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Beachgoer increase sees 52 rescues at Umina Beach
Fishing operators say they struggle to stay viable
Peninsula fuel 50 per cent higher with crude price drop
Early end to patrols, but beaches remain open
'Character statement' may be developed for Council ward
'Resilience plan writes itself' as needs arise
Rotary president returns to home confinement
New York trip turns to nightmare
Leisure centre and theatre close as council cuts services
Bays Fair won't be held until next year
Italian festival postponed
Rotary club cancels Opera in the Arboretum
Information on government website
Chamber joins in buy-local campaign
Wicks urges residents to remain calm
Council forecasts $32.5 million deficit before virus costs
Council elections postponed 12 months
Council to tender for after hours call service
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The dire trend of planning approvals on the Peninsula
Toilet condition appalling
When the Peninsula relied on bore water
Offers to share toilet paper
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Health District 'as prepared as humanly possible'
Public health service cancels non-urgent surgery
Private hospital offers surgery to 'relieve load'
Woy Woy Hospital changes visiting hours
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Photographers and artists wanted by arboretum group
Art prize winners announced
Benefit concert postponed
Folk club cancels March concert
Theatre group reschedules plays to next year
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College campuses transition to online learning
Teachers are designing activities for home learning
School adopts Batlow as 'bushfire buddy'
Schoolwork prepared for online learning
Students take part in photography workshop
Events cancelled, postponed and proceeding
Umina launches Learning at Home portal
School attendance drops to 15 per cent
School subscribes to online learning programs
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Southern Spirit declared runners-up after washout
Women's sevens final played at Woy Woy
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Woy Woy Lions activities postponed at least until May
Soccer players wait for news about season's future
Swans season deferred

Teachers are designing activities for home learning

Teachers at Pretty Beach Public School are designing student learning activities that can be accessed at home, according to principal Ms Karen Wardlaw.

"Work activities are being suggested for each class on a weekly basis," she said.

"These are designed to offer learning tasks for each of the Key Learning Areas that your child would normally experience in the classroom.

"These are part of a planned learning sequence and should be familiar."

The activities can be accessed via the school's website.

Activities are listed via year group with information about how to contact relevant teachers also available under each activity tab.

Ms Wardlaw said this was a challenging time for the community and that the staff would be there to assist as families settled in to this new way of learning and living.

"As we cannot replicate the learning experiences that would normally happen in a classroom within a weekly activity overview, our teachers have worked hard to select tasks that students should be able to attempt independently.

"However, for many of our students, particularly those in younger grades, this may prove a challenge as they transition to a more individual style of learning.

"So much of our rich learning experiences in the classroom are activity and group based.

"We learn by thinking out loud with others, questioning, explaining, wondering, building on the ideas of others, challenging ideas and creating new ones.

"Our teachers are working on creative ways to provide online spaces for students to still engage in these tasks and this will be provided when we have these systems of delivery up and running.

"Teachers are particularly wonderful creatures who have an amazing ability to engage children in learning and they have the professional experience to do this in ways that seem natural or easy."

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