TAS - Activity Day at Tasmanian eSchool

Every year staff and students look forward to opportunities to get together.

At the commencement of Term 1, students from both our campuses in Launceston and Hobart met for a local ‘meet and greet’ event. Despite the chilly conditions staff, students and families at the Southern Campus had a very enjoyable day at Legacy Park on the Queens Domain. The event was an opportunity to get together for the first time this year in what was a beautiful and relaxed environment. It was terrific to see our continuing students join us at the event and it was particularly exciting to meet some of our new students and their families. 

Students had an opportunity to explore the varied playground installations and participate in a group treasure hunt around the park. The highlight of the day as confirmed by the students was pizza making. Students created their own pizza using a choice of various ingredients which were then cooked in a wood fired pizza oven. The oven was fired up the day before to ensure it reached the required temperature. The pizzas were definitely scrumptious! In the afternoon students had the opportunity to walk along the Legacy Memorial Park which was built in memory of our WWI soldiers. 

It is always a delight to see our students reacquainting themselves with their class mates and teachers in a face to face environment and also making new friends. This hasn’t been possible since March so our school has been developing ways to stay connected socially. With some staff working from home we have begun to run Virtual lunch breaks and afternoon teas through the web conferencing tool Blackboard Collaborate. Staff use this opportunity to catch up with their colleagues, stay connected and check-in with each other. We have now offered a similar program to our students who were involved with onsite programs.  Students are now experiencing supervised online chats with their friends as well as opportunities to share art work and plan events such as online dress -up days.

Our goal of staying connected has also introduced a few whole school challenges including an online sing along and virtual race to the top of Mount Ossa!