Cobram schools reflect on the return to remote learning

By Liam Nash

Recent COVID-19 restrictions has affected how schools in Cobram will operate, with remote learning back from today.

Having tackled it all before, schooling bodies are better prepared heading into the next six weeks.

Cobram Anglican Grammar principal Keith Willet was aware of the task at hand, but is confident the school is more than equipped to get through the situation.

“The government has had to make the decision to resume remote teaching and learning, which wouldn’t have been an easy decision to make. However, it has been made with the interest of the health of all Victorians in mind,” he said.

“I personally support the decision and we are prepared to do what we can make sure our community stays safe and healthy.

“I place full confidence in the fine staff at Cobram Anglican Grammar School and know they will do their utmost to ensure good outcomes for our young people.”

Cobram Secondary College sent out a statement to families through Facebook, with principal Kimberley Tempest relaying a message of solidarity ahead of the remote learning period.

“I am confident that Cobram Secondary College will again be able to provide an effective remote and flexible learning program for students,” it read.

“This may take a bit longer than Wednesday, we will do our very best.

“Please try to stay positive, calm and remind your children that everything will be alright. We are working hard to make sure that everything is right to go as quickly as possible.”

Similarly, Cobram Primary School principal Matt Knight urged families to remain vigilant.

“We have been through this once before. We managed it as well as we could as a school community,” he said.

“And, I’m sure that we will all chip in and support each other through it again.”

St Joseph's Primary School issued guidelines via Facebook, with principal Lucy Keath listing the groups who would be able to attend school on campus.

“Children that fall into the categories below are the only students who can attend on site,” she said.

“Children in out of home care, children deemed by Child Protection and Family Services that are at risk of harm, or children that are vulnerable. Children of essential workers.

“If you are working from home, children must stay at home.”