From the Principal
Thank you all so much for the fantastic way that you have supported the College in the most recent phase of the Covid-19 pandemic. We have averaged about 50% student attendance this week, and I have to admit that it is really wonderful to see the College slowly filling. I have always felt that empty schools are a bit eerie. It will be lovely to return to normal.
The review point for the return of the remainder of school cohorts is this Friday, 15 May. With Queensland currently very successful in the attempt to stop the spread of the virus, the probability is that all year groups will return on Monday, 25 May. Whilst this is a real cause for celebration, we must also be conscious that whilst schools are returning, many of the restrictions outside of the school setting will remain.
For example, we will likely be required to maintain current arrangements for drop off and pick up, which have brought some pressures in the Junior college. Assemblies and Masses will most likely be held in term 3 at the very earliest, and realistically could be later. You will have seen that we have been compelled to cancel the 2020 College Musical. We will limit all unnecessary adult access to the site until this is fully permitted via the Chief Health Officer's guidelines. I am really conscious that some of these restrictions cause real frustration for members of the community and I am very sorry for that. For the mid term future though, please support us in securing the complete safety of the College site and wider community.
I am increasingly conscious that the current and predicted economic challenges have not been fully felt in Highfields and surrounds. The words of the Federal Treasurer this week (when he wasn't coughing) have to be heard loudly - our country, at all levels, has to prepare for the financial ripples that this pandemic will bring. The College has been able to support several families who were employed in hospitality, are small business owners or similar through fee concessions that were applied very early in the pandemic. The impact is now being felt at a secondary level in other industries. Please, if you find yourself impacted upon by the current pandemic and you are struggling to pay school fees, make contact with Kirsty Gillett at the College in the first instance.
It is NOT all doom and gloom though! How wonderful it was to talk to year 11 and 12 students this week and get a really strong gauge on how they had maintained their learning during their absence from the College. Similarly, the presence of our youngest students in Prep and Year 1 gives us a real energy and focus. Education is about educating, and it is great to have that buzz on the site again.
Thank you as ever for supporting our work at the College.