Jesuit school plans to make remote learning permanent

The remote approach would see Year 11 and 12 students learning online three days per fortnight (Bigstock)

Remote learning could become a permanent fixture at a Sydney Catholic school in a sign that a behaviour shift brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic could be sticking around. Source: Daily Telegraph.

St Aloysius’ College in Kirribilli has applied to the New South Wales Department of Planning to increase its student headcount and make online learning an ongoing part of the curriculum as part of reforms to how its senior students are taught.

The remote approach would involve each school student in Year 11 and 12 spending three days per fortnight undertaking remote learning in an online environment.

This would equate to 100 students across both year levels taught via the web on any one-day.

The Jesuit boy's school is also aiming to give teachers and support staff “more flexible working arrangements” and have up to 10 extra staff members each day working from home.

The college said the move would allow the school to increase its enrolment capacity and the increase would not result in extra students attending the senior campus in Kirribilli.

North Sydney Council has considered the plans and found the shift online was indicative of “a broad move toward more flexible working schooling arrangements across the board during and after COVID-19.”

St Aloysius’ said student and teacher numbers would be monitored on-site by new technology that would involve specialised cameras installed at key locations around the college to count the number of people coming and going during school hours.

The proposal remains under assessment by the Department of Planning.

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St Aloysius: Kirribilli college plans permanent remote learning for senior students (By David Barwell, Daily Telegraph)

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