Saturday School of Community Languages

Connection Diversity Excellence

Telephone02 7814 2115

Emailsaturdaycl-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au

COVID-19 - Message from the Principal

26 Aug 2020

Sana Zreika, Principal SSCL

26 August 2020

Dear parents and carers

The NSW Department of Education has been, and continues to be, in regular contact with NSW Health to seek advice about the ongoing support for schools to ensure that they remain safe for students and staff. The department updates its advice to schools regularly with regard to any restrictions that need to be placed on the day-to-day activities in schools based on the information provided by NSW Health.

As a result, the Saturday School of Community Languages will implement new measures to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission for students and staff across all centres.

These measures will be in effect from this Saturday 29 August 2020 for the remainder of Term 3.

  • The Saturday School of Community Languages centres will remain operational; however, lessons for Years 7 to 11 will be delivered online until the end of Term 3.
  • Please note: The Year 11 assessment task scheduled for Saturday 29 August will go ahead at the centre. Physical distancing rules will be applied. Students should arrive by 8:30am and will be dismissed at the end of the assessment task. Where there is an oral task, some centres have already communicated a staggered approach for students to arrive at the centre to complete the task.
  • The expectation is that all students in Years 7 to 11 will engage in online lessons on Saturday mornings from home or at the centre.
  • Lessons for Year 12 will be delivered face-to-face to support the HSC students as they prepare for their final examination. Physical distancing rules will be applied and there will be no more than 16 students in each classroom.
  • The centres will be staffed by an executive team, the IT coordinator, the administrative support officers and the Year 12 teachers, to ensure that all students have continuity of learning. Physical distancing rules will be applied.

Our teachers have been working hard to develop a suite of learning resources and options for students to undertake from home. Providing continuity of learning is important. The aim of the Saturday School of Community Languages’ online learning is to maintain, where possible, the curriculum for all our students. We strive to ensure high learning expectations and to support student wellbeing.

Students will log on to the electronic class platform at the start of the usual lesson time at 8:30am. A short break will be facilitated for Stage 6 classes. Students will finish at the regular class scheduled times.

Contact details for each centre can be found on the Contact Us page.

Please note that centre phones will be answered on Saturday mornings only. For urgent matters, please email the centre.

The effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic have been felt throughout the education community, and as we move into this mode of learning, I ask for your patience and understanding.

Kind regards

Sana Zreika, Principal, Saturday School of Community Languages


 

20 August 2020

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

The updated Advice for Families is available in accordance with the AHPPC and NSW Health guidelines. 

Any child with any COVID like symptoms will need to be kept at home. Should your child have a COVID test they will need to email the results to the Saturday School Centre they attend prior to a student returning from leave. The Centre must sight the negative result before a child can return to school. 

Our centre executive and administrative staff are always willing to assist with any enquiries you may have. Please contact the centre directly if you have any queries regarding your child/ren. Centre phone numbers and email addresses can be found at Contact Us.

Thank you for your continued support. We appreciate the way in which we continue to show care for our students, staff and community members by adhering to the restrictions. 



23 May 2020

Dear parent/carer

We are pleased to be able to have students back to on-site learning at the Saturday School of Community Languages. We are happy that students will be returning to school, catching up with friends, and reconnecting face-to-face with their teachers.

The safety and wellbeing of staff and students is our primary concern as we move to return to school. As such, additional cleaning has been arranged for all classrooms and toilet facilities that are used on Saturdays. Sanitiser gel and spray have also been made available at each centre. Liquid soap in the bathrooms is available throughout the day.  

Students who are unwell or have an illness must remain home.

We are committed to ensuring that all aspects of the language syllabus have been covered for our students, in particular for the students completing the HSC course this year. We will therefore be offering all Year 12 students an optional extra hour of learning from Week 5 to Week 10 for students. Contact your child's centre for more information.

The 2020 HSC written exam and updated oral language exam timetables are now available on the NESA website.

The written and oral exam timetables will each start a few days later than originally planned to give students more face to face time with their teachers to revise, ask questions and seek support in the lead up to exams.

Please be reassured that we are aware of the challenges that many of our students have faced with their learning from home, and we will be monitoring each student in terms of both their learning and wellbeing.

The NSW Department of Education has also provided resources to assist families during this return to school phase.

Kind regards

Sana Zreika, Principal, Saturday School of Community Languages


 

20 May 2020

Dear parents and carers

Following the announcement by the Premier and Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning that all students will return to full time on-campus teaching and learning, students in Years 7-12 at the Saturday School of Community Languages will return to face to face lessons from Saturday 23 May. All students are expected to attend school unless they are unwell.

The managed return to school, which began with our Year 12 students on Saturday 16 May, has demonstrated that all our 14 centres are ready for school to go back to full-time on-campus teaching and learning, in line with national and NSW Ministry of Health advice.

Our students have one session to cover the entire week’s curriculum and the opportunity to interact face to face with their teachers is an essential part of achieving the outcomes and completing the planned units of work for their courses. Therefore, the lessons at Saturday School centres will return to the normal mode of delivery from Saturday 23 May.

The safety and wellbeing of students and staff is our primary concern as we move into this return to school. As such, additional cleaning has been arranged for all classrooms and toilet facilities that are used on Saturdays. Sanitiser gel and spray are also available at each centre. Liquid soap in the bathrooms is available throughout the day. Students and staff members who are unwell or have an illness must remain home.

If you wish to contact or email the centre that your child attends, the phone number and email address of the centre is available on the Contact Us page.

We look forward to seeing all our students back this Saturday 23 May!

Kind regards

Sana Zreika, Principal, Saturday School of Community Languages


 

12 May 2020

Dear Year 12 students

I am excited to be able to start phasing students back to on site learning starting Week 3 of this term. On Saturday 16 May, the staff and I look forward to the managed gradual return of all our Year 12 students to the Saturday School of Community Languages.

We are looking forward to students returning to school, catching up with friends and reconnecting face to face with their teachers.

See our phased return to school plan for more information.

Kind regards

Sana Zreika, Principal


25 March 2020

Dear parents and carers

Following advice from the NSW Premier and NSW Minister for Education, I write to provide you with information regarding the Saturday School of Community Languages.

All NSW public schools are open. Our school’s centres will remain open for education provision at this time. However, for practical reasons parents and carers are encouraged to keep their children home if possible.

Our staff have been working hard to develop a suite of learning resources and options for students to undertake from home. Providing continuity of learning is important. The aim of the Saturday School of Community Languages’ online/remote learning is to maintain, where possible, the curriculum for all our students. We strive to ensure high learning expectations and to support student wellbeing.

Class codes or shared folders have been created for students to access. The expectation is that students will engage in online lessons on Saturday mornings either at home or school. Some of the platforms for remote learning are Edmodo, Google Classroom, or Google Drive.

Students can log on to the electronic class platform at the start of the usual lesson time at 8:30am. A short break will be facilitated for continuers and extension classes. Students will finish by regular class scheduled times.

At this stage Year 11 Assessment Task 1 (29 March 2020) and Stage 4 and Stage 5 Assessment Task 1 (4 April 2020) will be postponed until further notice.

Our main concern is our Year 12 students as we await definitive advice from NESA. As soon as this information is available we will share it with our students.

As we move into this new mode of learning, I ask everyone for their patience and understanding.

Kind regards

Sana Zreika, Principal


 

19 March 2020

Dear parents/carers

Many parents have expressed different views to those currently being expressed by the Prime Minister, the NSW Premier, the NSW Department of Education and the Ministry of Health regarding attendance at school and school closures. At this time, I ask for your understanding that the Saturday School of Community Languages is required to follow the direction of the NSW Government and the NSW Department of Education.

A number of parents have quarantined their children as a family response to the current pandemic even if they are not showing any symptoms. Within this group, many parents have also requested that work be sent home to ensure continuity of learning. As the school is currently delivering face to face classes, teachers will not be able to conduct their scheduled lessons and also act as Distance Education providers. 

At this time, teachers will not be sending work home for individual students who are not undertaking a prescribed period of isolation as a result of travel or direct contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19.

I would like to outline some of the measures the Saturday School of Community Languages is taking in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Online Learning delivery

All teachers are currently revising or creating work that can be accessed via a digital platform in the event that the government decides that the Saturday School of Community Languages should close.

For more information for parents and carers, visit our Learning from home page.

Social Distancing

Some parents have contacted us about aspects of social distancing. There is no doubt that social distancing is very difficult to enact in all school settings. Students will be asked to go straight to class and morning assemblies will not be taking place. You may also wish to discourage your child from visiting the local shopping centre on their way to and from school.

Hygiene

We are continuing to encourage good hygiene practices and the NSW Department of Education has directed the cleaning contractors to undertake extra cleaning of hard surfaces, desks, door handles and light switches. We have also sought emergency supplies of hand soap to supplement the handwashing routines that have actively been encouraged across the students and staff.

Assessment tasks in Years 11 & 12

For students in the senior years there is the extra layer of anxiety around completion of coursework and completion of assessment tasks. We acknowledge this extra layer of anxiety and we are actively working towards students in Year 12 achieving their Higher School Certificate at the end of this year. Assessment tasks for Years 11 & 12 have been on the calendar since the beginning of the year and will continue in their current format for the upcoming tasks in Term 1.

Students will be required to be present on the day of the assessment task and be expected to complete their in-class tasks as notified. If a student is in isolation due to travel or recent contact with a diagnosed case of COVID-19 they will need to submit an illness/misadventure form. If a student in Years 11 or 12 misses a task due to illness they will still need to present a Doctor’s Certificate with their illness/misadventure form.

Thank you for your understanding as we address this unprecedented situation.


 

More information

You can find up-to-date information about the NSW Department's response to COVID-19 on the department's School safety and Advice for families pages.

NSW Health advice

NSW Health has provided the following advice:

Australian Government advice

Read the Australian Government's daily COVID-19 health alert.