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COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates

Newman College has created this page to assist with the distribution of information relating to the COVID-19 Pandemic to our community. The page will be updated with critical information distributed via our governing agencies, including Department of Education, Marist Schools Australia, Catholic Education Western Australia, and the Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia – who will continue to respond as a collaborative team to advice from the WA Department of Health.

COVID-19 Updates

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I write to update parents following the latest address by Premier Mark McGowan regarding new learning arrangements in Western Australia; in particular, confirmation that Term 1 for students will now conclude on Friday 3 April 2020.

This decision has been made to prioritise the health and wellbeing of the Western Australian community and is based on the best national medical advice.

Newman College Program

As a consequence of this most recent Government announcement, Newman College’s program for the final two weeks of term has been updated, as follows:

Monday 30 March – Friday 3 April 

  • The College will action its Remote Learning Plan across our K-12 community.  Families able to keep their children at home are asked to do so.
  • Newman College will remain open to ensure that remote learning takes place, as well as to supervise children of parents currently working in health or essential services.  Parents who are currently involved in health or essential services who require their child to attend school to be supervised in their remote learning will be accommodated (refer survey in my Update #6 sent this morning).

Monday 6 April – Thursday 9 April

  • Staff will undertake Professional Learning at school.
  • Parents who are involved in the provision of essential services can continue to send their children to school to be supervised by teachers (refer survey in my Update #6 sent this morning).

I take this opportunity to thank parents for their understanding of the evolving nature of this global crisis and the ongoing impact on our College. Please take a moment to view my message to the community below.

Yours sincerely

John Finneran 
PRINCIPAL

Dear Parents and Guardians

Thank you for your support during this complex and uncertain time.

My previous update (#5) provided information pertaining to our transition to Remote Teaching and Learning.  Preparation and trialling of this delivery will be completed by the end of this week and we thank families for their patience and support.

Remote Learning from Home

The evolving nature of the COVID-19 Pandemic crisis has seen increasing numbers of students self-isolating.  As a result, from Monday 30 March – Thursday 9 April 2020, the College will action its Remote Teaching and Learning Plan across our K-12 community.  Families able to keep their children at home are respectfully asked to do so. Teachers will work within the framework of the Remote Learning Plan to ensure the continuity of the delivery of teaching and learning.

Please click on the relevant Remote Learning Guidelines below, specific to the following age specific groups:

Download Early Childhood Remote Learning Guide

Download Primary School Remote Learning Guide

Download Years 7 to 10 Remote Learning Guide

Download Year 11 and 12 Remote Learning Guide

Recording Student Attendance
Classroom teachers (Primary) and Pastoral Care Teachers (Secondary) will be required to take attendance while students are learning from home. Details of this process will be shared with families, by Leaders of Wellbeing, on Monday 30 March.

If your child is unwell, and unable to engage in remote learning, please follow the College’s absentee protocol.

Learning at School

The College is committed to ensuring students who are not able to learn from home, particularly children of essential service employees and health workers, will be supported by delivering teaching and learning at school.  Students who attend school will be supervised as they participate in the Remote Learning Plan, at an age appropriate level.

We therefore ask parents to indicate whether their child will be learning at school by completing a survey (please click here) and submitting by 3.00pm Friday 27 March.

Student Wellbeing

Leaders of Wellbeing are committed to providing resources and activities for young people during this time of social distancing and isolation. These resources will be shared via Seesaw, SEQTA and Teams for students and parents ensuring the ability reach out to classroom and pastoral care teachers via email.

Thank You

The College Leadership Team and staff are very grateful for the positive feedback received from our community in our support of students.  Our teachers and support staff have been professional, diligent and committed to providing guidance to students in this uncertain time.  Students have been the living embodiment of our Marist Characteristics, exemplified by a love of work, supported by the way they have been present to each other and to our teachers.

We will continue as a faith community to pray for those affected by this terrible turn of events and remain committed to our families.

Yours sincerely

John Finneran 
PRINCIPAL 

Dear Families

Considering the ever-changing circumstances we find ourselves in, I would like to thank you for your patience, understanding and ongoing support.  As a community, we have come together in this trying time and I wish to commend our students on the fine way they have conducted themselves.  I would also like to acknowledge the ongoing work of our staff who continue to work tirelessly in providing learning opportunities for students attending the College, as well as those who are now engaging in learning from home.  Without our staff, none of what we have accomplished in recent weeks would have been possible.

Mr Finneran’s most recent communication referred to remote learning.  To support teachers, students and their families in their training of the online and remote learning provision, Marcellin Campus will be running an alternative timetable on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 March. Plans for this week are as follows:

Students

Thursday 26 March

Friday 27 March

Years 7 - 10 Students at home

(preparation for remote learning)

Students at home

(preparation for remote learning)

Year 11 and Year 12 Students at school

(face to face teaching and learning)

Students can wear free dress

Students at home

(trialing remote learning)

Understandably, some families may be unable to facilitate their children working from home on these days.  If this is the case, I would ask that you contact your child's Leader of Wellbeing and let them know.  Leaders of Wellbeing will be able to provide details on how they will be accommodated at the College on these days.

In support of student wellbeing, your child's Leader of Wellbeing is currently launching a Microsoft 365 TEAM that will connect each of the children in their cohort.  This TEAM will be a key source of information for your child in the event of remote learning. Leaders will provide updates to student via the link and have also placed several wellbeing resources that students can access during this time.

Thank you for your support at this time, I would ask that you pray for all those responding to this crisis, all those affected in Australia and abroad, and for our students who have responded so positively in recent weeks.

If you have any queries or concerns, please contact me or your child's Leader of Wellbeing.

Yours sincerely

Alan Fitzpatrick
DEPUTY PRINCIPAL WELLBEING SECONDARY

Dear Families

I would just like to begin by saying thank you to every student, parent, and teacher that is a part of our wonderful school community.  The last two weeks has certainly been challenging. However, what has been great to see is the support that is being extended across the community for one another.  Teachers and Education Assistants who have been working tirelessly in preparation for remote learning, and parents and families who have been so supportive in their understanding and offers of assistance to help.  We are so grateful for the flexibility and understanding of families as we move through this uncertain time.  It has certainly helped to make everyone's lives easier.

I would also like to acknowledge the efforts of our staff at Lavalla and the work they have put into preparing home learning packs, online lessons and resources, and accommodating the adjustments being made every day in school.  We would be lost without them and the positive way they are approaching this crisis.

As communicated earlier in the week, on Friday 27 March, students at Lavalla campus will stay at home as we trial remote learning for the first time through the Seesaw platform. Students will find instructions for learning, as well as their resources, posted to Seesaw on Friday morning.  Teachers will be available during the day to answer queries you may have about your child's learning, and as always, can be contacted via email. If you have any concerns over this, please contact your child's teacher.

Where families cannot take care of their children at home, the Lavalla campus will remain open for those who require supervision for their son or daughter.  Please contact the Leader of Wellbeing if you think this may apply to you and your child.

Thank you for your continued support.  Please continue to pray for all those affected in Australia and abroad.

Yours sincerely

Stuart McClorey
LEADER OF WELLBEING PRIMARY

Dear Families

I would like to thank our Marian families for their support of the College during this challenging time.  Your flexibility and understanding, as well as the kind words that have been offered to our staff, have been greatly appreciated.  This is an unprecedented situation, and I extend my thanks to our dedicated staff who have worked tirelessly throughout this situation to ensure that the children in their care remain the highest priority.  The teachers have been exceptional in ensuring that the school environment remains a place of calm, joy and learning for our students and families, despite all the current changes.

At present, all teaching and learning at Marian is continuing to be offered in face-to-face mode, with the necessary hygiene protocols in place.  The special nature of early childhood education is realised through meaningful student and teacher interactions.  In the event that remote learning is instituted, our teachers are well prepared.  If this eventuates, the teachers will continue to promote and deliver meaningful play-based learning experiences with a strong focus on literacy and numeracy outcomes.  This will be facilitated via the Seesaw digital portfolio platform.

Students will be given a ‘Remote Teaching and Learning Pack’ on Thursday 26 March 2020.  This pack has been prepared with resources to support your child’s learning in a remote teaching mode.  Please keep this pack somewhere safe at home in case Remote Teaching should eventuate.

Families who are currently choosing to self-isolate are welcome to collect their child’s pack from the Marian Administration between 8.00am - 4.00pm.

If you have any specific questions regarding your child’s situation, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s classroom teacher.

Yours sincerely

Lisa McClue
LEADER OF EARLY CHILDHOOD

To download the Pastoral Letter by The Most Rev Timothy Costello SDB, Archbishop of Perth, please click on the below link.

Download Pastoral Letter from Archbishop Costelloe SDB 24 March 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians

I am writing to provide guidance to the Covid-19 pandemic, the changes to schooling and the strategies in place to enable continuity of learning for your children.

In line with the latest advice from Commonwealth and WA governments, Newman College is committed to delivering teaching and learning for our students.  State and territory Premiers and Chief Ministers have committed to the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee advice that says that it is safe to keep schools open.

Provision of Learning

In line with the Prime Minister’s and the WA Minister for Education’s advice, and after consultation with Marist Schools Australia please note the following:

1. In school Learning 

Newman College will continue to deliver teaching and learning at school until the conclusion of Term 1, Thursday 9 April.  Parents who wish to send their children to school will be accommodated. This is particularly important for parents employed in the provision of essential services.

2. Remote Learning 

Parents may choose to keep their children at home.

As noted in Update #4, we are developing resources for remote learning K-12.  It is anticipated that students who are at home or, in the event of physical closure, will be able to engage in our remote learning plan.  Further instructions and expectations for students and parents will be made available in the coming days.

To that end, we have set aside time this week to support teachers, students and their families from Lavalla and Marcellin Campuses (Marian to continue classes as scheduled) in their training of the online and remote learning provision.

Transition to Remote Learning:

Year Groups  Days  Mode of Learning  Where
Pre K-2

Marian Campus

Monday 23 – Friday 27 March Classes as per timetable Students at school as normal
Years 3-6

Lavalla Campus

Friday 27 March Seesaw Students will work from home
Years 7-10

Marcellin Campus

Thursday 26 March and

Friday 27 March

SEQTA, Microsoft Suite, Education Perfect Students will work from home
Years 11-12

Marcellin Campus

Friday 27 March SEQTA, Microsoft Suite, Revise online, VET online learning platforms Students will work from home

Where families cannot take care of their children at home, both Lavalla and Marcellin Campus will remain open for those who require supervision for their son or daughter.  Please contact your respective Leader of Wellbeing

Social Distancing

Please be assured that while the school remains open, social distancing will be enforced and cleaning regimes will continue to be completed to the highest possible standards to mitigate risks associated with the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Today we reinforced this message through each class.  I ask that you also have conversations with your child about the importance of these measures.

Illness

If your child is feeling unwell in any way, please keep them at home.

Parent In-School Meetings

Due to the complexity of this time and the additional responsibilities of teachers and leaders I ask parents to note that non-essential face to face meetings with staff are not possible.  Please email the relevant member of staff, keeping in mind that there could be a 48 hour turn around for responses.

Thank you for your support at this time, and as a Catholic community I encourage all of you to pray for those coordinating our response in Australia, and for all of those in Australia and abroad affected by COVID-19.  As a Marist Family, let us continue to be present and supportive all members of our community.

As always, I ask that you contact Vice Principal Lisa Fogliani or me directly if you have any concern that may relate to your child.

Yours sincerely

John Finneran 
PRINCIPAL 

Please click the link below for the latest update on NAPLAN from the Education Council.

 

Download Education Council Communique - 20 March 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians

Newman College is committed to providing purposeful and meaningful learning experiences for our students PK-12 in a settled environment. During this time of uncertainty it is important that our College community remains focused on delivering teaching and learning at school.

However, in the event of a school closure or other major disruption the College has developed a Remote Teaching and Learning Plan to enable Newman College to continue to deliver the curriculum and learning experience for students. Click the link below to download the Plan:

Download NEWMAN COLLEGE Parent remote teaching and learning plan

Teachers are preparing, trialling and developing online content, video conferencing tools and, where appropriate, stay at home packs.

In the event that your child(ren) is not at school, the following measures are to be followed:

Marian Students

  • Teachers may upload tasks to SEESAW, however, their priority at this time is to support their children present in their class.
  • There is no expectation that children complete set work.
  • Play experiences are encouraged.

Lavalla Students

  • Teachers may upload tasks to SEESAW, however, their priority at this time is to support their children present in their classroom.

Marcellin Students

  • Students will be able to continue to access their daily timetable and learning intentions via SEQTA and/or OneDrive.

Thank you for your ongoing collaboration, support and commitment to our Marist community.  We will endeavour to provide up to date information to families as needed.

Yours sincerely

John Finneran

PRINCIPAL

Dear Parents and Guardians of Students in Years 11 and 12

The purpose of this letter is to communicate the measures the College is putting in place to support students in Years 11 and 12 in collaboration with and under the direction of School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA).

Newman College is committed to providing purposeful and meaningful learning experiences for all senior students.  During this time, it is important that we remain focussed on delivering teaching and learning at school.  However, in the event of a school closure and / or a student is required to self-isolate, we will continue to support students in their learning.

SCSA advice regarding Years 11 and 12 curriculum and assessment:

Isolation

  • Students who are in isolation will be classified as an approved absence. This means that the College’s senior school assessment policy is applied. Newman College will assign these students an ‘on balance judgement’ and, on their return (if practical), the student can sit the assessment for feedback.
  • NOTE: Medical certificates are not required to endorse this absence.

Curriculum

  • Curriculum for Years 11 and 12 will continue as per course outlines.
  • NOTE: Teachers are developing video content and enacting live streaming strategies to continue to deliver to students in the event of school closure or isolation.

Workplace Learning

  • In relation to Workplace Learning, in the eventuality that a student cannot complete a mandatory work placement requirement, the Authority’s VET WACE Special Considerations process will apply.

Examinations

  • At this stage the Authority is continuing to work towards the scheduled Externally Set Tasks Assessments for students enrolled in General courses and the ATAR course examinations for 2020.

Students and parents should be confident that Newman College and SCSA continue to work from the premise that no student should be disadvantaged in these unprecedented circumstances. Unless directed otherwise, we are continuing to operate as normal.  However, if these circumstances change all schools will be notified as a priority.

We thank you for your ongoing collaboration and support at this time.

Yours sincerely

John Finneran

PRINCIPAL   

Dear Parents and Guardians

Further to my correspondence yesterday regarding COVID-19, I wish to provide an update regarding self-isolating protocols.

The Prime Minister has introduced measures placed on international arrivals into Australia. This means a mandatory 14 day self-isolation requirement has been placed on all international arrivals into Australia effective from 9pm (WST) on Sunday 15 March.

As with all Australian travellers, students and staff who return from international travel must selfisolate for 14 days. This includes all parents, contractors and school visitors. Ideally, students or staff members in the same house as a person self-isolating should make alternative residential arrangements to mitigate any possible spread of the virus. If this is not possible, staff and students
residing in the same residence as a self-isolating person MUST ensure they do not have any contact with the individual.

Parents returning from overseas travel, who are self-isolating for the mandated 14 days, should exercise a high level of vigilance and caution and keep their children home during this isolation period, unless an alternative residential arrangement can be made. Should any parent require clarity, please contact Vice Principal Lisa Fogliani. This is an approved absence. Secondary students can access the continuation of learning via SEQTA and / or One Note. Primary students will be supported by their teachers via Seesaw.

Travelling in the current context presents increased risks, including significant travel disruptions and delays. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has raised the level of advice for a number of countries. Conditions are changing rapidly and further updates will follow.

Yours sincerely

John Finneran
PRINCIPAL

Marian Campus Communication

As you know the College is doing its best to navigate the complex and ever-changing circumstances around the Coronavirus COVID-19. We are very appreciative of the support we have had at the school from parents and families, and the level of understanding afforded during these difficult times. We recognise this is a difficult, confusing, and complex time for many students and families.

It is important that families know every decision is being made with the safety and wellbeing of all students, staff, and members of our school community as the priority.

The following measures have been put in place to support the community.

  • All parent rosters – cancelled
  • Parent meetings will be rescheduled or conducted over the phone.
  • Staggering break times to effectively manage and enforce social distancing measures
  • Drop off/ pick up protocols- students in Y1 and Y2 are encouraged to use the pickup and drop off zone to limit parent presence on the campus.
  • Classrooms will be open from 8:20am to 8.45am so parents can drop their child directly at their classroom.
  • Parents are asked to collect children quickly and leave the campus.

The great strength of our Marist community is our commitment to our family spirit in how we support each other in these uncertain times. It is imperative that families work with the College in a calm and collaborative manner and consistent with the College Code of Conduct.

Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding.

Yours sincerely

Lisa McClue
LEADER OF EARLY CHILDHOOD 

Lavalla Campus Communication

As you know the College is doing its best to navigate the complex and ever-changing circumstances around the Coronavirus COVID-19.  We are very appreciative of the support we have had at the school from parents and families, and the level of understanding afforded during these difficult times.  We recognise this is a difficult, confusing, and complex time for many students and families.

It is important that families know every decision is being made with the safety and wellbeing of all students, staff, and members of our school community as the priority.

The following experiences have been cancelled.

  • Lavalla Dance Troupe and Lavalla Choir
  • Lavalla Strings ensemble
  • Lavalla Homework Club
  • Coderdojo
  • Chess & Lego Club
  • All excursions and incursions for Term One
  • Year 6 Camp (currently postponed with a view to rescheduling later in the year if possible) Parent meetings will be rescheduled or conducted over the phone.

Break times have been staggered to effectively manage and enforce social distancing measures.

Drop off / pick up protocols- we encourage all families to use the drop off and pick up zone to limit parent presence on the campus.

The great strength of our Marist community is our commitment to our family spirit in how we support each other in these uncertain times. It is imperative that families work with the College in a calm and collaborative manner and consistent with the College Code of Conduct.

Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding.

Yours sincerely

Stuart McClorey
LEADER OF WELLBEING PRIMARY    

Marcellin Campus Communication

As you know the College is doing its best to navigate the complex and ever-changing circumstances around the Coronavirus COVID-19. We are very appreciative of the support we have had at the school from parents and families, and the level of understanding afforded during these difficult times.  We recognise this is a difficult, confusing, and complex time for many students and families.

It is important that families know every decision is being made with the safety and wellbeing of all students, staff, and members of our school community as the priority.

The following experiences have been cancelled.

  • REMAR and Gamechangers
  • All Arts Experiences- Choirs, Bands, Ensembles and Troupes
  • All Sporting fixtures, competitions and training
  • Homework Club
  • Academic experiences such as debating, mock law
  • Music Rocks and Community Access for Education Support students
  • Year 12 Ball - postponed

All students in Year 7-12 have permission to wear their PE uniform on the days they have PE classes. This is to manage the number of students in the changeroom at one time.

Please direct any queries to the teacher in charge of coordinating these opportunities.

The great strength of our Marist community is our commitment to our family spirit in how we support each other in these uncertain times. It is imperative that families work with the College in a calm and collaborative manner and consistent with the College Code of Conduct. Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding.

Yours sincerely

Lisa Fogliani
VICE PRINCIPAL

Dear Parents and Guardians

I write to provide further information on the school’s response to Coronavirus COVID-19. We are operating in response to the most recent advice from our governing agencies, including Department of Education, Marist Schools Australia, Catholic Education Western Australia, and the Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia - who will continue to respond as a collaborative team to advice from the WA Department of Health.  It is also our social responsibility as a College to commit ourselves to the health and wellbeing of all members of our Community.  We continue to be guided by and adhere to the collective response of our governing agencies.  Our responsibility is to the provision of ongoing teaching and learning where students are engaged, protected and supported.

A web page on the College website has been created to provide up to date information as it is forthcoming.

This morning all students across PK-12 were briefed on our immediate social responsibilities while at school.  We are taking enhanced precautions to ensure this provision as outlined by providing the following information below:

Basic Protective Measures

Basic personal hygiene and health protocols are being constantly reinforced with students.

They include:

  • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • Practice respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
  • Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.

Sensible social distancing has been explicitly reinforced with students.  Examples of social distancing include:

  • Not shaking hands
  • Students not hugging each other
  • Other forms of incidental social contact

The College is working towards staggering breaktimes for students.

The College’s contracted cleaners have adjusted the cleaning schedule to include daily disinfection of high touch areas including door handles, light switches and toilet areas.  Student bathrooms are regularly checked and supplies of soap and toilet paper are secure and signage instructing protocols for hand-washing have been installed.

For further information I refer you to For further information, I refer you to WA Health Department Website or access the helpline 1800 020 080.

College Events

The Australian Government has announced that all organised, non-essential gatherings attended by more than 500 people must be cancelled as from Monday 16 March 2020.

For gatherings of less than 500 people, the College is required to undertake a new risk assessment considering such factors as potential for contact with members of the public, cleaning and hygiene arrangements and the capacity to isolate a suspected COVID-19 case amongst students or staff. This will apply to school camps and retreats. If these risk factors cannot be sufficiently mitigated, consideration will be given to cancel these gatherings.

The following events currently cancelled are:

Date Event
Monday 16 March Marcellin Campus Cross Country
Monday 16 March SunSmart Schools Tennis Classic
Wednesday 18 March Justin Coulson, student presentations and Newman Parents event
Thursday 19 March IPSHA Swimming Carnival hosted at Newman College
Wednesday 25 March ACC Swim Carnival

(All ACC sporting activities are suspended for the immediate future. This extends to all NAS fixtures.)

Friday 27 March Marian Campus Grandparents Day
Tuesday 7 April Newman College Twilight Tours
31 March – 5 April College Production (postponed)
Marian Campus Fitness Fridays

Non-essential school gatherings have also been suspended:

  • School assemblies
  • School excursions
  • Sacramental retreats
  • Staff external in-service and conferences
  • Outdoor education camps

In addition, our Community Mass on Thursdays has been restricted to staff and students only.

Other significant College events are being reviewed by the College Executive as we wait for clarity and direction from Marist Schools Australia and Catholic Education Western Australia. The cancellation or postponement of these events will be communicated to the community from the College.

Remote Teaching and Learning

The College Leaders of Learning and staff are planning for the provision of remote teaching and learning in the event that large groups of students are not able to come to school.  The purpose of this plan is to enable Newman College to continue to deliver high quality education in the event of school closure or other major disruptions.

We recognise that it is vitally important to support the learning for Years 11 and 12 students as they work towards achieving their WACE and the completion of their chosen Academic Pathway.  Under the guidance of School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA), the College will make necessary arrangements as they are provided.

Expectations of staff will be explicit and tested with teachers throughout the week, before being confirmed on Thursday 19 March 2020.

Students with limited or no access to the internet need to advise their Leader of Wellbeing at respective campus.

Cases of Self Isolation

There may be circumstances where staff and students with ongoing health concerns may need to self-isolate.  In this event I would ask families to contact Vice Principal, Ms Lisa Fogliani.

School Closure

Currently, if any WA school has to close due to a confirmed case, it will be on the advice from the WA Health Department’s Chief Health Officer and the Executive Director of Catholic Education. The Chief Health Officer may, if there is a positive COVID-19 test result in a school community, close a school temporarily, while assessment and tracing of exposure is conducted.

Upon our school being notified of the need to close, all families would be immediately contacted by text and by email and provided with relevant information. This communication may be during the school day, or before or after school. It is therefore important that we have up-to-date contact details for your children. Please notify the respective campus receptions if any of these details have changed.

Update advice on International Travel

The Prime Minister has introduced measures placed on international arrivals into Australia. This means a mandatory 14 day self-isolation requirement has been placed on all international arrivals into Australia effective from 9pm (WST) on Sunday 15 March.

As with all Australian travellers, students and staff who return from international travel must self-isolate for 14 days. This includes all parents, contractors and school visitors.

Travelling in the current context presents increased risks, including significant travel disruptions and delays. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has raised the level of advice for a number of countries.  Conditions are changing rapidly and further updates are likely.

Ongoing Wellbeing Support

The health and wellbeing of our students and staff remains our highest priority.  We need to remain vigilant to any potential for increased risks and take precautionary measures to ensure the safest possible educational environment for children and young people.

Our current provision of support for the wellbeing of our students is with the classroom teacher, Pastoral Care teacher and Leaders of Wellbeing.  The College psychologists, counsellors and social worker remain available.

The great strength of our Marist community is our commitment to our family spirit in how we support each other in these uncertain times. It is imperative that families work with the College in a calm and collaborative manner and consistent with the Colleges Code of Conduct.

Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding.

Yours sincerely

John Finneran

PRINCIPAL

16 March 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that COVID-19 is a pandemic.

We are reminded that the risk of transmission in Australia remains low, the escalation in confirmed cases around the world, combined with the uncertainty surrounding the spread of the virus, is rightly creating concern for many in our communities.

The health and wellbeing of our students and staff remains our highest priority, we need to remain vigilant to any potential for increased risks and take precautionary measures to ensure the safest possible educational environment for children and young people.

College Tours and experiences to Italy, Singapore and the Marist Basketball Carnival in Adelaide have been cancelled as directed by Marist Schools Australia and Catholic Education Western Australia. We extend our thanks to all involved in the preparation and organisation of these opportunities and thank our families and their students for their understanding and support.

The Leadership Team is working to ensure we are prepared to support students in the event they are in isolation for a period of time, or the school is directed to close. In this event, parent will be informed and supported to ensure a continuation of learning, courses and units of work.

Protective Measures

Staff and students have been briefed on Protective Measures to ensure the highest standard of personal hygiene and care. These expectations have been explicitly taught to students and the College is sourcing hand sanitizers for each classroom in primary and the entrance to classroom blocks. Significant facilities will also be equipped with hand sanitizing stations.

The College cleaning contractors have been instructed regarding the need for antibacterial cleaning procedures and effectively immediately have additional staff on site with explicit instructions regarding high touch areas.

It is of the responsibility of all families to ensure they support the College regarding protocols of quarantine following international travel.

If Students are Unwell

The College asks that students who are presenting with a fever or flu like symptoms stay at home until their symptoms are clear.

Notice from the Archbishop's Office

Directives regarding temporary Mass changes are in place as a result of Novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

International Travel

Students or staff cannot attend school if they have:

  • left or transited through mainland China on or after 24 February, they must isolate themselves for 14 days from the date of leaving mainland China OR
  • left or transited through Iran on or after 1 March, they must isolate themselves for 14 days after leaving Iran; OR
  • left or transited through the Republic of Korea, on or after 5 March, they must isolate themselves for 14 days after leaving the Republic of Korea; and
  • been informed by public health authorities that they have been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus, must isolate themselves for 14 days after the date of last contact with the confirmed case.

Parents/carers are asked to notify Vice Principal Ms Lisa Fogliani if a student will be away for the isolation period and confirm the date on which they were last in the mainland China, Iran, Italy and the Republic of Korea. 

Students will be supported with alternative learning arrangements, keeping in mind that the isolation period, provided the person remains well, is a maximum of 14 days.

Children and staff do not require a medical certificate or clearance to return to school but must remain at home until 14 days after leaving mainland China, Iran, Italy or the Republic of Korea.

The following countries are listed as ‘Moderate Risk’. This means that students can attend school, but must self-monitor

  • Cambodia
  • Hong Kong
  • Indonesia (including Bali)
  • Japan
  • Singapore
  • Thailand

The most up to date list can be accessed HERE

College Communications

The College is prepared to communicate any updates to the wider community promptly and efficiently. The range of communication tools activated by the College include the College Newsletter, Seqta messaging (email) and the College Social Media platforms. SMS will be used when an urgent message needs to be communicated to the broader College Community.

Please view following documents for your information:

Australian Government Department of Health Novel Coronavirus COVID-19
Basis protective measures against the coronavirus

The College contact for any enquiries relating to the Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is Vice Principal, Lisa Fogliani.

As we continue to respond to Novel coronavirus COVID-19 in our community, please be assured that the Department of Education, Marist Schools Australia, Catholic Education Western Australia, and the Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia will continue to respond as a collaborative team to advice from the WA Department of Health and provide updated advice to schools and staff as appropriate.

Lisa Fogliani

Vice Principal

13/03/2020

Dear Parents and Guardians

While media and public commentary in relation to Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to raise concerns for many in our community, public health authorities are advising that the current risk remains low in Western Australia. However, as the health and wellbeing of our students and staff remains our highest priority, we need to remain vigilant to any potential for increased risks and take precautionary measures to ensure the safest possible educational environment for children and young people.

Protective Measures

Staff and students have been briefed on Protective Measures to ensure the highest standard of personal hygiene and care. These expectations have been explicitly taught to students and the College is sourcing hand sanitizers for each classroom in primary and the entrance to classroom blocks. Significant facilities will also be equipped with hand sanitizing stations.

The College cleaning contractors have been instructed regarding the need for antibacterial cleaning procedures.

If Students are Unwell

The College asks that students who are presenting with a fever or flu like symptoms stay at home until their symptoms are clear.

Notice from the Archbishop's Office

Directives regarding temporary Mass changes are in place as a result of Novel coronavirus (COVID-19). These directives include:

  • Holy Water removed from all stoups
  • Sign of Peace is omitted from the Mass
  • The Precious Blood is not the be shared and is reserved for the celebrant only
  • All priests and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion are to wash their hands immediately before and immediately after the distribution of Holy Communion.

International Travel

Students or staff cannot attend school if they have:

  • left or transited through mainland China on or after 24 February, they must isolate themselves for 14 days from the date of leaving mainland China OR
  • left or transited through Iran on or after 1 March, they must isolate themselves for 14 days after leaving Iran; OR
  • left or transited through the Republic of Korea, on or after 5 March, they must isolate themselves for 14 days after leaving the Republic of Korea; and
  • been informed by public health authorities that they have been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus, must isolate themselves for 14 days after the date of last contact with the confirmed case.

The above also applies to all parents/carers, contractors, visitors and volunteers on school sites.

Parents/carers and staff should notify Vice Principal Ms Lisa Fogliani if a student or staff member will be away for the isolation period and confirm the date on which they were last in the mainland China, Iran and the Republic of Korea.

Students will be supported with alternative learning arrangements, keeping in mind that the isolation period, provided the person remains well, is a maximum of 14 days.

Children and staff do not require a medical certificate or clearance to return to school but must remain at home until 14 days after leaving mainland China, Iran or the Republic of Korea.

All International travel experiences for secondary students in 2020 have been cancelled.

College Communication

The College is prepared to communicate any updates to the wider community promptly and efficiently. The range of communication tools activated by the College include the College Newsletter, SMS, Seqta messaging (email) and the College Social Media platform.

Please view following documents for your information:

Australian Government Department of Health Novel Coronavirus COVID-19
Basis protective measures against the coronavirus

The College contact for any enquiries relating to the Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is Vice Principal, Lisa Fogliani.

As we continue to respond to Novel coronavirus COVID-19 in our community, please be assured that the Department of Education, Marist Schools Australia, Catholic Education Western Australia, and the Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia will continue to respond as a collaborative team to advice from the WA Department of Health and provide updated advice to schools and staff as appropriate.

Yours sincerely

John Finneran
PRINCIPAL

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who is responsible for issuing direction on COVID-19 Coronavirus to the College?
  • My child is unwell, can they attend school?
  • Will the College be closing?
  • What happens if the College closes?
  • Will scheduled sports and events be cancelled?
  • How can I protect myself / my family?
  • Do face masks protect against COVID-19? Which face masks?