Thank you for your willingness to navigate this journey with us. We share with you in wanting the best for your children. Along with many, I had been hoping for a more definitive statement regarding schools this morning.

The Premier noted this morning that “The health advice has not changed, however, for practical reasons in NSW we will be encouraging parents to keep their children at home”.

Our approach has been to follow the advice of NSW Health, but now that the NSW government has encouraged parents to keep children home, we have a significant shift in what families are being asked to do.

We will therefore be moving to remote learning, as per our remote learning plan (communicated last week – LINKED HERE). Parents who are not able to keep their children home are welcome to send them to school.

Current Plan:

Monday 23 March

  • All sport and co-curricular activities, including the musical and music tuition, are placed on hold. We will be looking at alternatives for these, but our priority will be with the curriculum in the first instance.
  • School buses will continue to run this week.

Tuesday 24 March

  • All parents who can keep their children home are asked to do so from this date.
  • Students are encouraged to complete any assigned work still outstanding, or move ahead in subjects where they are readily able to do so. Reading is good, as is preparing a place in the home for remote learning to take place.
  • No remote learning on this day – teachers will finalise their preparations for complete remote learning.
  • We will run merged classes.

Wednesday 25 March

  • Remote learning commences with all learning to take place through remote learning, whether children are at school or at home.
  • Children who need to be at school will therefore be supervised and work through the work that they are provided via remote learning.
  • We will run merged classes and learning will continue.

Thursday 26 March

  • As per Wednesday.

Friday 27 March

  • We will re-evaluate onsite supervision according to government directives.

Rest of term:

  • Remote learning through until the end of the term unless advised otherwise.
  • All assessment tasks that can be submitted online will be due as already advised. All in-person tasks will be put on hold or redesigned with adequate notice for later submission.

I note that in many overseas jurisdictions the equivalent of the HSC has already been cancelled or postponed. That is not the case in NSW as yet, and we are keen to ensure that we capture as much assessment as possible for the HSC to enable a more effective return to onsite schooling when it occurs.

Undoubtedly there will be more changes in the coming week, but for the moment, from tomorrow, only those children whose parents have no other option will be here, and we will be here, practising appropriate distancing, and working to prepare for Wednesday and beyond.

If children are unwell, please do not send them to school. All parents who are planning to send their children to school for the remainder of this week are asked to reply via the LINKED FORM. If you are not planning to do so, there is no need to reply.

Again, we thank you for your support, we look forward to continuing to support you and your children as we move into remote learning fully from Wednesday 25 March, 2020.

We are happy to address queries as they arise.

Psalm 121:1-3 “I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip- he who watches over you will not slumber”.

Kind regards,

Tim Watson