Thursday 4 February

Dear Parents/Guardians,  

Again, the College would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to those affected in the bushfires in Shires of Mundaring, Chittering, Northam and City of Swan. If you are looking for a way to help emergency services during this time of crisis, there are various support services to donate to here.

Western Australia has recorded no further local cases of COVID-19. Premier Mark McGowan informed Western Australians today that if the state continues to record no new cases, the hard lockdown will end at 6.00pm on Friday evening. It is likely however, that as we move into a phase of eased controls, we will continue to adhere to some restrictions. To monitor updates from the Premier, visit www.wa.gov.au.  

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 

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 continue to encourage Years 8-10, and 11-12 students to use some of their free time this week to position themselves well for the start of the year. 

If students in Years 8-12 are having any issues accessing College systems, please email support@mbc.wa.edu.au with a help request. 

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. For some tips in managing your mental health during a lockdown, click here.

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

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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