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Principal update 8 May 2020

09 May 2020

Principal update 8 May 2020

principal update

Principal update Friday 8 May 2020


Next week (3rd week of school) begins the first stage of student return. The Department is calling this “phase 1”. In “phase 1”, students are invited to come back one day a week. The previous posts go through that in detail. In summary for year 7-10 students:


Monday A-G (first initial of surname)
Tuesday H-M
Wednesday N-Z


No matter the day or group, students will do the same “on-line” course whether at school or at home. By coming to school on their allocated day, we can help them with their learning, check-in with them, see if they need support and generally maintain contact with the school that they may not have been in for 5 school weeks.


While at school, we still have to maintain social distancing. Class sizes will be around 10 students and a teacher. They will not be given permission to approach closely, other students or the teacher. This may seem harsh but these are the rules we are told to strictly follow for the protection of all. Students will have this explained and failure to comply will result in removal.


Thursday and Friday are available for different senior groups.


The school remains open for students whose parents need them to come to school. They also need to follow the teacher’s instructions.


I have received many messages from the community about the large number of assessments tasks being asked of children. Term 2 is always a busy assessment time however I appreciate the enormous workload students have been expected to do (I did ask teachers, at the beginning of this distance delivery mode to ensure work is challenging). Accordingly, two things are happening.
I have asked my staff to review their expectations and spread tasks or reduce the number of work students need to hand in. We had only begun doing this on Wednesday the 6th of May.
Given the number of individual student situations, I am concerned that some students may still have too much work, especially students in years 7-10. I am happy you make the best decision for your child. If you think it is too much, tell them they do not need to complete it. We can fix up the individual teacher concerns when things are back to normal.


I have also been informed that some “at school” classes have not been following my expectations and allowing students to do busywork or free-time activities. I have identified that these have occurred under some casual teachers. I believe I have rectified that issue.


I strongly believe we are rapidly moving out of this difficult situation. Covid 19, however, will remain with us until a vaccine is developed and we need to continue to act in the best interest of everybody.
During this time the health of your children is paramount. If you have any concern or you need to have a member of staff make regular contact with your child, simply ring the school and let them know. Recently I have been monitoring FaceBook comments and replying where I can, but this cannot continue long term. Please ring and ask for assistance and clarification when you need it.


Warren Parkes


From Monday 11 May - other points to note:

- Canteen re-opens with a limited menu for lunch 1 & 2 only.


- Uniform shop will be operating from the hall on Tue & Fri during it's regular hours. Online ordering is still available.


- Buses will run to their normal schedules. There will be no early buses on a Wednesday as there is no early finish. At this point in time, school will finish at 3.10pm each day.


- The school office, student central and sickbay are currently operating from an office in the hall whilst a roundabout is under construction at the rear of the school - there is no access in Term 2 to the school via Wonga Road. Visitor parking is available in the bus bay between 10am - 2pm.