Welcome back to the 2021 school year. Whether you were able to get away for a holiday at all, or had a staycation, I hope all our families had a safe, happy and holy Christmas period, and that your daughters return to school rested and refreshed. I want to add a special welcome to our new Year 7 families and also the many families whose daughters have joined us for other years throughout the College.
Despite wishing it were not so, the pandemic continues, and we have received further advice about the conduct of school life for at least Term One. We will continue our COVID-19 Updates to parents as required, as restrictions, customs and practices change. It is certainly our wish to return to as much normality as possible this year. The first of the 2021 COVID-19 Updates will be sent on Monday. One of the significant changes is mandatory masks on school buses and public transport generally. Students will need to bring a mask with them each day, as our Dean of Students, Mrs Jarrett details in her message below.
I am very excited to welcome our new staff, and they are introduced in Mrs Keogh’s message below. We have been able to recruit highly qualified and experienced staff for leadership positions, including Mrs Corinna Bailey as the Dean of Learning Science and Innovation. Additional teaching staff have been engaged as our College grows to over 1100 students this year.
During the break, the long-awaited replacement of the entire F Block roof, which was damaged during the hailstorms last February, was completed. This has also brought back several classrooms that have been out of use for that period.
Significantly, our Canteen has been replaced by a walkthrough Café and relocated to the old gym area. Work was affected by the lockdown in December and we expect it will be open for business in Week Two for full service to students. At this stage, we would like all students to bring their food and drink in the first week, as the final commissioning of the new Café takes place.
An additional new TAS multi-media space has been developed in the area where the Canteen was previously located. We are also excited to have classes being held in the MSB Centre for the first time in 2021.
I look forward to seeing as many parents as possible (in a socially distanced way of course!) at functions this year, when restrictions allow. Like you, I missed the in-person connection with our community last year and, I hope to see more of you in person throughout the year.