Premier’s announcement – 4 May

You will by now have seen the statement by the Premier regarding a staggered return to school.

From next Monday (11 May), Prep, and Years 1, 11 and 12 will return to ‘normal’ school.

It is acknowledged that some parents of Prep, Year 1, Year 11 and Year 12 students may still wish to keep their children home from school due to concerns about COVID-19 and due to student health concerns. This is an acceptable decision and your child won’t be marked as being absent, rather that they are learning from home. In these cases, parents and carers remain responsible for their children. This includes ensuring their children stay at home and continue their learning.

The State Government operational guidelines indicate that the classroom teacher is not responsible for providing an alternative home-based learning program for students in Prep, Year 1, Year 11 or Year 12 where parents elect to keep children at home after 11 May.  However, if parents of these children contact the school, the teacher can discuss with them ways they can best support their child at home.

At this stage, the current processes for years 2-10 will be maintained until May 25. A new survey for week 4 will be distributed very soon, aimed at Years 2-10.

The Queensland Government has chosen Prep, 1, 11 and 12 for a number of reasons. Research shows that the early years of schooling is when the building blocks for learning occurs. By allowing young children to return to Prep and Year 1 schools can continue to provide them with the teaching and learning that enables them to grow into capable and confident young people.

The senior years of schooling are important as young adults make decisions about the pathways they will take after school. In addition, 2020 is the first year of Queensland’s new Senior Assessment and Tertiary Entrance (SATE) reforms and it is important that our senior students continue their learning at their school during this significant year.

Children of essential workers and vulnerable children from other year levels will continue attending school sites as they have done since the commencement of Term 2. 

To maintain safety at Mary MacKillop, the following measures will be maintained:

  • students and staff who are unwell must not attend school
  • physical distancing of 1.5 metres is required by all adults
  • adults must not gather in and around school grounds, car parks, school gates and outside classrooms
  • parents should use stop, drop and go rather than walking their children into school
  • students will engage in regular effective handwashing and hygiene protocols, including regularly washing hands with soap and water or using hand sanitiser and covering coughs and sneezes
  • increased cleaning frequencies of high-touch surfaces such as light switches and door handles
  • technology such as video conferencing used for gatherings, meetings and assemblies

If you have any questions about this, please do contact the College. Have a lovely day.

Mr Chris Gabbett


From the Principal

Welcome to term 2!  

Thank you all very much for the positive and practical way you have supported us thus far in what has been a pretty challenging journey. We will keep communicating with you up to the review commissioned by the Premier on 15 May and beyond.

The College has designed this separate web space to ensure that students and parents have access to one single point of truth for online learning during the partial shutdown of schools. Very soon, all of the Covid-19 information on our main website will be migrated to this site. I will be communicating to you regularly via this page, so do please keep checking in.

Take care, stay safe

Mr Chris Gabbett

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