Monday 1 February

Dear Parents/Guardians,  

Further to yesterday’s announcement, updates via Premier Mark McGowan have been encouraging. Overnight, Western Australia has recorded no further local cases of COVID-19.  

For the first day of lock down we had a limited number of staff on site to deal with any issues. Fortunately, our community is well-practiced and has navigated this seamlessly. 

Only essential workers are on site this week, however rest assured that staff are working remotely and are available to support where possible. As the College phone system is currently unmanned, please contact us via the coronahelp@mbc.wa.edu address if you have any general questions or concerns and we will get back to you as quickly as possible. 

PRIMARY SCHOOL 

If you have any questions specifically for your child/children’s teachers, they can be reached via their College email addresses. Further to this, to support Mandurah Baptist College students and families, please remember that our School Psychologist (Mrs. Gratton) and Chaplain (Mr. Fullwood) are both available via email. 

If parents would like to provide educational activities at home for their children, the Department of Education have prepared a link to additional resources here. 

SENIOR SCHOOL 

During this week Senior School staff will be getting in touch with classes as a welcome back to 2021. As part of this there may be some recommended activities given to Years 8-10 students to assist in preparing for the year. These are not compulsory, but may be beneficial to those who are very keen to start on the ‘front foot’ upon their return. 

For Years 11-12 students, information will be given to assist students in reducing impact of the loss of the first week, particular for the Year 12 students who have a comparatively short year. The work given is highly recommended for students and is designed to allow them to ‘hit the ground running’ upon return to school. Again, this is not compulsory, but is recommended. 

For our Year 7 students, the delayed start to high school is a great time to get in some extra reading (e.g. a favourite novel – perhaps even one of your text books for this year, practice your times tables, or to do something creative or mind-bending like puzzles; but no requirement to do so)

As always, we encourage all of our students to read, get good exercise, get involved with creative endeavours and generally balance screen time with other activities. Given this extra week of holidays, we encourage all to ensure balance, and for those who are very keen, to use all the supports available via the recommended activities. 

Given the extensive media coverage about all things 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 Senior School Psychologist (Luke Smith) and Chaplain (Wesley Dowell) will be available via email over the coming weeks. 

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

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

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 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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