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Racing to the End of Term

2020 will go down in folklore as one for the ages! Thank you for your patience while we addressed our internet services issue from Saturday afternoon to Monday morning. No further changes to our assessment and exams schedule will be required as all services are now back to normal after our provider identified and fixed the issues.

Week 10 Program

From Monday to Wednesday next week, Years 4 to 11 will have normal classes for review, consolidation and new work. Year 12 students have a range of extended workshops as we move towards external exams for students in an ATAR pathway. Students on a VET pathway will also have some workshops. Year 12 students are required to attend school only when participating in workshops. All programs are available via the College App under Year Levels.

Term 2 has been an extraordinarily different one for everyone. We are confident that we have made the right decision in offering some extended classroom time for students. The commitment of our staff in doing this is considerable and I acknowledge this and thank them for their dedication.

Parent Teacher and Student Feedback Meetings

Details for the booking of these meetings that will be held on Monday 20 July, (Pupil Free Day) will be included in a letter with end of Semester Report Cards. This will include instructions for the Microsoft TEAMs application process.

Co-curricular Activities

The Premier and Health Authority have confirmed that interschool sport will recommence at the beginning of Term 3. We have had a terrific response from our student body in registering for activities. However, it is of paramount importance that our community understands and respects that the guidelines for the activation of Sport will be stringent.

At the time of writing, the details below are accurate. However, these guidelines may change under the direction of the State Government and Health Authority.

Schools are required to create ‘zones’ of playing areas. For example, at ATC, our zones will be the St Francis Xavier Centre, the outdoor courts and Jack Bowers ovals. In each zone, 100 people are allowed to be present for a designated session. Each zone is like a ‘bubble’ where 100 persons including players, coaches, officials and spectators are counted in, details recorded for contact tracing capacity, and hands are sanitised. At the conclusion of play, all 100 exit via another ‘gate’ and hands are sanitised again. In short, it is quite an operation and nothing like Saturdays of the past!

Each school is designed and laid out differently, so each week will be different in terms of instructions for managing ‘zones’.

Preferably, for Term 3, parents are encouraged to drop off students for games and return for pick up. Parents will not be able to congregate on the grounds of schools including in car parks. Any parents who do access ‘zones’ within the 100 limit will be required to record their details, sanitise and stand 1.5 metres apart within a defined and allocated area. They will not be permitted to choose where they wish to stand or sit. ATC has our internal plans prepared and we now await direction from our GBC, GPS and AIC partner associations.

Some key points of which to be aware:

• There will be no canteens.

• Toilets available in each ‘zone’ are the only ones to be used by persons signed in.

• There will be staggered starts for fixtures in each zone so that toilets can be cleaned in between fixtures.

• Persons may not enter multiple ‘zones’. E.g. parents with children of different ages.

• There may be limited opportunities for parents to attend games as spectators. For our away fixtures, we will be directed by the host school in regard to how many spectators we may be able to have for a particular zone during a particular session. In some cases, these availabilities may be ticketed. In some cases, it may be that spectators are not permitted. We will update the community on a week by week basis.

Prayers

I ask the community to please keep Hugo Gordon (7 Senior) and his family in your thoughts and prayers following the recent passing of a close relative. We hope that the passage of time will help heal the pain of their passing. Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, may perpetual light shine upon them, may they rest in peace. Amen.

God bless

Chris Ryan