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NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) Updates

St John’s School continues to work closely with the Toowoomba Catholic Schools Office and relevant state authorities, to monitor the evolving situation of coronavirus (COVID-19) and to manage any impact on our school community.  The ongoing health and wellbeing of the community is our prime concern.

 

LATEST UPDATES FROM OUR PRINCIPAL

Letter from Jim Brennan – 26/03/2020 

St John’s School will use the following communication channels to update parents regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • Email
  • School App
  • St John’s School Facebook Page

 

LOCAL SCHOOL EXCURSIONS AND EVENTS

Cancelled until further notice.

  • All Social Justice Activities – including Pinaroo Aged Care Facility, Endeavour Foundation and St Vincent de Paul Vincentian Village.
  • School Assemblies including whole school assemblies, and both primary and secondary
  • All representative school sport programs — including district, regional, state, national, interstate and international competitions

Cancelled

  • Year 11 Leadership Camp to Columboola Centre (April 1-3)
  • School Musical (April 30 – May 2)

Postponed

  • Year 12 Formal – Date to be confirmed

 

The planned Ski Trip to New Zealand is currently on hold, as the school works with tour providers around the best outcomes for students.

 

CONTINUATION OF STUDENT LEARNING

It is the intention of the school to utilise Microsoft Teams to facilitate the delivery of curriculum for Year 4-12.

To assist this process students in year 4-6 have been offered the opportunity to take home a school laptop on a loan arrangement.  Students in year 7-12 already have individual laptops issued under a hire purchase arrangement.

Students in prep – year 3 will receive learning materials through emails to parent addresses.  The emphasis in these classes will be on English, Mathematics and reading.  Additionally, suggestions for activities such as Art, Music and Physical Education will be posted through the school app.

Should you have any questions regarding the provision of education material, please contact your child’s respective teacher.

The following Queensland Government website contains additional curriculum materials.  These materials are aligned directly to the National Curriculum.

https://education.qld.gov.au/curriculum/learning-at-home

Hard copies of materials for English and Mathematics from this site have been prepared for all students in Prep – Year 6.

Useful Links for Student Learning

Distance Learning with Office 365: Guidance for parents and guardians (https://support.office.com/en-us/article/distance-learning-with-office-365-guidance-for-parents-and-guardians-89d514f9-bf5e-4374-a731-a75d38ddd588)

 

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS & GUARDIANS

WHO – Helping Children Cope with Stress During the 2019-NCoV Outbreak (https://media.digistormhosting.com.au/clc-au-qld-41-website/documents/2020-Information/who-helping-children-cope-with-stress.pdf?mtime=20200324104303)

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg speaking about how parents can address Coronavirus with their children. (https://schooltv.me/wellbeing_news/special-report-coronavirus?fbclid=IwAR1ZVBBj8kAf7fT1VnqskHUe6JIv6zv8IRhLqiR4etOq5-MlLinLsXGnNQw)

WHO – Hand-washing Steps Using the WHO Technique

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=56&v=IisgnbMfKvI&feature=emb_title&fbclid=IwAR3OSlrDS8PdXJbYcJStcSguNXYZTP91gj4NsrrXE0IMeOLZmJ-bB63rKqc)

Letter from Jim Brennan – 26/03/2020