Please note that some of the photographs and videos featured in this issue of the newsletter may have been taken prior to the Australian Government's Social Distancing protocols coming into effect. King's Christian College are following all Social Distancing protocols across our College operations, to protect the health of our College community.
|TERM 2 2020 IMPORTANT DATES|
|Monday, 25 May||Year 2 - 10 students return to school|
|Saturday, 6 June||2021 Scholarship Exam|
|Thursday, 18 June||Last Day Term 2
All Term 2 events have been cancelled due to Australian Government COVID-19 restrictions.
Easter Arts is an important event in the annual King's calendar and attracts interest from many talented artists every year. King's innovative response to event restrictions saw the College launch its very first virtual Easter Arts Exhibition this year. The exciting online gallery means that anyone can move through the exhibition and peruse the wonderful works of art from over 30 artists, anywhere, any time, with the opportunity to purchase their favourite pieces.View our virtual Easter Arts Exhibition
The theme of this year's exhibition is 'BEHOLD', which means to gaze upon or observe with pleasure. We hope this is what you do as you browse through this stunning selection of work!
Easter is always a highlight of the year at King’s, as our whole school attends a service to remember the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. For the first time ever, our three King’s campuses will be able to unite through our online Easter Service video, as we share the important message of Easter and the gift of His Amazing Grace.
Our team have been working hard to produce something very special for families, and we look forward to sharing our Easter Service video with you on Good Friday. Please check your emails for the link, and let’s all come together as a King's community to enjoy this virtual event.
Until then, please enjoy this short video from our students about Amazing Grace and what it means to them:
Our College has been working very hard to provide all students with the content they need to be able to enjoy an engaging learning experience, within the constraints of remote study. Our students are very savvy with using technology, and moving to a digital platform for learning has been a fairly smooth transition for them. We have provided a range of age-specific applications and programs so that our students have access to learning activities created by King's, as well as by other reputable education providers.
High School students are very familiar with using Compass for their learning, and have been provided with a range of tasks from teachers to continue working through. Teachers have also been refining their video production skills in order to release some 'flip' learning style videos for students. They have received more training in using Microsoft Teams in order to prepare for using this platform, for live chats with students, which will occur twice a week if online learning continues. This week High School students also participated in Microsoft Teams trials from home, and teachers were encouraged to see so many students taking part and keen to interact with each other in their virtual classes. These valuable sessions helped us test this group video chat platform and collect feedback from teachers and students so that any issues can be worked through, and we can successfully optimise Teams for virtual classrooms if required. Thanks to our parents for supporting the trials, and please remember to refrain from viewing the camera or screen during any future Microsoft Teams school sessions, due to child protection issues. Please also remind your children that they must be dressed in their King's sports uniform, and located in a public setting at home, for any future Teams school sessions.
With the support of parents, students from Prep to Year 4 have been using their printed workbooks, rainbow words, and Raz Kids app, to continue working through their learning tasks, as well as following the suggested daily learning schedule in Compass, when possible. Years 5 - 6 have had their iPads to continue working on their assigned work in Compass. Class Teachers across the Primary school also released some short and sweet videos to each of their classes this week, which were posted on Compass under each of the Year Level group pages.Watch our video on navigating Compass
Support for Parents
We understand this is a challenging time for everyone as we navigate a new way of doing things, in order to abide by the restrictions imposed by the current health crisis. King's are here to support our families wherever possible, and we are regularly adding useful information to Compass for you and your children. Our IT Support team are also available to help parents with issues relating to Compass, Parent Lounge or other school systems, and they can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online Curriculum Delivery Handbooks
Our Online Curriculum Delivery Handbook for High School has now been released to parents, and the Primary edition will be out soon via Compass. These Handbooks provide a wealth of information to clarify how the College will provide a high-quality online learning experience for King's students in future, if required.
During Term 1, Year 5 students were enrolled in the King’s Space Academy. The ‘cadets’ proved to be resilient throughout a number of physical challenges and evidenced their researching skills to complete a ‘degree’ in Space Science. Students were able to master in a variety of specialist areas which were matched to their multiple intelligence. Some cadets measured their weight on different planets in the ‘Master of Aeronautical Engineering,’ while others redesigned space shuttles of the future in the ‘Master of Creative Industries.’ Communication, Agency and the use of technology were the key skills that students reflected upon and used to support their training and evaluation period.
As we were not able to hold a formal Graduation Ceremony, teachers were honoured to host a Digital Graduation with their class. Parents were emailed a live link and Graduation Certificate on Monday, 30 March, showcasing each student's work. We are so proud of all of our Year 5 Space Cadets and their culminating assessment that has led them to graduate from the Space Academy and readied them for formal mission training.
Year 5 Lead Teacher
King's community-minded Year 3 students have been busy making thank you cards, filled with words of appreciation and encouragement, to the staff they know who are currently working hard in our local retailers, as well as staff in our primary care industries. At this challenging time, the act of kindness gave students a chance to reflect on others, to Love Faithfully, in the hope of brightening their day.
We really appreciate our amazing local community, and every person who works hard to provide products and services for all of us, and the class really enjoyed being able to give a small gesture of thanks.
Throughout Term 1, Year 3 students have been exploring the different states and territories of Australia. They have used their research skills to identify the different flags, and floral and fauna emblems, as well exploring some of the fascinating natural and man-made landmarks around our beautiful nation. As part of this unit, students worked in groups to create a diorama of their state and then presented their persuasive writing task about why Australia is a great place to visit. They are look forwarding to being able to personally visit some of their favourite geographic discoveries in the future.
Our thoughtful Chaplaincy team at King's ensured that life was just a little bit sweeter in High School this week, by providing a tasty lunch for the students who had to attend school because their parents were needed in their essential service roles around the community. Thank you Chappies!
Hundreds of our King’s Dance Academy (KDA) students have been able to keep up their dance lessons this term thanks to our passionate KDA teachers, who acted quickly to produce a series of fun and interactive virtual lessons each week for every dance genre at King's.
These lessons have been a very popular pastime among our students, who have been sharing their photos with the King’s Dance community, and for this newsletter. Parents and families have also been invited to participate, with a few brave mums and siblings taking up the challenge and getting to experience firsthand what happens in KDA lessons.
During these challenging times, KDA wanted to bring some fun into the home as they created a new way of learning dance and drama at King’s. The teaching team have been thrilled to receive so much positive feedback and Director, Miss La Toya, commented that ‘KDA teachers love knowing we can provide something the students love doing in the safety of their homes, keeping some normality at this hard time.’
Thanks KDA for passionately keeping our students moving and grooving!
Now more than ever we need to stay connected with one another, and King's have a number of channels to help you keep in touch with our College and community.
King's communication about school matters and education updates from the Government, are primarily through the news feed on Compass. The Compass news section provides information on all things relating to College operations, events, and sporting and classroom activities. The Parent Information tab has links to our parent handbooks, sport uniform days, before and after school activities, and useful information for your family.
Social media can be a useful way to connect with other families, especially in a time when face to face contact is so limited. King's have a range of groups and pages available which are not regularly monitored by the College, but can help you connect with our community:
Happy connecting!King's Facebook Groups