In Response to your Questions
Find a 'new' normal
It's school Jim, but not as we know it! Unanimously Clunes parents are wanting to know how to get into a ‘learning at home’ routine now that Term 2 has started.
To help parents balance other commitments (like work, other children and the household/farm) Clunes Primary School has deliberately kept the day flexible. Gradually, over this week the school will start to phase in the use of MS Teams which will give kids set times to go online. Outside of those times, parents are free to work out what works best for their family.
How can you do that? Diversity Wise have a few simple suggestions that might help!
Writer and mum of three, Natasha Poynton has joined with Diversity Wise Educational Services and Clunes Primary School to provide Clunes parents with some humorous, but also practical articles about Covid-19 learning from home. Like the Q&A's Diversity Wise will be publishing over the next weeks, Natasha has focused on some of the questions we are receiving from local parents. So here is her first - "How to Expect the Unexpected".
Personally we can't wait for the article about coping with web cams invading your home!
Check out more articles in our Blog.
It’s a lot to get your head around
BUT PARENTS AREN’T ALONE
In a state first, Clunes Primary School and Clunes Neighbourhood House have collaborated with Diversity Wise Educational Services to help Clunes parents as we all get used to having our kids learn at home. Director, Dr Agli Zavros-Orr is available to help answer those general questions (none too big or small) that are buzzing through our minds. In a series of regular videos, tips sheets and just practical, clunes based communications, she and her team will help local families adapt in the term ahead.
Diversity Wise understand that all schools, all children, all families and all communities are different. In a time when we are bombarded with information we need to process, having simple, chatty, localised resources is just the ticket!
What you can still do from home!
Walk the Talk
Creating a story walk around our town is one way to keep us all busy and thinking about the future
Stories are a way of people connecting. We can’t do that face to face at the moment, but we can do it remotely. Stories are also a way of passing on knowledge and history. Your tales don’t have to be true. They could be a good yarn or anecdote that you think people would enjoy hearing.
Clunes Neighbourhood House is using this time to put in place an idea lots of people have mentioned for a long time – creating a story walk around Clunes using QR codes.Our project is called Walk the Talk, but while Stage 3 restrictions are in place, we are focusing on the Talk, rather than the Walk. Here is how it works…
CALL OR EMAIL
You can do all of this from home. All you need to do is have a story you want to tell, or an interesting fact, and the exact location that story relates to. Call us or email and we’ll compile your story for you.
Sound File: Then one of our trusty, talented volunteers will create a sound file and we’ll match that sound file to a QR code. Down the track we’ll be able to add some bells and whistles, such as pictures, but for now we are just sticking with the basics.
we'll qr it
QR Codes: Then, thanks to the Men’s Shed, we’ve got little blue, wooden signs that we can attach a code to, so you can scan it and listen to stories. These signs aren’t fancy, but they work! You’ll see a few of them popping up already around town. Down the track we’ll work to find a way to make these more swanky.
Ultimately Walk the Talk could be the basis for a guided walk around our town, suitable for tourists and residents alike.
Check to see if your smartphone already has a QR Code reader app installed. Some do. App names usually contain the words “QR code reader” or “QR code scanner”.
For Android, the free app from Trend Micro seems to offer extra security, without all the pop-up ads. But pretty much any free reader (for either iPhone or Android) should do.
Our first story is a short, potted history of 70 Bailey Street. Once a school, then a factory, now home to a museum and Clunes Neighbourhood House. This site has been a place of learning, industry and community for a very long time.
SO GET IN TOUCH
At the moment, staying at home is more important than looking for signs, but now is the perfect time to ring or email us with a story!
So email or call 5345 4078 and leave a message now.
Our other activities...
Each week, Clunes Neighbourhood House typically connects with more than 500 people who participate in our activities. These activities include a twice weekly circus program for young people, Open House dinners prepared by volunteers for between 30 - 50 people each Tuesday, two mornings at the Men's Shed, two mornings in the Community Garden, social bus trips, tutoring for young people and yoga classes. In addition, we support monthly Writer's Group meetings, Qi Gong on a Sunday, Clunes Trekkers walks in town and around, and the Clunes Artist Group. Annually, we also co-ordinate Christmas in Clunes - a month long festival celebrating Christmas.
Since 2018 we have partnered with Asking for Trouble to present Art Attack, a two year explosion of youth-led art activities. This project is supported by the State Government of Victoria through Creative Victoria's Future Makers of Change Initiative in partnership with Regional Development Victoria.
Due to restrictions these activities aren't happening like they used to, but already new ways of keeping connected and doing what we love are emerging. It might be hard to fly from the trapeze at home, but other activities are switching temporarily to online delivery (in development), while new activities are emerging - such as one on one tech support via telephone and facetime.