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A Message From the Headmaster - 18 May 2020

Posted on 18 May 2020

Dear Ormiston College Families

It is pleasing to see the systematic return of many of the freedoms and activities we all enjoyed before the pandemic.

As community restrictions continue to ease, I am pleased to share the following information.

Government Announcements

The Queensland Premier has announced that all Queensland school students will be able to return to their schools for face to face learning from Monday, 25 May.

This decision forms part of the Queensland State Government’s roadmap to easing restrictions. Please refer to the following link for further details.

https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/government-actions/...

From 25 May at Ormiston College

Teaching and learning at the College will essentially operate as normal from Monday, 25 May. All students from Prep to Year 12 will be learning in their usual classrooms, at the usual lesson times, with their usual teacher.

We look forward to seeing all students reunited and able to share in the atmosphere and opportunities that come with being together on campus.

Parents choosing to keep students at home

We respect that some parents may wish to keep their child at home due to their personal concerns about COVID-19.

Please understand that our teachers will now focus on their usual class and co-curricular responsibilities and will not continue to provide the comprehensive online programs of recent weeks.

If you choose to keep your child at home, please contact your child’s Junior School teacher or the Dean of Studies, Paul Dhu, in the Secondary School to discuss the work to be covered and how you might support your child’s learning at home.

TAS Sport

Subject to further government announcements, The Associated Schools (TAS) is planning to recommence TAS and Junior TAS sporting competition in Term 3.

Given the significant disruptions to Term 2 sport this year, TAS is considering modifications to season lengths and structures to enable all Term 2 and Term 3 sports to be played this year.

Further details will be shared when they are available. Students can expect pre-season training to commence soon.

It will be great to see the Redbacks re-ignite the sporting vibe of the College.

Other co-curricular activities

The following activities will be operating from the week beginning Monday, 25 May:

All Individual and Group Drama Tuition • All Music Tuition and Ensembles except for Kinder Chorus and OC Chorale • Secondary School eSports • Junior School Art Club • Junior School STEM Club • Secondary School Robotics Club • Tennis • Swim Squad Program

Further detail in relation to the above activities will be provided through our usual channels by the relevant members of staff.

There may be some slight modifications to the way we conduct some activities in order to be COVID safe and comply with government and health requirements.

We will communicate further in relation to the recommencement of additional co-curricular activities in due course.

Secondary School English and Mathematics tutorials

English and Mathematics tutorials will commence from Monday, 25 May for students in Year 7 to Year 12.

Health and hygiene measures

Children who are unwell should stay at home and possibly see a doctor or contact 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84).

The College will continue to emphasise appropriate health and hygiene practices. We ask parents to assist where appropriate with the following:

We should all: • wash our hands regularly with soap and water, particularly before and after eating, and after going to the toilet. • use alcohol-based hand sanitiser if soap is unavailable. • cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of our elbow. • dispose of tissues in the bin immediately.

The College is staggering canteen access and allowing only small groups in at a time, where possible separating desks in our classrooms, keeping windows open and continuing with higher level cleaning of classrooms and facilities.

Schools have relaxed their physical distancing rules since the National Cabinet decided that the 1.5 metre rule for students is not practical or appropriate. While the College is no longer strictly policing the 1.5 metre rule, we continue to encourage our teachers and students to avoid ‘close proximity’ activities where it is practical to do so.

Parents on campus

If parents need to be on the College grounds, we ask you to pay attention to the requirement for adults to maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres at all times.

Parents and carers should not gather in areas around the campus such as carparks, at the school gate and outside classrooms during this time. Please make use of our pickup and drop off areas wherever possible.

School Fees

As the COVID-19 situation unfolded in Queensland, the College immediately began assisting families who were experiencing financial hardship due to a COVID-19 related change of circumstances.

At the same time the College committed to monitor COVID-19 developments and to assess the possible duration and the financial impact of the pandemic and to consider the possibility of a fee adjustment in the future.

This process has occurred as planned and we are pleased to announce that the Ormiston College Board of Directors has recently approved a 12.5% reduction in the Term 3 school fees required for 2020.

In addition, the due date for payment of Term 3 fees has been extended by two weeks to Tuesday, 14 July 2020.

While we appreciate that our OC families have been impacted in many different ways by the COVID19 situation, we trust that the fee reduction for next term will be of some benefit to all.

Looking ahead

The date of Monday, 25 May will be a significant and positive one for the College and our community.

While the changes may not see us completely return to ‘business as usual’, we are certainly looking forward to having all students on campus, learning in our classrooms and preparing for many of the co-curricular opportunities that are all part of an OC education.

We remain in this together and I thank you for sticking together, supporting Ormiston College and supporting each other as we all manage the road to recovery.

Yours sincerely

Brett Webster

Headmaster

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