Coronavirus News Archive
This is an archive of older news in regards to COVID-19. For the latest information visit this page.
Due to the growing risk of exposure to COVID-19, we are stopping all face-to-face tuition from Monday 23rd March until the end of the term. We have taken this decision as it is an essential step in ensuring the safety, health and well-being of students, staff and the wider Intuition family. We plan to resume all face-to-face tuition in term 2.
Our offices will remain open, but not for classes or tutorials. Instead, we are moving all teaching and learning online, which can be accessed through my-i. The following services will be available starting next week. Students services will be in contact will all students in the coming days to organise timetables for the remainder of the term.
- Videos: Videos will provide support for exam reviews, revision and gaps in theory. These videos can be accessed through my-i and can be viewed anywhere at anytime. Over the coming days and weeks we'll be adding many more videos for a variety of topics. We'll also be taking requests for videos based on the questions that arise from Ask a Tutor.
- Live Stream of Classes: Classes for theory will now move to live streams; these will be accessed through my-i and are powered by Zoom. These classes will involve teachers teaching a lesson and students having access to workbooks (picking them up or viewing an online version) and going through the lesson. Students will be able to ask questions and the teacher and class tutor team on the live stream will aim to deliver the best experience possible.
- Online tutorials: Tutorials will be run as a two-on-one 45 min tutorial session accessed through my-i, and again powered by Zoom. These will be made available next week. While these can’t replace the full benefits of face to face learning, they should provide the necessary support in the coming weeks. These tutorials will aim to get more individualised help, while still using the Intuition teaching methodology of guided learning (Socratic method).
- Ask-a-Tutor: As always, this is available at any time. We have increased the capacity so that questions can be answered ASAP. This increase will allow you to gain the assistance you need at all times in a timely manner. Students can take pictures of questions / working to help quickly convey the issues they are facing.
- Access to our Resources: PDF resources will be accessible through my-i. Hard copies can be picked up at any time from Intuition. The upcoming exams for many subjects can also be picked up, and we encourage you to sit it under exam conditions. We encourage students to drop by Intuition and pick a pack of resources for the remainder of the term. These will be available from Friday 20th March.
- Marking Homework: Homeworks and exams can be dropped into Intuition during our adjusted business hours to be marked. Once marked, you can pick them up and use them in online tutorials. All homework dropped off will be marked and recorded on my-i.
Rest assured, once things return to normal, we will provide the relevant catch-up tuition where required.
Given the disruptions to teaching and learning, we will also be issuing each student a credit for one July Comprehensive Revision Course during the July school holidays. Also, we will continue running extra online tutorials throughout the upcoming April school holidays.
For now, our focus is on providing the support our students need to continue their studies in preparation for the impending HSC school assessments. Given the majority of schools remain open and have not altered assessment policies, we want to focus on getting students the help they need.
We thank you for your trust and continued understanding during this difficult time. Please bear with us as these systems come online, there will inevitably be some teething issues that our team will work through and ensure we provide the best outcome for students during this time.
The situation remains complicated and is rapidly evolving. It reminds us that we are all part of a broader society with a responsibility to look out for one another. As the situation develops, we will keep you informed and aim to provide you with all the assistance we can during this challenging time. Please visit our website for up to date news and more information on online teaching and learning. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Intuition remains open at present, as per the guidelines from NSW Health. We have put in place several distancing policies to maintain a safe environment. If you are feeling unwell, or anyone in your household is feeling unwell, we urge you to remain at home.
Commencing this week my-i will have videos for the HSC Chemistry and HSC Physics Half Yearly Exam Reviews. These will be available through the my-i website only at present (not the app). Videos on other lessons will also be released in the coming weeks. In addition, we encourage students who cannot attend to use Ask a Tutor.
In the coming days and weeks we'll be releasing more videos and launching live stream for classes and tutorials. More information on these new features will be provided in the coming weeks.
Should you have any questions or concerns please contact us.
Currently, there are no schools in the immediate area that are closed and we continue to run to ensure students are prepared for their upcoming assessments.
We ask any student that feels at all unwell to remain at home. Furthermore, if you are in a household with someone who is sick, we urge you to stay at home as well. We have already started catching students up on content they have missed with the focus on their upcoming assessments. Rest assured that we will be catching up all students that miss classes.Remember if you are at home and need some help to our online 'Ask a Tutor' function on my-i.
Students from affected schools remain isolated and will be returning only two days after they return to school. To date NO Intuition student have been diagnosed with the virus. We are urging all students that may feel sick NOT to attend Intuition until they are feeling better, and if they have flu like systems to contact their doctors and NSW Health immediately. We are continuing to monitor the situation and will keep students and parents informed.
For more information about COVID-19 and its current spread, the following video from the ABC Health Reporter Dr. Norman Swan can be useful to better understand the current situation. You can find the video here.
It has been confirmed that two students from St Patrick's Marist College Dundas and one student from Willoughby Girls High have been diagnosed with COVID-19, resulting in the schools to close today and likely tomorrow. NONE of the confirmed students attend Intuition.
The few students we have from these schools, will not be attending Intuition until they have been given clearance from NSW Health and we have confirmed they are well. We are taking the extra precaution by ensuring siblings of students from the affected schools also not to attend Intuition during this time. Please note that NO student that has attended Intuition has been diagnosed with the virus.
We continue to monitor the situation closely and remain vigilant and as proactive as possible. We are planning to open extra during the April school holidays to assist students in catching-up and running extra classes/tutorials. We are also investigating methods to get remote help for students (online) should the situation warrant it. Students are still able to access support through Ask a Tutor on my-i.
If you have any concerns or would like further information please feel free to contact us.
NSW Health has isolated approximately 70 specific students (none of which attend Intuition) and staff from Epping Boys High School for a further 14 days. All other students will be returning to school on Monday. We have requested all Epping Boys Students that attend Intuition not to attend until Thursday 12th March to ensure any new information can be processed and acted upon without affecting them or other students. We want to ensure they are healthy and will be ensuring they are caught up on all the work they have missed.
We continue to monitor the situation as it evolves. Should you still not feel comfortable attending Intuition in the coming days please contact us. Rest assured we will be organising catch up sessions and are opening extra tutorials in the following week (students can book extra tutorials via the my-i app).
Intuition remains open and students are still able to attend as normal. If you feel uncomfortable attending please advise us and we will be able to organise catch up material and sessions in the coming weeks.
Also some useful links to obtain further information with regards to the Coronavirus are included below.
We continue to monitor the situation and will keep students and parents updated through our website.
6th March 2:00pm
We have been provided with extra information. The diagnosed student was NOT an Intuition student, nor has been on our premises. As per the guidelines all Epping Boys students are in self-isolation and won't be attending until NSW Health gives them the all clear. If the situation changes in the coming days we will keep you informed.
6th March 8:00am
As the current outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues, we’d like to take a moment to remind the Intuition community of some vital information.
With the recent news of an Epping Boys High School student being diagnosed with the virus we’ve asked all students from that school to self-quarantine today and over the weekend as per the current NSW Health directives. If the situation changes and there is an update, we’ll be keeping up to date with the changes and following the instructions of NSW Health.
If you wish to stay home during this time due to concerns about health, we understand this and would urge you to inform us. At Intuition, we will catch students up on any content missed and will also provide extra tutorials when you are ready to return. Students can also use my-i to ask questions to tutors to stay on top of work.
If you are at all feeling sick, even if you’ve not been in direct contact with anyone who may have been exposed to the virus, we urge you to stay at home and not come to Intuition. Please note we may ask you to travel back home if you are feeling sick to ensure the safety of the broader community.
If you have been in extended contact (over 15mins of direct face to face contact) with people who have recently returned from China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Iran or Italy, we request that you stay at home and self-isolate.
Our premises are continually being wiped down with antiseptic wipes, and there are hand sanitizers in the building, and we urge students to use these regularly.
We continue to monitor the situation, and if the government recommends any changes or new action, we will enact these immediately. Given the speed at which the situation is changing we urge you to look for updated information on our website: intu.com.au or further updates via email.
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
With the commencement of the school term, we at Intuition would like to address some concerns regarding the current outbreak of the coronavirus in China.
We urge any students that have recently returned from the affected area of China or have been in close contact with people that have travelled to the area, to not attend Intuition for two weeks from the time of contact. This is directly in line with the guidelines set out by the NSW Department of Health. Although the risk of infection is very low, we are being proactive and addressing hygiene processes and ensuring that people coming back from the area are self-quarantining as per the guidelines. For more information on these, please visit the NSW Department’s website here.
At Intuition, we’ve had a long-standing hygiene and safety practice in place. Disinfecting everything, cleaning desks regularly and providing hand sanitizers has been ongoing for many years. These procedures are always in place to look after staff and students. As always, we have flexible class times and tutorial times, so if your child is sick we urge you not to attend and we’ll be able to organise a catch-up session.
If you have any questions in regard to this matter, please feel free to contact us.