Welcome back to all students and their families and a special welcome to our many new students and families who are joining us for the first time this year. Below are some important details for parents regarding operational and organisational structures as well as student requirements.
As mentioned by Mr Tsoutsa we continue to work closely with NSW Health and other key government agencies in planning and managing school operations for reducing the potential risk of COVID-19 transmission in our school. Our plan is for business as usual undertaken in a COVID-safe way by implementing risk assessment processes and risk mitigation strategies.
It has been widely reported in the media that many schools may experience a reduction in staffing in the weeks ahead. We hope that the changes to the definitions of close contacts, and the exemption for school staff to leave isolation if they are a household contact will assist us to minimise staff shortages at St Mark’s. We believe that the continuity of education is crucial and that face to face learning will remain our first option. At times however we may have to engage casual teachers who are teaching out of their subject area, combine classes, arrange for senior students undertake independent study, implement hybrid learning models or in extreme cases transition to remote learning. We ask for your support and understanding in implementing these operational decisions.
Under the Education Act students are required to attend school unless they have a valid reason not to do so. There is no provision available for an exemption from attendance to be granted for COVID related absences. Understandably we acknowledge that there may be higher numbers of student absence due to illness or because they are deemed a close contact and as such content for each lesson will be available on Google Classroom enabling students to work from home or catch up on content missed when they were unwell. Please contact your child’s teacher in the junior school or their House Patron in the secondary school for further information.
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The College publishes a Newsletter twice per term which is available via the College website.
· SEQTA is the online parent portal used in the Senior School where parents can access up-to-date information quickly and easily about the school and their child’s learning.
· Class Dojo is used to communicate general information for K-6 and also directly with parents.
In addition phone calls and emails are also ways for parents to communicate directly with teachers.
2022 Management Team and Coordinators The College Management Team and Coordinators can be found on the Staff Directory page located at the front of your child’s diary or on the College website here
Student diaries Student diaries for K-12 will be distributed to students this week. School diaries are essential to each student’s organisation of their homework, assessments and school activities and include dates of school events and relevant policies and procedures. Diaries are not to be decorated and if lost or damaged, students will be required to purchase a replacement at $25. Parents/carers are asked to sign page 3, General Permission Notice, which will be collected and filed by either the classroom teacher in the Junior School or House Patron in the Senior School.
Uniform standards On page 15 and 16 the School Diary explains the correct wearing of the College uniform. All uniform and equipment items should be clearly labelled with your child’s name and class/year. All efforts will be made to return unlabelled items Lost property will be kept for 2 weeks.
If a student does not wear their uniform correctly, they may receive an infringement from a teacher. In the Senior School, repeated warnings regarding a uniform infringement may result in a Friday afternoon detention from 3.15-4:14pm. Parents will be informed in writing if an afternoon detention occurs.
Girls’ hair, must be kept off faces and shoulders regardless of length. Jewellery for girls is limited to simple single pair earrings of studs or sleepers worn in the lower ear lobe. No make-up or nail polish is allowed. All girls’ skirts must be knee length.
Boys' hair must be conservative in nature cut short to one length. It must not touch the collar or extend below the eye brows and is not allowed to be tied or pinned back. No mullets or shaved sections of hair. Hair must not be shorter than a blade 3. Boys must wear a black leather belt, with top button done up and shirt tucked in.
Mobile phones Students are not permitted to use mobile phones during school hours. If a parent/carer needs to contact their child, they should call the College reception for a message to be sent. Secondary students using a mobile phone at school will have their phone confiscated by either the DHoC or Director of Secondary Students until the end of the day and can exchange it for an After School Detention.
Dates for the Diary
Wednesday 9 – Friday 11th February – Year 7 Camp Narrabeen Sport and Recreation Centre
Friday 25th February – 7-12 Swimming Carnival, Whitlam Leisure Centre, Liverpool
Monday 4th March – 3-6 School Swimming Carnival Max parker Aquatic Centre, Revesby
Friday 25th March – K-12 School Photographs
Monday 28th March – K-6 School Athletics Carnival, Campbelltown Athletics Stadium
Friday 8th April – Last Day of Term 1