I am pleased to report that we have had a smooth start to Term 2, despite the changes brought about by COVID-19. Staff were well prepared for the term, and all have been agile and flexible in ensuring that education for our students and families has been open. Yesterday and today our attendance is sitting around 88% which is pleasing as this indicates most of our students have returned to face to face learning at school. We will continue to work with those students who are learning from home to make sure they are well supported.
There are some important updates that I need to share with you at this time:
Pupil Free Day
A staff development day has been scheduled for 29 May 2020. The additional staff development day is due to the changes made at the start of Term 2.
- A decision was made last Wednesday that moving forward from June 30, 2020, Joseph Banks Secondary College will no longer contract the services of Uniform Concepts, or Nell Gray for our uniform supplies. As this is a very recent decision I am working through the details of closing our contractual arrangements, and at the same time I am working with my Manager Corporate Services to find a replacement uniform supplier who will service our needs to meet College and community expectations. Until the contract is ended, parents can still purchase uniform items from Uniform Concepts.I will continue to provide updates as they come to hand. In the meantime, please communicate any concerns that you may have to the College. If for some reason, you are unable to purchase the black jacket, as we are in the interim stage of replacing suppliers, students will be permitted to wear a plain black jumper or jacket.
- Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Uniform Shop has moved all stocks and services to the Joondalup store. We apologise for any inconvenience with this. The address for Uniform Concepts is 5/7 Delage Street, Joondalup.
From Week 4, Monday 18 May, all students will resume their full timetable, finishing the school day at the end of period 5 (or period 6). Staggered break times for recess and lunch will remain in place for the foreseeable future.
Joseph Banks Secondary College has been invited to participate in research the WA Government is undertaking in partnership with Telethon Kids Institute. Our school’s involvement in this research will make a valuable contribution to better understanding the extent of COVID-19 in Western Australia and what measures are required to keep our communities safe during the pandemic. As part of the research, a sample of staff and students from 40 of these schools, chosen at random, will be tested for COVID-19 at monthly intervals over a period of at least three months. The study will be rolled out across schools over the next few weeks. Participation is voluntary and consent will be sought from staff and parents, as well as students for the psychosocial survey component.
I believe new information about the Detect project will be made available to the College later this week. As soon as I have further details I will communicate these to all students and families.
Thank you for your ongoing support. Our College community has navigated the rapidly changing educational landscape without fuss and we can be proud of our transition back to school.
Stay safe and well.