RECENTLY ADDED CORRESPONDENCE

 IN THE EVENT OF A POSITIVE COVID-19 CASE

  1. The Department of Health Western Australia (DHWA), will notify the Principal if a student or staff member returns a positive COVID-19 test result.
  2. The Principal will notify Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA), who in turn will instruct the Principal to enact the College's Six Step Plan. The steps relevant to College parents include:
    • Isolation of the affected person
    • Contact tracing
    • College closure
    • Deep Cleaning
  3. Parents can expect to receive an SMS and email advising them of the College's closure and to immediately collect their son or daught.
  4. The Principal will work with DHWA and CEWA to communicate when the College may reopen.

PREVIOUS CORRESPONDENCE

  1. DAILY UPDATE 1 - THURSDAY 19 MARCH 2020
  2. School Attendance: 

    As in previous communique’s, parents are advised to keep their child at home if he/she is unwell to mitigate the spread of infection. Parents should communicate absences in the usual way and work with the relevant Assistant Deputy Principal. In the event that students or parents have been overseas or have potentially been exposed to COVID-19 we request that you communicate this information to me as soon as possible. Whilst we respect the right of parents to make decisions with regards to their child’s attendance, I remind parents that the government’s expectation is that all students who are fit and well should be attending school at the present time.

    Cashless Canteen – to mitigate spread of germs:

    As of Monday 23 March, all students must purchase items from the Café on their SmartRider cards to support our Café staff. This requires parents to top up their cards by the end of the weekend. Please note that cash will not be accepted. Any student who forgets their lunch or card should go to the PCC and they will be offered support.

    Statements from The Honourable Sue Ellery, Minister for Education and Training today:

    • All chief health officers from around Australia agree that there is no need to close schools as a pre-emptive measure at this point.
    • Previous work suggests that the potential reduction in community transmission from pre-emptive school closures may be offset by the care arrangements that are in place for children who are not at school, for example if front line health and emergency services staff cannot attend work because their children are not at school. Children may require care from vulnerable grandparents or may continue to associate (and transmit infection) outside of school settings.
    • For pre-emptive school closures to be effective, prolonged closure is required and it would be unclear when they could be re-opened. If there were still a large pool of susceptible students when schools are re-opened, there would be likely to be re-emergence of transmission in the community. School closures may still be considered later in the outbreak, in anticipation of a peak in infection rates. Short term reactive school closures may also be warranted to allow contact tracing and cleaning to occur.
  3. DAILY UPDATE 2 - FRIDAY 20 MARCH 2020
  4. Response to any positive test for COVID-19

    If any student or staff member at the College tests positive for the COVID-19 virus, the Chief Health Officer of WA will require Sacred Heart College to temporarily close, in line with protocols which are in place for all schools in Western Australia. At the present time NO student or staff member at Sacred Heart College has tested positive.

    The government has today announced that the 2020 NAPLAN tests for affecting our Year 7 and 9 students will be cancelled.

     

    School Attendance

    • Parents are advised to keep their child at home if he/she is unwell and or is exhibiting flu symptoms to mitigate the spread of infection. Please communicate absences in the usual way and work with the relevant Assistant Deputy Principal (Dean).
    • Whilst we respect the right of parents to make decisions with regards to their child’s attendance I remind parents that the government’s expectation is that all students who are fit and well should be attending school at the present time.
    • We are aware that some parents and guardians are choosing to keep their children at home or some children are in self-isolation due to contact with someone. The school respects your choice. The College will provide support where possible and based on the available staff resources, staff time and staff energy. As you can appreciate the work of teachers at the present time is demanding physically, intellectually and in terms of time so while classes are still operating it is unrealistic for them to be fully catering for the needs of students at home. Fortunately, there is a great deal of goodwill and a desire to meet the needs of students and they will help where they can. Teaching staff are requested to use the Teams digital platform to provide students with access to curriculum resources for their class.

    Overseas Travel and Self Isolation

    The Prime Minister has introduced measures placed on international arrivals into Australia. This means a mandatory 14 day self-isolation requirement has been placed on all international arrivals into Australia effective from 9pm (WST) on Sunday 15 March. Students and staff who return from international travel must self-isolate for 14 days. This includes all parents, contractors and school visitors. Ideally, students or staff members in the same house as a person self-isolating should make alternative residential arrangements to mitigate any possible spread of the virus. If this is not possible, staff and students residing in the same residence as a self-isolating person MUST ensure they do not have any contact with the individual.

     

    Important Requirements

    • If a student does have COVID-19 symptoms, they should not attend school until they have medical confirmation that they do not have the virus.
    • If a student has been in close contact with a person being tested for COVID-19 they are to self-isolate until the result has returned negative.
    • Parents are requested to advise the Principal as soon as possible if their child develops symptoms and is being tested for COVID-19.
    • Any student who has been tested for COVID-19 should stay away from school whilst awaiting results.
    • Any students informed by public health authorities that they have been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus, must isolate themselves for 14 days after the date of last contact with the confirmed case.

    School Closure – Remote Learning

    All teaching staff are currently requested to use the Teams digital platform to provide students with access to curriculum resources for their class. The College has developed a plan to use the Teams platform to facilitate the delivery of curriculum. Students and parents are requested to refer to this plan HERE.

  1. DAILY UPDATE 3 - MONDAY 23 MARCH 2020
  2. 1. A reminder that the College will immediately shut down if there is a positive diagnosis of COVID-19 for a student or a member of staff. The plan for such a shutdown will be communicated to ASAP. In the event of the College being notified that a student or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19 before the end of the school day, families will be notified as soon as possible via SMS, SEQTA and Outlook. Parents will be requested to collect their child who will not be allowed to go home on a bus.

    2. The College has decided to make Friday 27 March a pupil free day. Students are requested to stay home on this day but are not expected to engage in Online Learning. Whilst I apologise for the late notice, it is essential that we allocate time for teachers to develop proficiency to effectively deliver Remote Learning. We will trial the SHC remote learning expectations from school with students who are both on and off-campus for the final two weeks of Term One. Assessments on this day will be re-scheduled by teachers.

    3. Thursday 2 April is also a pupil free day, however, students will be expected to work from home on this day, utilising Teams and One Note to practice on-line learning with all of the subjects they would normally have on Thursday.

    4. The WA Government has announced that schools will remain open until the end of Term One to support parents who choose to send their children to school. Parents have a choice to keep their children at home. This decision will also allow those parents engaged in these essential services to continue to attend their work places.

    5. Parents of children who have pre-existing medical conditions which places them at greater risk from contracting the COVID-19 virus have the option to keep their child at home.

    6. CEWA and Sacred Heart College have decided that students who are not attending school because parents have chosen not to send them will be able to engage with their learning remotely. SHC will use Teams and One Note to continue their learning at home for students whose parents have chosen for them to stay at home. We will deliver the school’s remote learning expectations from school for the final two weeks of term. 

    7.  Students will be able to wear either their school uniform or their sports uniform each day to school to allow students the opportunity to facilitate personal hygiene and allow students to wear clean clothes to school.

    8. Students who miss assessments are no longer required to complete a catch up assessment before school. They will be given the assessment to take home and complete and they then get a standardised mark. Other aspects of the Assessment Policy are currently being reviewed.

    9. Year 11 and 12 students who attend the Fremantle Education Centre (FEC) as part of their VET Certification and the CareerLink Program are required to NOT attend FEC as of tomorrow. Students will be required to work from home to completed required work for their VET Certificates.

    10. The College has cancelled Workplace Learning for students currently involved in this and we have made a decision to cancel WPL for all students in the forthcoming holidays.

  1. DAILY UPDATE 4 - TUESDAY 24 MARCH 2020
  2. As directed by the WA Government, Sacred Heart College must stay open at least until the end of Term One, Thursday 9 April. The Government has advised that parents may choose to keep their children at home.

    Remote Learning
    From Wednesday 25 March, all students, whether they attend school or not, will be provided with the same instructions and learning experiences by their subject teachers. The College will operate Remote Learning from Monday 30 March. An infographic detailing the Remote Learning Expectations for Students was sent via email on 20 March.

     

    As you can appreciate, our wonderful teachers are under enormous pressure. I ask students and parents to minimise one off communication with teachers at this point. Your child can check each of their Class Teams and/or Notebooks for lesson material rather than emailing each of their teachers.

     

    Assessment
    All remaining Term One in-class assessments (e.g. tests) for Years 7 to 12 have been cancelled. Teachers will advise students of alternative arrangements in due course. Students are still required to complete and submit out of class assessments (e.g. take-home assignments).

     

    Student Absence
    Parents who choose to keep their child at home are requested to follow the normal absentee procedures and notify the College either by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or using the College App by 8.40am. If you decide to keep your child at home until the end of Term One, please complete this Extended Absence Form.

     

    Friday 27 March
    A reminder that our pupil free day has been moved to Friday 27 March. Parents who may require supervision for their child on Friday are asked to email the relevant Assistant Deputy Principal.

     

    Thank you for your continued support of Sacred Heart College.

    1. DAILY UPDATE 5 - WEDNESDAY 25 MARCH 2020
    2. College Timetable

      Due to the reduced number of students and staff at the College, the school provided an alternative timetable today. Students were supervised by teachers whilst they completed the subject work set for them by their class teacher. All students, whether they attend school or not, will be provided with the same instructions and learning experiences by their subject teacher for the foreseeable future.

       

      Important Reminders

      • Sacred Heart College plans to stay open at least until the end of Term 1, Thursday 9 April.
      • The Government has advised that parents may choose to keep their children at home.
      • Students will finish at 3.00pm on Thursday 26 March just like any other Thursday.
      • Our Pupil Free Day has been moved to Friday 27 March, however all students are expected to be on their PCG Team at 8.40am ready for an 8.45am - 9.00am PCG 'Meet Now' trial with their PCG Teacher. This is the only thing students have to do on this Pupil Free Day. There will be no buses to school available on Friday. Parents who may require supervision for their child on Friday are asked to email the relevant Assistant Deputy Principal by tomorrow.
      • Students and parents are requested to minimise one off communication with teachers at this point.

      Student Absence

      Parents who choose to keep their child at home are requested to follow the normal absentee procedures and notify the College either by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or using the College App by 8.40am. If you decide to keep your child at home until the end of Term 1, please complete this Extended Absence Form.

       

      Remote Learning

      The College will operate Remote Learning from Monday 30 March. An infographic detailing the Remote Learning Expectations for Students was sent via email on 20 March and is available at the top of this page.

       

  1. DAILY UPDATE 6 - THURSDAY 26 MARCH
  2. School Term Changes

    The Premier has further announced that Term 1 for students will now conclude on Friday 3 April.

    As a result of the WA Government’s announcement today and the directives of Catholic Education, the following procedures and processes will now apply for the Sacred Heart College Community until the end of Term 1:

    1. From tomorrow (Friday 27 March), parents should keep their children at home if at all possible.
    2. On Friday 27 March, students are expected to be on their PCG Team (remotely) for a 'Meet Now' trial with their PCG Teacher: 
      • 8.45 - 9.00am Years 7 and 12 PCGs
      • 9.10am - 9.25am Years 8 and 9 PCGs
      • 9.35am - 9.50am Years 10 and 11 PCGs
      This is the only thing students have to do on this Pupil Free Day.
    3. Parents should email the Assistant Deputy Principal for the relevant Year level if children require supervision tomorrow.
    4. The College will operate Remote Learning from Monday 30 March. An infographic detailing the Remote Learning Expectations for Students is available on this page.
    5. Parents who are involved in the provision of essential services will continue to be able to send their children to Sacred Heart College until Thursday 9 April. Parents in this situation should email the Assistant Deputy Principal for the relevant Year level if children require supervision until the end of Term (Thursday 9 April)
    6. Sacred Heart College will continue to provide pastoral care for students.
    7. Students and parents are requested to minimise one off communication with teachers at this point.

     

    This is a difficult time for all in Western Australia and it is normal that your children may be feeling anxious or worried. Catholic Education Western Australia remains focused on the care and wellbeing of all students, staff and families and as a Catholic community, I encourage you to pray for the health of all in our communities, especially those who are more vulnerable.

    • DAILY UPDATE 7 - FRIDAY 27 MARCH 2020
    • Good afternoon parents and guardians,

       

      Thank you for your support of our wonderful staff as they work hard to strive to ensure continuity of learning and care for your children. I was in awe of all the PCG Meetings that took place in virtual settings this morning. I appreciate that for our digital natives, the cyber world is far more familiar than it is for older persons, and yet I am still impressed with their ability to get on with new ways of learning.

       

      We have all worked hard as a staff today to iron out any bugs and to ensure that all teachers are ready to deliver remotely from Monday 30 March. Our Director of Learning Technology Innovation, Mr Michael Chiera, has simply been outstanding in his support of staff. We will forever be in his debt for his leadership, not only at Sacred Heart, but also across the Catholic Education sector in WA. Thank you also to our Deputy Principal of Teaching and Learning, Ms Lucie McCrory, for assisting all teachers to adjust their pedagogy to remote delivery. All of this work has been coordinated in the past three weeks by Mr Lucio Cicchini as Acting Principal. The work that Lucio did in three weeks to gear our school up to this level was outstanding. I thank these three people in particular. We are very fortunate to have people of such capacity and commitment in our school.

       

      Lots of questions are still being posed about online learning and we are endeavouring to firm up all our responses. Of course, one of the main issues is keeping students and staff safe online.

       

      A guide to maintaining a safe, supportive working environment for your children learning from home:

      This guide is intended for parents in line with the three Key Practices of the CEWA Child Safe Framework as our students continue their learning online.

      - If you have a child safety concern, please contact your child’s Assistant Deputy Principal.
      - Our College Code of Conduct applies, especially online. Talk about this with your child(ren) and get ideas about what this looks like when online.

      Situational Prevention:

      Through our behaviour and culture, this practice aims to mitigate situations that present risk for our students.

      - Only the platforms approved by CEWA (Teams and school e-mail addresses) should be used to communicate between students and teachers. As per the Code of Conduct, teachers should be transparent and accountable in all electronic online communication. Phone contact will only be made in exceptional circumstances. This would normally be through the pastoral care or leadership of your child’s school.
      - Ensure you are aware of the College’s ICT policy.
      - Consider creating a dedicated workspace for your child and ensure that you are familiar with how to blur the background on Teams if using the video feature.
      - Consider other members of your family who may be also be working in an online space and how your family can manage the noise and reduce distractions as much as possible so that everyone is able to focus on their devices and work/learning obligations.
      - Consider your child’s personal presentation.
      - Try to adhere to normal routines as much as possible so that students are not confused by too many changes. This means waking at normal school time, having breakfast before learning begins, getting washed, dressed and supporting them to access their online learning in their dedicated workspace.
      - It may be wise to write up the schedule/timetable each day as is often done in the physical classroom so your child can see they are making progress throughout the day and they are aware of what lessons are coming next. This reduces anxiety, sets up expectations and provides a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day.
      Include normal school breaks and food for recess and lunch time if applicable. This also means your children should go outside to play or to get some fresh air during these times as they normally would at school.
      - As the online environment will now be the primary source of communication, there is a potential for cyber issues to increase. Consider familiarising yourself with the eSafety Commissioner’s website on what these issues could be and how best to manage them.

      Extended Guardianship:

      It is our collective responsibility as adults to support an environment that is engaging, supportive and safe.

      - We strongly encourage you to create an online agreement with your child or set some boundaries around yours and the schools’ expectations for completing their online learning. It is important to avoid excess use of technology, and to set clear expectations amongst the family to avoid any unwanted conflict. Click HERE for an example agreement from the eSafety Commissioner.

      Healthy and Respectful Relationships:

      Modelling behaviours equips our students with the understanding of how they should be treated.

      - Don’t forget to model expected online behaviour if your circumstances allow.
      - Respect the contact hours set by the school in expecting responses from staff.
      - If you expect your child to give the lesson their full attention, it is important you model this on your own device and demonstrate how to best interact when there are interruptions.
      - Remind your child not to type, say or do anything they wouldn’t in person and that anything that is streamed can be retrieved.
      - We understand that you as parents may have other obligations and you may not always be fully aware of what is happening in your child’s online classroom. Therefore, we encourage you to maintain and keep the lines of communication open and transparent between you and your child’s teacher’s. Please note, that for our Psychologists, music teachers and Careers Counsellors, it may be appropriate at times for one to one video contact. In these cases, our staff will seek permission of parents before initiating such contact.
      - Consider a discussion with your child about their safety network. They may have already done this at school, but it is timely to review the network as our regular circumstances have changed. Be aware that many of your child’s regular network helpers may be currently unavailable (e.g; specialist teachers, ADPs, neighbours, friends, etc.) or the methods of contact may have changed. Alternative trusted adults may be needed, as well as community services such as the Kids Helpline, along with their contact details.

      If you want to know more about the CEWA Child Safe Framework, please click on this link: https://childsafe.cewa.edu.au


      Good News:

      The parent who was diagnosed with COVID-19 is making a strong recovery.

       

      Please stay connected with your friends in our Sacred Heart family. I wish you all well as we all work together to minimise the impact of this pandemic.

       

      Yours sincerely,
      Peter Bothe
      Principal