This coming Monday we welcome back our Year 8, 9 and 10 students who will return to campus following a number of months participating in the Home Learning Program. We understand that for many it will be an exciting time as they are able to reconnect with friends and teachers and complete some of the more practical elements of their classes. For others however, it will be a time of apprehension as they face a change in routine, larger crowds than they have experienced in quite a while and a reconnection of friendships that had only just started to develop before they went into Home Learning.
Last week in an article from The Parents Website we shared a number of strategies for preparing students for returning onsite, take two. We encourage all families to read this and begin preparing their sons for the change in routine. If you are concerned or would like extra support please contact your sons Pastoral Leader, House Leader or one of our Student Counsellors (firstname.lastname@example.org) who will be able to assist in supporting the transition back to school.
On Monday 26 October the first 2 periods of the day for all students in 7 – 11 will be in pastoral and house groups as we work towards clarifying expectations, debriefing the last few months and rebuilding pastoral relationships. We understand that each student brings a different experience of lockdown and it is important to work through what has taken place and what is coming up in the last few weeks of the year. For our Year 7 and 11 students it is a chance to reflect on their first two weeks of onsite learning. Period 3 onwards will be in normal classes as students meet some of their teachers face to face for the first time.
There are some expectations that have been adjusted based on government guidelines and the College’s response to COVID normal that have been communicated but we also wanted to take this time to remind the community:
- Masks are mandatory. In line with Government expectations all students must wear a fitted face mask that covers the nose and mouth. This means that face shields, bandanas, scarves or loose snoods etc will no longer be considered a sufficient face covering. Masks must be on at all times when at the College except when eating or engaging in physical activity on the oval.
- Students are able to wear their PE uniform to school on days when they have a practical PE class. If they do not have the correct PE uniform they will be asked to wear their summer uniform and change at school.
- The canteen is open but only serving limited snacks and a small amount of hot food.
- Students will carry their bags around to avoid congestion at the lockers however are able to access their locker if needed to reduce the amount of equipment in their bags.
- There will be a staggered finish to the day which reflects the expectations of the State Government.
Year 9 & 10 - 3.15pm
Year 11 - 3.21pm
We thank you for your continued support of the College and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact your sons Pastoral or House leader.