In the 14 months since Canning College launched online learning programs, we have educated hundreds of students from 20 different countries, thanks mainly to two key ingredients – our experienced staff, and students who refuse to allow COVID-19 to slow down their academic progress.
Our teachers were required to adapt quickly to the new environment, and they continue to be creative in their approach to achieve a high level of student engagement.
It has been wonderful during Term 3 to see students from so many parts of the world putting their minds at work and making the most of their online learning opportunities.
Very recently we were also able to showcase what we do with some important visitors, including the Department of Education Director General Ms Lisa Rodgers. I am delighted to report that our visitors were impressed with our teaching, and also with students during their interactions face-to-face and on Webex.
Pictured above: Principal Wayne Axford (left) and Director General Lisa Rodgers (right) with Canning College student leaders.
We try to engage online students in as many on campus activities as possible and very recently connected overseas students with university staff to discuss courses and employability during our Careers Day.
While some students have very clear thoughts on their future studies, others seek guidance on the programs most suitable for their career prospects.
The end of Term 3 is a particularly busy time of the year for many students, including our Year 12s, who are preparing for mock exams in the October holiday break and final exams that are scheduled for November.
Teachers are available to clarify any areas of concern that students may discover as they revise for the exams, and I encourage all students to take advantage of this support. I also take this opportunity to wish students all the best for the exams.
Finally, on October 22, we will bring together Perth-based students and a large online cohort when we livestream a graduation event for Year 12, Certificate IV and Diploma of Commerce students.
While students online and on-campus may have had very different learning experiences, we sincerely hope this important event is memorable for all students, their parents and guests who join us in person and online.
– Wayne Axford, Principal