Welcome back to what we hope will resemble more of a normal school term. I too joined the ranks and tested positive to Covid at the very end of last term. Luckily, it was a very mild dose, and I hardly had any symptoms. However, there is concern about new variants causing reinfections and there is a push for people to wear masks again.
As Premier Mark McGowan has recently communicated, WA is seeing an increasing number of cases of COVID-19 in the community due to the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron subvariants. While the Chief Health Officer has said that this should not be cause for alarm, we are being encouraged not to become complacent in taking preventative measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, including the wearing of masks.
Masks are required to be worn for people aged 12 years and older in the following settings:
- Aboriginal health services;
- Dental and optical health clinics;
- Hospitals, aged care and disability care facilities;
- Public and passenger transport, including school buses;
Masks are also encouraged where physical distancing is not possible. Please consider encouraging your child to wear a mask to school if they are unable to physically distance from others. Masks are an effective measure to lessen the risk of both spreading and becoming infected with COVID-19.
Resilience is the capacity to meet life’s challenges responsively. The foundation of resilience is found in taking care of your needs via good sleep, nutrition, exercise, connection with others and leisure.
I am well into the enrolment process and the field for next year is very strong. One class is already full and the other one is filling quickly. The second class is over half full already and I am anticipating it will fill this term. Our highest priority is to keep our families together by granting younger siblings automatic enrolment. However, we don’t necessarily know if you have another child coming unless you tell us. Please make sure that we know about your younger children as I would hate for them to miss out.
Car Park Issues
In recent weeks, we have unfortunately had a few issues in the car park on Cassowary Drive which have led to parents getting into situations of conflict with each other. All parents are reminded that we need to always show patience and courtesy, especially as we have many children using the car park before and after school, and the last thing we want is to put any of them at risk of injury. As I have said numerous times before, the car park is usually quite empty by 3.15pm each day, and the staff are on duty until 3.20pm. If you come at this time, you can avoid all the traffic issues that occur between 2.45pm and 3.10pm. Thank you for your understanding and assistance with this issue.
Please note that due to the disruptions caused by Covid, the photos have been rescheduled to Monday 22 and Friday 26 August.
Interschool Cross Country
This carnival will be held on Tuesday 26 July at McGillivray Oval in Mt Claremont from 10am to 1.30pm. Mr Power will be sending all the details to the parents of the students who will be competing. Parents are welcome to come along and cheer for our runners.
Mary MacKillop Week
We will hold our usual Mary Mac Week activities during Week 3 this term. Please take note of the details listed below. Let’s hope we can remain restrictions free and be able to enjoy our time together celebrating the life and deeds of Mary MacKillop, our patron and Australia’s only saint.
These exciting lessons commenced today for Kindy to Year 6 Gold plus Kindy Blue classes. The concert will be held later in the term and details will be provided closer to the date.
Our assembly this Friday will be a little different. No merit certificates will be given. Instead, we will have a special NAIDOC Day liturgy. All welcome.