From the Assistant Principal
Important dates for Term 4
- 4 November Ancient Greek Theatre Festival. 6:30-9.00 pm
- 4 November Year 7, 2016 Orientation Day and Parent Information session 6:30-7:30 pm
- 10 November: Music performance evening. 6:30-8:30 pm
- 26 & 27 November: College Musical
- 11 December: End of year Speech and Award Ceremony
- 14 December: Last day of school for students
- 15 December: Yr 7-10 Parent Teacher Student Interviews. 9-3:30 pm
ANAPHYLAXIS, ASTHMA AND ALLERGIES
Bethany College has students enrolled who have allergies to food and environmental factors some of whom develop anaphylaxis when exposed to triggers. In addition we have many students who suffer from asthma. It is not possible, nor practical to remove all allergens and triggers from schools and instead we need to focus on minimising exposure to known triggers and training everyone involved to know what to do if an incident occurs.
Teachers and Teachers Aids have Asthma and Anaphylaxis training as part of their mandatory First Aid training. Last term we conducted a refresher course for managing asthma flare ups and this term we will also conduct an anaphylaxis refresher to make sure staff feel confident that they understand the signs and symptoms and what action to take. Additionally, year groups will be educated on how to respond to any incidents that may occur when they are present.
Blanket food bans are not recommended by government agencies nor by ASCIA to address anaphylaxis, however ongoing education is proven to reduce risk. ASCIA also recommend that all students (even primary school) should carry their own asthma reliever medication and epipen. The college will have back ups of both however.
Parents and carers can assist us in caring for their daughters by providing the college with updated medical plans (these should be updated annually at a minimum) and health information. At the start of each calendar year medical information is updated based on the information you provide, so please assist us by asking your GP/specialist to review plans, and have a copy ready for us in 2016.
093 SCHOOL SPECIAL TO ROCKDALE
Students and staff have been frustrated by the service provided to families on this school special route. Due to overcrowding and punctuality many students prefer to catch a public bus. This has not been without issues though. At times drivers will not stop to pick students up, or ask them to alight mid way through their journey when the bus gets crowded, or the college receives complaints that students are crowding the buses and should use the school special! I have been trying to work with Transdev on a solution to support the 126ish students who hold bus passes for this route over the last 2 years with no success. I have now approached Chris Minns MP, who has arranged a meeting on Friday 6/11 at 3.15p.m.. I have handed out a letter to students and emailed parents asking for support and some feedback on this service. Additionally I would like all those students who hold passes to travel that route to stay behind for the meeting. They would then catch the school special or public bus home. Without student and parent support, this frustrating situation will unfortunately continue.