages for HSC students:

  1. We know you are worried. While we recognise we are facing an unprecedented situation, we want to assure you that you will be able to get a HSC certificate this year, and that the certificate will facilitate access to university, further education and employment, as it has for students over the past 50 years.
  2. Keep learning, do your assessments as advised by your school, make progress on your major projects where you can and, most importantly, look after yourself, whether you are at school or at home. Reach out to family, friends and your teachers if you need to.
  3. If you get sick, your school and NESA have provisions to ensure you are not disadvantaged.

Effective immediately the Board is giving principals or system authorities the power to make decisions about the number and weighting of HSC formal assessment tasks for their school in 2020. The Board affirms its complete trust in principals and teachers.

“This action provides schools with the flexibility they need to support their students in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak,” Professor Shergold said.

NESA will provide specific advice to principals about this delegation of authority later this week.


For up to date advice about the 2020 HSC visit the NESA COVID-19 advice page:



En Avant

Paula Graham


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