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Communication and support underpinned the continuous learning approach implemented by Faith Lutheran College last week as School’s from across the State closed due to the government-imposed 7-day lockdown.

For students at Faith this meant a temporary change of scenery as learning moved online and classroom walls were exchanged for the home environment.

The College was well prepared for these changes with the intent to minimise interruptions to the curriculum and reassure students and families through providing access to Year Level, Wellbeing Leaders and College Counsellors. Innovative learning plans initially developed during the lockdown in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 Barossa cluster were refined and delivery commenced from 8.35am last Thursday morning.

From the Early Learning Centre through to Year 12, students embraced their learning plans, from online Physical Education classes encouraging students to keep active, to mindfulness activities and face-to-face Psychology classes using online platforms. Families caught interstate due to border closures were not overlooked as staff also collaborated to develop creative and engaging learning opportunities for these students.

‘Our time learning remotely in 2020 reinforced the importance of face-to-face education, and the level of connection that is difficult to replicate online; at the same time, we have also been impressed by the resilience demonstrated by students, adapting to a new environment for learning. Our staff are committed to deliver quality education for our students, and our approach to continuous learning ensures students are well supported whether they are learning online or in the classroom.’ Steven Wilksch, Principal Faith Lutheran College.