Week 1 Term 3
As we navigated COVID-19 in 2020 we discovered the dynamic nature of the virus and the need to adapt quickly and demonstrate resilience. Our community was again tested for much of the mid-year break when the State Government announced a Stay-at-Home Order. On Wednesday of this week, the State Government announced that week one of Term 3 will be conducted remotely.
From a curriculum point of view, we were indeed fortunate that the majority of the lockdown period occurred during the term break, so that the impact on teaching and learning was minimal. Year 12 tutorials moved online and students would have had no excuses to find the time to prepare for the HSC Trials due to start early in Term Three.
Week 2 Term 3
If the Government allows us to return to campus in Week 2, it will be particularly important for us to know whether any of our students have become exposed and will therefore be required to complete a period of 14 days of isolation. In such a case we will do our best to provide access to remote learning. Any student who attends school, even with the slightest cold and flu symptoms, will be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test before returning to school.
Tips to Boost Our Immune System During the Flu Season
- Eat vitamin-rich seasonal foods such as root and green vegetables, legumes and grains
- Seek out the sun to maintain levels of Vitamin D
- Regulate body temperature and processes by drinking plenty of water
- Maintain exercise levels even if competitive sport is suspended
- Defeat boredom – find a new hobby or rediscover an old interest
Mental Health and Wellbeing – Reach Out
The Wellbeing team appreciates the difficulties that many students impacted by COVID-19 restrictions are facing. Mental health and wellbeing changes over time in response to different stresses and experiences. Remember to reach out to your support networks; teachers, mentors, Heads of House, Psychologists and members of the College Leadership Team. Parents, carers and students are encouraged to reach out if they need our support:
People Available to Help
Deputy Principal – Student & Staff Wellbeing
Mr Patrick Brennan email@example.com 9369 0765
Heads of House
- Head of Aungier House – Mr John McCoy firstname.lastname@example.org 9369 0613
- Head of Brennan House – Mr James Horrocks email@example.com 9369 0614
- Head of Conlon House – Ms Cathy O’Sullivan firstname.lastname@example.org 9369 0611
- Head of Green House – Mr Scott Coleman email@example.com 9369 0610
- Head of Lacey House – Mr Damien Thompson firstname.lastname@example.org 9369 0609
- Head of O’Connor House – Mr Matthew Barr email@example.com 9369 0612
- Head of Quinn House – Ms Olivia Kite firstname.lastname@example.org 9369 0608
- Head of Tevlin House – Mr John McCallum email@example.com 9369 0607
Psychologists Years 7 – 12
- Mr Greg Cameron firstname.lastname@example.org 9369 0645
- Ms Tessa Prior email@example.com 9369 0635
Psychologists Years 5 and 6
- Ms Alexsandra McCredie firstname.lastname@example.org 9387 5022
- Ms Dawn Young email@example.com 9387 5022
- Ms Adele Cutbush firstname.lastname@example.org 9369 0644
Professional Support is Always Available When You Need it Too
The Importance of Students Attending Period One
As well as being the first teaching and learning period of the day, period one serves as the College’s mandatory recording of daily attendance as required by law.
Students who do not attend Period One will be marked absent and their parents will be sent a text message from the College indicating this. This often causes parents who receive this SMS anxiety and concern. This is escalated when parents are under the impression that their son is on campus and in class. To avoid this situation please ensure your son arrives at school on time each day. If he is late, he needs to sign in late at the Wellbeing Centre with his student ID card.
Academic Uniform In Term 3
A reminder that blazers are compulsory during Term 3. They are to be worn to and from school and at all formal gatherings such as College Assemblies during this time. It’s the first year the entire College will be in the new academic uniform so our expectations are high. Blazers must be worn under the wet weather jacket to and from school.
Any student not in full academic uniform will require a uniform pass from the Wellbeing Centre or face a three-hour detention.
The quality of these garments is high so it is strongly recommended that all items of clothing are clearly labelled with your son’s name.
Mr Patrick Brennan
Deputy Principal – Student & Staff Wellbeing