The recent announcement by the Queensland Premier about students returning to classroom learning is welcomed news for all. Over the last few days, we have been planning for the return of students and informing our staff of the measures we will be taking. It is important to remember we are not over the threat of the Coronavirus and we all need to take steps to stop the spread of the disease and all adults must practise physical distancing and good hygiene.
I have written to all families outlining the procedures that will need to be followed to protect all in our community from infection. These new procedures may cause some minor inconveniences for students and parents. However, in the interest of our health these measures are necessary, and I thank you for your understanding and adherence to these procedures.
I wish to make parents aware of the current medical advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) regarding staff in the workplace. Staff who are vulnerable or live with a vulnerable person should not be in the workplace and will, where necessary have the option to work from home.
The current AHPPC advice defines vulnerable people as:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 50 years and older with one or more chronic medical condition
- people 65 years and older with chronic medical conditions. The most current definition of ‘chronic medical condition’ is on the Department of Health website
- people 70 years and older
- people with compromised immune systems (see Department of Health website).
Consequently, there will be a number of staff who will not be returning to the classroom for some time. The College will ensure the students are adequately supported by our staff and supervising teachers to continue with their learning and to minimise any ongoing disruption to their studies.
I am delighted to announce that our new building will officially be named the St. Thomas of Villanova Learning Centre and will be completed by next week. I am looking forward to receiving the keys from our builder, Buildcorp. Over the coming weeks the furniture will be delivered, unpacked, and placed in the building. In addition to the arrival of the furniture, our audio-visual and IT infrastructure will be completed throughout the building to allow for the normal operations of modern classrooms.
Towards the end of this term we will be ready to transition the students to the new building and new classrooms. Our staff are currently planning for the move and once details are finalised, I will inform our community.
We are very excited about the new classrooms and facilities provided by the new building and I am confident the students and staff will be very pleased with their new learning spaces. At an appropriate time in the future we will find a suitable time to officially open the building and allow our community to visit the new learning centre.
On behalf of our community I wish all mothers a very enjoyable and special day on Sunday. I hope in some way all can connect with family members, and mothers receive the thanks they deserve for the support, guidance and love they provide.
Hold My Mother Close
Creator God, hold my mother close to your Heart
As we hold her close to mine. Let her know today and every day
How much we love her. Lord, comfort her mind and reassure her
that her motherly care was everything we needed and wanted
And that we love her dearly.
Lord, comfort her body as she ages and grant her health and
Vitality as she goes through her days here on earth. Bring all
Good things to my precious mother, dear God, and bless her
Every day, in every way. Amen
Mr Mark Stower, Principal