From the Assistant Principal

This week we were delighted to welcome the girls back to school.  We are incredibly proud of both the girls and our staff for their ability to adapt so well to the remote learning environment. We are also very grateful to all our families for working collaboratively with us to ensure the continuity of your daughter’s education. Many girls have enjoyed the opportunity to take greater responsibility for their learning, drawing on their personal strengths in this new and unfamiliar environment. Some have learnt new skills and many have discovered creative and innovative ways to connect with one another, despite being physically distanced. Each of us have learnt something new about ourselves as learners and as teachers. 

For many the opportunity to return from remote learning to the classroom has sparked  renewed enthusiasm for school and the opportunities it provides for connection and structure. Many have appreciated the opportunity to solidify the new concepts, skills and knowledge learnt during Remote Learning.  

As we return to familiar routines in a new way, I encourage you to monitor your daughter and work with her to develop a goal for the remainder of the term. Whilst most students will be pleased to return to the familiar routines of the classroom some students may find the return to school challenging be that in relation to school work, friendships or  the change in routines.  If your daughter experiences any difficulties in her transition back to school please feel free to contact the relevant T & L Coordinator or your daughters Year Coordinator. 

As per previous communication the following safety measure have been introduced to support the health and wellbeing of both staff and students 

  • Increased cleaning regime
  • Bubblers remain closed until the end of the term, although water bottle filling stations remain open. 
  • Increased access to hand sanitiser for staff and students 
  • The canteen has re-opened with a reduced menu and packaging, social distancing protocols have been put in place and a reduced number of students permitted to enter the canteen at any one time. 
  • The number of visitors permitted on site has been restricted. 

Communication was sent last week outlining the fact that school students travelling to and from school are exempt from social distancing requirements on public transport. Families are encouraged to ensure that the girls are aware of this exemption in case they are challenged by a member of the public. 

School specials have been organised for students in Years 7-10 and will depart the College at 12:45pm on each Thursday for the remainder of the term. Our usual school specials will continue to operate for students in years 11 and 12 at the end of the school day.  With an increased number of students being driven to and from school I remind parents to prioritise the safety of both your daughters and others being dropped off in Waratah Street and surrounding streets. 

Additionally, families would also have received communication regarding our adjusted protocols for practical PDHPE lessons and a change to the way in which school photos will be taken this year, in the interests of health and safety. Of particular note is that there will be no class photos taken this year, but rather individual portraits will be put together to form a composite photo for those wishing to purchase a 2020 class photo.

 

Expectations 

As the girls return to school they do so in their full winter uniform, with girls expected to wear their blazers as the outer garment when travelling to and from school each day. Our expectations in relation to jewellery, nails, makeup etc must be adhered to daily. 

Similarly,  our expectations in relation to attendance and punctuality remain unchanged. Students are expected to be in the Homeroom ready to commence the school day promptly at 8.40am. Students arriving late 3 times in a fortnight will receive a 1 hour detention. Students arriving late or leaving early are required to have a note to account for this. All students are required to have their Compass cards with them at all times, one the third occasion that a student does not have their Compass card they will be issued a detention.  Finally, a reminder that students are not permitted to be on their mobile phones at all during the school day. Phones should be switched off and placed in lockers from 8.35am and not turned on again until 3pm. Students on their mobile phones will have the device confiscated and on the second occasion will be issued a 1 hour detention. 

 

Key Date Changes 

We continue to be guided by the advice of Sydney Catholic Schools, to that end this term there will be no whole school assemblies or excursions. Bethany Day scheduled for June 5 has been postponed to a date yet to be confirmed. 

School photos for students in Years 8-12 will take place on Friday June 19.

The Year 12 Drama Showcase has been moved to Wednesday,  July 22nd. 

 

 

Jodie Hughes

Assistant Principal