Gold Coast school live-streaming lessons to students isolated over coronavirus

A Gold Coast school has come up with an innovative way to ensure students who have been isolated over the coronavirus quarantine don’t miss out on classes.

The Federal Government last week announced that anyone who returns from China must self-isolate for 14 days in a bid to stop the spread of the potentially deadly virus.

Instead of leaving students in the dark, Saint Stephens College in Upper Coomera decided to start live-streaming their lessons to senior students who recently returned from China and were in mandatory self-isolation at home.

The school’s principal, Kim Cohen, said the virus outbreak in China could not have come at a more challenging time of year for international students returning to the Gold Coast.

“Whilst Saint Stephen’s College does not have any cases of students with symptoms of this virus, we were quick to minimise the impact on students,” Mrs Cohen said.

“Many of our isolated students are seniors, facing impending assessment in the most important years of their schooling.

“Saint Stephen’s College is widely renowned for the online blended learning approach which allows students to work at their own pace and teachers to work with individual students to build understanding. This personalised approach has been enhanced through the use of Microsoft Teams and recording lessons.”

Mrs Cohen says the savvy tool has a chat function, which allows for online students to communicate via audio, video and text.

“This is particularly beneficial for isolated students who are unable to be with their school mates and teachers – being able to chat via teams and connect with their friends is another positive,”

“Our teachers are recording their lessons and making the on-demand videos available to all students in the class. This is a great learning resource for students who can’t be in the classroom, as well as those who were there but need to revise.”

Executive Director of International Education, Sam Holmes, said delivering the highest quality of education to the student community remained the priority.

“Our students from mainland China and Hong Kong add such a rich tapestry to our student population and being able to live stream them into our lessons and allow them to ask questions via voice or text is imperative,” said Ms Holmes.

“The speed in which we were able to execute this is kudos to the first-class infrastructure and eLearning platforms at the College. We look forward to welcoming these international students back to the College with open arms and warm hearts as soon as possible.”

Year 12 student Selina Heo, who has recently returned from Mainland China, says she’s extremely grateful to still be able to join in on classes from the comfort of her home.

“Being isolated from society can definitely cause some troubles for us, especially for the current Year 12 students who are facing very important exams and cannot afford any delay in learning,” she said.

“I need to keep a safe distance as this is important but I do not want to miss out on the learning progress.

“I think Saint Stephen’s are doing all that they can for us to create a fair study environment. We are all very satisfied and grateful.”

WATCH: BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park unveils water park

A bit of rain couldn’t stop the BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park at Helensvale from launching their brand new water park today.

Kids and adults alike enjoyed testing out the attraction, which features a multi-lane body slide, 4 aquatube slides, a compact slide and a huge tipping bucket.

According to the BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park, the water park is also the tallest play structure to be found at any Holiday Park across the southern hemisphere.

Check it out in the video below:

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Man hospitalised after violent 2 on 1 brawl in Surfers Paradise

A man has spent the night in hospital after he was allegedly assaulted in Surfers Paradise last night.

The 53-year-old suffered a head injury during the attack, which happened along the Gold Coast Highway near the Club Surfers apartments around 6.00pm.

The man had reportedly threatened a pair of men in their thirties with a knife, before they retaliated with a baseball bat.

He’s believed to be in a stable condition at the Gold Coast University Hospital.

Queensland Police say they’re investigating the matter, though no formal complaints have been made, and so no charges have been laid just yet.

They questioned two men – aged 34 and 37 – at the scene, though they didn’t spend the night in custody.

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Motorcyclist hospitalised after crash near busy Gold Coast roundabout

A motorcyclist is recovering this morning, after a nasty crash on the Gold Coast yesterday.

Emergency services were called to Nerang Broadbeach Road and Gooding Drive, near the round about, around 5.00pm.

They briefly treated a person at the scene, before transporting them to hospital for further treatment.

The person’s believed to be in a stable condition with minor injuries at the Gold Coast University Hospital.

No other injuries were reported in the crash.


Drum lines to be re-deployed in Qld with federal funding boost

It seems as if the Queensland government has done a backflip on their stance on drumlines, with news that they’ll be reintroduced along the coastline by the end of the month.

The Federal Goverment’s provided a $5 million injection to help improve swimmer safety, particularly around the Great Barrier Reef.

It comes less that five months after the drumlines were removed by the state government, which resulted in a number of shark attacks, including a brutal incident in the Whitsundays where a swimmer lost their foot.

Federal Environment Minister Susan Ley told 4BC that the Palaszczuk Government had a chance to provide an alternative plan, but didn’t.

“It is the responsibility of Queensland to manage its shark control program, but we were included in this because it’s a Great Barrier Marine Park and we have some involvement there.

“In order to get a resolutions or that, we’ve offered Queensland five million dollars,” Ms Ley said.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington says the backflip is annoying, but welcome.

“On September 23rd last year I announced a plan to put smart drumlines into the marine park area after Labor sold out community safety by pulling shark drumlines out of Queensland waters without any plan B.

“For 134 days, Annastacia Palaszczuk and her ministers attacked the LNP’s plan, playing politics with swimmer safety and putting tourism jobs at risk.

“Today’s massive back flip by Labor is welcomed.

“Queensland’s tourism industry needs to be safeguarded and smart drumlines are a way to protect humans and protect local tourism jobs,” Ms Frecklington said.