I hope and pray that all St Brigid’s families are coping with this Lockdown 6.2 . As my email to you last weekend stated, this is not what we wanted, however the last two years have developed our agility and resilience. Our Remote Learning program continues and this time we have built in a day of self-directed learning where the students take responsibility on Wednesday to choose when they are to complete their set work, with the aim of limiting Zoom sessions and developing time management skills. I would be interested in hearing from parents any feedback on our Remote Learning Program in this latest session of remote learning via email (Principal@stbc.vic.edu.au) or by phone. I have also provided a copy of the updated Remote Learning Guidelines for Students and Parents on our College web page . Parents are reminded that Masks will be with us for the remainder of the year and the College can no longer supply disposable masks as we have gone through over 650 in the last weeks – this lockdown may be a good time to order your son / daughter more durable masks online – they will need them!
In today’s newsletter, I have attached a letter that outlines the changes to the vaccination program for secondary students and the priority being given to Year 12 students to be vaccinated before the examination period. The GAT has now been rescheduled to 9 September, and hopefully this will go ahead then. Currently we expect to be back at school on Friday 3 September.
Yesterday I emailed all Year 10 students with a link to the Catholic Ballarat Diocese Scholarship application, which contributes $1000 to a student’s educational costs. I encourage all parents to view our scholarships section on the College’s website.
The NAPLAN results for students in Year 7 and 9 will be released next week and the national results have shown that the extended remote learning has not been as damaging to students Literacy and Numeracy development as we may have expected. St B’s continues to have a fine reputation for continuing the learning through Lockdowns and I thank the students, parents and teachers who have all played a role in this. There is a summary response from the Catholic Education Commission below.
I wish all students and families peace and patience until we can see those smiling faces again.