Dear Parents and Guardians,
As you are all aware the situation regarding the spread of the COVID-19 virus is changing rapidly. For much of this term we have been monitoring the evolving picture through a Response Committee that has been in constant contact with the relevant heath and education authorities. We have sent regular briefing bulletins to our extended community every Friday. The strategy that we have adopted has aimed to be both reasonable and proportionate. At all times the safety and best interests of our students have been our main concern.
During this week there have been further developments. The international situation is fast moving, Glenlyon Norfolk School has closed and there is now a confirmed case on Vancouver Island. Many schools are closing in the US and travel advisories are becoming more restrictive.
Given the proximity to the end of term and after extensive consultation, we have decided to close the school early for Spring Break effective the end of the school day on Friday, March 13, 2020.
This decision will allow:
- Boarding students to make alternative travel plans or arrange home stays as necessary.
- Our faculty to devote valuable time to prepare for ‘Distance Learning’ as a pre-emptive measure, in line with the dictum ‘plan for the worst, hope for the best’.
- Our staff to prepare for what may be to come next term, depending on the changing situation over the next few weeks and months.
On our website we have set up additional information and addressed several questions you may have.
This term we have enjoyed a bumper harvest of successful events, with a number of notable sporting successes, a wonderfully memorable musical – congratulations to the cast and production team of NEWSIES, a great Middle School concert and the successful launch of our new strategic plan, Floreat. There has been much to celebrate, and I believe much to look forward to once the clouds of the current situation have lifted and we return as swiftly as possible to business as usual.