Dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic has been a challenge for all members of our community. As this situation unfolds, we have made every effort to ensure clear communication is provided to our community. I will keep you informed of any future updates as they become available.
I am conscious of the financial implications of the pandemic for many families. The College is prepared to offer every assistance to our families to ensure their sons continue to receive a great education at Villanova College. I ask parents to keep us informed of changing circumstances with your employment. Please do not make decisions without first speaking to us and finding out about the options available at the College to support your family.
What is happening at the College?
- Personal hygiene is a high priority with hand cleaning and protocols in place for coughs and sneezes as well as no handshakes. Where possible we are asking students to be aware of social distancing.
- Social distancing guidelines in classrooms where possible.
- Staggered lunch breaks to ease congestion at the Tuckshop and school yard.
- Students have been directed to take home books, learning materials and laptop each night.
- Sport and training has been cancelled for the remainder of the term for the following sports – Cricket, AFL, Rugby and Football trials and training, Tennis for Senior grades, Cross Country and Volleyball. Year 7-12 Chess will continue as normal.
- Teaching staff are preparing for online learning.
- All interstate and international travel suspended for staff.
- Where possible, meetings will be conducted online via video-conferencing.
- Teaching and learning is continuing in all classrooms.
- All communication and updates from the College relating to the Covid-19 pandemic can be accessed via the App or by clicking here.
In the case where schools are closed for a period of time, the College teaching staff will undertake to provide continuity of learning through online platforms. Teachers will prepare work for their classes and students will access the work through the instructions provided in an email from their teachers. The majority of class work will be provided through the OneNote platform or Moodle.
It is important to have realistic expectations about when staff will work during a longer-term school closure. It is reasonable to expect that staff, if able, would work the normal working hours while working from home. Please keep in mind that our teachers will experience the same realities as others during a shutdown i.e. caring for sick family or they may become sick themselves. It may not be possible for a teacher to respond to every student query they receive in one day.
During a lengthy school closure, we hope to continue the business and maintenance operations of the College. In this situation a skeleton crew of staff will be onsite (if possible) to continue operations including finance, IT and grounds and maintenance.
What do parents need to do to help us?
- It is imperative that parents and families inform the College as soon as possible that on medical advice, a member of their household is being tested for Covid-19. Please contact the relevant Student Services Office – Junior, Middle or Senior School. While awaiting results, students are to remain at home and once results are clear, can return to the College.
- Please go to the Parental Portal and ensure your contact details are correct.
- Download the Villanova College App and make sure you are receiving notifications.
- Keep the College informed of your son’s non-attendance at school.
- Make sure you follow the Queensland Health guidelines regarding self-isolation and quarantine guidelines.
- Review your travel plans for the Easter holidays.
- Reinforce personal hygiene protocols – boys need lots of reminders!
I am aware that a number of families have removed their children from classes at this time. I respect parents right to make this decision in the best interest of your family. Please be aware that our teaching staff are preparing quality lessons for each day. It is not possible for our teachers with many students absent to set individual work for students who are not in class. Students working from home are encouraged to engage with the OneNote platform to access work to continue their learning.
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)
Mr Mark Stower, Principal