March 9, 2022
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear Parents & Guardians
This week we see an easing of COVID restrictions across our state and more importantly, in our school. Masks are no longer required but if you would like your child to take this precaution, we welcome your choice. Mass gatherings are now allowed so from next week, Monday morning assemblies and Friday’s prayer assemblies will be open for all to attend. Due to staff absences the difficult decision was made to cancel this week’s Monday assembly and Friday’s Prayer Assembly. Awards for this week will be given to students next Monday.
Despite the easing of restrictions, we are still being challenged by the realities of COVID and feeling the effects of cases and close contacts in our school. As previously discussed, notifications of COVID positive staff and students will be general in nature. You would all now be aware that we are unable to provide any further identifying details or specific information regarding the identity of positive cases due to privacy reasons.
Please be assured that we are continuing to ensure COVID-safe practises at our school. These include sanitising affected classrooms and other spaces immediately, upon hearing of a positive case in that room.
All three members of our leadership team are absent this week. We have been supported by DCEO and our Assistant Director for schools, Mr Mike Kelso has been working on site at Joey’s to ensure day to day procedures continue as normal. We thank Mr Kelso for this great show of support.
Our staggered afternoon pick-up continues to work well but we still need the use of the laminated surnames the school has provided to be displayed on car visors to help with ease of pick-up. With different teachers doing duty, the visors help with identifying cars and calling out names for the students. Please utilise the visors provided or make some homemade ones if needed.
We continue our Lenten journey this week and students will be learning of the good work Caritas do across the globe. I encourage you to discuss this with your children and to make a commitment to support Caritas through their Project Compassion appeal this Lent.
Acting Principal – St. Joseph’s Catholic School Park Avenue
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