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This page aims to provide parents/carers with guidance from the Department and Princes Hill Secondary College in relation to remote and flexible learning for students. As background, please see this video message for parents from the Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, James Merlino (8th April).

Expectations and Guidelines


During the period where Princes Hill Secondary College is delivering remote and flexible learning for students, the following expectations and guidelines should be considered by parents/carers:

  • That all students who can learn at home must learn from home from Wednesday April 15th until further notice. This is a very clear directive by the Victorian Government based on the advice of the Chief Health Officer.

  • Be familiar with the expectations provided by the Department here and also detailed below.

  • Carefully read and follow up as appropriate with communications from the school (e.g. News Feeds).

  • Contact the school where you have a concern about your child's progress, wellbeing or engagement with the remote and flexible learning environment and experience

  • Contact the school if your child needs extra support to access digital technologies or the internet (refer to the News Feed - April 12th for details).

  • Contact the school if you need to access the Limited Onsite Learning Program for students on days when they are not able to be supervised at home and no other arrangements can be made (refer to the News Feed - April 12th for details).

About Learning From Home 

To provide learning continuity for your child, it’s important they have as much routine and certainty as possible. Schools and early childhood services play a large role in your child’s routine. To support learning at home, you’re not required to be a subject matter expert or educator. Your role is to partner with your child’s school or early childhood service to support your child’s home learning.

Princes Hill Secondary College will consider whether families have access to technologies at home. For example, a device and internet connection. The school will advise which online tools your child can use for home learning. If you do not have a device or internet at home, please contact the school to discuss how your child will receive materials.

How will I know what work my child should be doing?

Teachers will provide work in weekly increments via Compass Lesson Plans. In the first Lesson Plan for the week for each subject, Teachers will outline what is expected in that week in terms of online lessons, work completion and submission. In each subsequent Compass Lesson Plan there will be more information about what you child should do in that day. 

If students are not participating in online classes, and completing and submitting the required work you will be notified by a Compass Chronicle entry.

You can provide support for your child by:

  • establishing routines and expectations

  • providing a space for your child to work in

  • providing a level of supervision appropriate to your child’s stage of development

  • monitoring communications from teachers

  • checking in with your child often to help them manage and pace their work

  • monitoring how much time your child is spending online.

Student Responsibilities During Remote Learning

You should adjust these responsibilities according to the age and stage of your child:

  • monitoring digital platforms and communication often to check for announcements and feedback from teachers

  • completing tasks with integrity and academic honesty and doing their best work

  • doing their best to meet timelines, commitments and due dates

  • communicating proactively with their teachers

  • collaborating and supporting their classmates in their learning

  • abiding by their school’s behaviour guidelines - see PHSC Student Expectations for remote and flexible learning

Setting up a Learning Environment

We recognise that every home is different. Where possible, it’s important to provide a quiet and comfortable learning space. Your child may have a regular place for doing homework under normal circumstances, but this space may not be suitable for an extended period of time. For some families, having all children around one table may work best.

Where possible, extended learning should take place in a space your family shares. For example, a lounge room or dining room. These spaces are preferable over a bedroom, where:

  • It can be isolating for your child

  • Supervision can be more challenging.

It should be a place:

  • That can be quiet at times

  • That has a strong internet signal, if possible

  • Where you or another adult is present and monitoring your children’s learning.

Establishing Routines and Expectations

  • Start and end each day with a check-in.

  • Encourage regular exercise breaks. Options could include exercise DVDs, apps, dancing, floor exercises, yoga, walking around the garden or using home exercise equipment. For example, a stationary bicycle, basketball hoop, or other sporting equipment.

  • Encourage healthy eating habits and drinking enough water.

  • Keep normal bedtime routines for younger children. Expect the same from your older primary and high school aged children too.

It’s important that you set these kinds of expectations as soon as learning from home begins, rather than several days later if you notice a child is struggling without a routine.

Communicating With Your Child

We encourage you to start and finish each day with a simple check-in. These check-ins can be a regular part of each day.

In the morning, ask:

  • What are you learning today?

  • What are your learning targets or goals?

  • How will you be spending your time?

  • What resources do you need? What support do you need?

In the afternoon, ask:

  • What did you learn today?

  • What was challenging? You could come up with a strategy to deal with the same problem if it comes up again.

  • Consider three things that went well today. Why were they good?

  • Are you ok? Do you need to ask your teacher for something? Do you need help with something to make tomorrow more successful?

Regular check-ins throughout the day may also be appropriate. This depends on your child’s needs.

These questions allow your child to:

  • Process the instructions they get from their teachers

  • Help them organise themselves and set priorities.

Managing Screen Time and Online Safety

It’s important you keep a balanced approach to home learning. Time spent using digital devices for learning should be broken up with physical exercise and offline learning tasks often. For children under six years old, it’s recommended that a couple of 30 minutes sessions per day involve screens. For students over six, hourly exercise breaks are suggested.

It’s also important that during this period of remote learning we maintain safe and responsible use of information and communication technologies. This includes:

  • Appropriate use of digital platforms, privacy and information protection

  • Respectful online communication.

Advice for Parents of Children with Additional Needs

Literacy and Numeracy Resources and Tips

In addition to the resources and materials that your school or early childhood service may provide, you could use the following resources:

  • Premiers’ Reading Challenge
  • Register here for the home based reading challenge
  • Mathematics and numeracy at home
  • Resources here


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