COVID-19 Updates

Please be advised that as decisions are made regarding the College response to COVID-19, as much information as possible will be sent out to families via SEQTA Emails. As such, you must ensure that your personal details are up-to-date. Should your details have changed please email admin@ufcc.wa.edu.au to advise.


Update: Sunday 29 March 2020

As Ursula Frayne Catholic College prepares to launch Online Remote Learning on Monday 30 March 2020, I write to share five updates with our community.

1. Looking Outwards

2. Online Remote Learning – An Introduction

3. Online Remote Learning – An Overview

4. Child Safety

5. Child Safety Resources

 

1. Looking Outwards 

In difficult times there is a tendency to look inwards, which is a natural protective instinct.  The alternative is to establish and maintain a sense of connection and community spirit by focusing on generosity and togetherness.  Help children and young people see past their own needs and look for ways to assist others whether it’s shopping for an elderly neighbour, helping a younger sibling occupy themselves, or planning a movie night for the family.

The current COVID-19 pandemic presents many practical challenges to parents and other significant adults in the lives of our children.  Staying calm, keeping informed, and adjusting our own habits are just some of the challenges we face. However, a significant challenge is one of personal leadership.  That is, during these difficult times we need to be civil to each other, empathetic to differing circumstances, look after each other and be mindful of the common good in everything we do.  In this, we can all take a significant lead.

2. Online Remote Learning – An Introduction

Two weeks ago, the predominate mode of education delivery in the College was the ‘traditional mode’ of learning and teaching in classrooms enabled through face-to-face interactions between teachers, students and peers.

In the space of two weeks, due to the mighty efforts of the staff, the College has been able to develop an online, remote mode of education to support our students in response to Government policy to prioritise the health and wellbeing of the wider community.  From tomorrow this new ‘predominate mode’ will be rolled out for our 1400+ students.  Please reiterate with your child/ren that while the College campuses are essentially closed for students, the College remains open and school continues this week.

To have been able to plan and implement such a massive change in such a short space of time is testament to the professional skill and agility of our staff and their commitment to providing the best possible learning and faith sharing environment for students, given the availability of time and other resources.

Tomorrow, we embark on this new mode at scale.  As such, I ask for your patience and understanding in the event that we encounter some teething problems, have to resolve unforeseen difficulties or are impacted by situations beyond our control (e.g. loss of connectivity).

This week, our teachers will be working tirelessly to provide for the pastoral care for our students and maintain a focus on learning and teaching via this new mode.  As such, parents and students are requested to minimise one off communication with teachers at this point.  Staff may initiate contact through existing College platforms if necessary.

3. Online Remote Learning – An Overview

a. The College is operational and daily attendance of students will still be recorded as they commence their school day.

Balmoral Campus

Preparatory School:                     Between 8.40am – 9.00am via SeeSaw

Junior School (Year 3):                 At 8.30am via SeeSaw

Junior School (Years 4-6):            At 8.30am via their Year level TEAMS

Duncan Campus                      

Connect with their Form Teacher via TEAMS at 8.30am and 1.10pm

b. Adult members of our community are encouraged to join with their children and start the day with an age appropriate form of prayer.

c. The College will operate Online Remote Learning from tomorrow (Monday 30 March) with this mode remaining in place until further notice.  For this mode to be truly effective it requires a collaborative approach between staff, students and parents/carers.

  • Teachers maintain responsibility for the learning of students using their professional insight and experience to help students with their learning and to check their understanding.
  • Parents/carers are responsible for the supervision and day-to-day welfare of their child/ren.
  • Infographics detailing the Online Remote Learning Expectations for Students will be available on the College website via the COVID-19 tile.

d. The technical requirements for remote learning are relatively simple – a good internet connection and a device to connect to.  The provision of a dedicated workspace that has good seating, desk space, lighting, and ventilation is also recommended.

e. The College will continue to provide pastoral care for students.

f. The College’s online, remote learning and teaching programs will adhere to the requirements of the Western Australian School Curriculum and Standards Authority.  This means that while the College may be using different activities or resources, the programs are reflecting, as far as is practicable, the syllabus content and outcomes.  For example, subjects with a very high practical component (e.g. physical education, music) may provide students with opportunities to go deeper, apply and/or enrich prior learning.

g. Socialisation is not just a helpful ‘break’ from real learning.  It is real learning.  Being able to learn how to connect and communicate with people is vital.  As social beings we also need to engage with others in order to maintain a mentally strong wellbeing.  Whilst we are physically disconnected, socially we can remain connected.

4. Child Safety 

Given that our students will be engaging in a digital learning environment (learning from home), it is timely that we remind ourselves and our students of the Key Practices of the Child Safe Framework – extended guardianship, healthy and respectful relationships and situational prevention which are supported by the Key Practices.

Adult members of our College community need to establish and constantly reinforce:

  • clear and safe practices for times when students are in their homes and interacting online in order to engage in learning and if socialising online.
  • online communication protocols
  • strategies to ensure natural surveillance and unpredictable interruptions to the online environment.

The following aspects need to be clearly understood by all members of our learning and faith sharing community, centred in Christ:

  • Communication must (i) be on school agreed platforms, (ii) take place at appropriate times and (iii) be limited to interactions related to student learning.
  • Online conferencing should be for groups not individuals.
  • If conferencing online use blurring to mask backgrounds for staff and students or use screen capture to illustrate learning.  Alternatively use audio rather than video conferencing.
  • Individual messaging must be on appropriate and agreed school monitored tools (e.g. SEQTA direct messagesTEAMS) to address learning related questions.

5. Child Safety Resources

It is important to continue to upskill ourselves and our students on practices which will foster safety in a digital environment.  The following websites have been designed to support young people, parents and teachers.

https://www.esafety.gov.au/about-us/blog/covid-19-keeping-schools-and-learning-safe-online

https://www.esafety.gov.au/about-us/blog/covid-19-online-safety-kit-parents-and-carers

I look forward to hearing about the progress and achievements our students are making.

With regards and prayerful best wishes.

Geoff Mills

Principal


Update: Friday 27 March 2020

I write to share five important updates with our community.

  1. School Closure Advice
  2. Students Attending School
  3. School Term Changes
  4. Student Attendance & Associated Procedures
  5. Collection of Textbooks

1. School Closure Advice

In line with Premier Mark McGowan’s latest announcement regarding new learning arrangements in Western Australian government schools, parents with children in all Catholic schools in Western Australia should keep their children at home from the close of school tomorrow (Friday 27 March), if at all possible.

This decision has been made to prioritise the health and wellbeing of the Western Australian community and is based on the best national medical advice.

All Catholic schools across the State have response plans which will now be enacted to provide for the continued delivery of education, with varying remote learning programs best suited to different school contexts.

2. Students Attending School

Schools will remain open to ensure that remote learning takes place, as well as to supervise children of parents currently working in health or essential services.  Parents who are currently involved in health or essential services who require their child to attend school to be supervised in their remote learning will need to advise their school Principal.

If you work in health or an essential service and require supervision for your child/ren on campus next week from Tuesday to Friday, please complete the form by following the link and submitting it by close of business – FRIDAY 27 MARCH 2020.

Form to complete for attendance required next week

Parents will not be required to contact their school if their child is remaining at home from Monday 30 March.

3. School Term Changes 

The Premier has further announced that Term 1 for students will now conclude on Friday 3 April 2020.

4. Student Attendance & Associated Procedures 

As we prepare to move into a digital remote mode of education delivery, I need to strongly emphasise College expectations in relation to student attendance whether on campus or working remotely.

All students are expected to participate in schooling online, utilising work set by teachers via platforms (e.g. SEQTA, SeeSaw, TEAMS).  While the modes of learning and instruction maybe different, it is definitely ‘business as usual at Frayne’ and students are required to participate fully.

As such, I need to clarify the following expectations:

  1. From Monday 30 March, parents should keep their children at home if at all possible.
  2. In the event that your child is unwell or circumstances beyond your control preclude them from either (i) attending the campus to be supervised (parents are involved in essential services only) or (ii) participating in the online program, the College must be notified as per the usual attendance procedure.
  • Parents/guardians must notify the College by either a telephone call or email if their son/daughter is unable to attend (participate in) school on any day.
  • The preferred option is via email utilising the link on the College website marked ‘Absentees’.
  • Phone calls regarding absentees are to be directed to Student Services at the Duncan Street Campus on 9470 0921 or Administration on the Balmoral Street Campus on 9470 0401.

From Monday 30 March 2020, the following processes will be in place to verify attendance processes of students attending school remotely via our digital platforms.

BALMORAL CAMPUS

Preparatory School:

After viewing the class teacher’s morning greeting which will be posted on SeeSaw by 8.30am, the student or their parent is required to respond by pressing the ‘like’ button between 8.40am – 9.00am. This will be the digital tool we will use to ascertain your child’s attendance.

Junior School: (Year 3)

Students must go online through SeeSaw at 8.30am as they will be asked to post that they are present and ready to start the day for attendance purposes.  They will then be provided with their first activity to start the day.

Junior School: (Years 4-6)

Students must go online at 8.30am through their year level TEAM and attendance will be taken prior to instructions for the first lesson of the day being given.

DUNCAN CAMPUS

Students will be required to connect with their Form teacher via Teams from 8.30am.

All students will be expected to undertake their prescribed learning (SEQTA) as per their daily timetable and interact with their teachers (Teams) whether attending the campus or working remotely.

5. Collection of Textbooks

To enable students who have been absent to collect textbooks from their lockers, you are requested to contact Duncan Street Reception (9470 0900) as soon as possible to arrange collection during one of the specified times:

  • Friday 27 March:               10.00 – 11.00am or 2.00 – 3.00pm
  • Monday 30 March:             10.00 – 11.00am or 2.00 – 3.00pm

Despite the current COVID-19 situation, at Frayne we continue to aspire that all children get the best Catholic education possible which is why full participation in the remote learning program every day is so important.  We also need to ensure, in partnership with parents, that our students are safe and feel connected with their Frayne family.

I will be providing further updates as we prepare to move to a fully digital, remote model of learning and teaching.

At this time, we are still encouraged to keep those who are affected by COVID-19, those governing our nation at this time, for the doctors, nurses and medical researchers and the vulnerable and fearful in our thoughts and prayers.

With regards and best wishes.

Geoff Mills

Principal


Update: Wednesday 25 March 2020

As directed by the Commonwealth and State governments, the College campuses will remain open at least until the end of Term One.  The Government has advised that parents may choose to keep their children at home and, as such, I write to share six important updates.

  1. Additional Student Free Day – Monday 30 March 2020
  2. Remote Learning
  3. Pastoral Care and Wellbeing Support for Students
  4. Assessment
  5. Closure of Canteen Services
  6. Support for Families

1. Additional Student Free Day – Monday 30 March 2020 

As previously advised, the College moves towards a fully remote, digital learning environment for our students.  To assist in the prevention of the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to support staff and students in their preparation and delivery of on-line and off-line learning resources, I have discerned the need to ‘load test’ our systems and procedures to ensure that they are adequate to meet our needs in the event that students may be isolated in their homes for an extended period of time.  As such, teachers on both campuses will load test our remote learning for all students on Monday 30 March 2020.

To enable this process to occur, I again seek the support of our community to supervise students at home on Monday.  The College will remain open for the children of parents engaged with essential services and for those parents who are unable to make arrangements for the care of their children. If you require your child to attend school on Monday 30 March 2020 due to extenuating circumstances, please complete the form by following the link below and submit it by close of business Thursday 26 March 2020.

Form to attend school on Monday 30 March 2020

While further detailed information will be provided to families, the following provides an overview of our plan for Monday (and beyond).

Duncan Street:   Students will be required to connect with the Form teacher via Teams from 8.30am.

All students will be expected to undertake their prescribed learning (SEQTA) as per Monday timetable and interact with their teachers (Teams).

Balmoral Street: Students access a daily video message from their class teacher at 8.30am (SeeSaw).

All students will be expected to undertake their prescribed learning (SeeSaw) and interact with their teachers according to the arrangements and timetable set by the class teacher.

Thank you again for your understanding and ongoing support as we continue to navigate our way through ‘unchartered waters’.

2. Remote Learning 

From Monday 30 March, all students, whether attending the campuses or not, will be provided with the same instructions and learning experiences by their subject/class teachers.  Consequently, remote, supported digital learning will become the primary mode of delivery within our digital learning and faith sharing community, centred in Christ.  More detailed information will be provided to families over the next few days.

3. Pastoral Care and Wellbeing Support for Students 

I appreciate that there is a great deal of fear and uncertainty for our community, with COVID-19.  Consideration has also been given to meeting not only the educational needs of our students but also their social, emotional and spiritual needs.

This is a time when students may benefit from learning and reinforcing essential skills, such as how to cope during adversity and how to protect their wellbeing.  We will continue to create and provide resources and support in response to these circumstances.

4. Assessment 

I wish to reiterate that in-class, graded assessments (e.g. tests) across the College have been suspended.  However, students will be required to complete and submit nominated tasks and activities for correction and feedback as part of the learning and teaching program as directed by their teacher.  Failure to meet this requirement may compromise professional judgements about a student’s performance.

5. Closure of Canteen Services 

Due to a range of factors, the Canteen services on both campuses will be suspended from Friday 27 March 2020. As such, students will not be able to purchase food or beverages on either campus until further notice.

6. Support for Families 

During times of uncertainty strong communities wrap around those who are most vulnerable and most in need of support and assistance.  I thank the families that have contacted the College seeking advice, particularly in relation to school fees and I wish to assure that our Frayne family remains determined that no parent seeking a Catholic education for their child be denied the opportunity due to financial difficulty.

A joint communique from the Executive Director of Catholic Education Western Australia and I has been sent to families in relation to school and sector supports for families experiencing financial distress. A copy of the letter is available here.

During this time let us keep in our thoughts and prayers those who are affected by COVID-19, those governing our nation at this time, for the doctors, nurses and medical researchers and for the vulnerable and fearful.

With regards and best wishes.

Geoff Mills

Principal


Update: Tuesday 24 March 2020

The College continues in its efforts to take all reasonable measures to prevent the spread of the virus by maintaining a healthy school as we prepare to face the next stage of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please be assured that all decisions made by the College in relation to this evolving situation are derived from a single point of truth; directives and supporting advice from Federal and State authorities.

At this time, I write to share five important updates.

  1. Student Free Day – Friday 27 March 2020
  2. Student Attendance at School
  3. Assessments
  4. Collection of Textbooks
  5. Support for Families

1. Student Free Day (Both Campuses) – Friday 27 March 2020

As a result of recent Government announcements, I write to inform that the Student Free Day for both campuses scheduled for Friday 29 May will be transferred to Friday 27 March 2020.  The purpose of the day is to provide additional time for teachers to continue to collaboratively develop their proficiency in effectively delivering learning and teaching remotely to be able to fully support our students through the current pandemic.

While I apologise for the late notice, please be assured that this decision was not made lightly with the potential long-term benefits for students and the current workload of staff carefully considered against the potential inconvenience for families.

This is an excellent opportunity for students to set up a workspace at home, catch up with unfinished work, study, undertake course work which is already available online and/or enjoy a good book.

Thank you for your understanding and ongoing support as we continue to navigate our way through ‘unchartered waters’.

 2. Student attendance at school

In line with the latest advice from Commonwealth and WA governments, the College is planning to remain open at least until the end of term to provide the best possible education to your children.  In line with the Prime Minister’s and the WA Minister for Education’s advice, parents may choose to keep their children at home and supervise their learning program/s during this unprecedented time.

Normal timetables will go ahead for those students who attend during this week.  As we move towards the provision of full online learning delivery, students who are not attending school because their parents have chosen not to send them will, at this time, be supported via the usual practices in relation to the provision of work for students during an approved absence.  These are summarised in the following table.

SUB-SCHOOL ACCESS ARRANGEMENTS
Preparatory & Junior Schools If your child is well enough to undertake some work at home provided by their Class Teacher in accordance with the usual sick leave protocols.

 

Middle & Senior Schools If your young person is well enough to undertake work at home, they can follow their usual timetable, access course outlines and subject details from SEQTA Learn.

 

Our staff are working tirelessly to provide care for our students and maintain a focus on classroom learning and teaching.  As such, I ask that parents and absent students not to make contact with teachers about learning and teaching matters this week.  This will allow staff ‘space’ to continue to develop additional resources and professional proficiency to effectively deliver learning in a virtual environment.  Given the current unique circumstances, teachers may not be in a position to provide a response.  Some teachers may initiate contact with their students through existing College online platforms if necessary.  Your patience and understanding in relation to this request will be greatly appreciated.

3. Assessments 

In addition to the information provided in my previous communique (19 March) and in response to queries regarding assessments, I reiterate the advice from the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) in relation to Year 11 and 12.

 Procedures to be implemented if assessment is affected by a catastrophic event

If the assessment of individual students or groups of students is affected by a catastrophic event (e.g. if a pandemic causes a number of staff and/or students to be absent from school for an extended period) the procedures described in the school’s assessment policy must be applied.

 Commonly accepted practice

  • Based on the completed assessment tasks, the teacher or the Learning Area Coordinator makes a professional judgement of the performance of the student affected by the event.
  • Where additional assessment tasks are required to enable a professional judgement to be made, the assessment outline is modified for the students affected by the event.
  • The school informs the students affected by the event, and their parents/guardians/carers, of the changes to how their achievement will be determined, including any additional assessment tasks.

 Given the number of students who are absent, the College will suspend the administration of graded assessment tasks from Wednesday 25 March.  However, students will be required to complete and submit nominated tasks and activities for correction and feedback as part of the learning and teaching program as directed by their teacher.  Failure to meet this requirement may compromise professional judgements about a student’s performance.

This position will be constantly reviewed with further updates provided as the situation unfolds.

4. Collection of Textbooks 

Requests have been made for students who are unable to attend school to collect items from their locker or desk.  If a student is unable to attend school for a valid reason, they will not be permitted on campus until they are medically fit to return.  As such, arrangements can only be made to collect student textbooks (not files or notebooks) from the Front Office by contacting your child’s Form or Class teacher. 

5. Support for Families 

In acknowledging the far-reaching impact of COVID-19 for families in our College community, I also assure parents that we remain determined that no family seeking a Catholic education for their child be denied the opportunity due to financial difficulty.  Catholic Education Western Australia is addressing potential concerns related to fees and affordability that may arise as a result of COVID-19.  If you believe that you may need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me or the Business Manager directly to discuss your circumstances.

The adaptability, resourcefulness and professionalism already demonstrated by the staff, the resilience of our students and the confidence, support, kindness and respectful manner of our parents gives me confidence that we can continue to deal with the difficult situations being placed before us.

During this time let us keep in our thoughts and prayers those who are affected by COVID-19, those governing our nation at this time, for the doctors, nurses and medical researchers and for the vulnerable and fearful.

With regards and best wishes.

Geoff Mills

Principal


Update: Wednesday 18 March 2020

I am aware that there may be some concern amongst our school community at the moment regarding the COVID-19 virus and the health of students.  As such, I wish to share six important updates.

  1. Maintaining a Healthy School
  2. Who Needs to Isolate?
  3. Attendance at School
  4. Schools’ Current Situation
  5. Educational Delivery in the Event of School Closure or Other Major Disruptions
  6. Advice Regarding Year 11 and 12 Curriculum

 

1. Maintaining a Healthy School

The College is working closely with CEWA support staff and following the advice of the Department of Health in dealing with risks posed by COVID-19.

Please be assured that we are taking all reasonable measures to prevent the spread of the virus and maintain a healthy school by continuing to implement a range of strategies to reduce transmission.  These include the promotion of personal hygiene measures (frequent handwashing, reducing face-to-face contact, cough etiquette), physical distancing, reducing public gatherings (e.g. face-to-face school assemblies), and reducing the mixing of students (e.g. reduced use of common areas and reduced after-school activities and inter-school activities).

Some may be unsure of what is meant by ‘close contact/s’ in relation to self-isolation and student or staff contact with people who have travelled, been ill, or confirmed as testing positive for the COVID-19 virus. While the WA Department of Health does not define this, the NSW Health Department website states:

“A close contact is someone who has been face to face for at least 15 minutes or been in the same closed space for at least 2 hours as someone who has tested positive for the COVID-19 when that person was infectious.”

2. Who needs to isolate?

All people who arrive in Australia from midnight 15 March 2020 or think they may have been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus, are required to self-isolate for 14 days. Further information can be obtained from health.gov.au.

3. Attendance at School

Parents need to be aware that should they choose to keep their child at home without seeking medical advice, it is not a requirement that schools provide curriculum work and activities. However, we understand that there may be extenuating circumstances where consideration could be given to providing support and resources where possible.  The priority for staff is to maintain focus on classroom learning programs.

4. Schools’ Current Situation

The National Cabinet has accepted the advice of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) that there is no need to close schools as a pre-emptive measure and should remain open at this time. Specifically, the National Cabinet has agreed that “pre-emptive closures are not proportionate or effective as a public health intervention to prevent community transmission of COVID-19 at this time.”

National Cabinet also noted AHPPC advice that “More than 70 countries around the world have implemented either nationwide or localised school closures, at different times in the evolution of the local COVID-19 epidemic, however it should be noted the majority of these have not been successful in controlling the outbreak. Some of these countries are now considering their position in relation to reopening schools.”  Of course, this is an evolving situation that may change at some point.

I ask parents/carers to discuss this section with their children and emphasise that, until further notice, it is ‘business as usual’ with regard to learning and teaching in Western Australian schools.

5. Educational Delivery in the Event of School Closure or Other Major Disruptions

The College recognises the importance of being able to operate to the greatest extent possible during this time in which the impact of COVID-19 is being managed.  However, plans have been made to enable the continuation of educational delivery, as much as possible, in the event of groups of staff and/or students being unable to attend the College or a school closure.

The College is well equipped in relation to on-line tools for communication and age appropriate educational delivery such as SEQTA, SeeSaw, Microsoft Teams and Education Perfect.  However, the extent to which these tools may be used will be determined by contextual factors including connectivity to the internet at home.

In the event of a temporary school closure, the College will enact our Curriculum Continuity Plan (K-12) which will be posted on the College website.

6. Advice Regarding Year 11 and 12 Curriculum and Assessment

The School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) continues to monitor the impact of COVID-19 and will provide ongoing advice for schools as the situation evolves.  In the face of the current situation, SCSA advises:

  • any COVID-19 related absence fulfils a Sickness and Misadventure for the current situation. Please follow the College procedure and fill out our online form. A doctor’s certificate is not required at this point in time when an assessment is late, or a student is not able to sit an assessment for this situation.
  • invigilated (supervised) assessments should be undertaken at an appropriate time on student/s’ return to school.
  • in relation to Workplace Learning, in the eventuality that a student cannot complete a mandatory work placement requirement, SCSA’s VET WACE Requirements Special Considerations process will apply.
  • in relation to endorsed programs, schools should endeavour for students to complete the requirements as planned.  Should students be unable to complete the requirements, SCSA’s WACE Requirements Special Considerations process will apply.
  • with regard to externally set tasks (ESTs), as outlined in page 47 of the WACE Manual 2020:

If a student is absent but, returns to school within the period when the ESTs are scheduled, they are expected to complete the task under test conditions. However, as for all school-based assessments, the school should apply its senior secondary assessment policy in the event that a student does not sit the EST, and ensure the student is advised of the outcome of this action.

  • At this stage, SCSA continue to work towards the scheduled ESTs, moderation activities and the ATAR course examinations in 2020.  As the situation unfolds, SCSA will continue to review each of these activities and advice provided to schools and continues to work from the premise that no student should be disadvantaged.

In the current unsettled climate, I request that you emphasise to your children that the College is working on the premise that we will remain operational unless we receive advice to the contrary.

Please let me reassure you that the safety and wellbeing of every one of our students is our highest priority as we individually and collectively continue in our endeavours to maintain a healthy school environment.

With regards and best wishes,

Geoff Mills

Principal


Update: Tuesday 17 March 2020 

If your child/ren are unwell or absent from school you must still complete an Absentee Notice.


Update: Monday 16 March 2020

Further to my previous communications in relation to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), I wish to share five important updates.  The health of our community remains our number one priority.

  1. Unwell Students and Staff
  2. Parents and Volunteers in Classrooms
  3. Year 11/12 Parent Teacher Meetings
  4. Cancellation of Events and Excursions
  5. International Travel

1.Staying at Home when you are unwell

Firstly, our parent community have been exceptional in keeping students’ home who are unwell with coughs and colds and ensuring they are well before returning to school. Thank you for all your support. This is helping our community to stay well.

Students or staff who present flu like symptoms at the College will be sent home.

2.Parents and Volunteers in Classrooms

Parents and volunteers of Frayne are no longer permitted to enter classrooms or assist with school-based activities until further notice. We know that this will impact our Preparatory School significantly, who rely on parent support daily. Therefore this means that parents are no longer able to assist with, for example, morning reading and the Perceptual Motor Programme. Parents of children on the Balmoral Campus will need to wait outside the rooms at morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up from the College.

3.Year 11/12 Parent Teacher Meetings

Year 11 and 12 Parent and Teacher Meetings which are planned for this Thursday 19 March 2020 will proceed, however this will occur via telephone calls made by staff to the parent who has made the booking.  Parents are asked to be ready to accept the call at their scheduled time.

4.Cancellation of Events and Excursions

We are very disappointed at not being able to offer the usual banquet of opportunities our students enjoy but believe it is a necessary precaution. It may be possible to reschedule some of these events later in the year.

  • Junior School Swimming Carnival (Yr 3–6)
  • Careers Day (Yr 10)
  • Duncan Street Campus Open Day
  • Retreats (Yr 7-12)
  • Sculptures by the Sea Excursion (Yr 7–12)
  • Perth Zoo Excursion (Yr 1)
  • Fremantle Cicerello’s Excursion (PP)
  • History of Frayne Tour (Yr 2)
  • Dinner Dance (Yr 11)
  • Leadership Camp (Yr 11)
  • River Cruise (Yr 10–12)
  • All Term 1 ACC and SAS sporting Competitions (Yr 7–12)
  • Choirs
  • College Musical (Yr 3-12)
  • Masses (K-12)
  • Xavier and McAuley Cluster Days (Yr 10-12)
  • Assemblies (K–12)
  • Community Access Programme (Yr 3-12)

5.International Travel

The Prime Minister announced that as of 12.00 am 16 March (AEST) all people returning from international travel must self-isolate for 14 days after the date of return to Australia. Self-isolation does not apply to other members of the household who have not travelled overseas. (WA Health Dept).  All families need to adhere to this restriction.

As the Coronavirus impact unfolds, there may be a need to make further changes and we will keep you informed of these. There is much uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus so we must continue to remain calm and continue with our typical day to day activities as best as we can.

I ask parents to continue to stress to your children the importance of thorough hand washing as this is a key means of transmission.

In our year of Compassion, we must continue to show kindness and care for all in our own community and offer prayers for all of those impacted in Australia and abroad.

With regards and best wishes.

Geoff Mills

Principal