Friday 30 April

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

Once again, updates from the Premier have been encouraging with no local cases announced today. As planned, the Perth and Peel post-lockdown restrictions are set to be significantly eased. The following eased transitional restrictions will take effect from 12.01am Saturday 1 May until 12.01am Saturday 8 May: 

  • Masks are not required outside except where physical distancing is not possible. 
  • Masks are mandatory for indoor public venues, including in the workplace and on public transport. Exemptions apply including for medical reasons and primary school aged children or younger. People should use common sense and take a mask with them whenever they leave home. 
  • Anyone who has been in the Perth or Peel regions since 17 April but has since travelled to another region must also wear a mask subject to the above conditions. 
  • Outdoor gatherings can take place with up to 500 people without a COVID event plan. 

PRIMARY SCHOOL  

  • Primary School parents/guardians are allowed on school site to drop-off and pick-up children or attend school-based events. 
  • Parents/guardians and are able to enter classrooms, however masks must be worn.   
  • In-term swimming lessons for Year 4-6 students will go ahead next week as planned.  
  • Playgroup will recommence on Tuesday and Friday morning.   
  • Story-Time and Play will recommence on Wednesday morning.  
  • ELC Open Day will go-ahead from 10am-1pm on Saturday 8 May; all welcome.  
  • Mother’s Day Events will go ahead as planned. Individual classroom teachers will inform the parents/guardians about the Mother’s Day activities they are running for their class.  

SENIOR SCHOOL  

The mandated requirements for students wearing masks are below: 

  • Masks are to be worn indoors. 
  • Masks are to be worn outdoors where students walk in groups and where there is not a physical distance of 1.5 metres between each person. 
  • Masks may be removed when students are outdoors and physically distanced from others by 1.5 metres. In this case students must carry their mask with them. 

Whilst we know wearing a mask is uncomfortable at times, it is nevertheless a requirement.  We thank you for your understanding and encourage you to have this conversation with your child. 

We have managed, via the Association of Independent Schools WA, to secure masks for Secondary students as a backup for families. These can be collected from the College staff.  

Photo Day 

The Senior School photo day will be on Wednesday 12 May (Week 4). If you are wanting a sibling photograph, please ask your child to collect an envelope from student services or email Mrs Valme Batley at valmeb@mbc.wa.edu.au and she will ensure your child is given an envelope during PCG. 

Valme Batley will contact you via email to arrange a time for your sibling photograph to be taken before the beginning of the school day if this is convenient for you as a family. It is less disruptive for the Primary School students if the photos are taken before school and the younger students are still nice and neat. Primary School are also having NAPLAN testing on the same day. 

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 & Tracy Holmes Principals – Mandurah Baptist College 

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