Welcome back. I hope you were able to enjoy a change of pace over the holiday break, to take some time out for yourself and refresh for Term 4.
Our students are expected back for face-to-face learning from 25th October 2021. Any students who live in an area still under stay-at-home orders are also expected back at school for face-to-face learning and this is allowed under the public health order. The best learning environment for students is in the classroom and we are looking forward to welcoming back all of our staff and students.
As a reminder, here’s what our families and student can expect when returning to school sites under COVID-safe Level 3 conditions:
- Staff will be required to wear masks indoors and outdoors while on school grounds.
- Students in Year 7 and above will also be required to wear masks indoors on school grounds. Masks are recommended outdoors.
- We will reduce overall mingling of our different student years which means no school assemblies or sport (outside of existing PDHPE classes), excursions or field trips.
- Only essential visitors will be allowed on site and will be required to check in and wear masks at all times.
- Canteens are open with appropriate hygiene measures in place.
- Parents and carers will need to remain outside of school grounds, follow physical distancing and avoid gathering for drop-offs and pick-ups.
- There will be enhanced daily cleaning of the school and wherever possible we will ensure classrooms will be well-ventilated with open windows and/or air purifiers.
We have worked closely with NSW Health in developing our return to school roadmap and COVID-safe school plan. NSW Health will continue to monitor vaccination rates and transmission levels in our LGA and will advise us if settings need re-evaluation.
We are continuing to work closely with NSW Health and other relevant authorities to support our school staff to receive 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccination by 8 November. This will help protect our staff and students and we encourage our entire school community to also get vaccinated as soon as possible.
All students are expected - and will be supported - to return to school for face-to-face learning. I encourage you to get in touch with us directly and visit the Wellbeing for students and families page for support materials.
Response protocols for confirmed cases of COVID-19
The Health and Safety Directorate (HSD) will validate test results with NSW Health and determine what additional action may need to be taken by the school. The school will only be required to take action if the person was deemed to be infectious at a time when they had been at the school. All other matters are a private health matter, and the person will be supported by NSW Health.
In addition, the department has protocols in place where it is notified by NSW Health of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a student, staff member or member of the school community where the person may have been infectious whilst on school grounds.
Where NSW Health confirm that a person has been infectious at a time when they had been at the school, Health and Safety will contact the Executive Director and make urgent arrangements to set up a teleconference with the Director, Educational Leadership and the Principal to discuss relevant actions including:
- Communication with parents advising them whether their child has been in contact with a confirmed case
- Ceasing operations of the school (where it is deemed appropriate)
- Contact tracing to identify all contacts to a confirmed case. In some instances, this may require ceasing the operations of the school while the contact tracing process is completed
- Thorough cleaning of the school site to ensure the environment is clean and safe prior to the school resuming onsite learning.
Presentation Day 2021
Whilst life is returning to normal, we are still bound by certain restrictions that will impact how we finish up 2021.
Our Presentation Day is scheduled for Friday 10 December although, we are not able to invite families to be a part of this due to the 4 square meter rule. Our hall is only able to hold 264 people under these guidelines. Throughout the day we will hold a Presentation Assembly for recipients only, in each year group. We will ensure to livestream the event for those who wish to watch from home.
Please note school finishes for all students on Thursday 16 December.
What a year to be completing the HSC! Our Year 12 have shown tremendous resilience and maintained a positive mindset, despite the obstacles they have faced. Already approximately one third of our students have been offered early entry into university courses.
The Year 12 2021 Graduation will be held through a virtual assembly on Thursday 9th December 2021.
Congratulations again Year 12, we are very proud of you all.
School Captains 2022
I would like to congratulate our recently elected school captain Leila Ledua and Vice-captain Sarah Maikari. I look forward to working with these leaders in 2022.
Thank you for your ongoing support and I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and happy new year.