Primary school assembly – Gorokan

Gorokan Public School on the NSW Central Coast primary comprises 566 students. During Education Week in August 2020, the school held a virtual assembly delivered through Zoom.

Gorokan Public School has long been an innovative user of technology, and in 2020 have developed their online flexible learning space to incorporate online learning as well as further supporting the whole school community.

During Education Week in August 2020, the school held a virtual assembly delivered through Zoom for students, parents and staff. The student leadership team, together with executive staff, hosted the event in person from the library, while classrooms around the school and parents from home connected virtually.

Many of the features of a live assembly were held, including student and staff recognition segments. The Class Captains of the term were recognised, as were staff during the Awards of Appreciation segment. Gorokan Public School even pre-recorded a musical performance from the school’s recorder group which was then broadcast during the Zoom assembly. The entire assembly has been uploaded to YouTube and is available on their school’s Facebook page.

Gorokan Public School's video

Gorokan Public School is planning to host a series of livestreams and podcasts for Kindergarten transition into 2021. These will be delivered later in Terms 3 and 4 as parents and students begin their transition to school and is another great example of innovation at the school.

Equipment used

The school’s virtual Education Week assembly was broadcast from the school library and the student leadership and executive staff team hosted in person. Other classes linked into the Zoom call from their classroom computer/interactive whiteboards.

The school already has a range of cameras, lighting and sound equipment.

For more information on how to use Zoom to keep your community connected take a look at the Department’s Zoom guide in the Virtual Celebration Toolkit.

Principal Jesmond Zammit addressing the virtual assembly
Image: Principal Jesmond Zammit addressing the virtual assembly

Process

Principal Jesmond Zammit brings the whole staff with him whatever direction the school moves in. This staff wide support ensures smooth transition to virtual events and learning from home as well as positive mindset.

The school already had a well-established portal in their online flexible learning space, and the school community has been adapting over time to online delivery of learning and events.

Using Zoom for the assembly meant that there was a range of support videos from the Department for staff and parents to access to ensure that they knew how to connect.

The regular segments of the virtual assembly ran smoothly, hosted by the school’s student leadership team, and the musical segment from the recorder group was recorded before the virtual assembly and played during the Zoom assembly.

Image: Gorokan Public School's school leaders

Checks

Because Gorokan Public School already had a strong online presence and experience in producing video material, systems were already in place to ensure student safety and to manage student wellbeing. They support students and parents with a large range of videos created by the school and available through their online flexible learning space. Their videos support technology use, and offer a comprehensive student wellbeing package.

Image: A student part of the production crew

Further information

For more information on how to use Zoom to keep your community connected take a look at the Department’s Zoom guide in the Virtual Celebration Toolkit.

For more information, visit Gorokan Public School’s website. You can also explore their online learning journey as a school through the Where to Next video.

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