Friday, 22 October 2021

Community Update #4.6


We are so happy to see so many of the children back at school this week. We can't wait for the Year 3 & 4 children to return to their classrooms next week. 

Some of the children will share their back at school experiences in the virtual assembly video on Monday.

We thank all parents for helping the children to stay safe and well and continuing to support the children during flexible learning as required.

Stay safe and well and enjoy some extra freedom this weekend.


Staff Baby News

Ms Jacinta Stokes (5 S teacher) shared her exciting news with her class this week. Jacinta and her partner Dylan are expecting a baby ! We wish Jacinta well as she takes leave and we look forward to her return to St Pat's in the near future.

We are delighted to announce that Mrs Lisa Harris who is currently on leave after the birth of baby Liam will return to St Pat's in a part time teaching role for 2022.

  •  From October 26 (Week 4):

Arrangements for Prep students and Year 1 and 2 students will continue; 

Prep children will continue to enter and exit through the backyard gates as per Week 3. 

Year 3 to 4 will attend on Tuesday and Wednesday; 

Year 3&4 children can enter through the front yard gates at 8:45am and exit through the front yard gates at 3:25pm ( making use of the side gate beside the church too).

Year 5 and 6 will attend on Thursday and Friday through the backyard gates.

Remote and flexible learning will be delivered to students on the days they are not onsite. We will continue to follow the health advice to ensure staff and students are safe onsite.

Team Kids (before and after school care) is open to children attending school on the relevant day for the year level AND other children eligible for onsite supervision and learning.

Onsite bookings Those families that qualify to send their children onsite, please ensure you reapply for the new week by Friday of the previous week as per the criteria at this link in Community Update #4.1.Please continue to email principal@spmurrumbeena.catholic.edu.au for onsite inquiries.

  • From Friday November 5 (Week 5):
All children back onsite.

Masks Year 3-6

Children bringing masks to wear in the classroom are advised to bring their mask in a snaplock bag with their name on it. This will ensure that the masks can be stored safely and don't get mixed up if the children take them off to go outside.

Closure Days

There is one closure day on Monday 1st November. This is the day that is always set aside for staff to prepare reports.
The second closure day that has been on the calendar for Term 4 has now been cancelled for this year.

Parents & Friends Update

Disposable Mask orders - thankyou & update on distribution
We are very grateful to the Truscott family for supporting our children to return to school safely by supplying masks to purchase. Orders for families who had children attending school this week should have been collected by those children. Families whose children have not been on-site have been contacted by email to arrange a drop off over the weekend - masks will not be available for collection from the Portico as previously advised. 
If there have been any errors in your order, please contact the P&Fpandf@spmurrumbeena.catholic.edu.au
There is a strong possibility that more masks may be available to order next week.

Support Our (Last Minute!) Mango Fundraiser - Orders open for 1 week only

If you love mangoes, here’s your chance to indulge in fresh juicy Kensington Pride mangoes and support school fundraising efforts. We are selling 4.5kg trays of mangoes picked and packed during the premium harvest. Trays will cost $20 each and we expect delivery to the school in the first two weeks of December (date TBA). Orders must be placed by the end of next week using CDFPay (a payment portal will open on Monday). If we are unable to meet the minimum order of 64 trays, any money paid will be refunded.


Second Hand Uniform Stall – Email us to place your order & Volunteers Needed

If you are in need of school uniforms the second hand uniform shop can help you out. A variety of items, in a range of sizes are available for $5 per item using CDFPay. While COVID restrictions continue you can contact us via email at stpatssecondhanduniforms@gmail.com. Please include the items and sizes you require. If we have what you need we will contact you to arrange a suitable delivery/pick up option. 

Once restrictions are lifted, we hope the stall will be available onsite at the school, one afternoon per week for 30mins around school finish time. If you have time to assist with this, please contact our second hand uniform coordinator Sandra IORLANO via: stpatssecondhanduniforms@gmail.com. This is a great way to meet other parents and your commitment can flexible to suit your availability.


Invitation to attend P&F AGM – Thursday 11th November at 7.30pm via Zoom

The Parents & Friends Annual General Meeting will be held online on Thursday 11th November at 7.30pm. All members of the school community are welcome to attend. If you are interested in getting involved in the Committee please come along, but you don't need to be a member of the committee to attend. If you’d like to know more, please reach out to Jenny Jones the current P&F President via pandf@spmurrumbeena.catholic.edu.au or 0410470647.

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 818 4066 2746
Passcode: 856629

2022 P&F Class Reps - Volunteers needed

We are currently looking for volunteers to be the P&F representatives in each class or year level for 2022. Being a class rep is a wonderful way to meet other parents, and is a huge support to the P&F Committee and the school.

The main role of the Class Reps is to foster a sense of community within the year level by:

·       Welcoming new families who may join the school mid year

·       Being a conduit from the P&F to the families in your class / year in relation to P&F social events or fundraising efforts

·       Organising social events for your year level in conjunction with your other year level reps

If you would like to volunteer, or would like more information – please email: pandf@spmurrumbeena.catholic.edu.au or contact Jenny Jones 0410470647


Term 4 ( Summer uniform and hats )

        Year 3-6 students return                               From Oct 26 

         School Advisory Council                                       Oct 27 7pm

Closure Day Assessment/Reporting           Nov 1

       All students back onsite                               From Nov 5

          Parents & Friends AGM                                Nov 11 7:30pm

School Swimming                                         Nov 29 

         School Advisory Council                                      Dec 1 7pm 

School Concert                                             Dec 8
End of term                                                    Dec 15 at 1pm

                                           Term 1 2022

        Monday 31st January                                           Day 1 for all children

Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Community Update # 4. 5 Revised Roadmap

A safe return onsite

We welcomed the prep children back onsite on Monday and they were keen to return and catch up with their friends and teachers.

The class bubble arrangement is working well. Doors and windows in the classrooms are open and the children are continuing to use hand sanitiser. Many of the prep children are wearing masks too.

As per the government mandate, all staff onsite are vaccinated. All essential visitors coming onsite must adhere to the vaccination guidelines too.

We have submitted an application for the sail shade grant for outdoor learning and are awaiting the air purifiers. In the interim, we have arranged for the school sport marquees to be erected outdoors to provide extra shaded learning areas.

On Sunday, the Premier of Victoria announced changes to the roadmap for schools in metropolitan Melbourne and brought forward the current staggered days for Year 5 and 6 students.
  • Years 5 and 6 students will return this Friday 22 October and will be onsite part time for the following week. They will learn remotely Monday 25 to Wednesday 27 October before returning onsite on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 October.
  • Year levels Prep, 1, 2 will stay on the current schedule.
  • Year levels 3 and 4 will return onsite on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 October and work remotely on the other days
In readiness for tomorrow:

For safety reasons, it is imperative that parents don't enter the school grounds. Please social distance outside the gates. 

To allay any anxiety, staff will be available to meet your children and assist them at 8:45am.

The teachers will bring the children outside at 3:25pm. Again we encourage you to social distance outside the school grounds. Please do not congregate on the school grounds.

  • From October 21 (Week 3):

 Year 1 and 2 students will attend on Thursday and Friday, two days a week. 

Year 1 & 2 children can enter through the front yard gates at 8:45am and exit through the front yard gates at 3:25pm ( making use of the side gate beside the church too).

  • From October 22 (Week 3:)

Year 5 and 6 will attend on  Friday.

Year 5 & 6 children can enter through the back yard gates at 8:45am .

Teachers will direct the children to separate entry doors.

They will exit through the back yard gates at 3:25pm.

  •  From October 26 (Week 4):

Arrangements for Prep students and Year 1 and 2 students will continue; 

Prep children can enter and exit through the backyard gates as per Week 3. 

Year 3 to 4 will attend on Tuesday and Wednesday; 

Year 3&4 children can enter through the front yard gates at 8:45am and exit through the front yard gates at 3:25pm ( making use of the side gate beside the church too).

Year 5 and 6 will attend on Thursday and Friday.

Remote and flexible learning will be delivered to students on the days they are not onsite. Schools will continue to follow the health advice to ensure staff and students are safe onsite.

Team Kids (before and after school care) is open to children attending school on the relevant day for the year level AND other children eligible for onsite supervision and learning.

Onsite bookings Those families that qualify to send their children onsite, please ensure you reapply for the new week by Friday of the previous week as per the criteria at this link in Community Update #4.1.Please continue to email principal@spmurrumbeena.catholic.edu.au for onsite inquiries.

  • From Friday November 5 (Week 5):
All children back onsite.

Masks Year 3-6

Children bringing masks to wear in the classroom are advised to bring their mask in a snaplock bag with their name on it. This will ensure that the masks can be stored safely and don't get mixed up if the children take them off to go outside.

P&F mask orders are being delivered to the school. The children onsite will bring home the masks and where possible this will include sibling orders. 

Student attendance

All students are expected to attend onsite as their year levels return to onsite learning, unless they are formally being home-schooled. Parent preference is not an approved absence reason. Schools will work closely with families that may be concerned about the return to on site learning. Attendance, both onsite and remote, must be recorded daily.

Stay home when unwell and get tested The most important action school communities can take to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19, is to ensure that any unwell staff and students remain at home and get tested, even with the mildest of symptoms. Everyone should consider their health before they start work or attend school and ensure that they are free from coronavirus symptoms and have not had contact in the past 14 days with a person confirmed to have coronavirus or a person suspected to have coronavirus.

Friday, 15 October 2021

Community Update #4.4

We understand that everybody will feel a little anxious about the children returning onsite. We are hopeful that all will go well.

Please understand that we have a number of Covid safe measures in place.

Here is a link to a supportive video recommended by one of our school families:

To support Victorian schoolchildren with their return to onsite learning, The Royal Children's Hospital hosted a Facebook Live featuring experts in health and learning on 14th October 2021.

You can watch the replay here.

Don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.


Prep Drop Off and Pick Up Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

We look forward to welcoming the Prep children back to school on Monday. 

In order to ensure a safe drop off, the children will enter through the backyard gates from 8:45am.

For safety reasons, it is imperative that parents don't enter the school grounds. Please social distance outside the gates. 

To ally any anxiety, staff will be available to meet your children and assist them. 

The teachers and leaders will be in the playground to welcome the children and direct them inside to their classrooms.

The teachers will bring the children into the back yard at 3:25pm. Again we encourage you to social distance outside the school grounds. When you see your child, you may enter from the back gates and exit with you child through the front yard. Please do not congregate on the school grounds.


Year 1 & 2 Drop Off  Thursday and Friday

We look forward to welcoming the Year 1 & 2 children back to school on Thursday and Friday.

We ask parents to follow the safety protocols mentioned above.

Year 1 & 2 children can enter through the front yard gates at 8:45am and exit through the front yard gates ( making use of the side gate beside the church too).


Safety Bubbles - Keeping our school community safe.

As children begin to return to school on Monday, we will be operating a little differently to previously. 

In order to minimise opportunities for Covid transmission, each year level will operate as a “bubble”. 

This means that students and their teacher (and LSO) can only access their own classroom. 

Where possible, movement around the school (e.g. for play) will be directly outside rather than along corridors.

Play times will be separate and in dedicated spaces. 

All students, on arrival, will head straight to their classroom. 

All staff, Years 3-6 and some others will wear their masks while inside, except where it impacts a child’s access to learning.

Masks

Children bringing masks to wear in the classroom are advised to bring their mask in a snaplock bag with their name on it. This will ensure that the masks can be stored safely and don't get mixed up if the children take them off to go outside.

Sacraments  Postponed - Year 3 Reconciliation and Year 4 Eucharist

In discussion with Fr Siby and due to the current covid situation, the Year 3 and Year 4 children won't make their sacraments this year. These sacraments will occur in 2022. Sacrament levies will be rolled over to 2022 unless a family is leaving. 

Parents & Friends News

Children’s Disposable Face Mask Orders – Update

A reminder that you can still order children’s (and adults) disposable masks from CDFpay until midnight tonight. Boxes of 50 masks are $10 each. The link to CDFpay for any last minute orders is: https://spmurrumbeena.cdfpay.org.au/

We expect delivery to the school mid-next week, and these will be distributed / available for collection as follows:

  • Prep families – sent home with children on Wednesday 20th October
  • Gr 1 & Gr 2 families – sent home with children on Thursday 21st October
  • Other onsite students – please ask your children to collect on the day they attend after Wednesday 20th
  • Gr 3 to Gr 6 families – available for collection from the school portico on Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th October between 12:30 – 2:00pm each day.

The P&F will reach out to any families with uncollected orders to arrange a drop off / collection.

Invitation to attend P&F AGM – Thursday 11th November at 7.30pm via Zoom

The Parents & Friends Annual General Meeting will be held online on Thursday 11th November. All members of the school community are welcome to attend. If you are interested in getting involved in the Committee please come along. If you’d like to know more, please reach out to Jenny Jones the current P&F President via pandf@spmurrumbeena.catholic.edu.au or 0410470647.


Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 818 4066 2746
Passcode: 856629

Second Hand Uniform Stall – Email us to place your order & Volunteers Needed

If you are in need of school uniforms - the second hand uniform shop can help you out. A variety of items, in a range of sizes are available for $5 per item. While COVID restrictions continue you can contact us via email at stpatssecondhanduniforms@gmail.com. Please include the items and sizes you require. If we have what you need we will contact you to arrange a suitable delivery/pick up option.

Once restrictions are lifted, we hope the stall will be available onsite at the school, one afternoon per week for 30mins around school finish time. If you have time to assist with this, please contact our second hand uniform coordinator Sandra IORLANO via: stpatssecondhanduniforms@gmail.com. This is a great way to meet other parents and your commitment can flexible to suit your availability.

Garden of Hope Update

The garden and mosaic won't be completed in time for Michelle Barclay's anniversary (24 October ). We are waiting for the Year 6 children to return to contribute to the mosaic and will let you know when everything is finished. The mosaic is progressing really well.


Prep Information Evening
A huge thanks to all of our community who contributed to the Prep Information event on Tuesday. 
Special thanks to our wonderful staff and the following parents who helped to make the event a success.
  • Kylie Thompson & Kirsty Gemetzis (current prep parents)
  • Victoria Jones- Nguyen (School Advosory Council)
  • Jenny Jones, Anna Martin, Sandra Iolano -ly ( P&F)


Report of youths climbing over the back fence into the school grounds

We have been informed that there are youths trespassing on the school grounds after school hours.
Some were sighted climbing over the fences and then trying to break into the PE shed.
Please call the police if you notice anybody in the school grounds after school hours.


Notice from the Glen Eira Council

A report has been made of youths on bikes recently travelling around the Murrumbeena area, ringing doorbells then running away.

 

This behaviour causes inconvenience and distress to residents. Police have been informed and are now aware of the behaviour.

 

 
Term 4 ( Summer uniform and hats )
Dates highlighted in yellow will be updated once we can proceed

Prep & Year 1 students return                      From Oct 18

        Year 3-6 students return                               From Oct 26 

         School Advisory Council                                       Oct 27 7pm

Closure Day Assessment                             Nov 1

       All students back onsite                               From Nov 5

          Parents & Friends AGM                                Nov 11 7:30pm

Closure Day Planning 2022                          Nov 19 
School Swimming                                         Nov 29 - Dec 10

         School Advisory Council                                      Dec 1 7pm 

School Concert                                             Dec 8
End of term                                                    Dec 15 at 1pm



Friday, 8 October 2021

Community Update #4.3

St Patrick's Church
Fr Siby has informed us that over the last couple of days, vandals have broken the windows at the front of the church. The police have taken fingerprints. We encourage our community to phone the police if you notice anybody damaging the church or school grounds.

Virtual Lectures - The Catholic Contribution
The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne and Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools (MACS) are proud to present The Catholic Contribution, a virtual lecture series from Professor John Haldane.

The aim of this series is to understand the nature, development and self-understanding of Roman Catholicism and its contribution to the culture of Europe and beyond, not just historically but through to the present day and into the future.

The first lecture is entitled:  What does it mean to be Catholic ?

Attendance is free and open to all.

For further information and to register for The Catholic Contribution series, please visit macs.vic.edu.au/Haldane.

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Finish at 3:25pm from Week 2 onwards

Thank you to all families for your flexibility with the 2:30 finish during the week. School will finish at the usual time of 3:25pm next week.

Those families that qualify to send their children onsite, please ensure you reapply for the new week by Friday of the previous week as per the criteria at this link in Community Update #4.1.

Prep 2022 Information Evening

Despite the challenges of COVID we are looking forward to welcoming parents to our online Parent Information Evening Tuesday 12 October from 7 - 8pm. You can access all of our transition dates on our website at this link.

Below is the invitation link to the Parent Evening. You can join from 6:50pm for a 7pm start.
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82913788414?pwd=cWlMSCs3YUFTZlhZanBpRytGWExXZz09

Meeting ID: 829 1378 8414
Passcode: 524802

Please do not hesitate to contact Jenny Hawkins  principal@spmurrumbeena.catholic.edu.au with any questions

School Fees

Updated school fee invoices will be sent out in the coming week with adjustments for year levels in relation to discounts including sports levies and sacraments. 

Please contact Jenny Hawkins to discuss your situation in relation to financial hardship.

Masks mandatory for Year 3 and above P& F Initiative

Boxes of Children’s Disposable Masks  -  $10 per box – available to order next week

With today’s announcement today that masks will become mandatory in schools for Grade 3 and upwards, one of our generous families have made boxes of disposable masks available for purchase at a reduced price to members of the school community. Both CHILDREN’s and ADULT masks are available. Each box contains 50 disposable masks for $10.00 per box using the CDFPay App. These will be available to order from next Monday 11th October, and orders will close on Friday 15th October. Boxes will be delivered to school the following week, with more details to be provided about how to collect them. Orders will be limited to a maximum of 5 boxes per family (total) and we are exploring making a further order available in future.


St Pat’s Trivia Night – Dressed for a PJ Party!

What a fantastic night it was. We had nearly 50 families join us online for our first ever online trivia event.
We were entertained by our host Brad Richardson from RadBee who ran 3 rounds of trivia, interspersed with games and raffle draws.
There were so many winners on the night!


Round 1, Keren Beynon, Gerald Dillon, Julie Jacobs
Game 1: Who am I?, Mark Langham
Raffle draw 1, Meg Copes


Round 2, Sandra Iorlano, Tim Newton, Mark Langham
Game 2: Guess the number, Lisa Finamore
Raffle draw 2, Sarah Bacon


Round 3, Vince Persi, Melinda Vella, Fiona & Richard Ford
Selfie Most original, Kim Johnston
Selfie Most effort, Siobhan McNally

Selfie People’s choice, Caterina Slade/Christie Alexander

Raffle major prize, Ralph Ford

Raffle 2nd prize, Dhilan Vijayalingam

Raffle 3rd prize, Fiona Campbell

Raffle 4th prize, Kara Narayanan

Special thanks to our generous donors for our food and drink offers and raffle prizes: Murrumbeena Wine Bar, JaneO Food, Basilico and Ann Peacock from Crown.

Thank you to all the families who joined us and to those who bought raffle tickets. All funds raised will go towards the Michelle Barclay Memorial Running Track.

 Term 4 ( Summer uniform and hats )
Dates highlighted in yellow will be updated once we can proceed

Prep 2022 Parent Evening online                 Oct 12 7pm-8pm 
Prep & Year 1 students return                      From Oct 18

        Year 3 First Reconciliation                           Oct 19 at 5:30pm

Year 4 Reconciliation                                    Oct 20 6pm
Year 4 First Communion                               Oct 23 9:15am (4R) 

        Year 3-6 students return                               From Oct 26 

         School Advisory Council                                       Oct 27 7pm

        Year 4 First Communion                               Nov 6 9:15am  (4M)

Closure Day Assessment                             Nov 1

       All students back onsite                              From Nov 5

          Parents & Friends AGM                                Nov 11

Closure Day Planning 2022                          Nov 19
School Swimming                                         Nov 29 - Dec 10

         School Advisory Council                                      Dec 1 7pm 

School Concert.                                            Dec 8
End of term                                                    Dec 15 at 1pm


Sunday, 3 October 2021

Community Update #4.2 Term 4: Making sense of the Roadmap back to school

Dear Parents & Carers,

Welcome to Term 4. We sincerely hope and pray that all children will return onsite to St Pat's very soon. 

The Catholic Education Commission of Victoria released the updated School Operation Guide on Saturday 2 October 2021 at 5:30pm.

Several of you have asked questions around a number of the points below. I hope by sharing this with you, you will have a greater understanding about the plans underway to support a safe return onsite for all children and staff in the coming weeks.

This information follows on from the guidelines shared with you in Community Update #4.1 around onsite supervision adjustments. Thank you for your understanding and support as we continue to ensure a safe return for our children and staff onsite.

Making sense of the Roadmap back to school

Students will return to onsite learning in a staged way. Ventilation strategies, wearing masks and continuing to follow health advice will help maintain schools as safe places.

All dates below are subject to public health advice

  • From October 18 (Week 3) Prep and Year 1 students:

 Prep students will return three days a week, Monday through to Wednesday

 Year 1 and 2 students will attend on Thursday and Friday, two days a week. 

  •  From October 26 (Week 4) all school students will return at least part-time: 
Arrangements for Prep students and Year 1 and 2 students will continue; 

Year 3 to 4 will attend on Tuesday and Wednesday; 

Year 5 and 6 will attend on Thursday and Friday

Remote and flexible learning will be delivered to students on the days they are not onsite. Schools will continue to follow the health advice to ensure staff and students are safe onsite.

Team Kids (before and after school care) is open to children attending school on the relevant day for the year level AND other children eligible for onsite supervision and learning.

  • From Friday November 5 (Week 5):
All children back onsite.

Student attendance

All students are expected to attend onsite as their year levels return to onsite learning, unless they are formally being home-schooled. Parent preference is not an approved absence reason. Schools will work closely with families that may be concerned about the return to on site learning. Attendance, both onsite and remote, must be recorded daily.

Wellbeing check-ins - In addition to recording student attendance, schools must have in place processes and procedures to ensure that student wellbeing check-ins take place each day, on a group and/or individual basis.

Stay home when unwell and get tested The most important action school communities can take to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19, is to ensure that any unwell staff and students remain at home and get tested, even with the mildest of symptoms. Everyone should consider their health before they start work or attend school and ensure that they are free from coronavirus symptoms and have not had contact in the past 14 days with a person confirmed to have coronavirus or a person suspected to have coronavirus.

Face Masks

The Victorian Chief Health Officer:
  • Directs school staff to wear a face mask indoors and outdoors at school, including when attending an Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) program, unless a lawful exception applies.
  • Directs school staff to wear face masks while teaching wherever practicable, except where removal of a face mask is necessary for effective communication.
  •  Recommends children under 12 years of age and students at primary school wear face masks when at school, attending an OSHC program, or when travelling to and from school on public transport, taxis or ride share vehicles.

COVID-19 vaccination directions for education workers
The Victorian Chief Health Officer has issued directions for required vaccinations for education workers. These directions are specific to education workers and supersede those for other authorised workers.An education worker is:

  • any person who is employed by an education operator to work in an education facility (including teachers, early childhood educators and educational support staff)
  • a person contracted to work at an education facility and who will or may be in close proximity to children, students or staff, whether or not engaged by the education operator including casual relief teachers, IT personnel, NDIS providers and auditors (but does not include delivery personnel)
  • staff of Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools who attend an education facility (such as allied health personnel)
  • staff of any other entity who attends an education facility
  • volunteers that attend an education facility and that work in close proximity to children, students or staff (including parent helpers) and
  • students on placements at an education facility.
All education workers are required:
  • by 18 October to have had a first dose of the vaccine or produce evidence of a booking to receive a vaccine by 25 October 2021; and
  • by 29 November 2021 to be fully vaccinated unless a medical exemption applies, and to show evidence of their vaccination status.
Keep surfaces clean 
COVIDSafe routine cleaning arrangements will continue for all Victorian Catholic schools in Term 4. This involves daily, end-of-school-day cleaning, with a particular focus on cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces, and the inclusion of some elements that were not cleaned every day prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Ventilation
Schools are required to increase fresh air flow into indoor spaces (including shared spaces, staff areas and thoroughfares) whenever possible and to maximise the use of outdoor learning areas or environments.

Use of fans Fans are only recommended to be used with other natural and mechanical methods in place. Ceiling fans should be operated on the winter setting (where possible) and lowest speed. Other fans, such as pedestal fans, should not be directed to blow air from one person directly past another and should be set to the lowest speed.  

Maximise the use of outdoor learning areas or environments 
Schools are encouraged to maximise the use of outdoor learning areas and environments. Prefer the use of an outdoor space over an indoor space where, whenever, and as much as practicable. 

Air purifiers
The Victorian Government is delivering air purifier units (model Samsung AX7500) to most Catholic schools. User manuals will be delivered with each unit and should be kept in the same room as each unit for reference. A copy can also be downloaded from the Samsung website. Air purifiers are advised to be prioritised for higher risk areas. These areas include where there are high levels of mixing of staff and reduced mask use when eating, higher levels of exertion and increased aerosol projection, and areas of lower ventilation and possible exposure to illness. For example, sick bays, staff rooms, canteens, school receptions and student centres, gymnasiums and music rooms. Further advice will be provided on air purifiers.

School Shade Sails Fund – CECV Grant Applications
As students return to school onsite under the Roadmap to Deliver the National Plan, schools are required to increase fresh air flow into indoor spaces whenever possible and to maximise the use of outdoor learning areas or environments. The School Shade Sails Fund provides grants to schools for shade development to facilitate outdoor learning. Schools can apply for up to $25,000 per school campus.
The aim of the Fund is to help schools maximise the use of their outdoor learning areas and environments by creating new safe and shaded outdoor learning spaces in schools to help prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
It is important that schools note the following regarding the grants:
  • Grants are available to most eligible Victorian Catholic schools (excluding a small number of higher fee-paying secondary schools).
  • Grants can be made from 8 October 2021. The portal will not be available prior to that date.
  • Only new shade sails/ structures will be considered (repair or replacement is not eligible).
  • New shade sails/ structures over existing playgrounds are not eligible.

I will continue to keep you updated with regard to progress in all of the areas above.

We look forward to welcoming all children back to school in the safest way possible in the coming weeks.

Please email me directly principal@spmurrumbeena.catholic.edu.au with any questions.

Stay safe and well,

Jenny Hawkins 
Principal

Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Community Update # 4.1 Looking ahead to Term 4 Week 1

 Dear Parents & Carers,


As you are aware, 42 of our families (including staff) were required to spend the whole school holiday period in quarantine.


This has been an extremely challenging 14 day period for these 27 families and 15 staff members. We are all familiar with the challenges of isolation which we experienced during our whole school closure in July and wouldn't wish that experience on anyone.


Fortunately there was no transmission to any other students or staff onsite. Our procedures and practices including the urgent response from all concerned, ensured that everyone remained safe.


Unfortunately however, transmission occurred within the affected family’s home and the family are all still recovering. We keep them in our thoughts and pray that they will all heal very soon.


In order to ensure the wellbeing of families and staff still suffering from their quarantine experiences, we have made some adjustments to our programme for Week 1 this term.


Adjustments to the Week 1 programme


  • Flexible learning will resume on Monday 4 October at the normal time however, the school day will finish at 2:30pm for onsite and offsite students during Week 1 only.

  • Specialist Day will take place on Tuesday this term until further notice

  • To minimise staff exposure and numbers of staff onsite, teachers will be allocated to one day over a 10 day period onsite. When a teacher is onsite, they will only be available for the 9am Zoom meeting for their class on that day. The teacher will notify their class when this occurs. The teacher will not be available to contact or mark any set work on that day.


 Adjustments to onsite criteria for families

Due to the high number of cases across Melbourne and the need to minimise risk for our staff and children, we are unable to offer the same flexibility around on-site numbers. Please refer to the adjusted criteria below. 


  • All applications must be emailed to Jenny principal@spmurrumbeena.catholic.edu.au by Friday 1 October for Week 1

  • Both parents must be essential workers and hold a permit

  • NCCD students classified as extensive only may apply to come onsite

  • There will be less fluidity around drop off and pick up arrangements. Children must be dropped off by 9am and picked up at a designated time in writing.

  • Team Kids will be available for onsite students

  • Temperature screening will recommence

  • If a parent is unwell, then please ensure you get a covid test and keep your children at home until you receive the result

  • If a student is unwell, they must not be sent to school


Further information with regard to Week 2 onwards will be shared with you during Week 1.

This will include and update on mandatory vaccinations for staff, air purifiers, outdoor learning and year level safety learning and play bubbles as we progress ahead in the coming weeks.


A huge shout out to our wonderful staff and families who are starting to come out of quarantine. We thank them for playing their part in keeping our community safe.


Thanks to all of you for your support and understanding as we prepare for a new term and work together to keep all children, staff and families at St Patrick's school safe and well.


As always, please email me with any further questions.


Jenny Hawkins

Principal