Principal's Blog - 8 May 2020

06 May 2020

Dear Members of the Marcellin Family,

Providing Feedback on your Feedback

The feedback from the parent surveys from during the first 4 weeks of online learning has provided great insight into the strengths and challenges of the College’s Home Learning Program (HLP). Along with the feedback received from staff and students, it has informed the the College Leadership Team’s evaluation of the HLP and our ongoing planning for the weeks ahead. The most recent survey results are very affirming of the effectiveness of our overall online learning framework while at the same time providing specific suggestions that may enhance the experience of online learning.

Across the range of questions where parents were asked to rate the experience for their son/s on a scale of 1-10, where 1 is the most negative and 10 the most positive, the median scores ranged from 9 (highest) to 7 (lowest). These results represent a significant endorsement of the positive experience many of our young men are having in relation to our HLP. Results are similar across staff and student surveys. However, some parents also offered suggestions and comments that were relevant to their particular circumstances. In summary, these areas were:

  • Parents want their sons back at school! Staff and (most) students would feel the same.
  • Requests to reduce homework.
  • Requests to reduce screen time and have ‘other’ tasks.
  • Some of our young men are obviously struggling to maintain motivation.
  • Some teachers are talking too much. (Mind you, some parents actually liked this as a model).
  • Some were concerned about a lack of results on MyMC.
  • Request for further clarity around work requirements on MyMC.

All of these areas are being reviewed by the College (though we can’t do much about the first one) as we plan for the next cycle of our HLP. My thanks to those parents who have completed the survey and I look forward to our continued partnership with you over the coming weeks.

In concluding I thought I would share with you the following reflection/prayer which is an uplifting take on our current circumstances. I thank Deputy Principal Nicholas Moloney who brought this to my attention last week.

When you go out and see the empty streets, the empty stadiums, the empty train platforms, don't say to yourself, "It looks like the end of the world."

What you'ree seeing is love in action. What you're seeing, in that negative space, is how much we do care for each other, for our grandparents, for the immuno-compromised brothers and sisters, for people we will never meet.

People will lose jobs over this. Some will lose their businesses. And some will lose their lives. All the more reason to take a moment, when you're out on your walk, or on your way to the store, or just watching the news, to look into the emptiness and marvel at all of that love.

Let it fill and sustain you. It isn't the end of the world. It is the most remarkable act of global solidarity we may ever witness.

With blessings for the week ahead.

John Hickey