Beaufort Secondary College


Beaufort Secondary College is a Year 7-12 college of 200 students serving a rural community in Western Victoria, approximately 50kms from Ballarat. Students learn in a beautiful environment beside Beaufort Lake. At Beaufort Secondary College we believe strongly in the development of partnerships between students, staff, parents and our local community to achieve quality outcomes for young people. We strive for all students to feel a sense of belonging within our college and community.


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CURRENT COMMUNICATION AND UPDATES

August 14, 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope this finds you and your family well during these challenging times.

Remote and Flexible Learning
We learned a lot from our last experience with Remote and Flexible Learning and have listened to feedback to improve our practices. We understand that we still have more to learn and we are developing new skills and knowledge every day. However, we are pleased with the progress we have made and we seem to have had a much smoother transition to Remote Learning this time around.
We set ourselves a goal of improving student engagement in Remote Learning. To this point, we can report that we are doing well with that goal. We have worked really hard to make contact with students who are not joining their classes and we will continue to work on engaging those students who still find it challenge to access the learning online.
We developed a new model for Years 7 -10 with a focus on engaging more of our students and keeping the workload manageable for everyone. In summary, all students need to participate in English and Mathematics throughout Remote Learning. In addition, we have some other subjects which students need to complete at different points between now and the end of the term. We also have other subjects which students can choose to join. We have a bare minimum for students to complete but we have also allowed for any student take on all of their subjects.
We have attached a copy of our remote Learning Model in ‘Powerpoint’ form. We used this to help explain it to our students in Form Group Meetings. All Year 7-10 students were asked to complete their subject selections at the beginning of Remote Learning. Our Year 11 and 12 students continue to work closely with their timetable and are expected to participate in all of their subjects.

Curriculum Day – Friday, August 21st
Before we knew we would be returning to Remote Learning, we had planned for a student free Curriculum Day on Friday, August 21st. We considered postponing this day but with further discussion decided to continue with the day. We will spend this day participating in Professional Learning sessions to improve our skills and knowledge in working in the Remote Learning environment. It will also give us an opportunity to develop and share our skills, so that we can provide more effective learning experiences for our students. Therefore, students will not be required to participate in online learning on this day.

Student Reports
We apologise for the delay in making these available to you. They are ready for parents and students to access and a separate letter of explanation in relation to student reports will be distributed which explains adjustments that needed to be made as a result of Remote Learning in Term 2.

We will continue to provide updates as we receive more information from the Department of Education and Training. Stay safe.

Karl Schier
Principal
Beaufort Secondary College






August 14th, 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you for your cooperation and patience whilst waiting for your child’s Semester 1 Report.

As you would be aware, the Department of Education and Training adjusted the expectations of Student Reports for Semester 1 in recognition of the transition to Remote and Flexible Learning during Term 2.

Whilst our school has continued to deliver its teaching and learning program and monitor the achievement and progress of each student, there have been some unprecedented changes to our usual program.

At Beaufort Secondary College we know it is vital to involve students and their parents/carers in learning. This process includes providing reports on student learning.

This semester we have provided a written report for the parent/carer of each student enrolled at our school and the reports will include information on student achievement for each curriculum area taught, however there are some changes from our usual Semester 1 reports.

For students in Year 7-10 our report will include:
• a description of the areas of the Victorian Curriculum F-10 taught
• a comment on how the student has adjusted to the Remote and Flexible Learning environment
• an S or N for learning tasks completed during Remote and Flexible Learning
• an A-E assessment for learning tasks completed via face-to-face teaching.


For students in VCAL and VCE our report will include:
• a description of the unit
• a comment on the achievement and learning capabilities of your child


Please note that we will not be including teacher judgements and a five-point scale due to the unprecedented changes to our program due to COVID-19.

Whilst it is our intention to hold Parent Teacher Interviews in Term 4, this decision is pending future advice from the Department of Education and Training and we will advise accordingly.

Thank you for your continued support during Remote and Flexible Learning.

Mr Karl Schier
Principal

Mobile Phones

Just a kind reminder about Beaufort Secondary College’s mobile phone policy. If students choose to bring their phone to school our expectation is that they will leave it at the office in the morning and pick it up after school.

Child Safe Schools

The Child Safe Standards are compulsory minimum standards for all Victorian early childhood services and schools, to ensure they are well prepared to protect children from abuse and neglect.​ Beaufort Secondary College has many policies and procedures in place that cater for the protection, safety and wellbeing of our students. Implementing the safe school strategies will further enhance the care and support we provide for our students.

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