Dear Holy Cross College Community
We are certainly in challenging times, both locally and globally. In relation to the situation concerning Russia and the Ukraine, we turn to our world leaders for support and hope. Pope Francis said that due to the alarming developments in the region, once again, the peace of all is threatened by partisan interests. Pope Francis went on to say, “I would like to appeal to those with political responsibilities to do a serious examination of conscience before God, who is the God of peace and not of war, who is the father of all and not only of some, who wants us to be brothers and sisters and not enemies.”
Our College Community prays for all those affected by this war, and for resolution to be reached sooner, than later, with no further expense to humanity.
Parents and guardians, thank you for following our directions and processes in relation to the testing framework and isolation procedures around COVID in schools. We look forward to the return of our students that have had to isolate, either because they are sick or a close contact. Important information was sent home today. Please contact administration if you did not receive the communication.
The school assessment policy continues to guide the community on all scenarios where students are missing assessments.
The policy refers to acceptable and unacceptable reason for missed assessments. The following may help clarify what is and is not acceptable to the College for COVID-19 absence scenarios:
Acceptable reasons for missed assessments includes:
- students isolating due to being a confirmed positive case,
- students that are approved close contacts, and
- Students who have been identified as immune compromised.
Students will sit their assessments as soon as they return to school. Year 11 and 12 students must sit their assessments at 8am on the next available school day they return to school in San Salvador. Learning Area Leaders may choose to have a student complete an alternative assessment if they believe that the original assessment validity is compromised.
Year Six Assembly
Congratulations to the Year Six students who demonstrated their knowledge about what effective leadership is, at their recent Assembly. The Assembly was live streamed, which added to the excitement of performing. Well done!
Friends of Holy Cross (FHC)
This week we had our meeting via TEAMS and discussed a range of ways of keeping the community events functioning. The next meeting is on 29 March at 6:30pm. Parents are invited to join, and a link will be sent out by the President, Michelle Francis, closer to the time. You don’t have to be at every meeting, so please feel most welcome to be a part of the discussions.
Holy Cross Carers Collective (HCCC)
The first gathering with Danielle Muir and Natalie Beazley was rescheduled until next Friday. A link will be sent next week if you’d like to join via TEAMS. HCCC is for parents who are carers of students with specific needs and conditions. A few HCC staff members will be present for part of the meeting next week.
Learning is Fun
Despite the challenging times, the students continue to enjoy their learning opportunities and experiences at HCC. It’s so rewarding to see the smiles and have positive conversations.
Please note that next Friday 4 March is a pupil free day, and the College office will be closed. Staff will be involved with professional learning.
Have a good weekend.