Boarding NewsMarch 13, 2020
It seems that the term is quickly approaching its last few weeks and it certainly has been a whirlwind of activity for our boarding community. I was delighted at the recent SRC Assembly to see a great number of boarders receive leadership badges. In addition to our Boarding Council comprised of Alicia Butt, Natalya Turnbull, Hannah Hooten – Eyden and Brianna Watts, the following girls also received recognition as leadership Representatives across the Learning Areas of Ministry, Arts, Sport and Learning and are to be congratulated on this achievement. Congratulations also to Kelly Donaldson who was announced as Dance and Choir Captain.
- Bridie D’Alton
- Tina Warner
- Kate Cohen
- Antazrah Marshall
- Renee Marinko
- Tabitha Roche
- Jennifer Feldman
- Cameron Loton
- Bailey Turnbull
- Renee Pearce
- Keira Watts
A number of parents have enquired about tutors for their daughters. If you’re keen on engaging a tutor, please email me directly so that I can assist you.
We also have free maths tutoring on Mondays at lunchtime and after school in room 10 for all Year groups. Homework Club for Year 7-9 students also runs on Tuesdays from 330pm – 430pm in the bIBliotech and is a good starting point for girls who feel they would benefit from some additional support.
At a time when there’s much attention on the COVID – 19 VIRUS, (please refer to my letter emailed 12/3/20) it’s also essential that we reassure the girls that to date, risk in WA is low and we have a number of contingencies in place to ensure we are doing all we can to safeguard the health of the boarding community. One of the most important things for parents to reiterate is how to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It is as simple as Washing Hands. If girls wash their hands with soap and warm water or use hand sanitiser, it is the best and most effective way to prevent transmission. Avoiding touching faces or eyes unless hands are thoroughly washed, is also essential, as is encouraging the wiping down of frequently touched surfaces especially phones, iPads, desks, tables etc. With regards to girls going out on leave, please ensure that you are not allowing your daughters to go into environments which may jeopardise their health and well-being.
I do also remind you of the following:
- Please ensure that your Perth based guardian is willing and available to accommodate your daughter in the event she is ill or the boarding house needs to close and transport home isn’t an option. In the case of a COVID-19 emergency, time is of the essence. I will be notifying families who currently have no Perth based guardian listed. I would encourage all parents to have a conversation with their nominated guardian about the possibility of them having to house an unwell boarder and to notify me asap if this person will not be available to do so with the name of an alternative.
- If your daughter is on leave with hosts/guardians and falls ill with flu like symptoms she must remain in their care and not return to boarding.
- Unwell boarders with flu and cold symptoms should not be in the boarding environment and we may need to organise their collection.
- To ensure girls follow appropriate hygiene routines, all boarders should have a personal supply of soap, wipes and hand sanitisers.
In the coming weeks we will review the sporting and weekend recreation programme and in line with Health Dept of WA advice, will make the most appropriate decisions to ensure the well- being of each girl is not compromised.
I thank you for your support at both a worrying and challenging time both in WA and our own community.
Head of Boarding