Classes to go online

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PDC acting chief executive Terry Hill and St Lukes College Principal Alanna Otway.
Camera IconPDC acting chief executive Terry Hill and St Lukes College Principal Alanna Otway. Credit: Tom Zaunmayr

Students at the Pilbara’s only private school will be taking their classes online when school returns next term.

St Luke’s College in Karratha moved to online learning at the end of last term because of concerns over coronavirus spread and social distancing.

St Luke’s College principal Alanna Otway said the school would be delivering classes online for at least the first four weeks of school.

“The school is open for students whose parents are required for essential work, but remote delivery will be the way we are going for the start of term at the very least,” she said.

Mrs Otway said teachers spent the holidays preparing and filming lessons, including science experiments for students to complete at home.

“Things like science experiments will need to be filmed so students can watch them and then replicate with similar ingredients at home, so we are looking at how we can modify some of those tasks,” she said.

Mrs Otway said the school was concerned about the mental wellbeing of the children learning from home. She said the pastoral care services had been made available to students online, and the teachers were running wellbeing activities to keep the children engaging with each other.

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