COVID-19 Update 23 March 2020

1 April 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians

RE: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

The Executive Director of Catholic Education, Dr Debra Sayce, has requested that we share the following information with our parents and community.

The restrictions on travel between regions in Western Australia came into effect overnight and mean that all Western Australians are only allowed to travel within the region of Western Australia that they live in.

These restrictions are being enacted under the Emergency Management Act, Part 6, Division 1, Section 67, which states:

The Direction will:

– Prohibit the movement of any person or vehicle into, out of, or around any part of an emergency area;

– Evacuate and remove any person from an emergency area and close any road, access route or area of water in or leading to an emergency area;

The official direction from the Police Commissioner can be read here

The regions are:

– Perth and Peel
– South West
– Great Southern
– Goldfields-Esperance
– Mid-West
– Wheatbelt
– Gascoyne
– Pilbara
– Kimberley

For a detailed map showing the WA regional boundaries, please visit the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Commission Website.

Restrictions announced last week for the locations below still apply:

– Kimberley (comprising all four local government areas)

– Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku

– Parts of the Shire of East Pilbara that encompass the communities of Jigalong, Martu homeland communities and Kiwirrkurra
Travel will only be permitted to other locales and towns within the regional area in which you currently reside. Police have the power to enforce these restrictions, and issue fines of up to $50,000.

There are currently no exemptions on the travel restrictions across regional boundaries for staff wishing to travel over the school holidays. This means staff who ‘prefer’ to be in another regional area to be with family and friends cannot leave the region.

Exemptions for all West Australians

Under the Direction, exemptions apply in some circumstances:

– people travelling to work

– threat of physical or psychological harm

– attending medical appointments

– transporting freight

– those who do not have access to groceries or supplies within their region

– returning to a place of residence

– attending school or an educational institution where necessary

– catering for family members

– compassionate grounds (as now defined in section 6. in the Directions document)

These exemptions are monitored and enforced by the WA Police.

Stay Healthy, Stay Calm and Stay United!

Pina Hutcheson
PRINCIPAL

AWARDS – Merit Certificates and POWs – Friday 27 March

This Awards Message contains Merit Certificates and POWs from Friday 27 March.

COVID-19 Pupil Free Days

25 March 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians

RE: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

As more and more St Peter’s families are choosing not to send their children to school and remote learning has become increasingly more important, St Peter’s has made the decision, with the support of Catholic Education WA, to bring forward two professional planning days, after the Early Close on Monday 30th March.

TUESDAY 31ST MARCH AND WEDNESDAY 1ST APRIL WILL BE PUPIL FREE DAYS AT ST PETER’S PRIMARY SCHOOL.

This enables our teachers to plan, prepare and test for the delivery of quality remote online and offline teaching and learning. It will also allow for all areas in the school to be cleaned and sanitised to assist in the prevention of the spread of the COVID-19.

For those families involved in essential services who are unable to make alternative arrangements for these days, the school will provide a skeleton staff to supervise students who will undertake the remote learning activities set by their classroom teacher. If you intend for your child to attend school on these Pupil Free Days, you must contact
Mrs Kelly Dalton on kelly.dalton@cewa.edu.au by 3pm tomorrow, Thursday 26th March.
If you are a parent who is currently Working from Home, please keep your children at home on these two pupil free days.

We understand that this may be an inconvenience to families but we ask for your understanding that we are doing this for the safety of all at St Peter’s and to ensure, going forward, that the remote teaching is successful.

School will recommence on Thursday 2nd April.

Stay Healthy, Stay Safe and Stay United

Mrs Pina Hutcheson
PRINCIPAL

Coronavirus (COVID- 19) Update

23 March 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians

RE: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

I wish to update you with information and decisions made by St Peter’s regarding the Coronavirus.
This letter will also be posted on the School Website, under News, for future reference.

In line with the latest advice from Commonwealth and WA governments, St Peter’s is planning to remain open at least until the end of term to provide the best possible education to your children. In line with the Prime Minister’s and the WA Minister for Education’s advice, parents may choose to keep their children at home during this unprecedented time.

State and territory Premiers and Chief Ministers have committed to the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee advice that says that it is safe to keep schools open.

In considering the potential risks associated with COVID-19, our school has been working with Catholic Education Western Australia in conjunction with the WA Department of Health and the Department of Education throughout the evolution of COVID-19 to ensure we have the best possible preparedness and response strategies in place.

We are working hard to ensure our teaching and learning continuity plan supports students to engage in remote learning should our school be required to close. Those students who are not attending school because parents have chosen not to send them will be able to engage with their learning by accessing the online learning through See Saw or Teams.

Whilst supporting family decisions and the need for children to continue learning at home, it is important to ensure that our teacher workloads are carefully handled and that we are mindful of the fact that our staff are still teaching a class of students face to face throughout the school day. Teachers will endeavour to provide students learning from home, with a range of activities similar to what is happening in class; however, the learning at home may look slightly different to what is happening in class (time spent on activities, level of differentiation and limited teaching points for example).
By keeping the activities simple, it will hopefully alleviate any back and forth communication between school and home that could impact our teacher’s ability to maintain learning both here at school and for those at home.
The main priority for staff is to maintain focus on classroom learning programs. Please allow 48 hours for a response online.

Please be assured that while the school remains open, social distancing will be enforced and cleaning regimes will continue to be completed to the highest possible standards to mitigate risks associated with the
spread of the COVID-19 virus.
I ask that you also have conversations with your child about the importance of these measures.
If your child is feeling unwell in any way, please keep them at home.

In acknowledging the far-reaching impact of COVID-19 for families in our school community, I also assure parents that we remain determined that no family seeking a Catholic education for their child be denied the opportunity due to financial difficulty. Catholic Education Western Australia is addressing potential concerns relating to fees and affordability that may arise as a result of COVID-19.

COVID-19 is a changing situation that is affecting many areas of our lives, and it is normal for all of us to feel anxious and worried, your child included.

Our teachers and other school staff are doing a wonderful job in providing pastoral support to students at this challenging time. It is important to remember that as parents, you can help your child process all the information they are receiving and the changes that are taking place around COVID-19. You can stay informed and provide factual, age appropriate information about COVID-19 that will help your child feel informed and empowered, rather than afraid.

Everyone in the community has a part to play in helping control the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to follow the latest advice of the Department of Health. I will keep you informed about any changes for our school as updates become available.

The Leadership Team continues to add to measures already in place and add/adjust further measures as we receive communication from CEWA and Dept of Health in relation to Coronavirus. Please find below additional and/or updated measures to what we have previously published:

Drink Bottles – Today, we had several children arrive without water bottles. Please ensure they have two water bottles as all drink fountains have been turned off. We ask that parents please support us in this measure so that there is a reduction in the number of people in the classroom in the mornings.

Library Books – There will be no more borrowing of books this term. Please return all books by the end of this week, Friday 27th March. Children can still read books at Lunchtime. They will sanitise hands as they enter and exit the Library. A roster has been established to ensure social distancing requirements are met at the break.

Recess and Lunch Distancing – We are once again distancing the students to smaller groups as they eat their food at the beginning of Recess and Lunch.

-Years 1, 2 and 3 are in the Undercover area.
-Years 4, 5 and 6 are in the Quiet area.

Canteen – For the rest of the term, our two Canteen Manageresses, Laura Antenucci and Olyvia Browne will operate the Canteen. No parent help required.
As a safeguard, all recess and lunch items are to be purchased online through the Quickclick app. That way we remove all handling of money.

Thank you for your support at this time, and as a Catholic community, I encourage all of you to pray for those coordinating our response in Australia, and for all of those in Australia and abroad affected by COVID-19.

Decisions are always made in the best interest of our children and I thank you for your continued understanding and support.

Stay Healthy, Stay Calm and Stay United.

Pina Hutcheson
PRINCIPAL

Coronavirus (COVID- 19) Update

A message from St Peter’s Primary School, Inglewood

20 March 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians

RE: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

I wish to update you with information and decisions made by St Peter’s regarding the Coronavirus.
This letter will also be posted on the School Website, under News, for future reference.

Drink Fountains – This afternoon, we have turned off all the drink fountains, as directed by CEWA. Students can bring
1 or 2 water bottles from Monday 23 March 2020. If your child requires more water than their two bottles, teachers will assist students with access to water.

Parent Roster – We have also been directed to limit the vulnerable in our school. CEWA has instructed that all volunteer / parent help ceases at 3pm on Friday 20 March 2020.

Pick Up / Drop Off – Moving forward, I encourage all families to engage in a conversation around their Drop Off and Pick Up arrangements. It is not advisable to have those who are vulnerable on school grounds at this time. However, I understand that this is a family not a school decision.
Therefore, this will mean a ‘Kiss and Drop’ at the classroom door for Kindy and Pre Primary students until further notice.

If you have any questions in relation to this information and advice, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Stay Healthy, Stay Calm and Stay United.

Kind Regards

Pina Hutcheson
PRINCIPAL

Newsletter – Friday 20 March 2020

This newsletter contains a Message from the Principal, Merit Certificates, POWs and more.

Coronavirus (COVID- 19) Update

A message from St Peter’s Primary School, Inglewood

19 March 2020
Dear Parents

RE: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

I wish to update you with information and decisions made by St Peter’s regarding the Coronavirus.
This letter will also be posted on the School Website, under News, for future reference.

Community Support – I begin by thanking students, parents and staff for the overwhelming support of our school as we seek to positively respond to the challenges associated with the Corona Virus. We are working very closely with CEWA on all issues pertaining to COVID-19 and will follow their direction and that of the Government as far as is practicably possible.

School Closure – Whilst there has been reference to the possibility of school closures, St Peter’s is yet to receive any formal direction to close nor do we have any idea of the time when this might occur. The latest announcement by the Prime Minister was very clear on keeping schools open as long as possible. Any such closure would be under the direction of the Department of Health. In the meantime, St Peter’s has a developed a plan to facilitate the effective delivery of curriculum using the ‘Teams’ and ‘See Saw’ Digital platform. I congratulate our dedicated staff for developing the Learning Continuance Templates.

Proceed with Caution – I encourage all parents to keep their child at home if they are not feeling well. I understand that children/parents are concerned about missing lesson time and or assessments. However, I assure you that situations will be handled with great empathy by the relevant teachers. I also understand the difficulty in accessing doctors at the present time.

Important Requirements

• If a student does have COVID-19 symptoms, they should not attend school until they have medical confirmation that they do not have the virus.
• If a student has been in close contact with a person being tested for COVID-19 they are to self-isolate until the result has returned negative.
• Parents are requested to advise the Principal as soon as possible if their child develops symptoms and is being tested for COVID-19.
• Any student who has been tested for COVID-19 should stay away from school whilst awaiting results.
• Any students informed by public health authorities that they have been in close contact with a confirmed case of Coronavirus, must isolate themselves for
14 days after the date of last contact with the confirmed case.

Overseas Travel and Self Isolation – Students and staff who return from international travel must self-isolate for 14 days. This includes all parents, contractors and school visitors. Ideally, students or staff members in the same house as a person
self-isolating should make alternative residential arrangements to mitigate any possible spread of the virus. If this is not possible, staff and students residing in the same residence as a self-isolating person MUST ensure they do not have any contact with the individual.

Goodwill and Open Communication – Clearly, we rely on the goodwill of the St Peter’s community to communicate with us on their travel plans and overseas visitors. On the recommendation of the Government, and to assist in reducing community transmission, students and parents are strongly encouraged NOT to travel overseas. However, if you plan on travelling overseas you are requested to advise the school. We must commit to open two way communication to ensure the safety of everyone in our community.

Cancellation of Activities/Events/Practices/Excursions – St Peter’s has made decisions regarding scheduled activities/events/practices for the remainder of Term 1. We have given careful and due consideration to each event, and whilst we know that the cancellation or postponement of some events may be disappointing, the health and safety of all those within our school community is paramount.
The following school activities/events/practices/excursions have been cancelled until further notice:

Assemblies
GATE Talented Young Writers
Parish Masses
Indonesian Dance Incursion
Constable Care
School Disco
Swimming Trials
Swimming Carnival
Year 6 Camp
St Peter’s Dad’s Movie Night
Easter Reflection
Reconciliation Parent Meeting
All After School Training Activities
Choir
Band
Guitar Ensemble
School Banking

Parent/Teacher Meetings – We are aware that parents have selected a time to meet with their class teacher. This can no longer continue face to face. Rather, you will have the opportunity to speak during your allotted time via a phone call, if necessary. Please email your class teacher your preferred contact number if this is something you wish to pursue. The call will take place at the allocated time you selected through the online booking system. Therefore, bookings for appointments are still open until 3pm on Wednesday 25 March.

Other Cancellations – Over the holiday break, the Leadership Team will meet to identify any necessary changes to the Term 2 Calendar and notify parents via SEQTA.

Hygiene and Social Distancing – St Peter’s continues to promote high standards of personal hygiene with students. Teachers are consistently reinforcing with students the need for ‘social distancing’ and the necessity to maintain high standards of personal hygiene.

If you have any questions in relation to this information and advice, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Please remember our new mantra:

Stay Healthy, Stay Calm and Stay United.

Kind Regards

Pina Hutcheson
PRINCIPAL

Years 2-6 St Peter’s Basketball Winter Season Registrations

At this point in time, the Basketball Association are still planning for the upcoming winter season.
While it is uncertain at this time how the season will be impacted by current circumstances, we are still seeking expressions of interest from players in order to meet the association deadline for team registrations.

Registration forms are available from the front office or click here 2. SP Rego Form_Winter 2020

Registrations will close this Friday 20th March. No registration fees will be payable at this time and an update on any impact on the season (delay or cancellation) will be communicated in due course.
We appreciate the ongoing support for the school basketball program.

St Peter’s Basketball Committee