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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 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

Allocation of Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs)

I am writing to let you know that further free rapid antigen tests (RATs) have been allocated to our school and will be ready for distribution and collection on Wednesday 10 August.

Each child will receive an allocation of 20 RATs. This allocation supports the approach to have our students continue attending school, minimising disruption to schooling and keeping the school community COVID-19 safe.

Please use a RAT to test your child for COVID-19 if they have symptoms or are a household close contact. If your child is a close contact, they are permitted to attend school, as long as they receive a negative daily RAT result, remain asymptomatic, and wear a mask (Year 7 and above). Please advise the College if your child has tested positive to COVID-19 or is a close contact by completing the online reporting form.

Distribution

RATs will be distributed on Wednesday 10 August to the eldest child in the family, as outlined below:

  • if the eldest child is in Years 7 to 12, RATs will be distributed to them during school time
  • If the eldest child is in Years PK to 6, parents will need to attend Lavalla or Marian Administration offices to collect their RATs.  (The College is unable to send RATs home with Primary aged students.)

If you do not consent to your eldest child being issued with the RAT allocation for your family, please complete this form no later than Tuesday 9 August.

If your child has COVID-19 symptoms, they should stay home and be tested. Please continue to notify the school if your child tests positive for COVID-19 or if they are a household close contact. For more information on testing and isolation requirements, go to the HealthyWA website.

Thank you for your continued efforts in keeping Newman College COVID-19 safe.

With best wishes

John Finneran

PRINCIPAL

4 August 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians

Welcome back to Term 3.

It was great to welcome your children back to school for Term 3 today.   Thank you for your patience with the significant disruption we had over the last few days with our communication outage – internet / telephone.  This was rectified at 9.30am this morning.

Our vigilance to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff and families is again a priority this term in respect to COVID-19 and the virulent flu season. 

All schools in WA have received communication in a joint letter from the Department of Education, Catholic Education WA and the Association of Independent Schools WA re-emphasising the importance of supporting health and safety protocols this term.  We support this communication, particularly the strong encouragement of mask wearing of staff and students.  I ask families to take time to read the letter and talk to your children.  Please click here to view.

We ask for your support by not sending your children to school if they are unwell. Any student who

presents with flu-like symptoms will be isolated and parents will be contacted and asked to collect them.

I would like to thank parents for your continued support. We are committed to ensuring that our students continue to learn and grow in these challenging times.

Dear Parents and Guardians

I am writing to inform you that the Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) allocation for each student has now been delivered to the College.

RATs will be sent home with the eldest child in the family if the eldest child is in Years 7 to 12. If you do not consent to your eldest child being issued with the RAT allocation for your family, please complete this form.

If the eldest child is in Years PK to 6, the College is unable to send RATs home. In this case, parents will need to attend Lavalla and Marian campuses to collect the RATs. You will need to bring photo ID to receive your RAT’s. A subsequent email will be issued with locations and times for collection of RATs.

It is important to note that these RATs will support our students to continue to attend school and minimise disruption to schooling. You will be able to test your child at home if they are feeling unwell.

You can also use these RATs if your child is a close contact. Close contacts can attend school if they test daily and receive a negative result, remain asymptomatic and wear a mask if they are in Year 7 and above. Please advise the College of your child’s close contact or positive COVID status by completing the online reporting form.

If your child becomes symptomatic, they should stay home and be tested for COVID-19.

Refer to healthywa.wa.gov.au for information on close contact definition, testing and isolation requirements.

Thank you for your continued efforts in keeping our school COVID-19 safe.

Kind regards

John Finneran
PRINCIPAL

Dear Parents and Guardians 

I’d like to thank staff, students, and parents for the transition to eased COVID-19 restrictions.  

WA Health have updated requirements for Schools.  Please click here to view the guidelines which the College will follow to ensure we protect students, staff members of our community.  The following information is of particular note: 

Wearing of Masks 

  • Students in PK – Y12 are not required to wear a mask 
  • Household close contacts are still required to wear masks when they leave their home at all times (Y7 – Y12) 
  • Masks must be worn by all students Y7-12 on public transport 

Whilst the Government has removed the mandated rules of mask wearing, staff and students have been advised where social distancing cannot be maintained masks should be worn.  We recommend that students always have a mask ready to use if required. 

COVID-19 Household Close Contacts 

Students can attend school if they live in the same house as someone who is COVID-19 positive.  The must adhere to the following: 

  • do a daily Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) and receive a negative result each day to attend school
  • wear a mask at school (for students in Year 7 and above) and when travelling on public transport or ride-share 
  • Report they are a household close contact via the College online reporting form 

Symptomatic Students 

If your child becomes symptomatic they should stay home and be tested for COVID-19. Regardless of whether they have COVID-19 or not, if they are unwell with any symptoms such as a cough, runny nose, sore throat, temperature etc they must NOT attend school. 

You are required to report positive COVID-19 student cases to the College via the College online reporting form prior to the start of the school day.  

Kind regards 

John Finneran 
PRINCIPAL 

Dear Parents and Guardians 

COVID-19 UPDATE  

We look forward to welcoming students and staff back to Term 2 with the easing of public health and social measures.  We continue to follow the current health advice and I have outlined below what the changes mean for our school.   

Close Contacts 

A close contact is now defined as: 

  • a household member or intimate partner of a person with COVID-19 who has had contact with them during their infectious period, 
  • someone who has had close personal interaction with a person with COVID-19 during their infectious period, where they spent greater than 4 hours of cumulative contact with them in a residential setting, (ie a home, accommodation facility) where masks have been removed by both people for all of this period 
  • someone who is directed by WA Health that they are a close contact. 

For schools, this means a child will no longer be identified as a close contact at school.  

Positive COVID-19 Cases 

Any child who becomes symptomatic should stay home and be tested for COVID-19. Please continue to refer to healthywa.wa.gov.au for information on close contact definition, testing and isolation requirements. 

Please contact the school if your child becomes COVID-19 positive or becomes a close contact and is required to isolate. We can then provision remote learning for your child as required.   

Easing of Restrictions  

A number of school activities can resume, including infrequent special events, Masses, year group assemblies and camps. 

Parents / guardians are allowed on school sites in Term 2 for the following purposes:  

  • outdoor drop-off/pick up  
  • to volunteer in roles outside of the classroom, including the canteen and uniform shop
  • to attend year group assemblies  
  • to attend face to face parent/teacher meetings 
  • to attend indoor and outdoor sporting events, infrequent special events, performances and other interschool events with masks and physical distancing  
  • to attend face to face meetings eg NPCC, College Council meetings   

Parents/carers attending school sites must wear masks on school grounds and adhere to physical distancing, where possible. Please note parents/carers are not allowed inside classrooms. 

We will update the COVID-19 page on the College website once per week.  Please view the website regularly to see updates.  

We very much look forward to the College’s education program resuming next week. 

John Finneran 

PRINCIPAL 

Dear Parents and Guardians

COVID-19 UPDATE

New cases since the last update published on Tuesday 5 April 2022

Reporting of positive COVID-19 cases / household family close contacts during School Holidays

Please note that families do not need to report COVID-19 positive cases to the College during the school holidays. However, all positive RATs must be reported to WA Health via www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/ratregister

Our next COVID-19 update will be issued at the end of the school holidays and will contain revised guidelines for Term 2.

I wish our families an enjoyable holiday break and look forward to everyone returning in Term 2 on Tuesday 26 April.

John Finneran

PRINCIPAL

7 April 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians

COVID-19 UPDATE

New cases since the last update published on Friday 1 April 2022:

Vaccination during the upcoming school holidays

Schools have been asked by the Chief Health Officer to promote vaccinations for 5-11 year old children, as it is the best way in which to protect them from the virus.

School holidays are an ideal time for families to have their children vaccinated and so I share with you a WA Department of Health promotional poster that will provide:

  • Facts supporting vaccination
  • Finding a vaccination location
  • What the medical experts say
  • Telethon Kids Institute fact sheets
  • Decision aids for parents

As we journey to the end of Term 1 of 2022, I would like to commend students and staff for their continued diligence in the wearing of masks, socially distancing and personal hygiene measures. 

Our final COVID-19 update for Term 1 will be on Thursday afternoon, 7 April.

John Finneran

PRINCIPAL

5 April 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians 

New cases since the last update published on Wednesday 30 March 2022: 

Year GroupNew CasesCampus
Kindy3Marian
Year 11Marian
Year 41Lavalla
Year 56Lavalla
Year 712Marcellin
Year 84Marcellin
Year 102Marcellin
Year 112Marcellin
Year 121Marcellin
Teaching Staff3
Other Staff1

Process for COVID-19 

 In line with the daily reporting of WA COVID-19 cases, the College continues to report an increase in positive COVID-19 cases, household close contacts and school-based close contacts.   

Thank you to all families who continue to use the College reporting form to advise of a positive test result or a household close contact.  Please complete all sections of the form to ensure relevant details are captured.  This makes for a more streamlined reporting process. 

With one week left of Term 1 and the school holidays on the horizon, we urge you to talk to your children about wearing their masks correctly and maintaining personal hygiene practices.  The College is obligated to report positive COVID-19 cases and identify school-based close contacts, resulting in families adhering to isolation protocols.   

This week we have sent four classes into remote learning, each for two days. This measure is to reduce the likelihood of spread. We will only enact this measure if we believe it is necessary to provide a circuit breaker. We consider aspects such as which groups of students and/or staff have been impacted, mask wearing and group activities, and the number of close contacts, both school-based and household close contacts within the group. 

Key Reminders for Students: 

  • During recess and lunch time, only remove the mask for 10 minutes at a time and maintain social distancing. These can be the defining factors that make students identified close contacts.
  • Wear the mask correctly, over both the nose and mouth, and not below the nose or on the chin. 
  • Do not share drinks or food. 
  • Hand sanitiser stations are located around the school.  Please remember to use them when moving through the school premises. 

Official Communications from the College:

Please note that the College issues all communications to families via SEQTA and the College website. If you receive any other correspondence, please assume it is not from us and advise College Administration immediately. 

Thank you for your efforts to keep your child, the College and wider school community safe. 

John Finneran 

PRINCIPAL 

Dear Parents and Guardians

COVID-19 UPDATE

Welcome to our latest Update.

New cases since the last update published on Friday 25 March 2022:

Student Absences

As reflected in the increasing numbers above, I reiterate to parents and guardians if your child is sick or showing any symptoms, please do not send them to school.  If a child presents to school or the Health Centre with symptoms the College will contact home and request that the child be collected.

Please note that the College’s Absentee system will record:

  • Students who test positive for COVID-19 as medical.
  • Students who are identified as a household contact as learning from home and should continue with work as provided by the teacher or on Teams, OneNote and SeeSaw.

Vaccinations

Schools have been contacted by the Chief Medical Officer and Coordinator-General of the National COVID Vaccine Taskforce to support the national vaccine rollout to improve COVID-19 vaccination rates amongst school children.

I am therefore reaching out prior to the end of first term to encourage and remind families to book a COVID-19 vaccination for your child.

Over 50 per cent of all children aged 5 to 11 have now received a first dose, with many now due for a second dose (eight weeks after the first). In particular as we approach school holidays and the weather cools down, it is important to take steps to minimise the impact of COVID-19. Vaccines are a safe and effective way to protect your child, and the community.

The Department of Health website provides a number of resources with further information about seeking COVID-19 vaccination. Attached is a Fact Sheet which you could use to have a conversation with your child. Further resources are also available at: www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/who-can-get-vaccinated/children

Vaccines are widely available across the country at general practices, state-run clinics and Aboriginal Health Services. You can find a participating clinic and make an appointment by visiting the Vaccine Clinic Finder at: https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/booking

Process for COVID-19 – Reporting Form

Thank you to all families who have used the College reporting form to advise of a positive test result or a household close contact.  Your support in using this form has streamlined our process in terms of efficiency and effectiveness.

Thank you for your efforts to keep your child, the College and wider school community safe.

John Finneran

PRINCIPAL

Dear Parents and Guardians

Welcome to our latest update on the COVID-19 situation at Newman College.

New cases since the last update published on Wednesday 23 March 2022:

Year GroupNew CasesCampus
Year 31Lavalla
Year 44Lavalla
Year 52Lavalla
Year 73Marcellin
Year 91Marcellin
Year 101Marcellin
Teaching Staff3

Process for COVID-19 – Reporting Form

Families and staff are asked to report all positive cases and associated close contacts and household close contacts through our online reporting form, which can be found on the Newman College Website  COVID-19 Page. We ask that you complete this form as soon as possible following a positive case or a member of your household testing positive. Upon completion, the College will notify Absentees, the Leader of Wellbeing and identified close contacts of the relevant information.

It is important that this process is supported by families as we need to ensure the timely reporting to WA Health and the safety of our students and staff.

Masks

I continue to stress the importance of Year 3 to 12 students wearing masks appropriately and consistently.  Wearing masks significantly reduces the spread of infectious viruses when worn over the nose and mouth.  When a mask is worn diligently by students (ie walking to and from class, in class, and at recess and lunch whilst only removing for 10 minutes to eat) it reduces the chance of being a close contact, and subsequently developing COVID-19.

I appreciate for our younger students wearing masks may not be realistic.  However, the Chief Health Officer’s advice is that children in Kindergarten to Year 2 are encouraged to wear masks.  If your child is able to, we recommend he or she follow this advice.

Wellbeing and Learning

Should you need to contact your child’s Leader of Wellbeing you can do so by phone or email.

PrimaryStuart McClorey – 94169767Stuart.mcclorey@newman.wa.edu.au
Year 7Rebecca Bramanto – 9204 9427Rebecca.bramanto@newman.wa.edu.au
Year 8Kelly Fitzpatrick – 9204 9428Kelly.fitzpatrick@newman.wa.edu.au
Year 9Jordan Naylor – 9204 9429Jorday.naylor@newman.wa.edu.au
Year 10Regan Dyer – 9204 9420Regan.dyer@newman.wa.edu.au
Year 11Gemma Beekink – 9204 9421Gemma.beekink@newman.wa.edu.au
Year 12Mat Puljiz – 9204 9422Mat.puljiz@newman.wa.edu.au

We recognise that this is a complex and difficult time for all members of our community.  I appreciate and value the ongoing feedback and support that the College is receiving, and we are working to address issues and adjust accordingly. As we move towards the end of term, we continue to collaborate and strengthen our Marist family spirit.

John Finneran

PRINCIPAL

Dear Parents and Guardians

COVID-19 UPDATE

Welcome to our latest update on the COVID-19 situation at Newman College.

Updated process for COVID-19 – Reporting Form

We are continuing to report increasing numbers of positive COVID-19 cases each day to WA Health.  Given the increase we have had to further streamline our internal processes. Families and staff are now asked to report all positive cases and associated close contacts and household close contacts through our online reporting form, which can be found on the Newman College Website  COVID-19 Page. We ask that you complete this form as soon as possible following a positive case or a member of your household testing positive. Upon completion, the College will notify Absentees, the Leader of Wellbeing and identified close contacts of the relevant information.

It is important that this process is supported by families as we need to ensure the timely reporting to WA Health and the safety of our students and staff.

Masks

I continue to stress the importance of Year 3 to 12 students wearing masks appropriately and consistently.  Wearing masks significantly reduces the spread of infectious viruses when worn over the nose and mouth.  When a mask is worn diligently by students (ie walking to and from class, in class, and at recess and lunch whilst only removing for 10 minutes to eat) it reduces the chance of being a close contact, and subsequently developing COVID-19.

I appreciate for our younger students wearing masks may not be realistic.  However, the Chief Health Officer’s advice is that children in Kindergarten to Year 2 are encouraged to wear masks.  If your child is able to, we recommend they follow this advice.

New Cases since the last update published on 18 March

Wellbeing and Learning

Should you need to contact your child’s Leader of Wellbeing you can do so by phone or email.

We recognise that this is a complex and difficult time for all members of our community.  I appreciate for our younger students wearing masks may not be realistic.  However, the Chief Health Officer’s advice is that children in Kindergarten to Year 2 are encouraged to wear masks.  If your child is able to, we recommend they follow this advice.

New Cases since the last update published on 18 March

Wellbeing and Learning

Should you need to contact your child’s Leader of Wellbeing you can do so by phone or email.

We recognise that this is a complex and difficult time for all members of our community.  I appreciate and value the ongoing feedback and support that the College is receiving and we are working to address issues and adjust accordingly.  As we move towards the end of term, we continue to collaborate and strengthen our Marist family spirit.

John Finneran
PRINCIPAL

Dear Parents and Guardians

COVID-19 UPDATE

Welcome to our latest update on the COVID-19 situation at Newman College.

New cases since the last update published on Wednesday 15 March:

Ongoing Information for Families 

  • Families are reminded to notify the school immediately of positive COVID cases by emailing covid@newman.wa.edu.au. This information should include:
    • Date and time of positive result
    • Last day at school
    • Close Contacts: First name and surname of those students or staff members who the positive COVID case spent more than 15 minutes both unmasked within 48 hours of testing positive.
  • If you or your child develop symptoms, please get tested and do not attend school
  • Both PCR/RAT results should be sent to covid@newman.wa.edu.au as confirmation of a positive case

Masks  
Students are required to bring two masks to school each day in case one is lost or damaged.  A limited supply is available at the College.

Wellbeing and Learning 
Should you need to contact your child’s Leader of Wellbeing you can do so by phone or email.

Primary  – Stuart McClorey – 94169767, Stuart.mcclorey@newman.wa.edu.au 
Year 7 – Rebecca Bramanto – 9204 9427, Rebecca.bramanto@newman.wa.edu.au 
Year 8 – Kelly Fitzpatrick – 9204 9428, Kelly.fitzpatrick@newman.wa.edu.au 
Year 9 – Jordan Naylor – 9204 9429, Jorday.naylor@newman.wa.edu.au 
Year 10 – Regan Dyer – 9204 9420, Regan.dyer@newman.wa.edu.au
Year 11 – Gemma Beekink – 9204 9421, Gemma.beekink@newman.wa.edu.au
Year 12 – Mat Puljiz – 9204 9422, Mat.puljiz@newman.wa.edu.au

Thanks again to all families for your support in this challenging time.

John Finneran
PRINCIPAL 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to our latest update on the COVID-19 situation at Newman College.

New cases since the last update published on Wednesday 9 March:

Year GroupNew CasesCampus
Pre-Primary1Marian
Year 31Lavalla
Year 62Lavalla
Year 72Marcellin
Year 83Marcellin
Year 99Marcellin
Year 101Marcellin
Year 111Marcellin
Year 123Marcellin
Teaching Staff1Marcellin

Newman Parents Consultative Committee (NPCC) – 14 March 2022 (online) 

The NPCC provided information addressing the Colleges response to the WA Health guidelines for COVID-19. The main points discussed were:

  • COVID-19 mitigation actions implemented by the College
    – Ventilation
    – Hygiene
    – Protocols
    – Cleaning
  • COVID-19 administrative processes undertaken by staff
    – Communication
    – Contact tracing
    – Remote learning

Our priority continues to be the health and safety of students and staff. Thank you to those who joined the online meeting. The College appreciates the opportunity to work alongside parents in meeting the needs of students within our community.

To access the video recording of lasts nights NPCC, please CLICK HERE.

John Finneran
PRINCIPAL

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you of the updated guidelines in relation to school attendance for those students who have been identified as close contacts of a COVID-19 positive case.

It was announced today by the State Government that as of tomorrow, students in school or early childcare who are asymptomatic (have no symptoms) but have been identified as a close contact will be able to:

  • Attend school
  • Attend before and after school care
  • Travel between home and school
  • Attend school-based sporting, cultural training or after school events that are at the school**
  • Isolate at home at all other times for the 7-day period

**This does NOT include Newman College affiliated community sporting club activities, or external user group activities that take place using College facilities. Students who have been identified as close contacts must still refrain from these activities until the period of isolation finishes.

Please note, these guidelines do not apply to students who are close contacts due to a member of the household having COVID-19. In this case, students will need to continue to self-isolate and learn from home for the full seven days.

Given the change in guidelines, the College is looking forward to welcoming back all asymptomatic students who were deemed close contacts of a COVID -19 case outside of their household.

The College will be providing students with learning from home if the student is required by definition to isolate as a close contact (a household member has COVID-19).

New cases since the last report published on Friday 4 March:

Year Group New Cases Campus
Kindy1Marian
Year 31Lavalla
Year 51Lavalla
Year 84Marcellin
Year 91Marcellin
Year 103Marcellin
Teaching Staff1Lavalla / Marcellin
Support Staff1Marcellin
Other2Marcellin

Thank you for your ongoing support and continued patience and presence during these changing times. The collaboration and family spirit within our community assists us to continue to learn to live with COVID-19.

John Finneran
PRINCIPAL 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

COVID-19 UPDATE  

Welcome to our latest update on the COVID-19 situation at Newman College that covers a number of areas of which are outlined below:

New cases since the last report published on Wednesday 2 March:

ADVISING A POSITIVE CASE OR ISOLATING
  
Should a student test positive or be advised their requirement to isolate during this long weekend, please ensure the College is notified immediately by emailing covid@newman.wa.edu.au. Please ensure the following information is included in your correspondence.

  • Student Name
  • Year Group
  • Status of case (positive or isolating)
  • Contact details

We hope that the long weekend brings all families together for a chance to relax and recharge.

Yours sincerely

John Finneran
PRINCIPAL

Dear Parents and Guardians

COVID-19 UPDATE

Welcome to our latest update on the COVID-19 situation at Newman College that covers a number of areas of which are outlined below:

Positive Cases at Newman College

Today a confirmed case in our Lavalla Campus was reported which has resulted in the Year 6 Green class being placed into isolation. The remote learning plan has been activated for this class group. The classroom teacher will remain present to these students and support their learning and wellbeing program.

New cases since last report published on Friday 25 February:

Level 2 Public Health Measures – Masks

As families would be aware, the Premier announced on 28 February that Level 2 Public Health Measures will come into effect on Thursday 3 March 2022.  This includes the wearing of masks for students in Years 3-6 (see Update #34 for further details).

We ask that families of students in Years 3-12 discuss with their child or children the importance of wearing their masks during class and whenever they might be in close proximity for an extended period of time with their peers. It is now encouraged that students consider mask wearing during lunch and recess as this will aid in reducing the spread of the virus.  By continuing to wear masks at school and following government protocols, students’ risk of exposure is minimised, as well as the impacts of close contact isolation requirements.

Contact Tracing

As advised to the College Community earlier (see Update #33), the College has been conducting contact tracing as directed by WA Health last week.  This is a complex and time-consuming process and we ask for patience from the Community as we continue to navigate the requirements of WA Health.   It is important that students do not determine amongst themselves who is a close contact.  This causes confusion and misinformation about who actually is a close contact.

For the information of families, our contact tracing references the definition of a close contact and respective questions will be asked of a parent/guardian/student when determining which students at the College are deemed close contacts:

  • That have had at least 15 minutes face to face contact where a mask was not worn by the exposed person and the person with COVID-19; or
  • Greater than two hours within a small room with a case during their infectious period, where masks have been removed for this period by the exposed person and the person with COVID-19 (note: others wearing masks in this scenario would not be a contact); or
  • Someone who is directed by the College (under the guidance of WA Health) that they are a close contact

The College will issue information about close contacts to identified families, outlining the date of starting isolation and return to school date, as well as details about obtaining a RAT or PCR test before returning.  This correspondence is in the form of an email from the College which contains details provided by WA Health.

Development of Symptoms

If your child does develop symptoms, they should not attend school and should be tested for COVID-19.  Continuing to pay attention to this procedure will help to minimise transmission.  Please contact absentees at the College to confirm your child’s absence.

As our community continues to manage the challenge of an ever-changing COVID-19 landscape, I thank you for your resilience and patience.

Yours sincerely

John Finneran

PRINCIPAL          

2 March 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians

PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES – MANDATED MASKS FOR YEARS 3-6 (LAVALLA)

I hope this letter finds you and your families well during these ever-changing times as we navigate increased COVID-19 cases within the community.

As you may be aware, the Premier announced yesterday that Level 2 Public Health Measures will come into effect on Thursday 3 March 2022 and that students in Years 3–6 will be required to wear a mask whilst at school (usual exemptions apply).

As this direction is issued by the Chief Health Officer, under the Public Health Act, students will not be able to attend school if they do not have a mask.  A person is only excepted from the requirement if a medical certificate is provided that certifies an illness, injury, condition, or disability that makes wearing a face cover unsuitable.

Please ensure that your child/ren has a mask for school each day, preferably a child sized mask. The College has a supply for emergency situations (eg broken masks).  I encourage families to discuss mask-wearing in the classroom with your child/ren to assist with this transition.

With best wishes

Yours sincerely

John Finneran

PRINCIPAL    

Dear Parents and Families

I would like to thank all students and their families for their resilience and support over the last week.
As per my last communication to families dated 24 February (published on the College website), the process for contact tracing and identification of COVID-19 cases has been refined due to the quantum of work required to provide more timely information.  Contact tracing will now be conducted by the College.

To ensure an efficient and effective contact tracing process, we have created an online reporting form available through our COVID-19 web page. If your child tests positive for COVID-19, please complete this Reporting Form at your earliest convenience and contact absentees as per normal procedure. The dedicated COVID Liaison from the College will be in contact soon after the Reporting Form is submitted. I wish to assure families that students who test positive or who are identified as close contacts will be well supported by the College.

New cases since last report published on Monday 21 February: 

Primary School Mask Wearing

Under current WA Government requirements, students in primary schools are not required to wear masks while at school. The Minister for Education, however, has stated that as case numbers increase there will likely be a requirement for students from Year 3 onwards to wear masks at school.

I would encourage parents of children in Years 3 to 6 to discuss with them the possibility of wearing masks at school. We are aware that some of our children are already choosing to wear a mask at school.

As part of an education program to support your child in transitioning to a possible mask mandate, we will be implementing ‘try a mask’. These sessions will allow students in Years 3 to 6 to become familiar with the correct wearing of masks.  Mrs Lisa McClue, Deputy Principal Primary, will provide further details in the new week.

If you are purchasing masks for your child, especially for younger children, please ensure that they are child sized and fit appropriately.

Wishing everyone a relaxing weekend.

Kind regards

John Finneran
PRINCIPAL 

  • Date of positive test and reason for testing (ie child had a sore throat)
  • Type of test
  • If a positive RAT test, has it been uploaded to WA Health
  • If the child is currently in isolation
  • Last date on school grounds
  • Possible Close contacts at school

Contact Tracing

Only on submission of your form is the College able to commence contact tracing which is based on the information you and your child have provided. You may be contacted by the College for further information.

Based on information provided by the parent, the College will identify close contacts within the school and advise these students to get a PCR test, isolate and await further instructions from WA Health.

If students in isolation test positive, please advise the College immediately.

As you are aware, the process for handling COVID-19 positive cases continues to change as cases in the community increase.  The College will respond to the updated directions provided by WA Health as seamlessly as possible and I commend students, families and staff for their continued patience during these everchanging and uncertain times.

Yours sincerely

John Finneran

PRINCIPAL 

Dear Parents and Families

At this morning’s Secondary online assembly, I spoke of the importance of our Marist community being present to each other.  This is a complex time and we acknowledge there is concern, frustration and anxiety within our community.  Students are encouraged to reach out to each other, classroom teachers and their Leader of Wellbeing if they require support.  Throughout this term our teachers and Wellbeing Team will continue to monitor and provide support to students across the College.  Our family spirit, resilience and commitment to each other will enable us to get through the weeks ahead.

The College will provide regular updates of the number of new positive cases, as identified to us by families and confirmed by WA Health.  There will be students and class groups called into isolation for any number of reasons including in school and out of school.

New cases since last report, Friday 18 February:

I appreciate the ongoing support of families.

Yours sincerely

John Finneran
PRINCIPAL

Dear Parents and Families

I am writing to inform you of a further COVID-19 update.

NEW CASES

At Marcellin Campus we have received notification of the following new positive COVID cases:

YEAR GROUPNEW CASES
Year 81
Year 91
Year 111
Teaching Staff0
Support Staff0

Unfortunately, positive COVID-19 cases will likely become a regular occurrence across schools in Western Australia.  The College will use the above template to advise families of COVID-19 case updates related to Newman College.

CLOSE CONTACTS

We continue to work closely with WA Health.  Students and staff considered as close contacts will be advised to isolate and follow WA Health guidelines.

The current definition of a close contact is:

  • face-to-face contact for 15 minutes or more with an infectious person, where a mask was not worn by the exposed person or the person with COVID-19.
  • Interaction for more than two hours in a small indoor space or interaction for more than two hours in a classroom environment with an infectious person, where masks have been removed for this period.
  • someone who is directed by WA Health that they are a close contact.

By continuing to wear masks at school and following the government protocols, your child’s risk of exposure is minimised.  However if your child does develop flu-like symptoms they should not attend school and should be tested for COVID-19.  Continuing to pay attention to this procedure will help to minimise transmission.

Please continue to be mindful of social distancing, hand hygiene, and mask wearing where appropriate.

For further information, please refer to the College Website COVID-19 page. The College has recently added a frequently asked question resource to try to assist families with common queries.

I thank you for your support this week which has been a trying time for members of our community.  The strength of our Marist family has been evident this week in the way our students and staff have supported each other.

Yours sincerely

John Finneran
PRINCIPAL

Dear Parents and Families

As you aware the College has received confirmation from the WA Health Department of positive COVID-19 cases at Newman College.

At the Marcellin Campus, to date, the College has received confirmation that 4 students (Years 7, 8, 9), a secondary teacher and 4 support staff have tested positive for COVID-19 and have been in isolation in accordance with WA Health directions.  In addition, students and staff identified by WA Health as close contacts have all been advised to isolate and follow the WA Health guidelines.

The current definition of a close contact is:

  • face-to-face contact for 15 minutes or more with an infectious person, where a mask was not worn by the exposed person or the person with COVID-19.
  • Interaction for more than two hours in a small indoor space or interaction for more than two hours in a classroom environment with an infectious person, where masks have been removed for this period.
  • someone who is directed by WA Health that they are a close contact.

By continuing to wear masks at school and following the government protocols, your child’s risk of exposure is minimised.  However if your child does develop flu-like symptoms they should not attend school and should be tested for COVID-19.  Continuing to pay attention to this procedure will help to minimise transmission.

Unfortunately, positive COVID-19 cases will likely become a regular occurrence across schools in Western Australia.  The College will continue to work with WA Health to assist in contact tracing and identification of possible close contacts.  Our cleaners have increased the frequency of cleaning high touch point areas, impacted classrooms and the grounds in general.

Please be assured that our staff are doing everything possible to support the health and wellbeing of your children. I recognise the challenges and complexities at this time and thank you for your ongoing support and collaboration, which is reflective of our Marist community.

Yours sincerely

John Finneran
PRINCIPAL

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Following my communication to parents and guardians on Friday 11 February, I am writing to advise that there have been additional confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 identified at the Marcellin Campus (Secondary).

We continue to work closely with WA Health to identify staff and students who were possibly in close contact with the confirmed positive cases. WA Health defines a close contact as:

  • face-to-face contact for 15 minutes or more with an infectious person, where a mask was not worn by the exposed person or the person with COVID-19.
  • interaction for more than two hours in a small indoor space or interaction for more than two hours in a classroom environment with an infectious person, where masks have been removed for this period.
  • someone who is directed by WA Health that they are a close contact.

We recognise that some members in our community may be concerned with the perceived lack of timely information from the College regarding confirmed positive cases.  However, WA Health is responsible for initial communication with individuals identified as close contacts, as outlined in the definition above, with the privacy of the individuals maintained by WA Health and the College throughout this process.   The College will then comply with instructions given by the WA Health in relation to any other measures required.  Please be assured that communication from the College will continue to be circulated as soon as we are in an informed position to do so.

Advice for all families:

  • students and staff are not required to quarantine unless specifically advised to do so by WA Health.
  • we ask that you monitor your child and yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 and if symptoms develop get tested immediately and isolate until you receive a negative result.
  • students should not attend school if they are sick/symptomatic, irrespective of a negative test.
  • please note that the Omicron strain can present with less typical symptoms such as diarrhoea, particularly in children.

As COVID-19 continues to impact our school community please take care of your families and yourselves during these challenging times.  It is important that as families become directly affected by COVID-19, we need to be mindful of each other in the dissemination of information.

If you have queries or concerns regarding your health in regard to COVID-19, please contact WA Health on 1300 316 555.

Thank you for your support during this challenging situation.

Yours sincerely

John Finneran

PRINCIPAL

Dear Parents and Guardians

CONFIRMATION OF COVID-19 POSITIVE CASE (MARCELLIN CAMPUS)

I am writing to advise you that there has been a positive case of COVID-19 in our school in the Marcellin campus (secondary).

We have been working closely with WA Health to identify and contact staff and students who were possibly in close contact with the case. However, after further investigation with WA Health we have determined that the person’s movements during their infectious period were limited.  This means there is a very low risk of transmission of COVID-19 to staff and students.

Advice for all families:

  • Students and staff are not required to quarantine unless specifically advised to do so by WA Health.
  • We ask that you monitor your child and yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 and if symptoms develop go get tested immediately and isolate until you receive a negative result.
  • Pease note that the Omicron strain can present with less typical symptoms such as diarrhoea, particularly in children.

Please be alert for further communication from ourselves and WA Health.

If you have queries or concerns, please contact WA Health on 1300 316 555.

Please take care of yourselves and your families and do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Thank you for your commitment and support during this challenging situation.

Yours sincerely

John Finneran

PRINCIPAL   

Dear Parents and Guardians

COVID UPDATE

As you are aware the WA Government announced yesterday that Western Australia will move to measures consistent with a ‘high case load’ in school settings protocols.   With this, the School Executive Team has met to discuss what this looks like for our School Community. The safety of all members of our community is a priority.  All decisions taken by the College are commensurate to the protocols outlined by the Government.

The following measures will take place effective immediately.

Parents Accessing School Grounds

  • Parents/Guardians should only attend school grounds to drop off and pick up their child/ren in the dedicated drive-through locations.
  • For families that have a child/ren in Pre Kindy, Kindy or Pre-Primary, parents are able to drop off and collect at the classroom door.  Parents must remain outside of the classroom and wear a mask at all times.  If one of these families has a sibling in Year 1 or Year 2, parents are permitted to drop off/collect these students from the Marian Campus Undercover Area.
  • Gatherings of parents/guardians on school grounds is not permitted.As a result of these updated measures, please note the following:
  • Regular parent volunteers (including canteen, libraries, uniform shop) can continue in line with vaccination requirements.  Classroom parent rosters will be cancelled until further notice.  requirements.
  • Uniform Shop – online ordering, students to collect.
  • Parent access to Student reception areas is limited to collection and dropping off students who are arriving late or leaving early.

Events

Indoor face to face events will now be cancelled.  Where possible the College will conduct these online:

Students

Where possible, students will be asked to congregate in smaller groups, as opposed to larger groups at recess and lunch times.  The following restrictions have been put in place across the Campuses:

Teaching and Learning

Provisions for the continuation of learning are in place for students who are required to self isolate.
An alternate arrangement for the rooming for missed assessments will be communicated.

Close Contact with a Positive Case in a School or Childcare Setting

The definition of a close contact with a positive case in a school or childcare setting will include:

  • face-to-face contact for 15 minutes or more with an infectious person, where a mask was not worn by the exposed person or the person with COVID-19,
  • interaction for more than two hours in a small indoor space or interaction for more than two hours in a classroom environment with an infectious person, where masks have been removed for this period, or
  • someone who is directed by WA Health that they are a close contact.

Exposure to COVID-19

Please refer to WA Health for further information.
 
COVID-19 Support

I recognize that in an ever-changing landscape there will be a variety of concerns that families and guardians may have.  The College will endeavour to provide up to date information that will provide clarity and direction within our local context.

It is important that students liaise with their classroom teachers and leaders of wellbeing if they need further support.  Our Marist community is underpinned by our commitment to being present to each other.  It is this intent that we will continue to foster as we work together in these uncertain times.

Yours sincerely

John Finneran
PRINCIPAL

8 February 2022

The first week of the year has been successful, exemplified by our Marist family spirit. Thank you for your support in the successful return to school for all students.

COVID UPDATE

Recent developments regarding COVID cases in schools guided the College’s COVID mitigation plan.  The Chief Health Officer WA has advised that schools should respond by reframing College events to meet recommended guidelines. The advice highlights the need to limit in-school gatherings of students and staff to smaller groups.  This will have an impact on the mode of delivery of certain College events, curricular and co-curricular activities. To that end the College will remain flexible in its approach to teaching and learning. Where possible events will be maintained, in an online, outside, or otherwise approved environment or format. The online College calendar will be regularly updated to reflect any changes.

The College remains well positioned to support students in the event that they are required to self-isolate.

Any further updates will be published on the College website COVID-19 page.  Please visit the WA Government Department of Health COVID-19 Website for general information.

The College values our ongoing collaboration and partnership.  As a Marist community let us continue to be present to and supportive of each other.

Yours sincerely

John Finneran

PRINCIPAL

Dear Parents and Guardians

COVID UPDATE

We warmly welcome all families to the commencement of 2022.  I write with specific information for the return of school on Monday 31 January and Tuesday 1 February 2022 with updated COVID-19 guidelines to schools received over recent days from the WA Government.

Outlined below are details regarding the commencement of School at Newman College:

COVID SAFE PRACTICES

The events of the past two years have ensured that the College is well prepared to implement the health and hygiene imperatives required by the WA Department of Health. The College follows its own Risk and Mitigation Plan and a Safe Return to School Plan, adhering to WA Health guidelines.

Students who are unwell, symptomatic or test positive to COVID-19 must stay at home and families must notify the school as per the usual absentee process.  If a student shows possible symptoms of COVID-19, they will be sent home and asked to seek testing in accordance with State guidelines. While the student waits to be picked up, they will be given a mask to wear, if not already wearing one, and will be isolated from others.  In the event that a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, the College will contact the Office of the Chief Health Officer who will provide instructions to the school.

VACCINATIONS

All staff have provided the College proof that they are fully vaccinated, having received their first and second COVID-19 vaccinations.  Further, all staff are required to have received their booster vaccinations within one month of becoming eligible.

  • While it is not compulsory for students to be vaccinated, the College encourages vaccinations for students over the age of 5 years.  Certain venues for school events will require students who are 16 years and older to provide proof of vaccination.
  • Students completing work placements, work experience or volunteering in industries covered by the vaccination mandate, are required to provide proof of vaccination in accordance with industry directions, prior to the commencement of their placement. (Respective students have been advised.)
  • Students aged 3-4 years of age are not currently eligible for vaccination.
  • Parents/carers are required to provide proof of vaccination (double dose vaccinated from 31 January 2022) or exemption when: –       
    • volunteering at the school more than once a week; or –       
    • participating in an endorsed program at the school where parent attendance is required more than once a week, such as Playgroup.
  • Parents/carers are not required to provide proof of vaccination when: –
    • dropping off or picking up children from school, including entering the classroom
    • volunteering at school on an ad hoc basis – which means attendance at no more than one education facility no more than once per week. – 
    • attending an event such as an assembly or parent teacher interview or – 
    • entering the school outside of school hours including before and after school care, NSA sporting club events, and other organised events using College facilities.
  • For Visitors and Contractors, Newman College has implemented the same requirements as for staff for proof of vaccination.

MASKS

  • All staff members and students in Years 7-12 will be required to wear masks while indoors, under the guidelines provided by WA Health. Medical exemptions may apply.
  • Students PK-Year 6 are not required to wear masks but may choose to do so. However, in the event that a high caseload environment is reached, masks will become mandatory for students in Year 3 and above.
  • Masks are to be worn when travelling on public transport to and from school.
  • Staff will advise students when it is appropriate to remove their masks for specific activities.
  • The provision of masks is the responsibility of each family.
  • Parents accessing indoor areas of the College must wear masks and scan the QR Code using the SafeWA App or complete the College sign-in process. This is not required if you do not enter the College’s indoor premises.

COLLEGE PROVISION – VENTILATION AND HYGIENE

As part of our Safe Return to School Plan, the College will be following measures outlined below:

  • Ventilation – the College has ordered air purifiers fitted with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters and Co2 monitors to be used as required.
  • The College has a contingency supply of masks in the event that students require a replacement.
  • Hand sanitiser is available and continued encouragement of frequent handwashing and respiratory hygiene.
  • Enhance cleaning services – increased frequency of surfaces, equipment, desks and classrooms.
  • Physical distancing of staff and students where relevant.
  • The provision of all other safeguarding measures will be determined as further guidelines become available.

WELLBEING SUPPORT

As a College community, we recognise that this time of uncertainty can be concerning for some students. We are committed to supporting our students through any challenges that 2022 may present. Families and students are encouraged to reach out to Teachers and Leaders of Wellbeing if they require support or have any concerns.

The College’s Psychologists and Social Worker are also available to students.

REMOTE LEARNING

The College has continued to refine its Remote Learning Plans.  Should the WA Government enforce a lockdown, the College Is in a good position to move to Remote Learning.

EVENTS

The College is committed to adhering to the restrictions in place during the coming months.  This will impact the events scheduled across the College.  We are still determining what events will proceed, be postponed, go online or cancelled, and this will be communicated to families accordingly.

The PK-12 Family Mass and Leadership Commissioning will not proceed on Wednesday 9 February.  Alternative arrangements will be made. Details regarding the commencement of school, respective to year group, is outlined in the following correspondence (please click on the links):

Any further updates will be published on the College website COVID-19 site

Please visit the WA Government Department of Health COVID-19 Website for general information.

Due to the complexity of the weeks ahead I ask for your patience as we respond to the challenges ahead.  With this in mind, I draw on the words of St John Henry Newman:  “Let us grow in wisdom and love and act with courage to choose what is right.  May we always be open to change and have the strength to accept what is new and valuable.  Give us peace and happiness in what we do….”

I wish every student and all families the very best for the year ahead. Yours sincerely

John Finneran
PRINCIPAL         

Dear Parents and Guardians

COVID UPDATE – EVENTS

As you may be aware, the State Government has mandated that all school staff are required to be double dose vaccinated before Term 1, 2022 starts.

The State Government has issued Education Worker (Restrictions on Access) Directions (No. 3), which are published on wa.gov.au.  These Directions include vaccination requirements for visitors entering school sites.

Please note, students are not required to be vaccinated, however children aged over 12 can receive the COVID-19 vaccination, with access likely to be extended to children over the age of 5 in January.  If you have any concerns, please discuss your child’s vaccination requirements with your doctor. However, if your child is on a work placement, they will need to comply with the industry/business requirements at that workplace.

Parents/carers are not required to be vaccinated when:

  • dropping off or picking up their child from school;
  • volunteering at school on an ad hoc basis – which means attendance at no more than one education facility no more than once per week.
  • attending an event such as an assembly or parent teacher interview; or
  • entering the school after hours.

Parents/carers are required to provide vaccination evidence (single dose vaccinated from 1 January 2022 and double dose vaccinated from 31 January 2022) or exemption when:

  • volunteering at the school/s more than once a week (this includes volunteering at the school canteen, uniform shop or an in-class literacy or numeracy program);
  • working in an unpaid capacity at the school more than once a week; or
  • participating in an endorsed program at the school where parent attendance is required more than once a week, such as Playgroups.

The following are acceptable forms of evidence of COVID-19 vaccination or exemption:

  • written confirmation of the COVID-19 vaccination issued by the Department of Health
  • the COVID-19 digital certificate, which shows only your COVID-19 vaccinations and you can access information on how to get your COVID-19 digital certificate here
  • an International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate issued by the Commonwealth Government. This shows the COVID-19 vaccination recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register
  • medical exemption issued by the Australian Immunisation Register
  • a temporary exemption granted by the WA Chief Health Officer

We are committed to ensuring our school is a COVID-19 safe space. The Department of Health has provided clear directions regarding the requirements to keep students, staff members and our community safe. If you have any queries, please contact me.

Yours sincerely

John Finneran

PRINCIPAL

Dear Parents and Guardians,

COVID UPDATE – PERTH AND PEEL LOCKDOWN

The Premier of WA Mr McGowan at his 8pm Press Conference this evening announced that Perth and Peel Region will enter into a 4 day lockdown commencing at midnight Tuesday 29 June and concluding on Saturday 3 July at 12:01am.

Importantly schools will remain open.

Please note the following:

Student attendance

  • Students who are unwell should stay at home. Parents are asked to seek medical advice if their child exhibits symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Normal processes for advising the school of a child’s absence apply.
  • Where a student’s pre-existing medical condition is already known to the school, no medical evidence is required.
  • Parents may choose to keep their children at home.

Masks

Secondary school students and all staff in primary and secondary schools must wear a face mask at all times, unless:

  • the person has a medical exemption which makes wearing a face covering unsuitable;
  • communicating with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing where visibility of the mouth is essential for communication;
  • when teachers, educators and carers are teaching, interacting with or caring for children, they are permitted to remove their masks if the mask interferes with their ability to clearly communicate with students.

Students in primary schools are exempt from wearing a mask, regardless of their age.

Parents on site

  • No parents will be permitted on site.
  • Staff will be available at the school entry points in the Marian campus to bring students to class.
  • Parents of students in Years 3 to 12 are asked to use the pickup and drop off zones.

I remind families to access the Government of Western Australia Department of Health and the Healthy WA websites for the latest updates, restrictions and exposure sites.

Thank you again for your patience and support of the College in this challenging time as we move towards the end of term.

With best wishes,

John Finneran

PRINCIPAL

Dear Parents and Guardians,

COVID UPDATE – EVENTS

Further to my communication on Sunday 27 June, I wish to advise that where an event has been postponed, information has been circulated to the relevant year groups today.

The College has made the decision where possible to move large gathering events such as assemblies to online.  Further information will be provided as needed.

I remind families to access the Government of Western Australia Department of Health for the latest updates, restrictions and exposure sites.

Thank you again for your patience and support of the College in this challenging time as we move towards the end of term.

With best wishes,

John Finneran

PRINCIPAL 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

COVID REQUIREMENTS

As you would be aware, some COVID restrictions have been put into place from midday today Sunday 27 June.  In particular, all Secondary School students, staff and visitors to the College will be required to wear masks for the next three days.

With regard to scheduled events this coming week, further communication will be circulated to the College community tomorrow.

Families are asked to access the Government of Western Australia Department of Health for the latest updates and restrictions.

I take this opportunity to thank families for their ongoing support of the College with the intermittent implementation of restrictions respective to COVID-19.

As we move towards the Semester 1 break, I wish all students well in their final week of Term 2.

Yours sincerely

John Finneran

PRINCIPAL

Dear Parents and Guardians

As many families would be aware, Premier Mark McGowan confirmed that COVID-19 restrictions in the Perth metropolitan area and Peel region will ease from 12.01am Saturday 1 May.  Modified restrictions will remain in place until 12.01am on Saturday 8 May 2021.

In consultation with Marist Schools Australia and Catholic Education WA, the impact on Newman College from Monday 3 May – Friday 7 May is outlined below.

Mask Wearing

  • All staff members PK-12 and students in Years 7 to 12 will still be required to wear a mask whilst indoors when at school. Teachers are no longer required to wear a mask while teaching. The requirement to wear masks outdoors will be relaxed unless physical distancing is not possible.  This includes travelling on public transport.
  • Students in Kindergarten to Year 6 are not required to wear a mask.
  • Students may be exempt from wearing a mask at school under the following circumstances:
    • the student has a physical, developmental or mental illness, injury, condition or disability which makes wearing a face covering unsuitable;
    • when communicating with another person who is deaf or hard of hearing, where visibility of the mouth is essential for communication;
    • when engaged in strenuous or vigorous exercise;
    • when consuming food, drink or medicine, provided that they are seated at the time.

Parents, guardians and visitors on school premises

  • Parents, guardians and visitors must wear a mask and adhere to COVID-safe guidelines while they are indoors at any campus.  If parents, guardians and visitors are outdoors on a school site, masks must be worn if physical distancing is not possible.

School assemblies and indoor activities

  • Indoor venues with fixed seating are able to operate at 100% capacity.  This includes the Marist Auditorium and Champagnat Chapel.
  • Masks are mandatory for indoor events with exemption for medical reasons and for primary school aged children or younger.
  • Indoor events are subject to observing the two square metre rule.

Outdoor venues and activities

  • Outdoor sport can resume with spectators.
  • Spectators are required to wear masks where physical distancing is not possible.

Upcoming events, Week 3, at Newman College

The following events will proceed, with adherence to the restrictions outlined above:

  • 3-5 May – Year 7 Camp, Swan Valley
  • 4 May – Year 12 Remar Regional Connect Night, St Joseph’s Northam
  • 6 May – Marian Campus Mothers’ Day Liturgy
  • 7 May – Marian Campus Mothers’ Day Craft Stall
  • 7 May – Community Mass | Kindergarten Mothers’ Day singalong | Champagnat Cup
  • Rehearsals for Little Shop of Horrors and Dance Troupe

The Parent Sundowner scheduled for Friday 7 May has been cancelled due to the event not being able to meet the restrictions outlined above.  This is the second time this year the Sundowner has been cancelled as a result of COVID-19 and for this we sincerely apologise.  All payments will be refunded as soon as possible.

I thank our community for supporting the College in maintaining a safe environment for all.

We look forward to the term ahead, while being mindful of those around the world in a less fortunate position than we are here in Western Australia.  We keep all those people in our thoughts and prayers.

Yours sincerely

John Finneran

PRINCIPAL

Dear Parents and Guardians

Newman College will be fully operational on Tuesday 27 April 2021

As many families would be aware, WA Premier Mark McGowan confirmed the end of the lockdown at midnight tonight.  The Government outlined the restrictions that will be in place for those residing in the Perth and Peel region from 12.01am Tuesday 27 April.  In consultation with Marist Schools Australia and Catholic Education WA, the impact for the next 4 days (Tuesday 27 April – Friday 30 April) is outlined below.

COVID Safe Practices 

The College is well prepared to follow the guidelines provided by the WA Department of Health.

Students should not attend school if they are unwell or have been asked to self-isolate. Please follow the normal absentee procedures.  The following restrictions will apply:

Masks –

  • All staff members, and students in Years 7-12, will be required to wear masks, under the guidelines provided by the WA Government. Medical exemptions may apply.
  • Masks are to be worn when travelling on public transport to and from school.
    Staff will advise students when it is appropriate to remove their masks for specific activities.
  • The provision of masks is the responsibility of each family.  The College has a contingency supply of masks if students require a replacement.
  • Students PK-Year 6 are not required to wear masks but may choose to do so.

Parents attending the College grounds must –

  • Wear a mask.
  • Scan the QR Code using the WA Safe App or complete the College sign-in process.
  • Adhere to physical distancing requirements.

Pick up and drop off –

› Marian Campus

  • Pre-Kindy-Pre Primary students can be brought to and collected from the classroom by one parent/carer.
  • Years 1 and 2 students can be dropped off and collected from the regular drive through points. If families have a child in Pre-Kindy, Kindy or Pre-Primary, they are permitted to collect their child on foot from the undercover area.

› Lavalla and Marcellin Campuses

  • Years 3-12 students to be dropped off and picked up from the regular carpark points around the College.

Wellbeing Support

We are committed to supporting the needs of our students through any challenges that may present. Families and students are encouraged to reach out to their Classroom Teacher (PK-6) or Leader of Wellbeing (Y7-12) if they require support or have any concerns.

Events

The College is committed to adhering to the restrictions in place during the coming week.  There is a possibility that this may impact some events scheduled across the College.  The calendar will be reviewed, and respective students and families will be advised as soon as possible if any changes occur.

We are delighted that the teaching and learning program across the College can continue with minimal disruption and we look forward to welcoming our students return tomorrow.

Yours sincerely
John Finneran
PRINCIPAL

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I am writing to you in relation to the announcement by Premier Mark McGowan today regarding the lockdown for Perth and listed areas from tonight at midnight until Monday 26 April midnight.

At this stage, the College plans to be open on Tuesday 27 April.  The operation of the College will comply with any further restrictions as guided by Catholic Education WA and Marist Schools Australia.

Updates

All further updates will be communicated as they become available and will be housed on the College’s COVID page of the website www.newman.wa.edu.au/covid-19/.  Should the need arise, we are well equipped to support our students’ wellbeing and deliver quality remote teaching and learning.

During this lockdown we remember the significance of Anzac Day and pay our respects to all active, returned and fallen service men and women.

Yours sincerely

John Finneran

PRINCIPAL     

23 April 2021

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Following the most recent directive from Premier McGowan and the Chief Health Advisors, we will revert to Phase 4 as of Sunday, 14 February 2021. I write to remind you of these Phase 4 practices for our community. These are as follow:

School Visitors

  • School meetings – good hygiene practices and maximum room capacity of one adult per 2 square metres still apply, as does minimum physical distancing of 1.5 metres.
  • Parent and caregiver access – parents and caregivers can now enter school grounds to drop off and collect their son/daughter but must adhere to the physical distancing requirements of maintaining a separation of at least 1.5 metres.
  • Sign in process – parents, caregivers and visitors are encouraged to sign in using the SafeWA QR codes when entering the College, or sign in at the administration desks

Student Attendance

  • Students who are unwell are to stay home. Parents are asked to seek medical advice if your child exhibits symptoms of COVID-19. The normal processes for an absence apply.

School Activities 

  • Incursions/excursions – will return to form part of the learning program for students. Supervisors/staff/guest speakers are to maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres and maximum room capacity of one person per 2 square metres.
  • Assemblies – whole school assemblies will now be permitted. However, given the capacity of our assembly areas, parents will not be permitted at these events, unless communicated by respective campus leaders.

Health and Hygiene

  • As a community we will continue to sanitise high traffic areas across each campus. Students and staff will be required to continue the hand washing regime.

Masks

  • The wearing of facial masks is voluntary.

Marian Campus

  • Parents are welcome to enter classroom spaces, in line with each Unit’s usual protocols at the commencement of the school day. The commencement of Parent Rosters will be communicated in due course, by the classroom teachers.
  • The K – Year 2 Parent Information Evening on Tuesday 16 February will proceed as per the communication sent out today
  • The Ash Wednesday Liturgy will proceed as a PK – Year 2 celebration, parents are welcome to attend and are to sign in using the appropriate Safe WA QR code in administration

Lavalla Campus

  • Parents are welcome to come on campus to drop and pick up their children, and should adhere to social distancing practices at all times. We encourage all families to use the drive through for pick-up and drop-off if possible.
  • Year 3 – 6 Parent Information Evening on Tuesday 16 February will proceed as per the communication sent out today
  • The Ash Wednesday Liturgy will proceed as a Year 3 to 6 celebration for students only

Marcellin Campus

  • Year 7- 12 students will no longer be required to wear masks.
  • Year 7 Parent Information Evening on Monday 15 February will proceed as per the communication sent out today.
  • The Ash Wednesday Liturgy will proceed as a Year 7 to 12 celebration for students only
  • The Year 7 – 12 Swimming Carnival on Thursday 18 February will proceed as previously planned
  • Year 8 and 9 Parent Information Evening on Monday 22 Feb will remain an online event.
  • Year 12 retreat will proceed as previously planned

Thank you for the great way we have started the academic year. We look forward with hope to the term ahead.

John Finneran
Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians,

While the COVID crisis remains a focus in the delivery of teaching and learning at Newman College, I would like to acknowledge those affected by the fires that have been burning to the North East of Perth.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the impacted communities and the firefighters who continue the battle.

I hope the week of lockdown has given students and families the opportunity to come together in support of one another during this challenging and complex time.

Our PK-12 community will commence the school year on Monday 8 February.

The WA Premier Mark McGowan confirmed the end of the lockdown at 6.00pm today.  The Government outlined the restrictions that will be in place for those residing in Perth and the Peel region from 6.00pm this evening.  In consultation with Marist Schools Australia and Catholic Education WA, the impact for the next week (Monday 8 February – Friday 12 February), respective to age and campus, is outlined in the following correspondence:

COVID Safe Practices

The events of the last year have ensured that the College is well prepared to implement the health and hygiene imperatives required by the WA Department of Health.

Staff and Students should not attend school if unwell and should stay home and be tested. In circumstances where children have other medical reasons for recurrent symptoms, a letter from the GP is sufficient to allow return to school without a negative test.

  • Masks:
    • All staff members, and students in Years 7-12, will be required to wear masks, under the guidelines proved by the WA Government. Medical exemptions may apply.
    • Masks are to be worn when travelling on public transport to and from school.
    • Masks should also be worn in private vehicles if there is more than one passenger over the age of 12 years.
    • Staff will advise students when it is appropriate to remove their masks for specific activities.
    • The provision of masks is the responsibility of each family. The College has a contingency supply of masks in the event that students may require a replacement
    • Students PK-Year 6 are not required to wear masks but may choose to do so.
  • Parents attending the College grounds must scan the QR Code using the WA Safe App or complete the College sign-in process. This is not required if you do not leave your vehicle.

The College will:

  • continue to promote frequent handwashing, respiratory hygiene and physical distancing where possible
  • ensure regular cleaning, especially of frequently touched surfaces

Wellbeing Support

As a College community, we recognise that this time of uncertainty can be overwhelming or worrisome for some students. We are committed to supporting the needs of our students through any challenges that 2021 may present. Families and students are encouraged to reach out to their Classroom Teacher (PK-6) or Leader of Wellbeing (Y7-12) if they require support or have any concerns.

Remote Learning

During the past week staff members have continued to refine the College’s Remote Learning Plans.  This has ensured that should the State Government enforce a lockdown during Term 1, the College is well prepared to deploy a Remote Learning Framework.

Events

The College is committed to adhering to the restrictions in place during the coming week.  This will impact the events scheduled across the College.  Please refer to the Campus letters for specific details. For note:

  • The PK-12 Mass, scheduled to be held on Thursday 11 February, has been postponed.
  • Parent Information Evenings scheduled next week will now be conducted online with further information and instructions to be provided shortly to Years 11 and 12 families.

I trust the excitement and anticipation of our students and staff will set the tone for the commencement of our year. We very much look forward to welcoming all returning students and families to our Marist community on Monday.

May the Lord’s peace be with us at this time,

Yours sincerely

John Finneran

PRINCIPAL

Dear Parents and Guardians

Further to my letter of 31 January 2021, I trust that families are coping with the lockdown that has been placed on our community.  We recognise that this is a difficult and challenging time yet hope for a positive outcome and the commencement of school next week.

In collaboration with Marist Schools Australia and Catholic Education WA, we are monitoring the COVID situation carefully and members of our staff are preparing for the commencement of the school year.  This includes:

  • Refining our Remote Learning Plans in the event that this lockdown continues beyond Friday 5 February.
  • Reviewing the College calendar and events for Weeks 1 – 3.

Learning and Wellbeing

PK – Year 12:  We recognise that the extension of the school holidays has created some uncertainty among students and families.  Leaders of ECE / Primary / Wellbeing (Secondary) are preparing support material for parents/guardians and students across the College, specific to each campus / Year group.  This information will be emailed before 10am tomorrow morning.

To recognise the importance of the final years of schooling, teachers of Years 11 and 12 classes will contact students via SEQTA direqt message tomorrow after 10.00am.  Teachers will provide Years 11 and 12 students with information in relation to the location of their Teaching and Learning Program, Course Syllabus, preparatory reading and suggested tasks, which will be discussed on Day 1 next week.

Ministry

In tomorrow’s communication from the Leaders of ECE / Primary / Wellbeing (Secondary) there will also be a series of resources that will support students in prayer and mindfulness.  These materials will focus on our College Theme for this year, Breathe the Spirit of life (Rm 8:2).  We encourage students to access the resources to support their wellbeing.

A further update will be provided to the College Community on Friday when further information becomes available.

Yours sincerely

John Finneran

PRINCIPAL

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I am writing to you in relation to the announcement by Premier Mark McGowan today regarding the lockdown for Perth and listed areas from 6pm tonight until Friday 5 February.  We will not let this untimely interruption impact our aspirations for the year ahead.

The response of Newman College, consistent with Catholic Education WA, is outlined below:

1. School Closure, Monday 1 February – Friday 5 February
The College will be closed for all students from Monday 1 February to Friday 5 February.  Week 1 will be an extension of their holiday period.  It is anticipated that the term will commence on Monday 8 February.

2. Students 
In the interim we encourage all students to prepare with their families for the commencement of the school year.

3. Health Advice 
The West Australian Health Advice is to be aware of your movement regarding WA COVID hotspots and follow the guidelines as outlined by WA Health.  Please follow relevant WA Health guidelines.

4. Events 
All College events have been cancelled during the Lockdown period.

5. Services 
The College Uniform Shop and all other services have been put on hold during the Lockdown period.

6. Updates 
All further updates will be communicated as they become available and will be housed on the College’s COVID page of the website www.newman.wa.edu.au/covid-19/.  Should the need arise, we are well equipped to support our students’ wellbeing and deliver quality remote teaching and learning.

As a Marist Family, let us continue to be present and supportive of all members of our community.

Yours sincerely

John Finneran
PRINCIPAL

To download the Examinations Covid Safe Plan, please click on the link below.

Dear Parents and Guardians.

The energy, enthusiasm and engagement of our students and staff in Week 2 has been a great example of our Marist spirit, a love of learning and the importance of community.  It has been evident this week that the relationships between teachers and their students has been strengthened by this crisis.  The collaboration, perseverance and commitment of our community in responding to this crisis has been inspirational and demonstrates a high level of trust and confidence in the time ahead.

FACE TO FACE LEARNING

The steady increase in student attendance, now reaching 80%, has indicated a desire of families to have their children be at school learning with their classroom teacher.  To that end, commencing Monday 11 May, the College will return to face to face learning as the dominant mode of delivery.

There may be families who will continue to choose to keep their children at home.  The College will provide resources to guide their learning.  Please complete the following form by Sunday 10 May if your child will not be attending school, CLICK HERE.

While we will return to face to face learning, there will continue to be restrictions in place to support the health and safety of students and staff.  These will include:

  1. The provision of assemblies, liturgies and other large gatherings to occur online.
  2. Protocols across each campus for drop off and pick up will remain in place.

COLLEGE UNIFORM

Due to difficulties in meeting the high demand of winter uniform items, together with the restrictions placed on Uniform Shop access, there will be an additional week where students will be able to wear their summer uniform.  The wearing of full winter uniform will commence on Monday 18 May.

CLEANING AND HYGIENE

The College will continue to ensure that environmental cleaning practices are in place, with enhanced routines where necessary.  Students will be required to continue with hygiene practices and this will be re-emphasised consistently throughout the day.

We thank you for your ongoing support as we transition back to school.

Yours sincerely

John Finneran

PRINCIPAL

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It has been an excellent start to Term 2 for students and teachers.  Our community is connected by our relationships underpinned by our Marist spirit.

The feedback this week has been overwhelmingly positive and constructive on our delivery of teaching and learning through the Remote Learning Plan for Pre-Kindergarten-Year 10 and face to face learning for Years 11 and 12.

I would like to re-emphasise the remarkable work of our teaching staff in the development, preparation and implementation of our Remote Learning Plan.  I thank them for their agility, commitment and generosity of spirit during this unprecedented time.

PRE-KINDERGARTEN-YEAR 10

We have had many more students than expected attend school this week.  In our context it is clear that students best learn with their classroom or subject teacher.

To that end, commencing on Monday 4 May, the College will revert to a regular timetable. For students attending school, the Remote Learning Plan will be facilitated in their timetabled classrooms by their teachers.  Should families choose not to send their students to school they will continue to engage in our Remote Learning Plan.  In summary:

MARIAN CAMPUSPre-K – Year 2The Remote Learning Plan will be facilitated by your child’s Classroom teacher.DOWNLOAD PARENT REMOTE TEACHING AND LEARNING PLAN K-2
LAVALLA CAMPUSYears 3 – 6The Remote Learning Plan will be facilitated by your child’s Classroom teacher.DOWNLOAD PARENT REMOTE TEACHING AND LEARNING PLAN 3-6
MARCELLIN CAMPUSYears 7 – 10Students will revert to a regular 6 period day, with the regular timetable. This means that students will attend their timetabled subjects facilitated by their teacher via the Remote Learning Plan.DOWNLOAD PARENT REMOTE TEACHING AND LEARNING PLAN 7 – 12

A formal review on remote learning as the mode of delivery for PK-10 will be conducted by Catholic Education WA on Monday 11 May.

My thanks to parents and guardians for their ongoing collaboration and support of the College’s efforts to ensure a smooth transition to the return of all students back to school.

Yours sincerely

John Finneran 
PRINCIPAL

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Further to my communication with parents earlier this week, I would like to re-emphasise that Newman College is committed to equity of learning for all children, providing appropriate and quality learning opportunities for students, both at school and at home.

Our first commitment is the health and safety of our students and staff.  Newman College’s arrangements for the commencement of Term 2 are consistent with Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) and supported by Marist Schools Australia (MSA).

PRE-KINDERGARTEN – YEAR 10

Whether your child is at school or at home, they will be undertaking a Remote Learning Plan which engages students in quality learning experiences.  If a child is attending school, they will not just be supervised, they will be guided by teachers who are available and accessible throughout the day.  If your child is at home, they are engaging in learning where they have continued interaction and collaboration with their teacher. Whether at home or at school, all students will be asked to complete the same learning tasks and can expect quality feedback through our respective learning platforms and activities.

YEARS 11 AND 12

Students in Years 11 and 12 will engage in face to face teaching and learning.  Advice regarding assessment, reporting and examinations will be shared with families in the week ahead.

ONGOING COMMUNICATION

I wish to thank families for their ongoing support and engagement with our arrangements for the commencement of Term 2.  Further updates will be made available as appropriate.

For detailed information for each year group (Secondary) or campus (Primary) please click on the links below:

DOWNLOAD TERM 2 LEADER OF WELLBEING – EARLY CHILDHOOD

DOWNLOAD TERM 2 LEADER OF WELLBEING – PRIMARY

DOWNLOAD TERM 2 LEADER OF WELLBEING – YEAR 7

DOWNLOAD TERM 2 LEADER OF WELLBEING – YEAR 8

DOWNLOAD TERM 2 LEADER OF WELLBEING – YEAR 9

DOWNLOAD TERM 2 LEADER OF WELLBEING – YEAR 10

DOWNLOAD TERM 2 LEADER OF WELLBEING – YEAR 11

DOWNLOAD TERM 2 LEADER OF WELLBEING – YEAR 12

Yours sincerely

John Finneran
PRINCIPAL

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

I hope the holidays have been a time of rest recovery and full of the hope of Easter.  My thanks again to all members of our community for your ongoing commitment, support and resilience during these complex times. It is clear that our planning and preparation to deliver remote learning has built a high level of trust and confidence within our Newman College community. Moreover, it has given us the flexibility to determine how we are best placed to provide quality teaching and learning underpinned by the priority of the health and wellbeing of our staff and students.

TERM TWO ARRANGEMENTS APRIL 28 – MAY 22

Premier Mark McGowan announced Term Two arrangements for public schools in Western Australia on Friday 17 April.  The following sets out our arrangements for Term Two, which reflects the guiding principles of Marist School Australia (MSA) and Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA):

  1. The health and safety of our students and staff remain our first priority.
  2. All students will continue to be provided with a quality Catholic education.
  3. Decisions regarding school education will continue to be informed by national and state-based health and education advice and aligns with the National Principles for School Education.

NEWMAN COLLEGE

Term Two commences for students on Wednesday, 29 April, Newman College will undertake the actions below outlined in our learning plan for students until Friday 22 May, with a review taking place from the 18 May.

Note: Staff will engage in a Professional Learning Day on Tuesday 28 April.

YEAR 11 AND 12 STUDENTS

Commencing Wednesday 29 April, students in Years 11 and 12 are strongly encouraged to attend school to resume their classes and engage in face-to-face learning with their teachers.

Parents and caregivers are asked to complete the form HERE if your child is not able to attend school due to individual circumstances.  This will allow us to ensure alternative learning arrangements are put in place.

Students can expect their timetables to be adjusted to reflect larger learning spaces and alternative break times to be consistent with the WA Department of Health’s physical distancing advice.

YEAR PK – 10 STUDENTS – REMOTE LEARNING

Commencing Wednesday 29 April students in Years PK to 10 will engage in the College’s remote learning plan. Parents may choose to keep their children at home, to engage in flexible, remote learning, either online and/or via work packs.

Should parents and caregivers require their children in Years PK to 10 to attend school, these students will engage in the same mode of learning being provided to students learning from home.  The College will provide appropriate supervision but not face-to-face teaching for students attending school in person.

Parents are asked to complete the form HERE if they require school based supervision for their children. This is necessary to ensure appropriate plans are in place consistent with the WA Department of Health’s physical distancing advice.  It also ensures the College is able to make appropriate arrangements for student supervision while ensuring remote teaching and learning continues.

STUDENTS ATTENDING SCHOOL

Please note the following considerations for all students attending school:

Any student who is medically compromised is asked to remain at home until they receive a medical clearance to attend school.  Online learning and/or work packs will be provided to these students.

The College Canteen will be available only for orders placed on Flexischools.

CLEANING AND HYGIENE

The College will continue to ensure that environmental cleaning practices are in place, with enhanced routines where necessary.

Students will be required to continue with the hygiene practices and will need to follow the physical distancing measures that are needed to ensure the safety of all students and staff.  These include staggering break times, eating in classrooms and allocating playground areas to specific year groups.

DROP OFF AND PICK UP

Parents and caregivers are not permitted on school property other than to drop off or pick up their children, at which time they must not exit their vehicle.  If parents and caregivers are walking their children to and from school, they should undertake their drop off or pick up for:

  • Marian Campus at the Main Entrance to the Marian Campus
  • Lavalla Campus at the Lavalla Campus Kiss and Ride
  • Marcellin Campus at the Tuscany Way Entry Point

COLLEGE SUPPORT

At this difficult time, I wish to reassure every parent and caregiver that the College is able to provide financial support arrangements.

Please contact the College Finance Team (fees@newman.wa.edu.au) should you need to avail yourself of this support.

The College website is a great source of resource to support the wellbeing of students and families during this complex time. Information relative to campuses will be provided by our Leaders of Wellbeing.

I thank you for your ongoing support and will keep you updated with any new information as it becomes available.

John Finneran

PRINCIPAL

Please click the link below to read the latest update from the Principal Mr John Finneran.

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:

STUDENTSTHURSDAY 26 MARCHFRIDAY 27 MARCH
Years 7 – 10Students at home(preparation for remote learning)Students at home(preparation for remote learning)
Year 11 and Year 12Students at school(face to face teaching and learning)Students can wear free dressStudents 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.

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-2Marian CampusMonday 23 – Friday 27 MarchClasses as per timetableStudents at school as normal
Years 3-6Lavalla CampusFriday 27 MarchSeesawStudents will work from home
Years 7-10Marcellin CampusThursday 26 March andFriday 27 MarchSEQTA, Microsoft Suite, Education PerfectStudents will work from home
Years 11-12Marcellin CampusFriday 27 MarchSEQTA, Microsoft Suite, Revise online, VET online learning platformsStudents 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.

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:

DateEvent
Monday 16 MarchMarcellin Campus Cross Country
Monday 16 MarchSunSmart Schools Tennis Classic
Wednesday 18 MarchJustin Coulson, student presentations and Newman Parents event
Thursday 19 MarchIPSHA Swimming Carnival hosted at Newman College
Wednesday 25 MarchACC Swim Carnival(All ACC sporting activities are suspended for the immediate future. This extends to all NAS fixtures.)
Friday 27 MarchMarian Campus Grandparents Day
Tuesday 7 AprilNewman College Twilight Tours
31 March – 5 AprilCollege 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