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Resources for Mental Health and Wellbeing

Resources for Mental Health and Wellbeing

In this season of COVID-19, social distancing and online learning, it is important that we support our mental health and wellbeing by accessing good, quality information.

 

Below you will find a list of available resources that will be helpful for all families, with students of any age, that might be of assistance in managing the changes to daily life.

 

It can feel overwhelming during this time as we work together to combat the spread of COVID-19, but there are organisations, services and resources out there to support your mental health and wellbeing.

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From the PCS Board Chairman: 31 March 2020

From the PCS Board Chairman: 31 March 2020

Dear PCS Parents, Caregivers, School Family and Friends,

 

I thought it timely to be in contact with you as we live and move through one of the most difficult and challenging times in our country’s history and needless to say, the history of the world. We are all seeing and hearing the news reporting and experiencing the reality of constant changing implications caused by the COVID-19 virus spread. Not only is the impact severe on our daily lives, our families, loved ones and our communities, but also on the continuing education of our children. For some families this has meant facing severe financial difficulties from either loss of jobs, stand down, irregular and/or reduced work.

 

I am aware the impact differs for each family, and this means all household expenses are reviewed, including School fees.

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Middle School video

Middle School video

Hi Middle School Families! Take a look at this video featuring our Middle School staff, saying 'hello' and providing some information about online learning at PCS for Years 5, 6, 7 and 8. We miss you! We're looking forward to seeing you online (and in person again later on!)

 

The video was posted on the Middle School Instagram and PCS Facebook accounts. If you don't have an Instagram account, you can still view the video via the link below. However, we do recommend signing up to Instagram, as we will be posting more information via that platform in the future. It's free to join and you can remain private/anonymous.

 

CLICK HERE to view the video

School Arrangements: Week 10 (commencing Monday 6 April)

School Arrangements: Week 10 (commencing Monday 6 April)

As we prepare for an even longer period of at-home-learning in Term 2, as indicated by the Government, the Staff are needing to have more time for their long term preparation of teaching and learning to accommodate this. The change to deliver online lessons and remote learning has required considerably more preparation time and the process is being refined daily to ensure your child receives the best learning possible.

 

To ensure we are ready for this next phase of online learning, next week (commencing 6 April), our staff will not be delivering scheduled online lessons or new content for students from Kindergarten to Year 11. Your child can use this time to catch up on or consolidate work from this week.

 

For Year 12: teachers will still be conducting online classes as per their timetabled lessons to continue studies, and students are encouraged to make sure they are checking in with their relevant teacher for each subject.

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Senior School Video

Senior School Video

Our amazing Senior School staff have put together a video for students and parents, which explains how learning will be happening in Senior School at PCS from Mon 30 March. There's lots of great info, plus you get to see the happy, shiny faces of the Senior School staff!

 

The video was posted on the Senior School Instagram and PCS Facebook accounts. If you don't have an Instagram account, you can still view the video via the link below. However, we do recommend signing up to Instagram, as we will be posting more information via that platform in the future. It's free to join and you can remain private/anonymous.

 

CLICK HERE to view the video

Fully online from Monday 30 March

Fully online from Monday 30 March

Dear Parents and Caregivers

 

As you are aware, our online/remote teaching and learning will be fully engaged from tomorrow, Monday 30 March. We have spent time setting up remote digital classrooms and trialling the delivery; however, we know there still may be some challenges with technology and timely feedback. We will endeavour to be available to assist all parents and caregivers in this new space as we understand this will be an added pressure at home.  

 

There will not be a disadvantage for students who remain at home as all lessons will be conducted online via the digital platforms indicated by the teachers previously.  Please also keep your eyes out for emails from the relevant Heads of School for updates and communication.

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Parent Communication - Unity - Commitment

Parent Communication - Unity - Commitment

This week we have unfortunately continued to see more and more people impacted financially. Please CLICK HERE to download a letter which communicates our position as a united community.

 

Thank you for your support this past week as we travel the road to implement our alternate learning delivery .

 

A reminder that we will be rolling out complete online/remote learning for all students (offsite and onsite) from Monday, 30 March.

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Online Learning Readiness - Parent Survey Request

Online Learning Readiness - Parent Survey Request

We are anticipating going to fully online/remote learning from next Monday, 30 March. As per the NSW Government’s advice to keep students at home unless they are at risk, or a child of an essential worker, online/remote learning will mean that the lessons will be consistent for everyone and that even though students are not at school physically, their learning will not be impacted.

 

To this end, we would like you to complete a survey via the link below, and submit it so we can see that you are ready at home to facilitate the learning that we are providing.

 

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO ACCESS SURVEY

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PCS Remains Committed, Caring, Open and Operating

PCS Remains Committed, Caring, Open and Operating

Thank you for the support you have shown the School as we navigate the delivery of teaching and learning at PCS in the midst of our current world health crisis. We are in extraordinary times and appreciate the way you are pulling together as a community. However, it is important that we all keep vigilant.

 

As you will have seen from announcements in the media, there has been some communication from both the Federal and State governments regarding keeping schools open.

 

PLEASE CLICK HERE to read a detailed letter outlining what teaching and learning at PCS will look like moving forward.

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Parent Update from The Principal

Parent Update from The Principal

Dear Parents and Caregivers

 

Firstly, let me thank you all for your prayers, support and messages that many of you have sent as a way of encouraging our community as we navigate these somewhat challenging conditions. I can’t believe how things have changed so rapidly and the need to respond appropriately, and continue to provide a safe and secure environment for our beautiful students remains paramount and we appreciate your help in managing this.

 

The situation with schools remaining open continues to be the message from the Federal and State Governments in consultation with the health professionals. We understand that your home situations may have led you to have made a decision to keep your child at home because you have family members with immunocompromised conditions and these are valid reasons for keeping your child at home. However, we are continuing to deliver our learning here onsite, but are in a preparation phase to be in a position to change to remote and online learning should the Government change the status.

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COVID-19 Family Wellbeing

COVID-19 Family Wellbeing

During uncertain times, it is not unusual to have feelings of worry and unease. However, as parents and caregivers, it is important that we learn to manage stress and worry before it turns to more severe anxiety and panic, which can affect the children in our care.

 

In your role as parent/caregiver, there are a number of things you can consider, to look after the emotional wellbeing of you and your family – starting with taking care of yourself!

 

As we know, children and adolescents, just like adults, absorb information from what they hear and see around them: from the news, social media, discussions at home, at school, at the shops and with their peers.

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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) – New Government Measures and the impact on our School Community

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) – New Government Measures
and the impact on our School Community

Dear PCS Community

 

You would be aware the Prime Minister announced Sunday afternoon, that all those arriving from overseas from midnight on 15 March will be required to self-isolate for two weeks. Isolation is also required for those who have had contact with somebody with COVID-19.

 

In light of the development of the outbreak, the Government has also stipulated that organised, non‑essential gatherings should be limited to 500 people.

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Bus Services - COVID-19 Update

Bus Services - COVID-19 Update

With the COVID-19 situation continuing to evolve in NSW, it is important to keep up to date with the latest information and advice. School and route bus services are currently operating as normal, however, should this change unexpectedly, our school bus operator, Busways, advises it will post updates to school and route bus services to its website. Parents are encouraged to regularly check the Busways website at www.busways.com.au for updates and announcements regarding bus services for our school in case changes happen unexpectedly outside of school hours. Regular checks to the Busways website will ensure you have the most up to date information.

Hand washing helps

Hand washing helps

As we come in to the winter season, and with current concerns about the COVID-19, we would like to keep you informed and seek your assistance in keeping our school community healthy in the coming months.

 

We wish to advise that it is permissible for students to be provided with personal use (size) Hand Sanitisers to carry with them should you wish to do so, please seek advice on which is best for your child/ren.  Hand washing with soap is the most effective way to control infection and the spread of disease.  Soap in our bathrooms is always provided and as an additional measure we have installed the attached poster with proper handwashing instructions.

 

Vigilant hand washing with soap and water is the preferred and most effective method of stopping the spread of germs in our school.  Effective hand sanitiser must contain at least 60% alcohol and due to safety reasons, this cannot be kept in classrooms in large containers.

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Novel coronavirus - update for PCS families

A message from our Principal regarding the Novel coronavirus, including links to current information:

 

UPDATE: PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR ONGOING UPDATES from the Department of Education

 

Dear Parents and Caregivers

 

As you would be aware from the media reports, many countries are in the grip of an outbreak of Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

 

The virus is known to have originated in mainland China and has spread to many other countries, including Australia, which now has 7 confirmed cases.

 

As a school community, we have been sent through an information fact sheet from the Australian Government Department of Health outlining the symptoms and things to do to prevent the spread of the virus, as well as a number of phone numbers to call for further information if needed. CLICK HERE to download the fact sheet.

 

In accordance with national public health guidelines, mandatory exclusions apply for those who are:

  • A Confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus – exclude until medically cleared
  • In ‘close contact’ with a confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus – exclude for 14 days since last contact with the confirmed case

 

‘Close contact’ is defined as living in the same household, 15 minutes face-to-face contact with a person with confirmed coronavirus in any setting, or sharing a closed space with a person with confirmed coronavirus for more than two hours.

 

NSW Health and NSW Department of Education advise that school and early childhood centre students, teachers and support staff who have travelled to mainland China and Hong Kong can be excluded from school until 14 days after departing mainland China or Hong Kong.

 

If you or your children have been to mainland China within the last 14 days, the School will require a doctor’s certificate confirming you are fit and healthy to return to school.

 

We are praying that the spread of this virus will be very quickly contained.

 

Yours in Christ

 

Tracey Deal

Principal

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