The end of term has come about quickly, and even though the past couple of weeks have been disrupted by the current pandemic, it has been a relatively smooth term. The mobile phone ban has been a success and even though a small number of students have shown some resentment to it, in the majority it has been well received. The levels of distraction in class have been reduced and it is great to see students in full conversation at recess and lunchtime.
Given the health issues we are currently dealing with, the challenges for the terms ahead, will no doubt test our community. As mentioned in other articles in this Newsletter, the college is prepared for the range of circumstances that we may be forced into. I can’t stress enough the role that parents play in supporting the government’s (and the school’s) current view that students need to attend school. If you are concerned about this, please contact the relevant Year Level Coordinator to discuss the issue.
The college is committed to educating students in the proper hygiene habits to ensure that the risk of contracting a virus is minimised. Regular prompts are being given to students to remind them about washing their hands, using the hand sanitisers that the college has placed in each building and applying the rule of social distancing.
With a number of restrictions being placed on schools, you will find that the college calendar will have a number of alterations over the coming months. Excursions, sporting events and camps are some of the events that will be cut from the school program as well as any incursion that gathers more than a hundred people (e.g. assemblies). As mentioned by Mr Caldow, the Athletics Carnival has also been cancelled and Monday 23rd March will be a school day with dismissal at 12:30pm.
Student safety is of primary concern for our community. Over the years we have promoted the view that the whole community is responsible for student safety. As such, we expect that those who use roads in our neighbourhood drive responsibly to ensure that students are not placed in dangerous situations. The is a speed limit of 40km per hour outside the school and 10km per hour within the school grounds. Parents are not generally permitted onto the campus grounds (incl carpark) as a pick-up or drop-off option for their children unless there are extenuating circumstances. In this case please discuss with the Head of Campus.
Term 1 Holidays
Term 1 for students will finish up on Thursday 26th March (normal dismissal time). Friday 27th March is a student-free day; and students return for Term 2 on Tuesday 14th April. I wish all students and staff a safe and healthy holiday and Easter season. Hopefully we can all come back to news that the global pandemic is on the decline and schools can start to develop some level of normality.
With best wishes for the weeks ahead!
Head of Senior campus