Coronavirus Update March 22


Dear Families

I appreciate these messages and updates that we continue to send may be time consuming and I apologise if there are too many. I can assure you that they are written with the best of intentions and I hope they keep you informed and help somewhat to manage any anxieties associated with this insidious virus.

At the time of writing it is apparent that schools throughout the State will be closed from Tuesday March 24 and school holidays for students will begin tomorrow at 3:30pm. What this means for our school and staff is uncertain. School will be open as normal on Monday and as more details come to light, I will get these to you- possibly even later this evening.

For those of our families who are already practising social isolation and as part of our commitment to providing remote learning opportunities, our Home Learning GRIDS are now available.

Please head to our School’s website and look in the Home Learning section for some remote learning tasks that your child might attempt.

These GRIDS have varying degrees of complexity and we encourage students to attempt as many of the tasks as possible. Students will be able to access tasks from ALL Year levels- with the hope that they can find their ideal ‘learning zone. Completing these tasks is optional.

The learning will not necessarily be assessed ,nor have feedback provided, rather it is designed to ensure both educational equity and learning continuity can be maintained at the start of this week. The tasks aim to offer some student choice as well as offering suitable challenge.

As well as the learning created by our teaching staff, there are other opportunities to explore the curriculum at the Department of education and Training FUSE website.

As remote learning becomes increasingly inevitable, the DET have offered some advice, tips and resources to help parents and carers support their child’s continuity of learning from home that is contained in the link below

The remote learning we are able to provide right now will no doubt evolve over time- as will the way that this is taught. It will be imperfect and there will be many successes and a few misses along the way.

The wellbeing of our students remains paramount and we are trying to ensure that we have the balance between academic learning and mental health just right. These are certainly uncertain times and we are keen to support our students and families in any way that we can. Please contact the school if we can be of assistance.

Best wishes for the immediate future holds for you and your families. Please keep healthy and stay strong. Together we will see this through.

As the Japanese proverb says “Fall down seven times. Get up Eight”

Kind Regards,
James Whitla

Additional Information:

VolunteerLetter2019  DHHS – the importance of our schools remaining open  (118) 16-Mar-2020
VolunteerLetter2019  Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheet  (144)  28-Jan-2020
VolunteerLetter2019  Coronoavirus Update – 13 Mar – (209 KB) 13-Mar-2020
VolunteerLetter2019  Coronoavirus Update – 3 Feb – (124 KB) 03-Feb-2020
VolunteerLetter2019  Coronoavirus Update – 31 January – (57 KB) 31-Jan-2020
VolunteerLetter2019  Information about EPS Home Learning with SEESAW – (121KB) 25-Mar-2020
VolunteerLetter2019   Learning from Home: Information for parents and carers (208 KB) – 10-Apr-2020
VolunteerLetter2019  Letter explaining student work from home – (376 KB) 19-Mar-2020
VolunteerLetter2019  Loan of Assets Agreement (444 KB) – 10-Apr-2020
VolunteerLetter2019  Physical Distancing Guidance for Schools (218 KB)
VolunteerLetter2019  Reduce your risk of coronavirus poster – (651 KB) 15-Mar-2020
VolunteerLetter2019  Update on the coronavirus outbreak – 28 January – (74 KB) 28-Jan-2020

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