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COVID Lockdown, ANZAC Day and Learning Conversations


Dear Holy Cross College College Community,

COVID-19 Lock down

During the press conference by Premier, Mr Mark McGowan, we have been informed of a three-day lockdown commencing at midnight tonight. Masks will need to be worn from 6pm this evening. 

At this point in time, school will resume as normal on Tuesday morning. However, should the circumstances change over the weekend, I will update you with any information in relation to any further restrictions involving being on campus, and your child’s education, as soon as I am able. This information will include directives from our CEWA Executive Director, Dr Debra Sayce, should the need arise. 

ANZAC Day

Anzac Day is observed on Friday 25 April, and is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand. It is a time when we remember and acknowledge those that served, died and suffered in all wars and conflicts.  Holy Cross College will be holding an ANZAC Remembrance Liturgy on Tuesday 9:00am at the Olive Grove.

Staffing News

Melinda Evans has accepted the position as a Teacher for students with disability and will commence work towards the end of this term.

Niamh Barnden has been successful in gaining the role of Assistant Accountant in the Finance Team. Niamh was employed at La Salle as well as in the Catholic Education office for over 20 years combined. Niamh will join us next term at the latest.

Our own Marnie Barrett has been elected to the position of Sports Management Committee (SMC) Representative on the Associated and Catholic Colleges of WA (ACC) Executive yesterday. The ACC of WA is one of the largest independent school sporting associations in Australia. Marnie is now the representative for all Sports Coordinators on the ACC Executive (board). We are very proud of Marnie and her achievement. Well done!

Congratulations to all these staff members.

Learning Conversations (Years 7-9)

Thank you for your participation in the Learning Conversations this week. The honest conversations. and interactions with our parents are vital in building the partnerships and ensuring that we are all on the same page in relation to students’ progress and the individual plans moving forward. The students, in turn, need to be accountable for his or her learning, and subsequent results. I appreciate the time that was given and hope you found the experience affirming, but also goal driven for the term ahead.

Uniforms

The students returned with the majority wearing the correct school uniform. Thank you for the continued support for the standards we expect. Unfortunately, we still had a number of students with hair styles that do not conform with our policy. Please take direction from the teachers with these individual circumstances.

Student photos take place next Tuesday and Wednesday. All students are required to be in full Winter uniform. Thank you.

Ozanam House Day

Thank you to Mr Mark Potts, Ozanam House Coordinator, and staff for the planning of the Ozanam House Mass and Feast Day. The students were very respectful, and it was a joyful day for all, remembering the works of Blessed Frederic Ozanam.

Public Recognition – For Your Interest

Mrs Kate Dunstan, was our Junior School Innovator for Digital Technologies up until the end of 2020. She began writing an article about e-safety at Holy Cross last year, which has now been published. See the link below.

http://www.innovatemyschool.com/ideas/5-ways-to-boost-your-school-s-esafety

Mr Ryan Shelton had an article published on this same site last year.

http://www.innovatemyschool.com/ideas/school-success-via-21st-century-pedagogies

The articles demonstrate the contemporary learning styles and environment at the College, as well as the enthusiasm and passion for learning, of both staff and students involved.

I wish you all a wonderful long weekend, remembering and acknowledging those that served, died and suffered in all wars and conflicts. We pray for those family members whom we have lost and relay their stories though our generations to come. LEST WE FORGET.

Kind regards

Ms Julie Hornby

Principal