It has been wonderful to see most girls back this week and we are very much looking forward to welcoming back our girls from their island and remote communities in the coming days. The majority of changes implemented due to COVID-19 in Term 2 will stay in place for the safety of our girls and the wider school community. The introduction of Level 3 restrictions has enabled us to recommence some internal school activities. We will maintain the limiting of adults onto the school campus inline with current government guidelines for schools. We encourage our girls to look after themselves and each other. The most important thing they can do is to tell a parent, guardian or teacher if they are feeling unwell.
We have been lucky enough to re-introduce:
School assemblies (currently run outdoors under CAB). We do ask that parents do not attend assemblies for the time being.
Clubs, Sisters, Committees and House meetings.
Extracurricular Art, Music and selected sporting activities with modified protocols in place.
The school Musical will go ahead with full cast rehearsals.
As a school we will maintain:
where possible, conducting lessons outdoors or in environments with enhanced ventilation
where possible, arranging classroom furniture to leave as much space as possible between students
encouraging non-contact greetings
as appropriate, submit student work digitally to a teacher for feedback rather than feedback being provided immediately by the teacher near the student
cleaning play equipment between use
ensuring children wash their hands (or apply alcohol-based hand rubs) before and after using play equipment
excluding unwell children and staff
Maintaining our good hygiene practices include:
washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, or using hand sanitiser, when entering school, and at regular intervals throughout the day particularly before and after eating, and after going to the toilet
coughing and sneezing into an elbow or a tissue
placing used tissues straight into the bin
avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth
not sharing food or drink
regular cleaning of personal devices (laptops, mobile phones, etc)
In the case of illness, the school is required to follow the Queensland government exclusion direction as outlined below:
“If an educator or staff member suspects a child in their care is unwell with a contagious illness, they must notify the parent or guardian. The parent or guardian must collect the child as soon as possible, and the child must not return to the school or early childhood service until they are well or enough time has passed that they are not contagious.”
Student Safety - Supervision
A friendly reminder to families that the school’s supervision commences at 8.00am each morning and concludes at 3.30pm. No grounds supervision is provided outside of these hours.
An Out of School Hours Care Program operates in the Early Learning Centre (ELC) and is available for students from Prep to Year 6. Girls Grammar offers supervised play in the morning from 7.15am. In addition, After School Care and Vacation Care are also offered. Before students attend OSHC all forms must be submitted. Children cannot attend this facility prior to completing an application form (even under emergency situations). Application forms are available at Reception, ELC or download from our website.
Students may access the school library at the following times:
Monday 8.00am to 4.00pm
Tuesday 8.00am to 4.00pm
Wednesday 8.00am to 4.00pm
Thursday 8.00am to 4.00pm
Friday 8.00am to 3.00pm
At the conclusion of Gate duties each day, students that are waiting to be picked up will be escorted to reception. Students are able to contact parents/caregivers from Reception to confirm pick up arrangements and await collection.
In the interests of the student’s safety, we request that students do not attend school outside of the hours of 8.00am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday unless they are boarding students, enrolled in OSHC or attending the library during supervised hours. When training and other co-curricular activities resume, girls may continue to attend as per the training/playing roster as they will be supervised by the staff member responsible for the activity.
Mr Ryan Cheers
Deputy Principal - Students