Boarding NewsJune 08, 2020
Dear Boarding Parents and Guardians,
It seems that the term has only just begun and already, we are thinking about term 2 ending. It has been just fabulous having the girls back to boarding. They have, on the whole, been excellent transitioning to our COVID-19 protocols. There are however, a few who need to be reminded from time to time about undertaking extra hygiene practices and physical distancing measures. I must thank the staff too, for all their extra efforts ensuring the health and well-being of the girls is safeguarded. It’s been great to see the girls get involved with the modified recreation programme we are offering and I urge all girls to try out a few of the activities on offer each weekend.
As State restrictions ease, I hope that we too, will be able to relook some of our current protocols. We are however, guided by both the Federal and State Health Departments guidelines for residential facilities which are at times much more stringent than general restrictions simply because the nature of a boarding house is such that the risk of an infection outbreak is high.
We have had a number of concerning behaviours that I would like to highlight and ask for your support with.
- Girls returning from leave with parents and guidelines with flu symptoms or unwell. In the current climate, girls are unable to return to boarding if they are displaying cold symptoms or are feeling unwell. In these cases, parents or guardians must care for the girls till they display no symptoms. A doctor’s certificate clearing girls with cold and flu symptoms to return to school may also be requested .
- Contact Tracing forms not filled out accurately – a number of forms haven’t been filled out accurately. I can’t stress enough how dangerous this practice is as it makes contact tracing impossible should an outbreak or infection occur.
- Girls on leave attending venues which may be at a greater risk – It has come to our notice that whilst on leave, girls are attending large shopping centres for extended periods of time. We do ask that you don’t allow this practice as yet. We are trying very hard to limit shopping trips as a safety precaution till the start of term 3. We are taking girls to Forrestfield Forum for essential shopping if its needed as it’s a much smaller complex with less patrons and we are limiting the stay to no more than an hour.
Boarding will close on Wednesday July 1st at 6pm to end the term. Parent Teacher Interviews will take place on July 2nd by phone for those parents who wish to take part. You will receive correspondence regarding this soon.
We ask that you lodge your end of term leave via REACH by Monday June 22nd so that we can organise any arrangements required to transport girls to airport /bus and train station.
Please be mindful that with each end of term comes assessments and work due for many of the girls. If at all possible, girls should not be leaving early in the last week. In the event that an early departure is unavoidable and girls will be missing 2 or more school days, they are required to have an extended leave form completed by all their teachers. These forms may be collected from boarding reception.
To start term 3, the girls will need to be back at boarding on Monday 20th from 3pm to start school on Tuesday 21stJuly. Just a reminder that girls arriving by plane, train or bus prior to 3pm, will need to be collected by Perth guardians and dropped at boarding.
Regards and many thanks as always for your continued support.
Head of Boarding