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From the Deputy Principal – Staff and Student Wellbeing, Mr Patrick Brennan

Deputy Principal - Student & Staff Wellbeing, Mr Patrick Brennan

Mr Patrick Brennan, Deputy Principal - Student & Staff Wellbeing

Read more: Year 12 Parent/Teacher Interviews, Self-Isolation Public Health Order update, latest COVID-19 update, flu vaccine, International Women’s Day, NSW Police Legacy Child Safety Handbook, Running For Premature Babies.

 


Year 12 Parent/Teacher Interviews 

To allow Year 12 students time to join their online Parent/Teacher meetings commencing at 3:30 pm, they will be dismissed on Tuesday at the end of Period 5.

Self-Isolation Public Health Order Update

Please find below the key changes in regards to changes made to self-isolation:

  • a household contact is not required to self-isolate as a contact if the person previously had COVID-19 and it has been less than 8 weeks since the person ceased self-isolating as a case (this was previously only for 28 days)
  • a household contact must self-isolate for 7 days commencing from when the diagnosed person took the test rather than from the time the person was last in contact with the diagnosed case
  • household contact is not obligated to self-isolate as a contact again if another household member tests positive and has been no more than 14 days since the contact completed their initial self-isolation period.

Thank you for your ongoing support and consideration.

Latest COVID-19 Update 

Please see below the College COVID-19 numbers as they stand today. There has been an increase this week in transmission rates as the Government expected, with its reduction in precautionary measures. 

11/3/22 COVID-Positive Close Contacts
Year 5 15 5
Year 6 3 4
Year 7 2 9
Year 8 1 9
Year 9 4 11
Year 10 1 7
Year 11 2 5
Year 12 6 3
Staff 2 0
Total 35 53

Flu Vaccine

The College will be providing every staff member with the opportunity to receive the flu vaccine by the College nurse. This will hopefully occur before we go on break for the Term 1 holidays. 

Adele Cutbush

Ms Adele Cutbush, College Registered Nurse

Reasons to get the Flu Vaccine

There are many reasons to get the influenza (flu) vaccine each year. Flu vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones against flu and its potentially serious complications.

Having the influenza vaccine can prevent you from getting sick from the flu, and it can also reduce the severity of the virus and reduce the risk of any flu-associated hospitalisation.

It is an important preventative tool for people with certain chronic health conditions. Research also suggests that the flu shot can protect pregnant people during and after pregnancy, it is life-saving in children, and can also help to protect not only yourself, but the people around you. 

When the COVID-19 virus settles, infectious disease specialists are particularly worried about future strains of influenza, therefore it is strongly recommended to have your flu shot for this season. 

Vaccinations are vital in preventing the spread of infectious disease

COVID-19 and the flu are both highly contagious diseases. The best way to prevent the spread of either infection is to get vaccinated. You should also continue to practice good hygiene (washing hands regularly, coughing and sneezing into a tissue or your elbow, etc) and physical distancing to protect yourself and others – especially those who are unable to be vaccinated against one or both of these diseases.

(NPS Medicine Wise website 1/3/22: https://www.nps.org.au/news/influenza-vaccines-and-covid-19

International Women’s Day 2022 #BreakTheBias

Waverley College celebrated International Women’s Day on Tuesday, by hosting a morning tea for all staff and a number of wellbeing activities. 

The College produced a thoughtful video, where staff and students across the Junior and Senior Schools spoke about the influence of significant women in their lives.

>>> Click here to watch the video.

In Wellbeing Groups, students engaged in activities where they reflected on what a gender-equal world would look like. A world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that is diverse, equitable and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated.

Wellbeing groups were photographed crossing their arms to show solidarity with women across the planet, and supporting the 2022 theme #BreakTheBias. These images were displayed on the digital notice boards around campus.

To all women in our Waverley family, Happy International Women’s Day!

>>> Click here to view images from Senior School Wellbeing groups on International Women’s Day.

Images from the Junior School

IWD 2022 – Junior School

IWD 2022 – Junior School

Break the Bias

College Captain, Daniel McSweeny, Deputy Principal (Teaching and Learning), Ms Elizabeth Watson and Principal, Mr Graham Leddie supporting International Women’s Day 2022 #BreakTheBias

NSW Police Legacy Child Safety Handbook

The NSW Police Legacy Child Safety Handbook is a comprehensive resource to assist parents and carers with a range of topics essential to the safety of young people.

The Handbook has been updated to include key messages about storm and flood safety, COVID safety, children’s personal safety and online safety. The contents supplement our own A-Z of Wellbeing in the College Diary.

Families are encouraged to download the Handbook and use it as a reference, as we navigate the health and wellbeing of our young people.

>>> Click here to view the NSW Police Legacy Child Safety Handbook.

Running For Premature Babies

This year, Waverley College is entering teams into both the SMH Half Marathon on 15 May and the City2Surf on 16 August in support of the Running for Premature Babies Foundation.

This charity was founded by a Waverley mum, Sophie Smith OAM, following the passing of her prematurely born triplet sons in 2006, and is making a tangible difference to neonatal care in Australia. To date, $5 million has been raised for neonatal equipment, directly benefiting over 6,000 babies Australia-wide.

Join our Waverley College teams in these events, to help fundraise for a first-of-its-kind breast milk analyser for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Hospital for Women, and help give premature babies a better chance of survival.

All of our community are welcome to take part. There is no minimum fundraising requirement, but a free running singlet will be given to anyone who can raise $200.

Waverley College staff and students in the 2019 SMH Half Marathon

Waverley College staff and students in the 2019 SMH Half Marathon

Where Do I Find Out More? How Can I Get Involved?

To find out more about the charity, watch the recent interview below on The Morning Show with the charity’s ambassador, Lachy, the purple Wiggle.

>>> Click here to view the interview on The Morning Show.

>>> Click here to view information about how to join the Waverley College team in the SMH Half Marathon. 

>>> Click here to view information about how to join our team in the City2Surf.

 

Mr Patrick Brennan

Deputy Principal – Staff and Student Wellbeing

E: pbrennan@waverley.nsw.edu.au