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Learning from home - COVID-19

The following information and links aim to help parents and carers support boys in remote learning. I encourage you to explore all of the resources available on this web page and remain in contact with the School throughout this period of home-based learning. Each boy’s teacher has thoroughly planned and created learning opportunities that will see their learning continue uninterrupted. While the learning will feel different, teacher support, feedback and direction remains the same.

As parents and carers, you are important partners in your son’s learning in the ‘at home’ environment. We are confident that together as teachers and parents/carers we will create rich educational experiences that enhance your boys’ learning in this alternative setting.

If there is anything we can do to support you in home-based learning or pastoral care, please do not hesitate to make contact. We are committed to supporting you and the boys.

Dr Rob McEwan
Headmaster

Return to school

On Monday 25 May, students from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 6 and Years 11 and 12 will return to school. Students from Years 7-10 will continue to learn from home until Tuesday 9 June. Please refer to the below links for specific information for your son's year level. 

Learning from home

Middle and Senior School (Years 7-10)

Middle and Senior School students are using Rory and Microsoft Teams as tools for learning from home. 

With a view to establishing a productive home-based learning environment, there are a few guidelines provided our Head of Teaching and Learning (Years 7-12), Mr Iain Belot which can be found here.

Expectations for students

  • Students should be changed and sitting at a table or desk, preferably in a public room by 8.30am for mentor time.
  • Students should follow their normal timetable.
  • Students should check Rory each day to clarify deadlines for due work.
  • Students should complete all due work.
  • Students should communicate any issues or questions with their teachers.
  • Students should check their Rory News feed and their email daily for any news or information they may have missed.

Expectations for parents/carers

  • Parents and carers should encourage and support their children, finding them a suitable place to work, preferably in a public place in the house.
  • Parents and carers should check that their son is meeting deadlines set on Rory.
  • For any subject specific concerns, email the subject teacher. For anything else, email sspastoralcare@hutchins.tas.edu.au (Senior School) or your son’s mentor/Head of Year (Middle School) and this will then be passed on to the appropriate person.
  • Parents and carers are absolutely not required to teach their sons. This (do have a look if you haven’t seen it already) is the situation we want to avoid. If you feel you are approaching this state, please contact us and we will assist.

Absentees

Please continue to notify the School if your son is unwell as normal via the Hutchins App or by calling Senior School Reception on (03) 6221 4200 by 9.30am. Teaching staff will be notified each day of students that are unwell so they will know not to expect them in class webinars and can contact them during the week for catch up information.

IT help

The IT Helpdesk is operating on site as normal. Please email HelpDesk@hutchins.tas.edu.au or call (03) 6221 4315.

Below are some useful links that may assist to answer your question:

Pastoral care

For pastoral care concerns or information please contact the appropriate staff member as below. For a list of staff contacts, click here

Middle School (Years 7 and 8)

Please contact your son's mentor. 

Senior School (Years 9-12)

Please email SSpastoralcare@hutchins.tas.edu.au.

Wellbeing

The current situation with Coronavirus can obviously cause great anxiety and uncertainty for people of all ages. Please remember to reach out, stay connected, look after your health and wellbeing and find meaningful ways to use your time whilst away from school. Keep in touch with friends, family and staff and look after each other.

The support of The Hutchins School Counsellors and chaplains can be accessed by students and families during this time of home-based learning.

Contacts

School Counsellors

Mr Dean Docking: dean.docking@hutchins.tas.edu.au
Mr Matt Magnus: matthew.magnus@hutchins.tas.edu.au

School Chaplains

Rev Dr Lee Weissel: RevLee.Weissel@hutchins.tas.edu.au
Rev Mark Holland: mark.holland@hutchins.tas.edu.au

Below are a range of wellbeing resources that you may find of interest. These will be added to regularly during this period:

Contact

Staff contact list 

To learn more about how Hutchins provides opportunities for boys to become their best, we invite you to contact our Enrolments Assistant on 03 6221 4236 who will be delighted to assist you with your enquiry, provide you with further details or arrange a tour so that you may see our school in action. Read more…