Friday 18 September Update

Dear Parents/Guardians,


Based on the latest health advice as at 18 August, Phase 5 of the WA COVID-19 roadmap has been pushed back to at least 24 October. Phase 5 would see remaining restrictions removed, except WA’s hard border and access to remote Aboriginal communities. It would also see the removal of WA’s 2 square metre rule and the 50 per cent capacity for our major venues. The College will continue to update families as we plan Semester 2 events in accordance to these guidelines.


As a gentle reminder, if at any stage someone in your household has travelled interstate and is returning, we request students to remain at home if self-isolation is required for an immediate family member and it is being done at the home residence.


Senior School Awards Morning and Evening

Due to the continuance of Stage 4 restrictions in Western Australia, the Senior School will be splitting its annual Awards Evening into an Awards Morning for Years 7-9 students and an Awards Evening for Years 10-12 students. Both events will take place on Wednesday 21 October in the Lakes Theatre, with the Awards Morning commencing at 9.00am and the Awards Evening commencing at 7.00pm. While the Awards Ceremonies remain a compulsory event for students, the College will need to manage parental attendance so that overall numbers in the Theatre do not exceed guidelines. With this in mind, parents of award winners will be invited to the event once award winners have been finalised in Week 1 of Term 4. Should there be spare capacity in the Theatre following this, there may be a further, limited release of seats.


Further information in regards to the Awards Morning and Awards Evening, including the management of parental and family attendance, will be distributed closer to the event.


Cyber Safety

Navigating the online environment can be challenging for families at the best of times, and there are often particular challenges associated with inappropriate online content that is shared widely. As always, being vigilant about what your child is accessing online, even asking them to refrain from social media use for particular times, is an important step in managing the risks of the online environment. We’d like to take this opportunity to remind families that there are a range of online tools available to assist in this regard. In particular, MBC families have access to the FamilyZone Cyber Safety suite which can help to monitor, regulate and protect children as they access the internet, including surfing the web, using social media and playing online games. FamilyZone protects children wherever they are; at home, at school and everywhere in between, and is backed by a team of leading Cyber Safety Experts. If you would like further assistance with FamilyZone, or would like to set this up for your family, please visit MBC’s Cyber Safety Hub. Further resources for supporting families in managing the online environment can be accessed through the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.


If you have any concerns about your child in relation to the online environment in general, please contact the College. If you believe that your child may have accessed material of a sensitive nature and would like to either discuss this further or have someone talk to your child about this, there are a range of support measures in place, including accessing to counselling services for students that require this support; please contact the College if this is the case.


Please remember that all of the updates we have sent you so far are available to read via our News page on our website, accessible by clicking here


Kind regards,


Rob Gratton and Tracy Holmes

Principals – Mandurah Baptist College