The world is a busy and ever-changing place at the moment, but for OLSH we will maintain a steady and thorough approach to our student’s education, ensuring they continue to be offered the best holistic education we can provide. In light of this, we must remember to maintain a focus on our student learning and the wonderful things that are taking place in and around our community.
Last week was one such occasion of which to be very proud. This year we have implemented a new Student Council made up of representatives from Year 2 through to Year 6. The students will meet 2-3 times a term in order to discuss classroom learning, fund raising, opportunities and even to raise any concerns they have at the minute. I must commend Miss Fewtrell on being the driving force behind it. The students have done a marvellous job so far this year, and their voice is just as important as our staff and community.
An outcome from our student council was this term we raised money for Caritas Australia by holding a ‘Dress as something you want to be when you’re older’ day. This was such a wonderful occasion and something to highlight the uniqueness and creativity of each and every student. From marine biologists to teachers, I think we had all bases covered. Thank you students for your amazing contributions to our day, and for helping such a worthy cause. Thank you also to our student council on implementing such a tremendous initiative.
Another cause for celebration is the fabulous work that has been going on in the classrooms. This week we have had Louise O’Shaughnessy join us for professional development and work with staff on the implementation of our new writing and spelling programs. The feedback I have received has been nothing short of amazing. The whole school approach to the new pedagogy and learning has been thoroughly engaging and the positivity of the students and staff has been overwhelmingly. Louise was impressed with the work being presented within all classrooms, commenting on how wonderful it has been to participate with the students and see their enthusiasm and zest for learning. I look forward to the growth of the program and student results throughout the year.
We are all no doubt aware of the unfolding crisis concerning the outbreak of COVID-19 throughout the world. This has led to uncertainty for all of us at the moment. You would be aware that we have implemented advised changes to our practices at the school. This includes a new cleaning regime for our cleaner which is in line with recommended practice.
Our advice is being taken from Catholic Education Rockhampton, who have sought directives from relevant authorities. I understand that it is not quite business as usual, yet we are doing all that we can to maintain a safe and engaging learning environment. I would like to reiterate the following advice if your child develops flu like symptoms:
- Keep the student at home
- Avoid close contact with others such as touching, kissing or hugging, or any mass gatherings, especially those involving other children
- See a Doctor or call 13HEALTH (13432584) immediately
- Call ahead to the Medical Centre or Doctor’s Surgery, advising of your child’s symptoms
We have also asked students and staff to follow the following guidelines:
- Wash 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 the elbow and
- Dispose of tissues in the bin immediately
Further advice can be found on the Catholic Education Website or the Queensland Health Website.
At school we have reinforced these messages and making additional soaps and sanitiser available.
This week we also took the step to postpone our Year 5/6 Camp, our Swimming Carnival and all upcoming sport. These decisions weren't made lightly and are in the best interests of safety for our students. We will continue to monitor the situation and hope that these events can take place later in the year.
We are as prepared as we can be at this time. Further advice will be forthcoming as the situation changes and as we move closer to the Easter Holiday period.
For our students it is best that we keep our routines as close to normal as we can.