From the Principal (Issue 10)
Dear Parents and Carers
Anglican Schools Australia (ASA)
Last year this time I reported on my experiences of engaging presentations at the Anglican Schools Australia Conference in Hobart. Last week, Father Noel and I should have been at the 2020 Conference in Melbourne. Clearly, it was postponed! Even next year, I am not sure if we’ll be travelling to Victoria.
However, in my role as the Western Australian Representative on the ASA Management Committee, I was able to talk with some Principals and Chaplains from across the country via Zoom at our quarterly meeting (usually held the day before the Conference). It was very interesting to find out how schools in other States and Territories have been fairing over the past six months and how they, like us, have had to be innovative with their method of delivering an engaging education for their students when in ‘lock-down’. I was particularly interested in the message that the Victorian principals are instilling in their students; a message of Hope rather than doom and gloom.
The latest three edition of ASA News can be found at www.anglicanschoolsaustralia.edu.au → Click here to enter website → News → Newsletters.
Although it has not been possible for all of our usual camps to go ahead this year, we are thrilled that the Secondary Outdoor Education camps are back and, if things continue to go well in Western Australia, our Year 9 Outdoor Education students will enjoy their camp in Week 10 of Term 3, while the Year 10 and Year 11 Outdoor Education camps will take place in Term 4. The usual notifications will be sent to parents through Consent2Go.
Staff are reminding students to wash their hands regularly and use hand sanitiser regularly. Please will parents and carers assist us by also reminding your children and young people of the importance of these practices. Reports in the media suggest that Western Australians are becoming a bit complacent with regard to many of the COVID-safe practices that we were doing so well at the end of Term 1 and all through Term 2. At Frederick Irwin, we are ‘Alert but not Alarmed’ as we enjoy the freedom from community spread that we are so fortunate to have in our State. In other words, we are keeping safe practices in place.
As I wrote in my last newsletter: Unfortunately, but understandably, we have not, as yet, been able to implement Phase 5 (of the Western Australian Recovery Roadmap) and remain in Phase 4. For this reason the School will continue to practise the two (2) metre square physical distancing rule as far as possible, and particularly with adults; increased cleaning and hygiene measures also remain in place. (There are some changes to the Kiss and Drop processes in Primary which will be conveyed by the Heads of Primary to parents and carers as they come into practice.)
We also ask that you keep your children at home if they are unwell. Staff have been given the same message of not attending school if they are ill.
These measures are in place to protect everyone in our community and I thank you for the fabulous job our students, parents and staff have done over the past six (6) months. We so look forward to the time when we can welcome all of our school community back to some measure of normality.