Tuesday 2 February

Dear Parents/Guardians,  

Updates via Premier Mark McGowan have been encouraging. Western Australia has recorded no further local cases of COVID-19. 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 

If you have any questions specifically for your child/children’s teacher, they can be reached via their College email address.  

In addition to this, the Principal, Mr. Gratton can be contacted on robg@mbc.wa.edu.au   

SENIOR SCHOOL 

As outlined yesterday, Senior School staff have now begun 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 has begun to be distributed 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 highly recommended and students are encouraged to engage with their teachers and this preparatory learning. 

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 textbooks for this year, practice your times tables, or to do something creative or mind-bending like puzzles; but no requirement to do so). Please note that there is no expectation on Year 7 students to be completing structured schoolwork this week. Students will have their access to SEQTA arranged for Week 2, either in person at the College or remotely (if required and dependent on governmental updates). 

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. 

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, 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. 

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 and Tracy Holmes

Principals – Mandurah Baptist College

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