Friday 5 February 2021

COVID-19 Update #6 2021

Dear Parents and Families of CBC Fremantle

Good news on all fronts again, albeit good in the context of what we find ourselves dealing with.

Please continue to keep our sisters and brothers suffering and fighting the fires in your thoughts and prayers. I have already received offers of donation from our beautiful community. If you wish to, please use the Lord Mayor's Appeal to donate. We will make a contribution from our fundraising as soon as such events are possible.

I photobombed a couple of Teams lessons today. It was great to see the engagement where it was happening.

Since COVID became an issue it has been the priority of the College Leadership Team to try and adopt the highest safety standards for our students, parents and staff. This will continue to inform our decision-making. The Chief Health Officer (CHO) has recommended that until a review on 14 February, it is recommended that no parents attend assemblies/gatherings on site.

As a result, the College Opening Mass has been cancelled for 2021. We will arrange some other Liturgical start (Ash Wednesday being very early this year will give us that opportunity) for our boys, and will hopefully see as many of you as possible at our first CBC Fremantle Family Mass later in the year should the situation allow.

The Year 7 Transition Week, that includes a Camp and Retreat, is scheduled to run. Some adjustments have been made to the activities to ensure compliance with the CHO's advice. Mr Gary Bailey will send separate information specifically to do with these activities. The ceremony to welcome the Year 7s will be postponed until Monday 15 February. This is a beautiful event and I would not like to ballot attendance, or revert to a live-stream which, although high quality, does not capture the essence of the moment. Given that the Year 7 boys will either be on camp or on retreat next week, the one week delay should not diminish their welcome into our Community.

Parent Information evenings are postponed and will either be held in the ensuing weeks or pre-recorded for parents to view at their convenience.

Please click here to read a programme that outlines the arrangements for the first two weeks.

Parent presence on campus should be kept to a minimum and follow these protocols:

  • Sign-in as per the school's usual protocols
  • Wear a mask at all times
  • Practice 1.5 metres physical distancing
  • Follow good hand and respiratory hygiene practices.

I have contacted all Year 7 parents who need to pick up laptops. An email will go out this afternoon to all Year 7 parents. It is pertinent to those whose son's computer is not configured and gives instructions on how to do so. This can be done at any time, but if you come during the designated times and hit a problem we will have staff on site to assist. Together with parents of Year 10 boys, this can occur on Saturday 6 February from 10.00am to 12.00pm, or Sunday 7 February from 1.00pm 3.00pm. The High Street and Ellen Street gates will be open for on-site parking. Alternate parking can be found at our empty block at 162 High Street, or any of the on-street parking around the perimeter of the College. Once on site, follow the signage to your son's House banner. Make sure you and any member of your family accompanying you wear a mask and stay socially distant from other families.

The uniform shop is also open for an additional period from 7.30am to 9.00am on Monday 8 February. Please see above protocol for visitors on site. 

Masks are now obligatory until further notice whenever on campus. Please ensure you have an adequate supply for your son. Let someone at the College know if this is a problem. We have spares for emergencies, but can't be the primary supplier. Staff will work with the boys to help with the mask adjustment. We will advise boys directly about procedures and such things (which managed to confuse some journalists at the Premier's press conference) as how do you eat with a mask on. Our boys are fantastic and exude great common sense. I'm positive they will rise to this occasion as they have done in the past, but if you sense there may be an issue please contact us as soon as possible.

Each communication this week has included the up-to-the-minute advice, and I thank those of you who have graciously fed back your thoughts and those of you who continue to support us with your patience and understanding. The attached arrangements provide information for the next couple of weeks as we know it to be right now. We have contingencies and will give as much notice and detail as possible should there be changes.

Just a reminder that students, and particularly younger children, may be distressed by the COVID lockdown. The 'Head to Health' website offers a central platform for digital mental health resources, including apps, that may assist staff, parents and students and can be accessed by clicking here.

Information about the lockdown is available on the site.  The latest health information is available through WA Health Department.

Here is the link to the areas and locations visited by confirmed cases. If you have visited, or are in contact with others who visited, any of these areas, please ensure you get tested and keep the College informed.

Please give my best wishes to your sons and let's hope for a great start on Monday.

With love,

Mr Domenic Burgio