CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PARENT/GUARDIAN UPDATE #13 – HOME LEARNING

5 May 2020 – 4:00pm

It is with a great sense of excitement that we look forward to the return of our Senior students (Year 11 and 12) on Monday, May 11, and the impending return of all boys on Monday, May 25.

The Home Learning experience has given everyone an opportunity to understand and appreciate the role that education plays in our Australian society.  To that end, Marist College Ashgrove has been a very different environment without the presence of the boys and we eagerly look forward to their return.

It is essential that all boys in Years 11 and 12 understand their responsibility in preparing to return to school next Monday.

Your attention is drawn to the following:

  • Uniform:  All aspects of the College winter uniform are to be worn as per Mr McLoughlin’s outline at the student briefing today.  School shoes should be polished, long grey trousers, blue shirt, tie and blazer are mandatory and to be worn to and from the College.  Boys are to ensure that haircuts adhere to the expectations outlined on page 22 of the College Diary. We have been in contact with the uniform shop and due to their staffing issues, they are only able to open on Friday this week from 8.00am – 2.00pm and Monday next week from 11.00am – 4.00pm.  Should these limited hours impact on your son’s capacity to wear the winter uniform on Monday, please contact his Head of House before midday Thursday to let them know.  Social distancing rules will apply within the shop.
  • Curriculum:  With the exception of teaching staff who fall under the vulnerable category, classes will be face to face teaching for all Years 11 and 12.  Where practicable, vulnerable staff will continue to teach lessons via zoom with a supervising teacher present with the class in their timetabled room. As per the Queensland Government directive, Home Learning will continue for Years 5-10 until the anticipated return date of May 25.  Years 5-10 students of essential workers who need to attend school will continue to be supervised in their Home Learning studies via the College libraries.
  • Tuckshop:  The College tuckshop with run as usual from Monday May 11.  Social distancing in lines will still apply and until May 25, boys will be encouraged to use all service windows available.  The pool canteen will only be open after school from Monday, May 11.
  • Temperature Testing:  Marist Schools Australia have provided the College with a number of non-contact infrared thermometers.  From May 11, Heads of Houses will use these devices to take the temperature of students at the College.  Any student with a temperature over 37.5 degrees will be sent to the Health Centre for a further temperature check with a tympanic in-ear thermometer.  Should a temperature over 37.5 degrees be recorded on a second check, parents will be contacted and the boy will need to go home.
  • Co-curricular Activities:  At this point in time, we are focusing our attention on the academic needs of our students.  Whilst co-curricular activities are an important part of maintaining physical and mental health in boys, we will not be returning to competitive sport or music performances this term.  As we receive more information from the Queensland Government regarding sports training and gathering sizes, that advice will dictate when training and rehearsals can recommence.
  • Boarding:  We await the outcome of a meeting being held tomorrow, May 06, between the three education sectors and the Queensland Chief Health Officer.  Mr Couper or ourselves will be in contact with all boarding families once we receive guidance regarding the recommencement of boarding.

Please contact Student Administration (3858 4538 or studentabsentees@marash.qld.edu.au ) if your son in Years 11-12 will not be at school from May 11.

Further information regarding the recommencement of face to face learning for our boys in Years 5-10 will be forthcoming no later than May 18.

Yours sincerely

Peter McLoughlin                                                                      Bruce McPhee
Headmaster                                                                             Deputy Headmaster

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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PARENT/GUARDIAN UPDATE #12 – HOME LEARNING

17 April 2020 – 4:00pm

As promised in yesterday’s College update, please note the following information:

  • Home Learning Handbook and School Attendance Survey – Please click on the following link to access the Term 2 Home Learning Survey – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8QMRB6X. Through this survey, you can provide feedback to us regarding any questions you might have relating to Home Learning, as well as informing us if your son/s will be attending the College in weeks 1-5.
  • MCA Learn @ Home website – As a further support mechanism for learning at home we have created a website with condensed information to support you in the Home Learning process. This website can be accessed via the College website -> College Life -> MCA Learn @ Home, or by clicking on the following link – https://www.marash.qld.edu.au/home-learning/. There are a number of components accessible through a menu on the left-hand side of the screen. Different areas of the College have been busy providing information regarding Additional Learning Opportunities for the boys as well as information and links to maintain physical and mental wellbeing whilst learning from home. These areas will be updated as the weeks progress.
  • Covid19 Cleaning – Over the Easter break, the College has undergone a whole campus clean to sanitise all rooms. A rigorous cleaning program will continue over the coming weeks to protect all students and staff who are on campus.
  • Access to Lockers – Should your son need to collect any resources from his locker, you are welcome to do so from Monday onwards. Please check in at Main Admin to let us know you are about, prior to going to any locker areas.
  • Year 7s – This morning we updated the timetable to change all Year 7s into their new Arts electives. Please ask you son to check Student Café to see which Arts subject he is enrolled in for Term 2. This class should also show on the College Teaching and Learning Portal.

We will be seeking further feedback from both students and parents at the end of our second week of home learning in order to ascertain what areas are working well and where we may be able to enhance the learning process as well as our boys’ connection to the College. We hope that your last few days of “holidays” are safe and healthy.

Kind regards

Peter McLoughlin                                                                      Bruce McPhee
Headmaster                                                                             Deputy Headmaster

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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PARENT/GUARDIAN UPDATE #11

16 April 2020 – 4:15pm

We hope that the Easter break provided families with an opportunity to be together in a way that may not have existed in previous years!  Certainly, our experiences in our Ashgrove and The Gap communities would support the fact that many families spent a lot of time working on their fitness.

The relative isolation of this pandemic is but a small example of the isolation that Jesus must have experienced on his way to Calvary.

On Monday April 13, the Queensland Premier announced Term 2 arrangements for all schools for Weeks 1 – 5.

The Queensland Government has decided that, in order to reinforce
social distancing across the community and slow the spread of COVID-19, Queensland school students will move to a home-based learning model from 20 April 2020 until at least 22 May 2020 when the position will be reviewed.

During this period, all students who are able to be supervised and learn from home are to stay home, except for:

  • Children of essential workers on days when they are not able to be supervised at home and no other arrangements can be made. Essential
    worker means any worker who must continue to attend their workplace for essential business during this time.
  • Vulnerable children. Vulnerable children include children identified by schools as vulnerable (i.e. at risk) or who:
    • are currently receiving services from Child Safety, including children who are subject to a child protection order
    • are subject to a youth justice order.
  • Children in designated Indigenous communities.

With this in mind, we are now able to confirm that the College will be open as of Tuesday 21 April to students who fall into the above-mentioned categories.

As you would also be aware, the last week of Term 1 was spent by staff preparing for Home Learning.  We are confident that we have developed a holistic program for our boys to follow for these five weeks.  Full information regarding Home Learning has been emailed to all parents and students.

We encourage you to set aside some time to read through this handbook with your son/s prior to Tuesday.  We will be sending all families a
survey late tomorrow afternoon which will provide an opportunity to raise questions you may have about Home Learning.  These questions will
be collated into an FAQ document for families.  This survey will also contain an opportunity to inform us of those boys who fall into the
categories mentioned above who will need to attend the College in the next five weeks.

Marist College Ashgrove will be delivering a single platform of learning over the next five weeks.  Boys who need to attend the College may do so in smart casual clothing and will participate in the same Home Learning program as those students who remain at home.

Next Update

Please keep an eye out for tomorrow afternoon’s survey.

Peter McLoughlin                                                                      Bruce McPhee
Headmaster                                                                             Deputy Headmaster

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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PARENT/GUARDIAN UPDATE #10

3 April 2020 – 3:45pm

Please accept our sincere thanks for the way in which our College family here at Ashgrove has responded to the predicament our planet has found itself in with Covid-19.  It has been very humbling for us to receive many emails/communications from so many families in support of our communications and initiatives as we prepare to undertake the possibility of Home Learning.

That said, we now enter into what, for the Church, is the most holy of seasons.  It is our express desire that the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus can be at the forefront of our thinking.  Easter brings with it an immense opportunity to celebrate joy and we have seen so much of this in our local community, typified by families that are spending so much more time together, exercising together and hopefully enjoying one another’s company!

As you would be aware, we are awaiting instructions from the government regarding transition to Home Learning.  Our understanding at this point in time is that Home Learning will be a reality for the start of Term 2 and that Marist College Ashgrove will be open to the sons of essential workers who will be given the opportunity to participate in Home Learning here at the College.

Next Update

We will be sending out a major update prior to the commencement of Term 2 which will outline our processes for Home Learning.  We hope you share our priority at this point in time to use the next two weeks to “take a break” and spend quality time with your families.

Wishing you all a very happy, safe and holy Easter.

Peter McLoughlin                                                                      Bruce McPhee
Headmaster                                                                             Deputy Headmaster

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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PARENT/GUARDIAN UPDATE #9

30 March 2020 – 5:15pm

As learning from home arrangements for Term 2 become increasingly likely, we wish to inform you that steps are being taken to ensure that the College is ready and that we are considering all implications.

It is important to inform you at this point that our focus for Term 2 will be engaging in learning and maintaining a sense of belonging whilst learning from home. How this will look is a major focus for our teachers this week. Further information will be forthcoming to parents and students before the commencement of Home Learning next term.

Home Learning – Term 1, Week 10

As announced by the Premier last week, this week is Student Free, dedicated to the preparation for Home Learning for all schools across Queensland. We are very conscious that having children at home for an extra week with little opportunity for socialising and activities outside the house will prove challenging for some. With this in mind, we decided to publish the prepared online learning activities that the teachers had already created for this week. Please feel free to access these through the Marist Learning Portal (Moodle) as you wish. There is no expectation from us that boys will complete all activities for all subjects; however, they are up and available for you to use as you see fit.

eSafety

At this point in time, we would like to draw your attention to the eSafety Commissioner website.  On this site, there is an online safety kit for parents and carers. We would encourage you to make yourself familiar with this website via the following link as the information provided is highly relevant.

https://www.esafety.gov.au/about-us/blog/covid-19-online-safety-kit-parents-and-carers

Term 2 Activities

All non-curriculum based activities for Term 2 have been cancelled. There are several activities which we will endeavour to run in Term 3 (or following a full-time return to school directive); however, these will be dependant on what other activities are on the calendar once we return to on-campus schooling.

Parent/Teacher/Student interviews are also postponed.  Once government guidelines permit, we will publish a new date for these to take place.

Next Update

We will endeavour to send out our next update before the week’s end.

Peter McLoughlin                                                                      Bruce McPhee
Headmaster                                                                             Deputy Headmaster

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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PARENT/GUARDIAN UPDATE #8

26 March 2020 – 3:10pm

Further to our update yesterday, we would like to confirm that next week, March 30 – April 03, will be pupil free days at Marist College Ashgrove.  This is in line with the Premier’s announcement regarding the continuation of learning this morning.  As stated in our last update, our staff will continue preparations for Home Learning during this time.

Marist College Ashgrove will remain open for children of essential workers and vulnerable children from March 30 – April 03.  These students are more than welcome and will be supervised for the week.  All students are expected to participate in self-directed learning during this time.  This work can be accessed from the College Teaching and Learning portal (Moodle).  The work provided here is done so in the understanding that teachers will not be in contact with students throughout the week, as preparation for Home Learning must be their focus.

Please note, Tuckshop facilities will not be available. Should you wish to send your son/s to school, could you please click here to complete the online form.

QCAA News

For parents of Year 12 students, you may already be aware that the QCAA has published a statement saying: “We have decided to remove one internal assessment from the total of four prescribed in each syllabus.  This will provide some relief for students as they contend with uncertainty and disruption while working towards their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) in 2020.  It will also support teachers to manage reduced classroom time.  In the next few weeks, the QCAA will provide schools with direction on how they should adjust what is taught and the nature and timing of other assessments.”

Our Curriculum Leaders are currently meeting to discuss what is best for your boys given these uncertain circumstances.  Please know that we will do all we can to provide appropriate learning activities for our boys so that they will still receive fair subject results at year’s end.  Information will be forthcoming on this topic once we hear more specific details from the QCAA.

Next Update

A more detailed update will be published on Monday March 30.

Peter McLoughlin                                                                      Bruce McPhee
Headmaster                                                                             Deputy Headmaster

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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PARENT/GUARDIAN UPDATE #7

25 March 2020 – 5:20pm

The main purpose of this update is to affirm you that we are continuing to follow the advice of government health directives until we receive an update from the Queensland Premier regarding the continuity of learning for Term 1.  That said, our Covid-19 Task Force decided this morning to conclude assessment for all students in Years 5-10 after Friday, March 27.

All assignments for Years 11 and 12 that are due in Week 10 are still to be submitted via LMS on Student Café.

Please be assured that the College will remain open during Week 10, with the provision of supervision for students in attendance at the College.  All students, whether at home or at the College will engage in self-directed learning via the College Teaching and Learning Portal (Moodle).  During this time, staff will also undertake extensive preparation for the possibility of Home Learning in Term 2.

Absence from School

If your son is absent from school for any reason, please continue to notify his Head of House/Primary Pastoral Leader and student absentees of his absence – Ph: 07 38584697 or studentabsentee@marash.qld.edu.au.  It is important to state the reason that your son is absent along with the time frame. These entries will be noted and there will be no need for further notification unless your plans change.  Please note if no reason is given, absences will be recorded as sick.

Instrumental Music

The College will continue to run Instrumental Lessons remotely for any students who are learning from home using the Zoom video conferencing tool. Instructions will be sent out with the Week 10 timetables.

Health and Hygiene

We reiterate our recent advice regarding handwashing, social distancing and personal hygiene.

Please do not send your son to school should he be feeling unwell for any reason, or should he be showing signs of cold or flu, regardless of whether these are linked to possible contraction of Covid-19.

Next Update

As stated above, we will provide a further update following the Premier’s announcements regarding continuity of learning tomorrow.

Peter McLoughlin                                                                      Bruce McPhee
Headmaster                                                                             Deputy Headmaster

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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PARENT/GUARDIAN UPDATE #6

23 March 2020 – 1:30pm

We wish to advise you that based on current health directives, schools are to remain open until the end of term.  It is clear authorities are monitoring the school situation on a very regular basis and we should be prepared for the current advice to change at short notice.

We are cognisant of the work being done by essential workers such as health workers, police, army and emergency services personnel.  With this in mind, part of Marist College Ashgrove will remain operable for the supervision/education of sons of these workers.

At this point in time, a large section of our community has chosen to keep their sons home.  As stated in previous updates, should you wish to keep your son at home during this time, we understand and respect your decision to do so.  Please contact your Head of House and the Student Absentee Line (3858 4697) if your son will not be at school for any reason.

Home Learning

All subjects have devised learning activities for all year levels which are accessible through the Marist Teaching and Learning Portal for the remainder of the term.  If you have made the decision to keep your son/s at home, please direct them to their subject and class pages where they will be able to access learning activities.  We would request at this time that you do not ask teachers to send specific work to your child.  This is not viable at the moment and all the information they need should be accessible via the Portal.

Boys are encouraged to continue working on and submitting assignments due this term.  Due to the current situation, missed exams from Term 1, Weeks 8-10 will not be rescheduled for boys in Years 5-10.

Tomorrow, March 24, will be a “Readiness Testing for Home Learning Day”.  As a result of this, we ask parents to keep Year 10 boys home on this day so that they can trial our Home Learning delivery. 

We would ask that the Year 10s login to each of their timetabled classes via the Class Pages on Moodle, from Period 2 (students will not need to log on for Pastoral Lesson in Period 1) and engage in the learning provided by their classroom teachers.

More detailed information will be sent home in the near future regarding Engaging in Learning and Maintaining a Sense of Belonging whilst learning from home, should the need arise in Term 2.

Non-curriculum Based Activities

AIC fixtures for Term 2 have been cancelled, as has any training for these fixtures.

The College has also made the decision to close to all external providers.  This includes the College pool.

The College weights room has also been closed to students.

Health and Hygiene

We reiterate our recent advice regarding handwashing, social distancing and personal hygiene.

Please do not send your son to school should he be feeling unwell for any reason, or should he be showing signs of cold or flu, regardless of whether these are linked to possible contraction of Covid-19.

Next Update

Due to the changing nature of this situation, unless there are any further developments we will endeavour to provide our next update following the Covid-19 Task Force meeting on Wednesday morning.

Peter McLoughlin                                                                      Bruce McPhee
Headmaster                                                                             Deputy Headmaster

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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PARENT/GUARDIAN UPDATE #5

19 March 2020 – 12:30pm

Our Covid-19 Task Force met again early this morning and we remain in agreement that the College will continue to follow the advice and guidelines of the relevant government organisations relating to school closures and managing a large learning community.

What does that mean for Marist College Ashgrove at this point in time?:

School Closure

As stated in earlier updates, the College will not close unless we are directed to do so via a government body or the need to close due to direct contact with the virus.  We will take direction from the relevant bodies should this be the case.  We are aware that some members of our community would prefer we close immediately and we understand the many reasons for this.  Should you wish to keep your son at home during this time, we understand and respect your decision to do so.  Please make sure you contact your Head of House and the Student Absentee line (Ph: 3858 4697) if your son will not be at school for any reason.

Please note that all classes and assessment will be running as usual for those students attending school.  For those students who are not able to attend school, we ask you to remain in touch with classroom teachers regarding completion of assignments and exams this term.  Individual circumstances will dictate what can and cannot be done regarding assessment for each student not physically attending the campus.

We will communicate directly with families should we need to close.  Our Head of Boarding, James Couper, will continue to remain in contact with our boarding families with further information regarding boarding house matters.

Home Learning

The Marist Teaching and Learning Portal (Moodle) will be the platform from which home learning lessons will be delivered.  If your son should be at home prior to a College closure, please ensure he checks Moodle as a means of ascertaining the work he needs to complete in order to remain up to date with his learning.

Next Tuesday, March 24, will be a “Readiness Testing for Home Learning Day”.  As a result of this, we ask parents to keep Year 10 boys home on this day so that they can trial our Home Learning delivery.

We would ask that the Year 10s login to each of their timetabled classes via the Class Pages on Moodle, from Period 2 (students will not need to log on for Pastoral Lesson in Period 1) and engage in the learning provided by their classroom teachers.

Non-Curriculum Based Activities

AIC fixtures for Term 1 have been cancelled, as has any training for Term 2 activities.  A meeting of AIC Heads of College will take place today and an update pertaining to decisions regarding Term 2 sport will be provided as details come to hand.

For boys who access the College weights room, please adhere to our strict “no towel, no training” policy which is effective immediately.  Boys using weights training facilities will also be required to use the provided antiseptic wipes to clean all equipment directly after each use.

Health and Hygiene

We reiterate our previous advice regarding handwashing, hand sanitising and social distancing.  This advice is being constantly reinforced with the boys by their classroom teachers.

We have been liaising with the College cleaning company, Cleanworks Australia, to ensure that standards outlined by the Queensland Catholic Education Commission are being adhered to.  Please click here to access these standards.

You will also have been recently emailed information from our College Counsellors titled “Managing Mental Health amidst Covid-19”.  Please click here to access this document should you have not received it.

Next Update

Unless there are any further developments over the weekend, we will endeavour to provide our next update following our Covid-19 Task Force meeting on Monday morning.

Peter McLoughlin                                                                      Bruce McPhee
Headmaster                                                                             Deputy Headmaster

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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PARENT/GUARDIAN UPDATE #4

16 March 2020 – 5:20pm

Given the information shared with the community over the weekend, Marist College Ashgrove made the decision today to re-purpose our Spirituality Day in a manner that would allow our staff to consider the implications of online learning and the best way to deliver this learning to our boys should the College need to close in the coming days or weeks.

Our Covid-19 Task Force met early this morning and at this point in time, we agree that the College will continue to follow the advice and guidelines of the relevant government organisations relating to school closures and managing a large learning community.

What does that mean for Marist College Ashgrove at this point in time?:

School Closure

The College will not close unless we are directed to do so via a government body or the need to close due to direct contact with the virus.  We will take direction from the relevant bodies should this be the case.  We are aware that some members of our community would prefer we close immediately and we understand the many reasons for this.  Should you wish to keep your son at home during this time, we understand and respect your decision to do so.  Please make sure you contact your Head of House and the Student Absentee line (3858 4697) if your son will not be at school for any reason.

We will communicate directly with families should we need to close.  Our Head of Boarding, James Couper, will be contacting our boarding families with further information regarding boarding house matters later this evening.

Online Learning

The Marist Teaching and Learning Portal (Moodle) will be the platform from which online lessons will be delivered.  From this platform, students may also be directed to Stile, Zoom (for Yr 11 and 12 General subject students) or OneNote by their teachers through the Announcements or Chat functions.  As the week progresses, we will provide an opportunity for our students to access those aspects of online learning with a teacher present to help troubleshoot any issues which may arise.

Should we need to close the College and rely on online learning, there are many factors which may impact on the delivery of curriculum, including, but not limited to:

  • access to a suitable internet connection
  • the possible impact of illness on families
  • the strength of internet connection
  • the need for teachers, parents and students to care for younger and/or older members of their family whilst at home
  • the ability of household internet to work under the strain of multiple family members online at once
  • the amount of internet access each household may be able to afford each month.

With all of these things in mind, our hope is to have teachers available online when curriculum lessons are scheduled in student timetables.  If a teacher is not able to be present, they will leave an announcement with work for students to continue with as well as an alternate time for making contact where necessary.  Students who may not be able to be present will need to communicate as such with their teacher/s via email.

More information will follow in the coming days from our Head of Learning and Teaching, Angela Simpson should a closure be imminent.

Non-Curriculum Based Activities

All “non-essential” gatherings and events will be postponed until further notice.

With this in mind, the following is a list which indicates College events and activities which will either be postponed or cancelled:

College Assemblies
Students will not gather in large groups.  This means that College Assemblies, House Assemblies, Primary Assemblies and Boarders’ Masses have been cancelled.

Co-curricular Activities
MATES activities which leave the college campus have been cancelled.  All immersions for this year have also been cancelled.

Music rehearsals and concerts have been cancelled.  Alternative performance opportunities will be explored at a later date.  Instrumental music lessons will continue as normal.  We hope to continue instrumental music lessons online should the College close.

All sports training has been cancelled for the remainder of the week.  AIC has yet to make a ruling on Saturday’s competition. The Primary School Swimming Carnival is postponed.

Media Club has been cancelled.

Year 10 Dancing has been postponed.

Please feel free to contact the organiser of any other co-curricular groups your son might be part of.  Our hope is that smaller groups with participants only from the College will continue to meet.

Excursions
All excursions have been cancelled unless they directly impact students’ capacity to complete compulsory components of a senior syllabus or senior assessment item.

The Year 8 Pastoral Days and the Year 9 Camp have been postponed.

Parent and Friends Functions
P&F President Jim Gordon has asked us to share with the College community that the P&F Executive have decided to postpone all Parent Functions until a more appropriate time where people can relax and enjoy the events in the spirit that they are intended.

Staggered Lunches
Our advice regarding staggered lunches is that because our boys are not in close proximity in groups larger than 500 (thanks to the size of our campus), our lunch breaks will continue as usual.

Please be assured that we will endeavour to keep our community updated on at least a 48 hourly basis until the end of this term.

Peter McLoughlin                                                                      Bruce McPhee
Headmaster                                                                             Deputy Headmaster

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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PARENT/GUARDIAN UPDATE #3b

14 March 2020 – 2:30pm

In the past 24 hours, the College has made the difficult decision to cancel our 80th Anniversary Mass on Tuesday.  Instead, we will be running classes as usual throughout the day and will look for an opportunity later in the year to celebrate this special occasion.

Boys are to come to school in their regular summer uniform.

The remainder of UPDATE #3 remains the same and we will make contact on Monday at the latest with UPDATE #4 which will contain information regarding College activities for the remainder of the term and into the future.

Bruce McPhee
Deputy Headmaster

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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PARENT/GUARDIAN UPDATE #3

13 March 2020 – 5:00pm

Following newspaper articles regarding possible school closures and the cancellation of large gatherings, I am writing on behalf of Peter McLoughlin to update you on where Marist College Ashgrove currently stands on a number of matters regarding Covid-19.  (Please note that we are in an ever changing landscape in this arena and if any information below changes, we will communicate directly with you via further correspondence.)

80th Anniversary Mass

We have been in contact with Qld Health this afternoon and their advice for school gatherings of students remains the same in that there is no need to cancel these events or gatherings within each individual school’s context.  With this in mind, at this point in time, we are respectfully asking all parents and friends NOT to attend Tuesday’s celebration.  The focus will be solely on students and College staff.

Illness and Absence

As is consistent with all advice up to this point, we would ask that should your son be unwell or exhibit any cold or flu-like symptoms you keep him at home and seek appropriate medical attention as required.  Should this be the case, please ask your son to make contact with his teachers to ensure he can remain up to date with his work. Please follow the advice of any medical practitioners regarding the need to inform the school if necessary.

Please see College Update #2 for a reminder of what to do should your son develop flu-like symptoms and methods of maintaining good personal hygiene.

College Task Force

Our College Covid-19 Task Force will be meeting again on Monday to evaluate what may occur over the weekend and to continue to plan for short or long term shut down periods.  Our Curriculum Leaders are working with teachers on the best mode of delivery of curriculum to all year levels and all subjects the College offers.  The Marist Teaching and Learning Portal (Moodle) will be the main source of curriculum delivery to our students should we need to go online.  It is important that each afternoon your son takes home all necessary resources to work from home should a school closure occur overnight in the future.

As part of our task force, we have advice from Qld Health, the Qld Catholic Education Commission, medical experts and members of our College Leadership Team.  All of these groups and people have the best interests of your sons and your families in mind as we make decisions regarding College curriculum, activities and programs.

Our boarders are an extremely important part of the College community and management of the boarding house forms part of the College Task Force, however, our Head of Boarding, James Couper is working very closely with the College Health Centre to ensure we are consistently up to date on all information regarding managing the boarding school at this point in time.

College Activities

We are in the process of analysing all College events on the calendar outside the delivery of teaching and learning.  We will continue to update you on either the cancellation or postponement of events as the term progresses and more information comes to light.

Talking with your Sons

As with any event involving anxiety and fear of the unknown, we understand that every person may react differently.

Please do not hesitate to make contact with your son’s Head of House or our College psychologists should you wish to ask questions or seek advice about your son’s mental well-being at this point in time.

Peter and I would once again like to thank you all for your support at this time of uncertainty.

Bruce McPhee
Deputy Headmaster

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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PARENT/GUARDIAN UPDATE #2

11 March 2020 – 2:00pm

Queensland Health and the Australian Department of Health are working tirelessly to manage and contain the impact of this virus for Australians and Queenslanders alike. They are regularly updating travel advice (https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/) as new information emerges.

Marist College Ashgrove continues to work closely with the Queensland Catholic Education Commission and the relevant state authorities, including Queensland Health, to monitor the situation and identify and manage any impacts on schools. You can be assured that we have been preparing and stand ready to act should the need arise.

I wanted to also provide you with some more information about the approach that our school might need to take if a COVID-19 case is identified in our school.

If a case is identified in our school, we will work closely with relevant authorities, including Queensland Health and our own Health Centre professionals, in managing our response and our actions will be taken with community health at the centre of our decision making.

In terms of the boarding school, provisions for the care of the boarders will be made in consultation with QLD Health. This may involve a lockdown, relocation off campus or sending the boys home if deemed necessary. The boarding school will work closely with boarding families should these situations arise.

If there is a confirmed case at our school, it is possible our school may need to close for a period to allow Queensland Health to assess the situation and to perform contact tracing as required to identify people, staff and students who may have come in contact with the COVID-19 case. You may have already seen this happening in other states where confirmed cases have been identified.

If this occurs, we will also consider specialized cleaning of our facilities as required to ensure our school is safe for students and staff to return when clearance is given. A closure is likely to include any on-site services.

Continuity of learning is extremely important to us and, as in other disaster and emergency events, we have options available and being developed to facilitate online learning to support your child’s learning.  The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) also has procedures in place to support senior secondary students.

If your child develops flu-like symptoms, please:

  • keep your child 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 contact 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) immediately;
  • seek medical advice if your child has other underlying medical conditions; and
  • call ahead to the medical centre or doctor’s surgery, advising of your child’s symptoms.

It is also important to continue to encourage your children to:

  • wash their 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 their elbow; and
  • dispose of tissues in the bin immediately.

Further advice and information about the coronavirus is available on the Queensland Health website: http://conditions.health.qld.gov.au/HealthCondition/condition/14/217/838/novel-coronavirus

As a community, during this preparation phase, it may be timely for families to consider their own family and care arrangements should school closure be necessary.

Again, while you can be reassured that authorities are taking all necessary measures to contain COVID-19, it is important for me to keep information flowing to parents/guardians to ensure we are all informed and prepared as a community, should this public health issue come into our school.

I thank you for your support in managing this event and supporting student awareness of the additional need for strong health and hygiene practices.

Peter McLoughlin
Headmaster

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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PARENT/GUARDIAN UPDATE #1

9 March 2020 – 3:00pm

The College has been considering carefully the COVID 19 Coronavirus outbreak in China, Iran and now in other parts of the world.

College Considerations

We are taking advice from the relevant authorities about the risks held for our community and considering its potential impact upon College operations in the coming months.

The issues we are considering include the planned immersions.

Decisions will be made on these activities in the coming weeks and months.

In addition, the College is currently completing plans in the event that there is a more considerable outbreak of the Coronavirus and/or if a member of our community were to be diagnosed with the virus.  We have now established a task force who will meet regularly.  The Taskforce members are : Mr Bruce McPhee, Ms Angela Simpson, Mrs Julie Ward, Mrs Roxanne Rosenberg, Mr James Couper, Mr Mark Elliot (Regional Director Marist Schools Australia) and myself.

The College’s response will be determined by the Commonwealth and State governments and their response plans.

Personal Travel

In addition, and with the Term 1 holidays approaching, I am writing to you regarding any international travel your family may have planned. If your family has any travel planned for China, Italy, South Korea or Iran please refrain from sending your son(s) to school for a period of 14 days from the time of his/their return to Australia. If you have family members who might also be visiting affected areas, your child/children will be subject to the same protocols. A doctor’s certificate will be required prior to them returning to school clearing him of COVID 19.

As the situation is very fluid at present, it is also possible that other nations will be added to the Commonwealth’s ‘Do Not Travel’ list and these same protocols will be in place should that occur. We encourage you to use your good judgement as it relates to your child’s health and that of our College family.

As a precautionary measure, if your child is planning to travel internationally in the coming months, I ask that you register their travel and destination(s) with the College by contacting Ms Suzette Mackney in Student Administration on 3858 4538.

This information will remain strictly confidential.

Illness and Hygiene

As per normal advice to parents, if your child is exhibiting any flu-like symptoms, please refrain from sending him to school until he has recovered.

The College has a supply of hand sanitisers available in many locations. Each student is encouraged to take responsibility for his personal hygiene by making use of this as well as washing his hands before and after consuming food whilst at the College.

I would ask that you have a conversation with your son about how to ensure good habits of hygiene.

Thank you for your support in this regard and please contact me should you have any questions regarding this correspondence. I will communicate with the community further in the coming weeks providing further updates.

Peter McLoughlin
Headmaster

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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) HEALTH NEWS UPDATE

9 March 2020 – 11:20am

Please be advised that there have been NO confirmed cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) at Marist College Ashgrove.
We are currently working with the relevant Government departments in regards to contingency programs and will send out further communication to all parents/guardians this afternoon.

Peter McLoughlin
Headmaster

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