Parents with children at an independent Catholic college are up in arms over plans to allow pupils to ‘learn from home’ one day a week.
Chevalier College in NSW’s southern highlands, where annual fees are over $11,000, are proposing students in years 10 to 12 ‘learn from home’ for one day each week.
Principal Greg Miller told parents that students in years 10-12 will be ‘invited to learn from home on some Mondays’ from next year if they complete a special module, reported The Sydney Morning Herald.
But parents at the school have erupted in fury over the plans, with one even claiming they have pulled their children out.
‘We believe kids should be at school five days, not mucking around at home for one day, one parent, who wished to remain anonymous, said.
Chevalier College in NSW’s southern highlands, where annual fees are over $11,000, are proposing students in years 10 to 12 ‘learn from home’ for one day each week (stock)
Parents at the school (pictured) have erupted in fury over the plans, with one even claiming they have pulled their children out
Former pupil Nicci Bauer, who now has her own children at Chevalier, said she was concerned about the lack of consultation for the momentous decision.
‘We are worried about the disruption, especially for HSC students who will miss out on face-to-face instruction,’ she said.
‘There was little consultation, and it seemingly went from a proposal to a done deal announced in a newsletter.’
Catholic Schools NSW chief executive Dallas McInerney questioned whether it was a wise move after many children suffered with enforced, at-home learning during the pandemic.
‘If COVID taught us anything, students can really struggle when they are cast out of school,’ he told the Herald.
‘We should be delivering more school provision for kids, not less, and we know the social ills that kids experienced after long periods of out-of-school learning. So fresh from the pandemic, is it really time to be experimenting with their futures?’
Mr Miller said that pupils would still attend the school campus on some Mondays for events and the changes would ‘set students up for success in the modern world’.
‘This change will reduce face-to-face teaching, will reimagine the timetable and give teachers more time to do professional learning,’ he told the paper.
Daily Mail Australia approached Chevalier College for comment.
Unlike state schools, independent institutions can set their own operating hours.
Chevalier College has almost 900 pupils and is run by the priests and brothers of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart.
Notable alumni include former NSW Premier John Fahey.