Dear Parents and Guardians,

This update will provide you with some important news from the WA Government, clarification of school attendance at MBC for the remainder of Term One, and information regarding supporting students’ wellbeing.   

BREAKING NEWS: Message from the WA Premier this morning

This morning, the WA Premier Mark McGowan, made the following announcement:

‘Today as the pandemic situation moves forward, we move to the next step. From Monday March 30 schools will remain open but if possible, families should keep your kids’ home from school.’

From the end of Friday April 3, formal classes will officially end, one week early. Schools and staff will use the final week of Term One (Monday April 6 to Thursday April 9) to plan for a different teaching model for Term 2 and beyond.’

PRIMARY SCHOOL UPDATE:

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE  

  • Week 8 (Remainder of this week March 25- 27) – Students can attend school as per usual.
  • Week 9 (Monday March 30 -Friday April 3 – Students can attend school as MBC will remain open however, if possible, families should keep their children at home.  Students attending school may be combined at year levels, and across year levels, where appropriate, whilst continuing to ensure optimal social distancing space, pastoral care and academic support. Teachers, with the support of our Education Assistants, will share the teaching of these combined classes and students will complete a modified learning program that is consistent with our At Home Learning Program.
  • Week 10 (Monday April 6 – Wednesday April 8) – formal classes will officially end. If possible, families should keep their children at home. For children who cannot be left alone at home, students can attend MBC and will complete a learning program that is consistent with our At Home Learning program, from Monday – Wednesday of Week 10. To register for your child for this, please email coronahelp@mbc.wa.edu.au and we will confirm with you.

 

STUDENT 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 both our Primary School Chaplain Mr Fulwood, and School Psychologist Mrs Gratton, are available for you to send an email to or to phone on 9583 7070.

Email addresses:

Mr Fulwood – markf@mbc.wa.edu.au

Mrs Gratton – tinag@mbc.wa.edu.au

In addition to this, the Department of Education WA, Learning at Home Website provides advice and resources for parents and carers, educators and students. This includes a wide range of resources and information related to the impact of COVID-19 on students’ health and wellbeing and the impact on families.

Parents are also advised that, if they need urgent mental health advice and support for themselves or their child, there is a 24-hour crisis support line 1800 048 636.

 

SENIOR SCHOOL UPDATE:

As you have been aware we are prepared for today’s announcement. The next fortnight will proceed as following:

Week 9: 30/3 – 3/4

The full online learning program will be available as of Monday (30/3). Many classes are already using this in class and have prepared in advance. Please see the package (provided yesterday) for important information, accessable by clicking here.

This does not mean we are closed: Students can attend school as MBC will remain open however, and the Premier stated, if possible, families should keep their children at home.  As students on site will also be working ‘online’, but with staff, alternative supervision arrangements, such as hosting students in smaller groupings, may occur depending on attendance rates.

For Years 7 to 11 classes will formally cease from 3rd April. Year 11 students will, naturally, have some work to complete during the break as per usual.

Week 10: 6/4 – 8/4

As per the Prime Minister’s address earlier in the week, we will be moving additional pupil free days to back onto the Easter break.

Years 12 students: We will also be utilizing 2 days in Week 10 solely for Year 12 students, so they have substantive opportunity to access staff online before the scheduled term break (remembering it is normal for Upper School students to have work to complete during break time). A schedule for Year Monday 06/04 and Tuesday 07/04 will be forwarded to Year 12 students tomorrow.

These changes will look like:

Monday 06/04

Pupil free Day – Subject Intensives run online for Year 12 students

  •  3 extended online sessions per day

Tuesday 07/04

Pupil free Day – Subject Intensives run online for Year 12 students

  •  3 extended online sessions per day

Wednesday 08/04

Pupil free day – Staff Day

For families where children cannot be left alone at home in Week 10, we will have places for students to remain supervised on the school site from Monday to Wednesday. To register for this, please email coronahelp@mbc.wa.edu.au and we will confirm with you.

And finally, a thank you. We have been receiving many emails expressing thanks for the work of the staff and of the College for looking after the students, keeping them safe, and for keeping their continuity of education. There is no perfect scenario for schools given we deal with many individuals who are engaged in many activities, are doing well, are sometimes anxious, and who are doing their best to learn during a time when the world feels chaotic. There have been many people expressing thanks for staff as ‘front-line’ workers as schools remain open and we thank you for the encouragement.

 

Kind regards,

Rob Gratton and Tracy Holmes

Principals – Mandurah Baptist College