Dear Holy Cross College Community
I am aware that we have families and staff members with loved ones in countries that are experiencing tragic circumstances with the spread of COVID such as India and Brazil. I know that there is a sense of frustration, in that we cannot be helping directly, but we do have the power of the word when speaking to our loved ones and certainly with prayer.
Pope Francis has called for a global prayer marathon for the entire month of May, praying for the end to the pandemic.
“The initiative will involve in a special way all shrines in the world” in promoting the initiative so that individuals, families, and communities all take part in reciting the rosary, “to pray for the end of the pandemic”, said the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization in a press release on 21 April. If you feel this initiative would be helpful to you, please read more in The Record: https://therecord.com.au/news/international/pope-calls-for-monthlong-global-prayer-marathon-for-end-of-pandemic/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The%20eRecord%20-%2029%20April%202021%20Edition%20330&utm_content=The%20eRecord%20-%2029%20April%202021%20Edition%20330+CID_b258c6986f80ce956b7dbe1e4b2d9ed8&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=Read%20more%20button
COVID Restrictions from Monday 3 May in Schools
Communication that was sent sent today about the restrictions for next week can be viewed here. https://aus01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fholycross.wa.edu.au%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2021%2F04%2FCOVID-19-Update-30-April-2021-1.pdf
In summary, masks must be worn inside by all adults and secondary students, except for when teachers are instructing. Parents will be welcome to attend scheduled indoor events next week with masks. We are back to having 100% seated capacity. No adults or secondary students need to wear masks outside, with physical distancing measures in place. If the distancing is not possible outside, then masks must be worn. All College events next week will continue to take place.
Yesterday, the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) released their draft revised F–10 Australian Curriculum for public consultation. School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) will be conducting regional and metropolitan consultation workshops throughout May, to gather feedback from teachers and other stakeholders on ACARA’s proposed revisions. The feedback is critical to ensure that the views of Western Australian teachers, academics and professional associations are represented in the jurisdictional response that will be submitted to ACARA. Some of our Staff from HCC are attending the consultation workshops, and we will communicate any developments over the coming months.
Vocational Education and Training
Congratulations to Year 11 student, John (Darell) Albufera who has been successful in gaining an apprenticeship as a ‘Light Vehicle Automotive Mechanic’. Darell leaves us today, and was presented with a certificate in St James, during recess. Well done, Darell!
Year 12 Leavers Jackets
Four Year 12 students presented to the ‘Senior Leadership Team’ recently, in relation to the students being able to wear the Leaver’s Jackets for another day. Currently they wear them for two days per week. The extra day has been approved. From this week, our Year 12 students will wear their Leaver’s Jackets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Congratulations for following the process for possibly making change and for having a student voice.
The Administration area will be now be open from 8am until 4pm regardless of events that may take place on the College grounds. A staff member will be at reception, to assist you, at the aforementioned times. Thank you to our wonderful team!
Parent Camino – Stage 1A
Although we had minimal parent numbers participating in the Camino last Friday, from all reports, it was a glorious day walking from St Joseph’s in Subiaco to Bardon Park in Maylands. There was a lot of learning, reflection and connection taking place in relation to the Salvado Pilgrimage. The Pilgrim Trail from Perth to New Norcia is 201 km in length. This first section is approximately 8 km. Thank you to our Deputy – Mr Faith, Ben Bull, and our Marketing Officer, Ms Carolyn Jess, for supporting our parents along the way. I hope our parents enjoyed the experience.
I wish our staff and families a lovely weekend, and keep those that are vulnerable at this time, in my prayers.
Ms Julie Hornby