Friday 5 February

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

Following an encouraging update from Premier Mark McGowan last night, it has been announced that, provided we have no further cases today, the lockdown will end as of 6.00pm tonight and schools will commence on Monday 8 February.  

A post-lockdown transition period will remain in place until 12.01am Sunday morning, 14 February and will include the following measures:  

  • Everyone must continue to wear a mask in public and while at work, unless exempt or for outdoor vigorous exercise. 
  • 4 square metre capacity rule in place  
  • 20-person limit for private indoor and outdoor gatherings  
  • A useful summary of the full list of restrictions can be found here. 

We strongly encourage you to download the SafeWA app as we will be asking parents and visitors to sign in if coming onto school grounds. A sign in register will be available for those who do not have access to a device. 

Visitors and parents on site will need to be wearing a mask. The mandatory mask rule will apply to all school staff and Secondary Students. Masks are not required for Primary School students. Please note, our preference is that any payments made to the College are done so via phone for the next week to avoid overcrowding in the office space.  

The College has a fantastic team of cleaners who will be in over the weekend to ensure the school has been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized ready for day one. In line with hygiene requirements, please make sure your child brings their own water bottle to school each day.  

The College Uniform Shop will be open next week and will adhere to the above guidelines.  

PRIMARY SCHOOL 

Access: Parents/Guardians will be able to access the Primary School grounds to drop off or pick up their children. However, parents/guardians are not able to enter Primary School classrooms for the week commencing Monday February 8.  

School Entry Points: There will be three monitored and managed entry points for students and families to enter the Primary School grounds as follows: 

  • Entrance One – Main entrance outside the Primary Admin office 
  • Entrance Two – Entrance gate near Room1/3L   
  • Entrance Three – Kindergarten/Pre-Primary entrance gates 

When entering through any of these three gates please scan the QR codes with your phone or utilise the paper sign-in sheets for those parents/guardians without a smart phone. Hand sanitizer will also be available at each entry point.  

Masks: Masks are not required for primary school students, however if you wish for your child to wear a mask to school this week, they can. 

School Traffic: Traffic is likely to be more congested than usual this coming week, due to the City of Mandurah roadworks on the roundabout on Catalina Drive and Badgerup Avenue. Please take your time, remain patient and follow the directions of College staff and City of Mandurah traffic controllers.   

Kindergarten Classes:  

As our Kindergarten program operates on a 5-day fortnight, we will be following the dates on the original roster to allow the alternate Wednesday dates to remain as originally planned. Next week your Kindergarten child will commence their Kindy week with a half day in order to gently transition them into a full school day.  

Kindy A & Kindy C – Monday 8 February 8:30am – 11:45am 

Kindy B – Tuesday 9 February 8:30am – 11:45am 

Kindy B – Wednesday 10 February 8:30am – 3:05pm

We understand however that these half day sessions may pose some difficulties for families due to this week’s lockdown and your work arrangements. If you are unable to collect your child at 11:45am, please email your child’s Kindergarten teacher and we will arrange care for them for the full day. 

SENIOR SCHOOL 

We have managed, via the Association of Independent Schools WA, to secure masks for every secondary student. These can be collected from the College staff. 

At this stage, parents are not allowed on site. If you do need to visit the office, please note that there is a maximum occupancy of four people allowed inside at any given time. We will set up an additional information/administration table outside reception of the Senior School to field general inquiries. 

As we commence 2021 with our students, and with the government mandate to open schools following the lockdown but with some restrictions still in place, the Senior School’s plan for curriculum delivery will remain flexible and adaptive as the term progresses.   

The school will open, and regular classes will commence on Monday 8 February.  

All staff will be on site and will wear masks unless teaching in front of a class.  

Students are expected to return to commence classes for the year and must also wear masks.  

These measures will be reviewed for Week 3 of Term 1 following further government updates.  

Year 12 students and families have been notified of the movement of the Year 12 Ball to 5 March and we thank Mr Stenhouse for his work in securing a date close to the original booking. Year 12 students will still receive their Leavers Jackets on the first day of school, but unfortunately, we cannot run our usual Commencement Assembly with parents. 

Our Awards Assembly, which was scheduled for Week 1, has been postponed. Parents of award winners will be notified of the new assembly date once this has been finalised. 

On days, that Secondary Students have Physical Education they may wear their Sports Uniform to school during this week. 

Traffic: We encourage all families to drop off their children in the morning either in the set down/pick up zones, or outside of the College at a designated point for the student to walk in. In the afternoon we encourage a similar approach as families will not be able to wait in pick up zones, and with the added complexity of Council works at the intersection of Catalina and Badgerup, traffic will be less efficient in the area. 

A reminder that the bus stop has been temporarily moved to outside of Lakelands Primary School on Cawana Parkway for the duration of the Council roadworks. The traffic warden will be in place on Badgerup Avenue to ensure that students can cross this road safely. 

The Council is kindly providing extra traffic wardens to assist with traffic flow from Monday on the main roads surrounding the College. 

Please be aware that traffic and parking is much busier on the first day of the year, and over the first week. Please adjust your arrangements to avoid stress or inconvenience. 

WELLBEING 

Given the extensive media coverage about all thing’s Coronavirus, some children are already aware of the impact of the virus and will pick up on the concerns and anxiety of others. This could be through listening to and observing what is happening online, at home and school. 

To support Mandurah Baptist College students and families, please remember that our support team across the college are available: 

Primary School Psychologist: Tina Gratton – tinag@mbc.wa.edu.au  

Primary school Chaplain: Mark Fulwood – markf@mbc.wa.edu.au    

Senior School Psychologist:  Luke Smith – lukes@mbc.wa.edu.au  

Senior School Chaplain: Wesley Dowell – wesleyd@mbc.wa.edu.au 

In conclusion,  

As our government action their emergency response systems in the coming weeks, we will continue to act on their advice taking necessary action as advised. We will ensure to keep families updated daily at 4.00pm as per our regular COVID updates.  

Please remember that all 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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