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.”