We thank you for your patience as we have navigated a somewhat disrupted start to the week. Thank you for your consideration when following pick up/drop off directions and the wearing of masks on site. Updates from the Premier have been encouraging with no local cases announced today.
At this stage, only Primary School parents/guardians are allowed on site to drop-off and pick-up children, however they are unable to enter classrooms. 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 strongly encourage you to download the SafeWA app if you have not already done so 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. 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 continue to rigorously clean the College each day. 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 this week and will adhere to the above guidelines.
The P&F meeting scheduled for this evening, will be postponed until Tuesday 4 May.
All Primary School clubs will run as per usual this week, however without any parents/guardians in attendance or spectating.
Playgroup and Storytime and Play are cancelled for this week.
At this stage, in term swimming lessons for Year 4-6 students will go ahead next week as planned, unless advised otherwise. In term swimming lessons for Year 1-3 students are cancelled and will not reoccur.
Many of our students are wearing their masks incorrectly (below nose) or not at all (citing eating). The mask must cover chin to nose. The mandated requirements for students are below:
- Be seated, or in a stationary standing group whilst eating.
- All movements around the College must be with mask fully on.
Whilst we know wearing a mask is uncomfortable at times, it is nevertheless a requirement. Students who continually fail to wear their mask as required will be followed up and/or a call may be made to discuss their capacity to work on site this week. This is one of those occasions where we all need to work together to ensure safety for our community. We thank you for your understanding and encourage you to have this conversation with your child.
We have managed, via the Association of Independent Schools WA, to secure masks for Secondary student as a backup. These can be collected from the College staff.
On days that Secondary students have Physical Education they may wear their sports uniform to school during this week.
We are delighted that our Year 11s could get to camp this week, we wish them a week full of exciting opportunities and experiences.
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 – email@example.com
- Primary school Chaplain: Mark Fulwood – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Senior School Psychologist: Luke Smith – email@example.com
- Senior School Chaplain: Wesley Dowell – firstname.lastname@example.org
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 invite you to use the email address set up for the College on email@example.com if you have any further questions or concerns.
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.
Rob Gratton & Tracy Holmes
Principals – Mandurah Baptist College