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Student transition back to school with Face-to-Face Learning

04.05.20

Dear Families

 

Student transition back to school with Face-to-Face Learning from Monday, 4 May 2020, Week 2, Term 2

 

Thank you again for your patience and incredible support as we have worked together through all events of the past few weeks. 

 

There is no doubt that it has been a steep learning curve for all of our students, staff, and families. The past weeks have been a true demonstration of the strong three-way partnerships between staff, students and families that we enjoy here at Kildare. For families who have been supporting their daughter's learning at home, we applaud you on the great work that you have done. Moreover, we have been heartened by the level of staff collaboration and the way they have embraced new ways to ensure the learning journey continues for our students. And most importantly we thank our students for taking ownership of their learning, ensuring that class tasks are completed and submitted for feedback.

 

Last Wednesday, the SA Chief Public Health Officer, Nicola Spurrier and Premier, Steven Marshall stated that parents should plan to send their children back to school. Professor Spurrier repeated the health advice that schools continue to be safe places for students and staff. 

 

Hence after six consecutive days of no new COVID-19 cases in South Australia, and in keeping with this advice, we will return to face-to-face teaching for all students at Kildare next week from Monday, 4 May 2020. We are very excited to have all our students back with us at school, especially as we can recommence our practical lessons in the Arts, Home Ec, Sciences and Physical Education. We are also very keen to have all our Year 10, 11 and 12 students return as soon as practical to continue with their SACE (South Australian Certificate of Education) studies.

 

Attached are the letter and infographic from Dr Spurrier which provides more background information about this decision.

 

We do understand that some students may not be able to attend due to health vulnerabilities. Please note that detailed online lessons will not continue next week but lesson resources will still continue to be placed on SEQTA for students to access if they are absent. We encourage you to please make contact with your daughter's Pastoral Care and/or subject teachers if your daughter needs support with her learning. 
 

 

In addition to this advice, please note the following:

  • The health and wellbeing of students and staff remain our priority. We will continue to provide a safe environment with appropriate physical distancing, hygiene with additional cleaning measures in place. Assemblies and House Meetings will not occur until we have received further direction.
  • At this time, all competition sport and extra-curricular activities are still on hold. We will update you when this changes.
  • Thursday, 7 May 2020 - Student Free Day - Year 10, 11 and 12 Learning Reviews
    • In accordance with social distancing restrictions, the Learning Reviews will take place on the phone with families and teachers.
    • Information was sent on Monday on how to make the appointments.
  • College Buses - All routes A, B, C, D, and E operating as normal before and after school, including the intercampus bus between Kildare and St Paul's College.
  • Canteen is open for students to pre-order their recess and lunch via the QKR app.
  • Breakfast Club is available from 8.00am from the Canteen each day.
  • Homework Club is available from 3.30pm - 4.20pm each day.
  • Winter Uniform - All students are to wear their winter uniform. If you are still waiting for your daughter's uniform to arrive, students can wear their PE uniform.

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We are genuinely excited at the prospect of students returning to school and as we navigate through this transition back to school together, we acknowledge that there may be a few challenges along the way.  

 

We sincerely appreciate the partnership we have with families and look forward to overcoming any challenges together.

 

Thank you for your support.

 

Many blessings always,

Tina Neate
Principal

Strength and Gentleness