As we charter through uncertain and unfamiliar times, the health and wellbeing of our community is our top priority.
It is clear that we are currently living in times that can only be described as ‘not normal’.
At Mount Carmel College, the safety, health and welfare of our students, staff and parents remains our highest priority. We are also committed to continuing to provide our students with an appropriate learning program, albeit not necessarily through the traditional classroom model.
This page contains resources and information for students and parents related to our remote learning program for Term 2. Here you will also find helpful information for our community during the COVID-19 crisis and how to support this new approach to living and learning.
This section includes resources which are aimed at helping students, families, staff and other members of our community take care of themselves and others.
With change, loneliness, job losses, isolation and the stress of parents juggling home-schooling and work, anxiety or stress levels will naturally rise. When stress is heightened – which it is for all of us right now – children and adolescents become aware of it and they try to locate the source of the stress. It is important to both acknowledge their concerns and be open to discussing them. The best advice from experts is to talk to children and adolescents to make sense of the consequences of COVID-19 and helping them to organize their thoughts and feelings is the best approach.
As a first step, ask your child what they know about COVID-19 or what they have heard about it. If they don’t seem too concerned, you do not need to have an in-depth conversation about it. You can simply reinforce the importance of handwashing and letting you know if they are feeling unwell.
Below is a list of links to websites, downloadable documents and contact numbers of vital services for students, parents and carers that may be helpful as a means of supporting your own wellbeing.
- Beyond Blue
- Dr Justin Coulson plus a link to scheduling an appointment with him
- Black Dog Institute
- The RUOK Organisation
- Kids Helpline – 1800 55 1800
- Parent Helpline – 1300 808 178
- Lifeline – 13 11 14
However, if your child voices worry or concern about COVID-19, you can correct any misinformation and provide them with emotional support. UNICEF have published eight tips to help comfort and protect children which is particularly suited to Primary aged students.
Additionally, the Australian Psychological Society has written the following article at maintaining your mental health during social isolation which is suited to older students.
Our College Counsellor, Linda Howe, will continue to provide counselling support to students during this period of school alternative education provision. Students, parents and carers can get in touch to ask for support by emailing Linda.
Teaching and Learning for Kinder to Year 10 will be delivered remotely in Term 2. This means that students will not physically attend the College campus and will participate in Learning@Home.
We are committed to keeping parents and other members of our College community informed about our activities and plans relating to the COVID-19 crisis. Below is some information about what to expect in the remote classroom environment in Term 2, including what your day will look like, how you will learn and how you can make the most of your virtual classroom.
We thank all our families for their support and for adapting to the remote learning program.
Student absences should be reported by parents via the online absentee form
For technical concerns, please contact the College Office on 6216 7900 or send an email to IT@mountcarmel.tas.edu.au
Connecting with Mount Carmel and with each other is important during these times. This section will provide you with information on how to engage with the College community.
Click here to find out which staff member to contact with any queries or concerns relating to technical, academic and pastoral support.
Social distancing relates to physical space, not social interactions. We encourage all members of the College community to be creative in the ways they connect with people. Our Facebook page is a great way to keep in touch and see how members of the College community are connecting with Mount Carmel and with each other – there has been some very clever thinking and much ingenuity in how we are all adapting to Learning@Home.
We’d love to hear about your off-campus learning experience, random acts of kindness, clever ways you are staying connected with others and more. If you have a photo, a story or anything else you’d like to share with the Mount Carmel College community, please Contact Us
This section includes updates from Mount Carmel College as well as FAQs relating to Learning@Home.