From the Interim Principal
The Springfield Anglican College, like all schools at this time, is considering its options and preparing for situations that could eventuate as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread. We are continuing to provide a high-quality education and the College is committed to staying open for as long as possible in order to do just that. At the same time, we are assessing our capability for remote teaching and learning, in case the situation changes and we are directed to close, either partially or fully.
Our staff and students are enjoying testing our capacity for remote-access learning. Last week we held our first ever secondary assembly via Zoom technology, with the Principal, the Head of Secondary and two student leaders speaking to students who had assembled in small groups in their Form rooms. We even sang the National Anthem and said the College Prayer together in this way!
Our Year 9 Camp went ahead this week, with students no doubt enjoying the isolation and challenge of hiking and camping in the outdoors, in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast. Unfortunately, future camps and excursions are now under threat, after directives from the state Department of Education cancelling all state school activities of this nature.
Sport is another area which has been severely impacted by the pandemic. Many of our students are disappointed by the cancellation of the remainder of the interschool competition for Term 1. Since it is likely that the shutdown of sport will continue into Term 2, our sports staff will be coming up with creative ways of keeping students fit and healthy with an exercise program that is both enjoyable and sensible in terms of social distancing.
We know that young people are highly social creatures and thrive within a real community rather than in isolation. We are keen to stay open and to keep our students connected, in person, with their teachers and with each other. At the same time, we will be doing our best to keep them safe from infection. I am grateful to parents for their support at this challenging time, and to our excellent staff who are remaining positive and are committed to their most important work.