Marist Brothers Linmeyer recognizes that distance education cannot be a “nice-to-have” equivalent to the present education system; it needs to be a “must-have,” cohesive, vital component of the overall education system.
For this reason, we have adjusted our teaching methodology and attuned our academic curriculum to develop a Distance-Learning Programme across all grade levels. New concepts, activities and resources have all been introduced to ensure students remain connected to their educators.
Synchronous and asynchronous learning
Our Distance-Learning Programme comprises of two types of learning, namely synchronous learning and asynchronous learning. Synchronous learning ensures that students receive immediate feedback from their educators through real-time communication.
Asynchronous learning describes forms of learning that do not occur at the same time. For example, educators send work home and students are allowed to work on their own at a time suitable to them.
Coming together to ensure quality education
Our whole School are being taught using a blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning systems. In our Primary School, understanding that parental involvement is so vital with our younger students, educators provide work in Google Classroom, supplemented with videos and interaction.
We truly appreciate and value our parent partners.
An internal website has also been designed to assist parents and students with copious grade-related resources.
Ensuring our educational standards at the highest levels
The High School runs a similar programme by uploading videos, podcasts, worksheets, virtual practicals, etc. onto Google Classroom.
There are specific times set aside too where teaching, engagement and interaction all take place between students and their educators on Google Meets.
Students are accountable for deliverance of all homework activities, assessment and assignments.
In true Marist tradition, our educators continue to provide love, care and support, committed to ensuring that each student is well prepared, inspired and encouraged to continue achieving their personal best.
What is being said?
Good afternoon Mrs Mazambara and Mrs Gunther,
Just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to you Mrs Mazambara for making Zulu as easy as possible for the kids.
We were really worried about how we would be able to ‘teach’ Riley and felt a bit overwhelmed that we would let him down, which would affect his grades.
The Loom video format that you did for today’s work is great, he seriously enjoyed it. It really helps hearing your pronunciation while seeing it on screen as well. My husband and I are learning now too.
My little Grade 1 also enjoyed hearing your voice on the Groove platform.
Mrs Botes – Grade 1 and Grade 4 Parent
Dear Mrs Koch,
The online classes have been extremely well conducted based on the feedback Gabriela has been giving me. She has had no issues whatsoever with any of her subjects and has had busy and productive days every single school day as if she was at School. The homework, school work, classes, registration etc has been carrying on as if she is going to school which is fantastic. A special mention and huge thank you to Mrs Bossert who conducts a live maths class from her home every day from 12:30-13:00. Gabriela is especially grateful for this class as Maths is always a tricky subject to grasp but the way Mrs Bossert is conducting the lessons is excellent.
Thank you to all the staff for the way the online teaching has been done. As I mentioned, I am worried about Grade 11 but the way the School is doing the teaching definitely helps me as a parent not feel so stressed because I can see that the curriculum is being covered in the best way possible under these very unsettling times.
Mrs Scrooby – Grade 11 Parent
Dear Mr Williams,
My children are missing School terribly, and I am missing my routine. In times like this that we realize how truly blessed we are and how fortunate we are to be a part of the Marist Family. I have always had the utmost respect for teachers, but even more so now.
God bless all teachers, they are doing amazing!
Mrs Alegre – Grade 5 and Grade 8 Parent
Dear Mr Powell and Mr Williams,
We would like to express our thanks to you, Mr Williams and to all the teachers at Marist Brothers Linmeyer, for their hard work during these trying times.
Gisele, thankfully is coping with the new teaching venture.
Keep well, stay safe and may God watch over our families.
Mr and Mrs De Abreu – Grade 7 Parents
We would just like to personally thank all the educators and everyone involved for their efforts in putting in place a distance learning program.
Times are hard for everyone and children are also feeling it, we are social creatures and the lack of social interaction is having a very negative effect on our children.
We pray for teachers and parents to stay positive and not to get demoralised as a result of the current conditions which will at sometime pass
Negativity will only filter down to our children and make things worse than what they are.
Thank you once again and we will keep you all in our prayers
God bless you!
Mr van Geelen – Grade 9 Parent
It’s such a Privilege and a relief to have our kids at Marist Brothers because they haven’t missed a day of school at all , not once with all this COVID issues going on with the country.
Thank you to YOU Teachers for all your Hard Work and Support throughout this difficult time
Mrs Rainho – Grade 9 and Grade 11 Parent
To my teachers:
Furthermore, thank you to the teachers I have had the privilege of being taught by. Coming into
high school is always a nerve-wracking experience, especially when you’re the new grade coming
in, but as the year goes on, developing a relationship with a teacher always helps to settle in. As
the years progressed I have had the opportunity to develop relationships with my teachers, which
I am really grateful for. The school wouldn’t be the same without these teachers. Thank you for not
only teaching me school work but many valuable life lessons too. Without knowing it, all my
teachers have made a great impact on my life and taught me lessons I will never forget. I went
into high school extremely scared of the unknown and now I leave this chapter of my life with the
biggest lesson of all. School isn’t really about just school work, it’s about the chances you take,
growth, love, and kindness.
To the Principals, reception, and administration:
I would like to say thank you for everything you all do which most students don’t even know
about, including myself. I can’t even begin to imagine your daily schedules but I am sure they
must be very busy. With that said, thank you for always doing your utmost best to help all the
students while keeping a smile on your face and showing so much kindness even though you
probably have a million things to do.
School taught me a lot more than I expected, and that is because of the staff. I will be forever
grateful for the opportunities had and memories made and I will never forget my experience at
MBL. Once again, thank you. I wish all the staff and the school the best.
Janessa Costa – Grade 10 Student