Mansfield Steiner School: Term 2 Remote Learning

The real opportunity for learning amidst this pandemic, is to know that adversity can be overcome through working together

 “I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

J.R.R Tolkien

Remote Learning could be considered quite a challenge within a school which discourages screen time for young children, but challenges always create opportunities which allows us to look at problems with renewed energy and transformed focus. This term Mansfield Steiner School will offer a different way of teaching and learning. The teachers at Mansfield Steiner school know how important it is to maintain a routine and inspire young minds and have developed specific plans to address the needs of different age groups across the School community. Every student in the school from Prep to Year 11 received a package of materials and resources which was personally delivered by teachers and staff to families all over the Mansfield Shire and beyond. Our furthest delivery was to Eildon. All families were waiting expectantly for the courier, wondering what learning possibilities were lurking in the parcel. Class 3 children were very surprised to receive their first stringed instrument – a violin or cello all ready to start their music lessons taught remotely by the music faculty.

The International Baccalaureate is well positioned for distance education delivery. The custom-made Online Learning Management System ‘Managbac’ is already in operation and provides our Year 11 students with access to all the necessary learning resources. The dedicated IB staff will be delivering live online lessons through Microsoft Teams, with additional opportunities for one on one mentoring sessions.

Meanwhile the students who are attending school are enjoying the spectacular Autumn colours of the school grounds, the bountiful kitchen garden, and getting used to a very different and much smaller school.

Written by Fran Cummins, Mansfield Steiner School Principal.

Apr 2020