Saint Mary School students, from Preschool-aged three all the way through Grade 8 have completed their first week of Distance Learning. "I am incredibly proud of our entire community - parents, teachers, staff and students alike - in how they have shown flexibility and resilience in this shift in how our students are learning", says Principal Anna O'Rourke.
O'Rourke goes on to say "in a very short window, we have all shifted to an entirely different model of educating our children. We have tried to take into account the wide range of ages and personal family situations when implementing our plans this week. I am sure we will continue to make adjustments, but we have received really favorable feedback from our community".
Saint Mary School is using a combination of resources in their distance learning, from tried-and-true packets of work, Google Classroom tools like Google Meet, Zoom conference calls, emails and phone calls from teachers. "We have tried things this week that we would have never considered in previous years. Virtual morning meetings and staff meetings, at-home science labs. Our use of social media has never been more important in supporting our sense of community," said O'Rourke.