The first week of the NSW Department of Education phased return to school has been a resounding success at Corowa High School.
During phase 1, each year group benefits from one day of face-to-face learning per week, while continuing their remote education online at home.
Educational engagement online has been outstanding, with students showing great resilience in the continuously changing circumstances in the past six weeks according to school principal, Dr Joanne Bellette.
“The high level of engagement in online learning amongst Corowa High School students is a testament to our staff and the many hours they put in ensuring that our students could engage in rich, high quality learning even when not at school,” she told The Free Press.
“Many parents have contacted the school by email and phone thanking us for the hours of preparation and support that their children have been provided.
“We are excited to have students back at school one day per week. It was wonderful to hear their laughter and excited chatter in the classrooms and playground.”
Their excitement in returning to school and normality is palpable. Students are pleased to be back working with their peers and completing the hands-on activities that cannot be completed at home.
The return to onsite learning has allowed for HSC students to resume the practical elements of their studies for their final year of education at Corowa High School. As part of their studies in the first HSC study topic, the Australian Food Industry, Senior Food Technology students proceeded straight to Corowa High School’s industry grade kitchen this week to cook beef and mushroom triangles.
“Students displayed great technique and enthusiasm in their approach to baking this delicious savoury treat,” Dr Bellette said.
Food Technology teacher Sharyn Bridges is pleased with student progress in her classes.
“Students have continued to embrace their learning through online educational platforms,” Mrs Bridges said.
“I can already see improvements in cooking techniques and their use of technical language. It’s really pleasing to see students using their limited time at school to develop the skills necessary for successful completion of the HSC and future work in the Hospitality industry.”
Students studying HSC Music, Technology Timber, Metals and Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Primary Industries and Agriculture have also resumed their practical studies onsite where they have access to teaching staff and school facilities.
Parents are reminded that students can attend school for more than one day per week, if desired.