I trust that school holidays have afforded some measure of respite from the final weeks of Term 1.

Last week I wrote the following:

“As per our gazetted term dates, Term 2 commences on Tuesday 28 April, via remote learning. On the recommendation of the Premier and NSW Health, those who are able to keep their children at home are asked to do so. Those who need to send their children to school are welcome to do so, and children will be supervised and will learn as per the remote learning plan while at school. This will be the case for the first two weeks of term. We look forward to Week 3 of Term 2, when the Premier and the Minister for Education have advised that a portion of students will be able to return to school.”

Our plan for the first four weeks of Term 2 is as follows.

Weeks 1 & 2: Remote Learning for all.

Week 3: The return to school of K-6, and Years 11 & 12. This amounts to a return of 48% of our student population, and while greater than the quarter suggested by the NSW government, it nonetheless fits the pattern of a staggered return to school. Remote learning will continue for Years 7-10.

Week 4: The return to school of Years 7-10, so that all students are now back at school and learning on campus.

Could this change? Yes, although this is what we are working towards. We would be delighted to be able to have all students back earlier than this, but, as always, we aim to be guided by the health experts so that we can continue working within our area of expertise: education.

We welcome parent feedback on the proposal above.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
– Philippians 4:6-7

Tim Watson