Student Assemblies were something we all missed during the stricter COVID lockdowns. School staff have thought long and hard about how we can return to hosting Assemblies yet still be compliant to Phase Four Government restrictions.
We needed to take into account the number of adults in the Hall, the number of students in the space, how we can limit the time students spend in close proximity to each other while still rewarding student effort and excellence, ensuring our student leaders have a chance to present to a wider audience and engage our students in uplifting events that serve to bring our community together – so important right now.
As a result, we have planned alternate assemblies. Junior Assemblies have changed to Friday afternoon, 2.20 – 2.50 pm, valuing literacy and numeracy learning. Students and teachers of Room10, Room 11, Room 12, Room 13, Room 14, Room 15 and Room 22 (163 students) attend the Junior Assemblies.
Senior assemblies remain at 8.45 – 9.15 in the morning, to avoid a clash with Senior Sport. Students and teachers of Room 3, Room 4, Room 5, Room 6, Room 7, Room 21 (162 students) attend the Senior Assemblies.
The format is shortened to limit time in close proximity therefore class items are replaced with appropriate Community Songs that are known by the specific year levels. Parents are welcome to attend Assemblies but must observe social distancing.
Awarding Merit Certificates is a key part of Assemblies. Parents of those students who are receiving an award will be sent a sms message a day or so before the Assembly to let them know that their child is receiving a Merit Certificate at the next Assembly see if they can make special arrangements to attend. If you do not receive a sms message, you may still attend, but part of the Government’s requirements for Phase Four is the 2 square metre rule for adults – adults will need to socially distance themselves at Assembly which may mean spilling out to the Quadrangle.
Please see the Calendar here to see when your child/ren’s class is having an Assembly.
Please email Beverly Innes [email protected] if you have any queries; thank you. I look forward to sharing joy with our students at tomorrow’s Junior Assembly, starting at 2.20 pm.