COVID-19 Information and Updates

Protecting Year 12 students from COVID-19

 Year 12 students will now have their COVID-19 test result fast tracked through pathology. They simply need to advise the nurse or doctor doing the test they are HSC students.

Results will be fast tracked to reduce disruption to their studies and exams. We also want to reduce potential anxiety around getting tested and ensure students self-isolate at home until results are known. This will help protect the whole community.

 It is important that all Year 12 students:

•       Stay 1.5m apart where possible

•       Wear a mask if physical distancing isn’t possible

•       Get tested asap if they have even the mildest of symptoms

•       Tell the clinician doing the test they are a Year 12 student and to mark the referral ‘Urgent – HSC student’

•       Stay home and self-isolate until results are known

•       Receive a negative test result before returning to school; showing the school a screenshot of an SMS result is sufficient

•       Call the contact number provided by the clinic if results are not received within 36 hours

 As social young adults, senior students may be at greater risk of COVID-19 than the younger children at school. 

They’re also more likely to be out and about in situations which could put them at risk of COVID-19 if they don’t stay vigilant.

 

Find the nearest testing clinic at : www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/how-to-protect-yourself-and-others/clinics

Tuesday 18th August

HSC and Covid

 

Monday 25th May

It has been eight weeks since ‘Learning from Home’ commenced so Monday 25th May will be a special day as we celebrate all students returning. On behalf of all the staff we are looking forward to it!

 

Dear parents and carers, due to the high traffic on the internet we are asking that you please check your junk folders as some of the important school emails may have diverted to this folder. Apologies for the inconvenience. Take care in these challenging times!

Important Links Below

21 may 2020

Principal Communication

Implementation of Full-Time Return to School

Returning Monday 25th May

To the Barrenjoey Learning Community

As you already know we have been operating a phased return of students since Monday 11th May. This included two weeks of students attending one day per week and Year 12 students returning this week, for 4 full days. While COVID-19 has presented many challenges, I am very proud of the professional manner in which Barrenjoey staff, both teaching and support, managed the situation. Teachers adjusted their curriculum overnight and prepared on-line lessons to enable learning continuity, while support staff assisted behind the scenes to provide parental communication and maintain both welfare and learning support. For this I would like to publicly thank all the staff at Barrenjoey for an amazing job.

Throughout this time it has been quite difficult to track all the changes and information that was conveyed from numerous sources and it has been almost impossible to predict the timeline of when schooling would change DET attendance phases or return full-time. You, the parents and caregivers of our students, have encouraged us throughout, despite the uncertain messaging, by believing in the efforts and abilities of our staff and I know that they have appreciated your support.

As you have undoubtedly heard the State Government made the decision to return all NSW students to school from Monday 25th May. All Barrenjoey students will return to full-time from next Monday and will follow their regular timetables. This will also have some challenges, however, it will be great to see all the smiling student faces back at Barrenjoey and engaged in their learning. As a learning community we will have to do some things differently, some we’ll be able to predict and plan for and others that may surprise us and require further planning. Whatever happens, I feel confident that Barrenjoey can manage the next six weeks of Term Two well.

Below are some of the key features of a full-time return to school next week that we will be working towards so that we can all remain safe and secure while learning.

Expectations to ensure health and safety of all students and staff

Safety remains a priority during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students will be expected to behave in a responsible way, which recognises the importance of protecting the health of themselves, their peers and staff. The Health Department states that teachers and school staff are at a greater risk than students in contracting COVID-19 and its effects, so we ask students to take these points extremely seriously.

Students will be expected to:

  • Stay home when unwell. Parents must not send students to school if they are feeling unwell. If a student is unwell during the school day, they will not be able to remain in the clinic. Parents will be expected to promptly collect unwell students from school. (It would be appreciated if as an additional precaution, students’ temperatures are checked before leaving for school)
  • Assist in keeping classroom desks and school equipment clean as directed by the teacher
  • Engage in regular handwashing, especially before eating during breaks
  • Not share drinks or food – bring a water bottle as bubblers will remain out of action and only the bottle refill station will operate
  • Remain 1.5 m apart from school staff.
  • Move around the blocks in the direction as suggested by ‘flow arrows’. Students and staff will access the first floors via one stairwell and return to the ground floor by another.
  • Bring all their own equipment including pens, calculators, BYOD with charger, glue and anything else needed as there will be NO sharing amongst students or provision of equipment by staff
  • Cough or sneeze into their elbows if necessary to avoid spreading infection. Avoid touching their face.
  • Use soap, sanitisers and other health items in a responsible manner – ideally bring own sanitiser. However, each classroom has a supply of hand sanitiser as well as alcohol wipes and access to extra cleaning throughout the day with special attention to cleaning of desks, doorknobs, bathrooms and other surfaces.
  • Participate safely if they elect to participate in ball games during break times by washing hands and sanitising afterwards
  • Depart school at the end of the day in a staggered manner with students leaving A and C Blocks at 3.05pm and B and D Blocks at 3.10pm.

Parents are welcome to visit the Front Office if required but please do not seek access to other parts of the school.

Transport

School buses will be running at normal times before and after school.

With Period 5 finishing five minutes early for some students each day a staff supervision roster will be implemented to assist with a safe and efficient egress from the school.

Uniform

Students are expected to wear their full school uniform on the days they attend. In the colder weather make sure you purchase items to keep you warm that are part of the uniform.

The Uniform Store is open for regular trading hours.

Uniform Store Manager: Virginia Upton

bhsuniformstore@gmail.com

Monday                                2.30pm – 4.30pm

Wednesday                         3.30pm – 5.30pm

Thursday                            8.30am – 10.30am

Canteen

The Canteen will resume normal operations from Monday 25th May. 

  • To purchase food it will need to be ordered BEFORE 9.30am using Flexischools https://www.flexischools.com.au/
  • Over the counter purchases will be limited to some drinks and snacks and other non-perishable items – but it will be CASHLESS so students will need an eftpos card for payment
  • There will be social distancing in the canteen at all times and extra teachers will be on duty to supervise the students.
  • Therefore, you are encouraged to use Flexischools to assist with choice, payment and social distancing. Alternatively bring your own lunch and snacks.

Wednesday Sport

Wednesday afternoon sport will be possible yet very challenging as we have very limited opportunities beyond the school gates with the ratio of staff to students being very tight. We have had to make a number of decisions for the remainder of this term.

  • Years 8 and 9 students will select a sport with Mr Flood after Lunch 2 on Wednesday 27 May, (separate information to follow).
  • Options will include the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh (Year 9) Award as well as Concert Band rehearsal, (specific information will follow regarding these activities).
  • Year 10 students will meet Mr Brown and Ms James to discuss the subject selection process for 2021 after Lunch 2 on Wednesday 27 May. They will be dismissed early following this meeting.
  • Years 8 and 9 will continue with Wednesday sport for the remainder of Term 2.
  • Year 10 will NOT be required to attend sport (from Wednesday 3 June until end of Term 2) and will be permitted to leave school early at Lunch 2 with the exception of a scheduled interview with senior staff for 2021 subject selection.

Please note: if parents do not wish their child to leave after Lunch 2 on Wednesday afternoon please inform Ms James and an alternative arrangement will be made)

Until Monday the 25th May

It has been eight weeks since ‘Learning from Home’ commenced so next Monday will be a special day as we celebrate all students returning. On behalf of all the staff I am looking forward to it!

Until next week,

Ian Bowsher

 

13 May 2020

Year 12 Update13th May 2020

COVID-19 and The HSC

Welcome Back

I hope you are having a productive start to Term Two and this message finds you well. As you are undoubtedly aware many things happened over the break and during the first two weeks of this term that resulted in numerous announcements in the media. Subsequently, there have been a number of challenges to overcome with our school organisation. As you know, we are midway through the first week of Phase One in the Return to School Plan and while it is still early, I feel we are in a good position.

So far this week, students across all year groups have engaged well with school. Importantly, the teaching staff have felt comfortable and safe with our transition and are confident that they can manage the classroom environment. The most important aspect is that Year 12 Teachers (and I’ve corresponded with all of them) and the Head Teachers all feel they can adequately accommodate Year 12 students returning to (almost) full time face-to-face learning.

This is a big step, however, it is vital for us to offer the best support and educational landscape possible for our HSC students. Online learning has been a great success for most students and teachers, however, it does not replace the proven ‘best practice’ of face-to-face teaching. Therefore, I am very pleased to inform you that ALL Year 12 Students will reconnect with their teachers in timetabled lessons from Monday 18th May.

Following is a summary of how we will manage the return of Year 12 students from next week.  A revised student timetable will be released over this coming weekend and students can access it through their Student Portal.  It will relate to the following:

  • All regular lessons (including Period 0’s) will exist for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
  • The timetable will NOT necessarily include Wednesday’s lessons as some staff will not be present.  Some timetabled subjects will be held (including VET Hospitality) that students will be expected to attend.
  • For some classes containing more than ten students they have been re-roomed so that we can maintain social distancing requirements. In these cases, students have been timetabled into one of three larger spaces, the School Hall, Performance Space or Staff Common Room in A Block.
  • Teachers may also invite students to attend other lessons or tutorials, either on Flexible Tuesday (Week A) or during Wednesdays. These extra learning opportunities will be through teacher invitation.
  • During this transition, students will not be required to attend the Senior Study before their first lesson of the day. Senior Study remains mandatory for all lessons in between timetabled classes. However, please note that due to a refurbishment taking place an alternative room or space may be utilised rather than the usual Senior Study.
  • Full school uniform will be expected

On behalf of all Year 12 Teachers I look forward to seeing Year 12 lessons recommence to almost full capacity next week, from Monday the 18th May.

Please contact the school should you have any further inquiries.

Kind Regards

Ian Bowsher

6 may 2020

Principal Communication 6 May 2020

Implementation of Phase 1 Return to School

Barrenjoey High School

 

To the Barrenjoey Learning Community

As you already know from previous communication, there is a planned phased return of students from next Monday, 11 May (please see model at the end of this letter) This is in line with Phase 1 Return to School model being implemented by the NSW Department of Education.

All classes 7-12 will follow their regular timetable with modified lesson times and be taught by their regular teacher when at school, while days with Remote Home Learning continues as before. It is suggested that all lessons last approximately 45 minutes with the students who are at school remaining in the classroom for the final 15 minutes of each class for mentoring with their teacher.

Please note there will be no Roll Call in Phase 1. We will mark students’ attendance each period and the Lunch 1 break will be extended to 40 minutes.

Expectations to ensure health and safety of all students and staff

Safety is a priority during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students will be expected to behave in a responsible manner, which recognises the importance of protecting the health of themselves, their peers, and staff, who are at higher risk of COVID-19. A few teachers may be working from home due to higher levels of vulnerability to COVID-19.

Students will be expected to:

  • Stay home when unwell. Parents must not send students to school if they are feeling unwell. If a student is unwell during the school day, they will not be able to remain in the clinic. Parents will be expected to arrange for unwell students to be collected from school. (If in doubt, it would be appreciated if as an additional precaution, students’ temperatures are checked before leaving for school)
  • Assist in keeping classroom desks and school equipment clean as directed by the teacher
  • Engage in regular handwashing, especially before eating during breaks and on returning to the classroom following lunch.
  • Not share drinks or food – bring a water bottle as bubblers will be out of action and only the bottle refill station will be operating
  • Remain 1.5 m apart from other students wherever possible – this can be maintained in the classroom for students with approximately 25% attendance each day.
  • Maintain social distancing in corridors and when queuing – floor markings around the blocks, hall ways and in canteen lines have been created to assist with both distancing as well as flow.
  • Move around the blocks in the direction as suggested by ‘flow arrows’. Students and staff will access the first floors of all buildings via one stairwell and return to the ground floor by another.
  • Bring all their own equipment including pens, calculators, BYOD with charger, glue and anything else needed to minimise sharing amongst students and provisions by staff
  • Cough or sneeze into their elbows if necessary to avoid spreading infection. Avoid touching one’s face.
  • Use soap, sanitisers and other health items in a responsible manner – ideal to bring own sanitiser. However, each classroom will have a supply of hand sanitiser as well as alcohol wipes and access to extra cleaning throughout the day with special attention to cleaning of desks, doorknobs, bathrooms and other surfaces.
  • Utilise the toilet facilities within C Block only to assist with optimal cleaning
  • Participate safely if they elect to participate in ball games during break times by washing hands and sanitising afterwards before returning to class.
  • Come directly to school each morning, and after school go directly home – no going via the local shops, park or beaches.
  • Depart school at the end of the day in a staggered manner with students leaving A and C Blocks at 3.05pm and B and D Blocks at 3.10pm.

Students who do not adhere to these health and safety requirements will be reminded of our expectations and the school discipline procedures will be implemented.

 Transport

School buses will be running at normal times before and after school.

With period 5 finishing five minutes early for some students each day a staff supervision roster will be implemented to assist with a safe and efficient egress from the school.

Uniform

Students are expected to wear their full school uniform on the days they attend. In the colder weather make sure you purchase items to keep you warm that are part of the uniform.

The Uniform Store will be open on Thursday 7th May from 8.30am – 10.30am.  Social distancing and limits to numbers in the store will mean delays in purchasing, however we will stay open until all have been served.

The Uniform Store will be open normal hours from Week 3 onwards

Regular Uniform Store Opening Hours

Uniform Store Manager: Virginia Upton

bhsuniformstore@gmail.com

Monday                           2.30pm – 4.30pm

Wednesday                    3.30pm – 5.30pm

Thursday                         8.30am – 10.30am

Canteen

The Canteen will be open every day except Wednesdays. 

  • A limited menu will be in operation – please see FlexiSchools for details
  • To purchase food it will need to be ordered BEFORE 9.30am using Flexischools https://www.flexischools.com.au/
  • No orders will be taken after 9.30am as we have reduced canteen staff
  • Over the counter purchases will be limited to some drinks and snacks and other non-perishable items – but it will be CASHLESS so students will need an eftpos card for payment
  • There will be strict social distancing in the canteen at all times and extra teachers will be on duty to help the students.
  • Therefore, you are encouraged to use Flexischools to assist with choice, payment and social distancing. Alternatively bring your own lunch and snacks.

Your Q and A

Do I have to send my child back to school or do I have the option to continue remote Home Learning?

The Government and Department of Education are encouraging students to return according to each school’s Phase 1 Plan. We believe it is in the interest of students’ learning and wellbeing. However, it is not compulsory. Please notify the school clearly stating your child’s name and year group if you intend them not to return.

Can I change my child’s day of attending school?

Generally NO, to enable us to manage a complex and challenging variation of routine. We have only approved a couple of requests based on very particular circumstances such as accessing learning support.

Can you clarify how students learning will proceed?

In Phase 1 all classes are still set up on online learning platforms. Whether at school or at home, students will be engaging in the online work in class time. On their designated day, students can seek clarification and assistance in class time directly from the teacher. For senior students, particularly Year 12 there will be more direct and explicit teaching in the lesson, but work will still available online for students unable to attend. Invitations for further lesson contact will be arranged individually by Year 12 teachers.

 I have been sending my child to school full time as an essential worker. Can I continue to do this?

Yes – this has always been an option. However, if this pushes a class over 10 students then they will be supervised in a different location.

 What about camps, excursions, assemblies and band rehearsals?

At this stage everything additional to classroom teaching and learning is on hold for the remainder of Term 2. We are still holding out that extracurricular activities planned for Term 3 may proceed. More specific details will follow as necessary.

 One last comment

In the meantime, we have been doing lots of extra work around the school including painting external seating, almost completing the deck for the café and commencing the refurbishment of the Learning Hub. So, the entire staff are greatly looking forward to seeing you physically engage with us and attend school again – we have missed you.

Until next week,

Ian Bowsher

 

Planned Phase 1

Return to School

 

Years 7-10

Year 11

Year 12

Monday

o    A-D Surnames

o    Students who require supervision and children of essential services workers

o    Remote learning continues for all other students

o    A-E Surnames

o    Students who require supervision and children of essential services workers

o    Remote learning continues for all other students

o    A-G Surnames

o    Students who require supervision and children of essential services workers

o    Remote learning continues for all other students

Tuesday

o    E-K Surnames

o    Students who require supervision and children of essential services workers

o    Remote learning continues for all other students

o    Invited Year 11 students with teacher coordination

o    Remote learning continues for all other students as per timetable

o    Invited Year 12 students with teacher coordination

o    Remote learning continues for all other students as per timetable

Wednesday

o    Staff planning and preparation

o    Students who require supervision and children of essential services workers

o    Remote learning continues for all other students

o    Invited Year 11 and 12 students with teacher coordination

Thursday

o    L-R Surnames

o    Students who require supervision and children of essential services workers

o    Remote learning continues for all other students

o    F-M Surnames

o    Students who require supervision and children of essential services workers

o    Remote learning continues for all other students

o    H-P Surnames

o    Students who require supervision and children of essential services workers

o    Remote learning continues for all other students

Friday

o    S-Z Surnames

o    Students who require supervision and children of essential services workers

o    Remote learning continues for all other students

o    N-Z Surnames

o    Students who require supervision and children of essential services workers

o    Remote learning continues for all other students

o    Q-Z Surnames

o    Students who require supervision and children of essential services workers

o    Remote learning continues for all other students

 

1 May 2020

Year 12 Update1st May 2020

COVID-19 and The HSC

Dear Parents and Carers

I hope you had a productive holiday and a good start to Term Two. As you are undoubtedly aware many things happened over the break that resulted in many announcements in the media. Subsequently there have been a number of enquiries about the HSC, NESA’s changes and ongoing schooling, so I thought I would clarify the situation as it currently stands.

NESA Information

The NESA Board met on Friday 24th April in an attempt to address areas of concern.  A new COVID-19 page with all the details was then created by NESA. Please click here to see this up to date site: link

In summary:

  • The Higher School Certificate (HSC) exams are going ahead in 2020.
  • NESA will release the HSC written exam timetable by 15th May (Week 3, Term 2).
  • Students will receive their HSC results in mid-December.
  • Education authorities are working together to ensure a pathway to university for Year 12 students.
  • Key dates and deadlines currently listed on the NESA website are subject to change due to the COVID-19 outbreak. NESA will continue to update you with exceptions and changes to relevant deadlines.
  • You are encouraged to continue your studies by:
    • Focusing on the ‘now’
    • Keeping up with your learning, submitting your assessments and listening to your teachers.
    • Looking after yourself, whether you are at school or at home.
    • Reaching out to family, friends and your teachers if you need to.
    • Going to UAC COVID-19 updates for information about entering university in 2021.

The NESA Board have made decisions on a number of areas including:

  • Performance exams will be modified if they breach mandatory social distancing requirements. This may effect our Music students with their choice of ‘backing’ musicians.
  • Students should continue studying for the language oral exams and completing school-based assessments.
  • Teachers will now mark the Major Projects of the 2020 HSC practical exams for Visual Arts, Textiles and Design and Industrial Technologies. I will ensure your regular teacher is joined by one external marker from another school to assist with this process.
  • The due dates for the submission of both the Portfolios and Major Projects for the above three courses have been extended accordingly:
    • Industrial Technology (Timber & Multi Media) to 27th August, Week 6 (previously 13th August)
    • Textiles and Design to 31st August, Week 7 (previously 17th August)
    • Visual Arts extended to 14th September, Week 9 (previously 31st August)
  • Portfolios will be externally marked by NESA.
  • If you are applying for HSC Disability Provisions, please contact Ms. Smith or Ms. James to ensure they have all the evidence required to complete your submission.

Barrenjoey Information

Semester One Reports

A hard copy of your report was printed and mailed to you at the end of last term. It is also available on the Portal. Please contact the Administration Office if you have not received your Semester One Report.

It is important that you reflect on this report and what it demonstrates about your progress in Semester 1. Throughout Weeks 3 and 4 the Senior Study Coordinators, Mr. Menton and Ms. Foxton will be holding phone interviews with each Year 12 student to discuss your subject results and plan some goals for the remainder of the year. This is an opportunity to reflect on your positive and negative feedback from teachers along with your barriers and targets. 

The aim of these interviews is to provide support to you throughout the remainder of your HSC year. You will be sent a separate email with the time of the phone appointment, which will occur during a study lesson. Attached to that email will be a student self assessment sheet, please complete it before the phone call.

Returning to School Plan

You would have received the letter dated 28th April regarding the phased ‘return to school’ plan.

  • Currently to 8th May – we are in Phase 0 which means remote learning will continue
  • 11th May – TBC – we enter Phase 1 where all students attend school at least one day per week, according to their surnames. While I do not know how long this phase will continue, I expect this phase to last anywhere between 1-3 weeks.
  • Phase 2 – will hopefully start approximately half through the term and involves all students attending school two days per week.

Let me assure you that in both Phases 1 and 2, Year 12 students have been considerably planned for. Year 12 will maintain their Flexible Learning Day (Tuesday) and Wednesday has also been left relatively free to utilize for learning needs. Many teachers are planning ways to delivery extra lessons and mentoring to HSC students on these days while still practicing social distancing. You will specifically hear of these invitations within your lessons.

Wellbeing

In the meantime, please know that all your teachers and staff at Barrenjoey care for your wellbeing.  If at any time you need support, please contact any teacher, Ms. Wilson, Counsellor, The Avalon Youth Hub or the Learning Hub.  We are all here to help.

Remember too that Barrenjoey will always be open and should you feel the need to see a teacher or collect work, please come in by ‘signing in’ at the Front Office, practicing good hygiene and social distancing.

HSC Trial Examination dates

We have adjusted the HSC Trial Examination dates from the end of this term to Weeks 2 and 3 of Term 3.

This extension in time has many advantages. A term 3 Trial Examination date will:

  • give some certainty to your planning, study and revision without having to worry about the disruptions which have been experienced this term
  • provide two extra weeks of lessons this term to help consolidate learning that may be affected during the phased ‘return to school’ plan
  • provide students who have Major Projects more time this term to complete them without having to break your efforts and study for exams at the end of this term
  • provide you with the July holidays to develop a thorough Study Plan and prepare well for https://portal.det.nsw.edu.au/user/kalinda.hawson/smart-datathe Term 3 examination dates.

Below is a ‘draft’ copy of the Trial Examination timetable to provide some guidance (please note this may change and a final version will be forwarded when complete).

I will continue to communicate updates to you as more information is released. Please remember we are here to help in any way we can so keep in contact with your teachers and all the support services that the school provides. Take care.

Kind regards

 

Ian Bowsher

 

28 April 2020

Dear Parents/Carers and students

I hope you enjoyed a well-deserved break from remote learning and enjoyed the glorious weather. Following on from my email to you last week, I am writing to inform you of how we plan to implement the staged return of students at Barrenjoey High School.

Weeks 1 and 2, Term 2 2020

Due to the extra Pupil Free Day on Tuesday 28 April, our school will resume remote learning as per our operations at the end of last term from this Wednesday 29 April, until the end of Week 2, Friday 8 May. This is known as Phase 0 on the NSW Department of Education’s ‘Managed return to school’ plan (attached). Our school will remain open for students who require supervision and, most importantly, for the children of essential services workers.

Week 3 – 11th May

From the commencement of Week 3, Monday 11 May, our school will move to Phase 1 of the Department’s ‘Managed return to school’ plan. In Phase 1, students will return to school one day per week. Barrenjoey High School, Avalon Public School, Bilgola Plateau Public School, Newport Public School and Pittwater High School have worked together to determine an alphabetical system to ensure consistency across our community. This plan aligns with advice from the Department and NSW Health.

 

 

Years 7-10

Year 11

Year 12

Monday

o    A-D Surnames

o    Students who require supervision and children of essential services workers

o    Remote learning continues for all other students

o    A-E Surnames

o    Students who require supervision and children of essential services workers

o    Remote learning continues for all other students

o    A-G Surnames

o    Students who require supervision and children of essential services workers

o    Remote learning continues for all other students

Tuesday

o    E-K Surnames

o    Students who require supervision and children of essential services workers

o    Remote learning continues for all other students

o    Invited Year 11 students with teacher coordination

o    Remote learning continues for all other students as per timetable

o    Invited Year 12 students with teacher coordination

o    Remote learning continues for all other students as per timetable

Wednesday

o    Staff planning and preparation

o    Students who require supervision and children of essential services workers

o    Remote learning continues for all other students

o    Invited Year 11 and 12 students with teacher coordination

Thursday

o    L-R Surnames

o    Students who require supervision and children of essential services workers

o    Remote learning continues for all other students

o    F-M Surnames

o    Students who require supervision and children of essential services workers

o    Remote learning continues for all other students

o    H-P Surnames

o    Students who require supervision and children of essential services workers

o    Remote learning continues for all other students

Friday

o    S-Z Surnames

o    Students who require supervision and children of essential services workers

o    Remote learning continues for all other students

o    N-Z Surnames

o    Students who require supervision and children of essential services workers

o    Remote learning continues for all other students

o    Q-Z Surnames

o    Students who require supervision and children of essential services workers

o    Remote learning continues for all other students

 

We have decided to accommodate both the Premier’s request for all students to attend school for one day per week, as well as the needs of our senior students (particularly Year 12). In our plan the teachers of senior students will have the flexibility to arrange special classes, tutorials and other learning experiences on both Tuesdays and Wednesdays by invitation and need, especially catering for practical subjects with major works.

Students learning either at home or at school will continue to engage in the same learning provided by their teachers. I would like to reinforce my message from the end of Term 1 that we understand that this is a challenging time. Your family’s wellbeing is our key priority and we encourage you to aim for a balanced approach to learning at home.  Please do not worry if all the activities we set are not all completed as we progress through the ‘return to school’ phases

 

Phase 0

Phase 1

Week 9 Term 1 to Week 2 Term 2

Wednesday 29 April to Friday 8 May

Week 3 to TBC

Monday 11 May to TBC

School is open for families who need it.

Students at school at least one day per week.

·         Families are encouraged to keep their children at home wherever possible.

·         All students have the opportunity to engage with remote learning to match individual family circumstances as per the model we implemented at the end of Term 1. Teachers will post online lessons for all their classes to be completed as per their timetable.

·         Timetabled lessons will be shortened to 45 minutes each to allow for mini-breaks in between each class.

·         Continued enhanced cleaning and hygiene supply arrangements.

·         Canteen remains closed.

·         Uniform Store will open on Thursday 7th May from 8.30am to 10.30am.

·         To ensure staff safety, social distancing practices are in place for all adults.

·         Parents and carers are not permitted onsite without an appointment and are asked to report to the front Office on arrival entering from Coonanga Road only.

·         Students return to school on the day determined by their surname, and continue remote learning on the other days (see chart).

·         When each student attends school on their allocated day they will be supervised in their regular timetabled class (wherever possible) allowing teachers the opportunity to mentor/tutor each child on the work they were assigned for the week. This will be effective with only a small cohort present.

·         There will be up to 10 children per room only. Students will continue to follow the remote learning program for their class.

·         Students who require supervision and children of essential service workers may still attend school every day.

·         Families who decide to keep their children home every day may do so and will still have access to all remote learning.

·         Continued enhanced cleaning and hygiene supply arrangements.

·         Our canteen will open for lunch orders only from Week 3 (Flexischools) and non-perishable items.

·         Uniform Store will operate as normal.

·         Parents and carers are not permitted onsite without an appointment and are asked to report to the front Office on arrival entering from Coonanga Road only.

 

The purpose of once a week contact with teachers during phase one is to allow for social connection between students as well as teachers being able to receive/provide feedback, provide clarification and check in with students. It will look slightly different in the detail from teacher to teacher and class to class however, the great thing is that students will remain with their regular teacher and some members of their regular classes.

Current Advice Regarding Social Distancing and Hygiene Practices

Senior health experts reiterate that schools are safe and that student to student or student to adult transmission is very low. The Australia Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC), indicates that the greatest risk of transmission in the school environment is between adults. It is of upmost importance that teachers and parents alike maintain physical distancing at school.

In response to this advice the following practices will be implemented to continue to be proactive about social distancing and hygiene:

  • Ensuring parents keep a distance from school by dropping off and picking up from the front gate and making contact by phone or email as required.
  • Limiting any visitors to the school to essential providers only.
  • Placing markings on the ground where possible, to avoid close-proximity queuing.
  • Our bubblers will be closed off.
  • Arranging classroom furniture to leave as much space as possible between students.
  • Teachers maintaining 1.5m physical distance from other adults.
  • Maintaining smaller classes.
  • Excluding unwell children and staff.
  • We will be supplied with thermometers to be used if children present at sick bay and are feeling unwell.
  • Increase natural ventilation available indoors by opening windows.
  • Continuing our promotion for handwashing and provision of hand sanitisers in all classrooms.
  • Altering lining up procedures to avoid grouping together.
  • Potentially staggering ‘bell times’ for both Lunches and the end of the day.

If you require more information regarding the Department’s response to COVID-19 this can be found on the Department’s Website – https://education.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/advice-for-families

 Finding the Calm in the Chaos

Dr Kristin Barchia, local psychologist, Bilgola Plateau Public School parent and ex-Barrenjoey student has released a short video about how to find calm in the chaos during this challenging time. Click on the link to access it. http://www.kirstinbarchia.com/finding-calm-in-the-chaos

 I am confident that Barrenjoey has a great plan to transition students through the phases of the ‘return to school’ and the best interests of both the students and staff have been strongly considered and catered for. I again thank you for your support as well as our incredible teaching staff who continue to respond to ever-changing expectations that are set by governments.

I will correspond separately with Year 12 students and families regarding some of the specific changes to the HSC that have been announced in recent times.

Kind regards

Ian Bowsher

Principal

 

22nd April 2020

Letter regarding return to school term 2 2020

22 April 2020
Dear Parents/Carers and students

I trust this letter finds you and your family both safe and well.

As you may be aware the NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian announced at a press conference yesterday morning that the current model of learning from home will continue for the first two weeks of school in Term Two. This means that schools will remain open, however, families are encouraged to keep their children at home wherever possible. Students of essential workers will be supervised at school. All students will engage with a single unit of work either remotely or at school as per the model implemented at the end of Term One.

From Monday 11th May (Week 3, Term 2) all students will begin to attend school at least one day per week. Currently, I, along with our neighbouring peninsula schools are examining the merits of numerous models to address this goal. More information regarding this phased approach will be corresponded to the school community once it has been determined.

In addition, Premier Berijiklian has provided a second Staff development Day for all NSW public schools to allow teachers to plan for online learning and this phased approach. This means that the first day of student learning will now be Wednesday 29th April. There will be no student supervision or online learning on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th April. Thank you once again for your understanding. We will keep you updated as further developments and decisions are finalised.

Your Sincerely
Ian Bowsher

 

 

25th march 2020

COVID-19 and The HSC

Year 12 Update

25th March 2020

Dear Year 12 Students and Parents / Carers,

There have been a number of enquiries about the HSC and ongoing schooling, so I thought I would clarify the situation as it currently stands.

The NESA Board met yesterday afternoon in an attempt to address areas of concern.  A media release was posted yesterday 24th March, link

In summary:

  • NESA recognises it is unprecedented times and reinforced that the HSC will still go ahead, however, in which particular format is unknown at this time.
  • The HSC will still provide access to university, further education and employment.
  • You are encouraged to continue your studies by:
    • completing your online classes
    • completing assessments and
    • making contact with your teachers.
  • Assessment practices and procedures may also change and we will inform you if they are adjusted. For the moment, keep working on your current tasks.  If unsure please contact your teacher.
  • During these uncertain times please know that assessment tasks could become critical to your HSC.
  • Continue to make progress on your Major Works where possible. Any questions regarding access please direct to your class teacher.

The NESA Board are yet to make a decision on a number of areas including:

  • Possible variations to assessment policies and practices
  • Work placement for VET courses
  • Group major works eg music
  • Students completing projects and Major Works.

For students who are seeking university placement in 2021 the following information was released by the University Admission Centre (UAC) today:

Year 12 students will be emailed their UAC PIN on 1 April. Further advice regarding special arrangements for Year 12 students will be made available in the coming weeks and months as we work with universities, NESA and other stakeholders to ensure that no student is disadvantaged in relation to university entry in 2021.

Reports Presentation Day, set to be held on 6th April, has been cancelled.  To that end, we will upload your school report to both the Student and Parent Portals before the end of Term 1.  We will notify you when we release the reports. A hard copy of your report will also be printed and mailed to you.

In the meantime, please know that all your teachers and staff at Barrenjoey care for your wellbeing.  If at any time you need support, please contact any teacher, Ms Wilson, Counsellor, The Avalon Youth Hub or the Learning Hub.  We are all here to help.

Remember too that Barrenjoey is currently open and should you feel the need to see a teacher or collect work, please come in by ‘signing in’ at the Front Office, practicing good hygiene and social distancing.

We will continue to communicate updates to you and are here to help in any way we can.  As more information is released we will keep you informed.

Kind regards

 

Ian Bowsher

Principal

 

24th march 2020

 COVID-19

 Advice to Barrenjoey Parents and Students: 

Proposed Plan

as at Tuesday 24th March 2020

The Premier of NSW has encouraged families to keep children at home for the remainder of Term 1, however, Barrenjoey remains open.  In the words of the Education Minister “School is open for those who need to attend” and “No child will be turned away from a school community”

We are in unchartered territories and our message may change by the day, however, currently we will be operating in the following manner:

Learning from Home

  • Timetabled lessons will proceed online and this will be the only mode of lesson delivery for all students, whether working from home or at school.
  • All classes have an online learning platform. This could be Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams, or similar. Students are to use this online platform to complete their learning activities and communicate with their teachers.
  • Teachers may be unable to reply individually to all emails, as their focus will be teaching via the online learning platform.
  • Student questions regarding assessment should be asked directly through the class online learning platform.
  • Video conferencing tools are being explored but may not be used straight away. Communication regarding these technologies will occur after processes have been put in place for their use.
  • Examination style (in-class tasks) will NOT be held onsite for the remainder of Term 1. These tasks may proceed in an alternate format and students must ensure they understand the changes. All information about assessment tasks will be communicated by the class teacher via the online learning platform.
  • Illness / Misadventure processes will apply in some limited circumstances. Factors solely related to Learning from Home are unlikely to constitute grounds for misadventure. Here is a link to our illness / misadventure application https://www.barrenjoeyhighschool.com.au/intranet/
  • Students are reminded that upon completion, the illness / misadventure application should be emailed to the relevant Head Teacher for processing. The usual rules around illness/misadventure apply.
  • Learning Support structures will continue, albeit with adaptations. The Learning Support Team are working to deliver an adapted schedule for students. Disability Provisions processes will have more limited application in Learning from Home, because there will be fewer examination-style tasks.
  • Student wellbeing support structures will also be adapted by our Wellbeing Team. This will be communicated as soon as possible from the students’ Year Advisors or Head Teacher Wellbeing – Ms Saunders.
  • Technology support is available. Please contact our school via email requesting this or (if able) post your remark on the Google Classroom.
  • Official school communication will continue as normal via the school email and the school app, School Stream.

Attendance and Roll Marking

  • For students who are present at the school ‘Period x Period’ roll marking will be marked each period by supervising teachers.
  • Roll Call will still occur for students in attendance at the school. If students are absent please email their absence to barrenjoey-h.sms@det.nsw.edu.au to confirm and also specify the date range or till end of term.

How can students make the most of Learning from Home?

Students are to:

  • Know how to organise the Google Classroom and access the classroom at the correct time.
  • Organise their physical space at home. Make sure the space for learning is neat and tidy.
  • Use their timetable to be organised and ready to learn at the timetabled time.
  • Take the initiative with their learning – it is up to students to make this work as best as possible.
  • Complete tasks with integrity and academic honesty. Students are to do their best work.
  • Meet timelines, commitments and due dates. Students are to communicate proactively with their teachers if they cannot meet deadlines or require additional support.

How can parents help?

  • Set clear and positive expectations that learning will continue at home.
  • Please understand that Learning from Home cannot look the same as the regular learning process.
  • Make sure you have access to the school timetable through Compass. This is to ensure your children are ready to learn at the scheduled time.
  • Ensure that sleep patterns and morning routines are regular and structured.
  • Manage your children’s phones during lesson times. Phones are a distraction and parents will need to help manage this, by considering steps such as physically placing phones away during timetabled lessons.
  • Allow “Push” notifications in the School App so that you can stay in touch with developments.
  • Clarify exactly when assessment tasks are due and assist your children with submission.
  • Make changes to your home so that there is a clear and organised space for learning. A space/location for extended learning should be a public/family space, not in a bedroom.
  • Parents should contact teachers via email channels only in exceptional circumstances.
  • Please do not directly interact with Google Classroom (or other online platform), as this is a student learning space.

What is Barrenjoey doing to assist with Learning from Home?

https://www.barrenjoeyhighschool.com.au/news-events/covid-19-information-and-updates/learning-from-home/

What if my child needs to come to school?

  • Barrenjoey remains open.
  • Social distancing guidelines will be strictly applied. This means students attending school will NOT experience a regular school day.
  • Where possible, students will be in their usual classroom doing the same online lesson as those at home. If social distancing prevents this, students may be in groups in the School Hall where distancing is able to be catered for.
  • Extra-curricular activities will not take place, and the site will close at 3.30pm.
  • Currently the canteen remains open for online orders only, however, do not rely on this service as it may need to close, so students should plan to provide their own food.
  • The uniform store is closed this week.

FAQs

  • What will happen to the HSC this year? NESA is meeting today (Tuesday 24 March) to discuss the ongoing learning of senior students, particularly in the context of the HSC. I will send a separate information page to Year 12 students and parents when we know more.
  • What if my child needs a textbook or other hard-copy resource? The school site remains open. If you need to access resources from the school, please email your request to the relevant Head Teacher first so we can have the correct resources ready for you to collect from Reception in A Block.
  • What if I need to contact a Deputy Principal or Head Teacher? Please contact the school via the school email (Barrenjoey-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au) and state in the subject line the person’s name, or role that you wish to contact (eg, ATTN: Deputy Principal Year 7).
  • What if my child finds the work too difficult? The online platform is the “classroom” -students are encouraged to ask questions and ask for assistance through this platform.
  • What if my child needs additional support / modifications to access learning? Classroom teachers will build-in adjustments as per usual practice. The Learning and Support teacher can be contacted for all learning and support students so that additional assistance may be provided.
  • What if my child needs extension work? The online platform is the “classroom” -students are encouraged to write questions and ask for assistance through this platform.
  • What if I need to speak with a Year Advisor? Year Advisors are accessible via email.
  • How can I access the Learning Hub for support with research? Teachers from the Learning Hub can be accessed via email.
  • What if there is “group work” in the subject my child studies? Teachers will determine the nature of this task and alternatives may be considered. Students should communicate with classroom teachers through their online learning platform.
  • What if my child does a subject with practical work? Teachers are investigating all options in regard to practical work. We understand that there will changes and adjustments as we navigate Learning from Home and teachers will provide more advice about practical work as it becomes available.
  • Will every subject/teacher be using the same online platform? While Google Classroom is the most popular platform, some classes operate within other platforms. Your child will receive information from their teachers about the platform being used and how to access it.
  • Will the canteen be open? Initially yes, but it will likely close in the near future
  • Will school bus services continue to operate? At present, the bus services will operate as normal.
  • What about extra-curricular activities? All extra-curricular activities have been cancelled until further notice. If activities do become available, information will come directly from the coordinator of the activity.

Further Information

eBooks and Audio Books available to Students

Students can access over 2,600 titles, borrowing through the Wheelers ePlatform.

You can access eBooks in three ways:

On the “Oliver” page via the Student portal, students have access to a huge variety of resources, including online magazines, recommended reading lists and useful links.

Kind regards

Ian Bowsher

Principal

19th March 2020

Sydney North Health Network Coronavirus Advice

SchoolTV have just released a free report facilitated by Michael Carr-Gregg . This is a great resource for parents needing to explain COVID-19 to their children

 

18th March 2020

NSW Health Frequently asked questions

 

17th March 2020

Daily Coronavirus (COVID-19) update with Secretary Mark Scott – Monday 16 March.

16th March 2020

Ian Bowsher Letter to Parents COVID-19

Letter from Chief Health Officer

Updated response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Dear Parents and Carers,

Please be assured Barrenjoey High School continues to carefully monitor the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus).  Currently there are no reported cases within our school or local community.  This means we are currently operating as close to normal as possible. However, hygiene and other practices recommended by both the Departments of Health and Education are being emphasized. More information on these practices and up to date details on the virus can be found on our website,

Barrenjoey COVID-19 information page

Both departments are frequently updating their messages and I will continue to populate our website (above) with the most up to date information available. Advice that eventuated towards the end of last Friday suggested that large gathering in excess of five hundred should be banned and in response to this our Formal Assembly scheduled for today and other such gatherings will cease for the foreseeable future. In streamlining our operations we have also cancelled school excursions, some intra-school sporting and other public events, as well as staff attending Professional Development outside of school.

In line with recent messaging we are:

  • encouraging all students who are unwell with respiratory illness to remain at home
  • promoting ‘social distancing’ and
  • good hygiene practices amongst the school community.

We are also tracking all students who have reported as travelling overseas and ensuring they abide by the advice of the Departments of Health and Education by self-isolating for 14 days upon their return into the country.

Forward planning and preparation

Please allow me to emphasise that we are not closed and this message from the Department of Education is clear. At Barrenjoey, we will be implementing proactive measures in school to minimize any potential risk (see above). These are sensible measures to protect our students, staff and communities while maintaining our essential service across education in the community.

However, in the event that the School is required to close for a period of time, Barrenjoey HS will enact a learning plan that will ensure learning continues if the school is closed during term time for a period longer than 48 hours.  It details Barrenjoey’s approach to learning at home, including the learning experience, the technology systems we will employ, guidelines for how parents can support their children’s learning and considerations tailored to make the best of challenging circumstances. 

In the event that we are closed for more than two days, the first day will be a staff planning day, either face-to-face or remotely via technology, to ensure this plan is enacted clearly and effectively. We will be prioritizing Year 12 planning so that any potential closure has as little impact as possible on our HSC candidates.

In the meantime, we recommend that parents please give consideration to the following matters:

  1. Supervision arrangements for your child during any potential closure period;
  2. Ready access to the internet and school log-in details to enable your child to participate in their Google classrooms.

Kind Regards

 

Ian Bowsher

Principal

 

10th March 2020

COVID-19 Information for teachers supporting students 10 3 2020