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April 2 Newsletter

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Good afternoon McAuley Families

Please see attached correspondence from Catholic Education advising that there will be no remote lessons or student supervision available at our school next week (Week 11).

We need to allow our staff time and resources to prepare for Remote Learning in Term 2.

If this presents a problem for you please advise me no later than Thursday (02 April) @ 5.00pm  by emailing me on:

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Directors letter 31.3.20

Code Club Classroom Login

Dear Parents, 

While we are self isolating and unable to go about our normal lives I would like to offer our students the opportunity to learn to code, using the Code Club Australia resources. 

I have a classroom page with plenty of projects for students to start coding, or continue coding if they have been part of McAuley's Code Club before. The projects are aimed at kids from year 3 onward, but if you are willing to assist your child there is nothing stopping younger children from having a go. All of the project have step by step instructions, including how to sign up to the various sites such as Scratch and Trinket. 

The benefit of signing up to the CodeClub Classroom is students will be able to post issues/problems they are having with their projects and I, or other class members, can help solve them. They will also be able to share successful projects and showoff their new coding skills.

 The class code to join is: 3fk63rg

 I hope to see many new coders joining our Code Club classroom. 

 Take care, 

 Lyn Bathgate

Classroom Teacher


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Dear Parents and Carers

You will note that in line with NSW and ACT Public schools students are encouraged to stay at home where possible.

Families requiring supervision of their children during the school day, especially those parents working in the provision of essential services, have that option for them to attend school.

These students will be supervised at school and will participate in our remote learning program. We are in a period of transition and teachers are working hard to prepare some work for this term and next.  I ask for your patience and understanding as we move to align our expectations and activities.

Thank you for your continued support in this ever changing environment. 

Letter from Director Catholic Education

Please see attached a letter from Mr Ross Fox, Director Catholic Education Canberra & Goulburn.


March 19 Newsletter

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COVID -19 Precautionary Measures

I write to provide you with an update on McAuley’s approach towards the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

As you would be aware the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak quickly continues to escalate in severity.  At the time of writing there are approximately 160 confirmed cases throughout Australia and 1 confirmed case in the ACT.

Our position is one that prioritises student, staff and community health and safety.  Our stance is to assist as much as possible with the containment of this virus.  We continue to take advice from Catholic Education.  Please be aware that the following precautionary measures are to be taken immediately:

  • All families are to ensure that their contact details are correct in the school administration system.
  • Students who display cold/flu like symptoms are not to come to school until the symptoms have subsided or they have medical clearance.
  • Any student or member of staff who displays cold/flu like symptoms are to be sent home from school at the discretion of the Principal.

Personal Hygiene

It is essential that we continue to exercise a calm and considered approach to the current situation.  In relation to personal hygiene, best practice means:

  • Frequent hand washing
  • Minimising physical contact
  • Covering mouths and noses when coughing
  • Not sharing drinks or food

 Please encourage these practices with your children. Extra signage will be placed around the school and frequent reminders will be made to highlight the measures required.   Areas of high touch such as door handles and railings are being regularly cleaned.  Students should avoid the use of bubblers for drinking for the present time.

Upcoming Events

In the coming weeks our students are likely to participate in various events where they are gathered in crowds or public spaces.

In the first instance, if any student is displaying any type of flu-like symptoms when they are due to attend, they are not to attend that event.  Please contact me at school if that is the case.

Additionally, we are working with event organisers who continue to update their control measures to include greater cleaning and disinfecting of facilities.  The Agriculture Excursion to the Sydney Royal Easter Show is under close scrutiny at present and we are working to update our Risk Management Plans accordingly. I am seeking advice and recommendations from Senior Staff and our Community Council Chair.

Due to the evolving nature of the situation, if circumstances require us to cancel or change excursion or event arrangements over the coming week, all families will be notified directly.

I am grateful for the continued support and advice being offered by Catholic Education and encourage a calm and measured approach to this situation.

McAuley is currently developing contingencies, if required, for supervision and lesson work in the case of large scale student or staff absences.

As always, I am more than happy to answer any questions you might have in this regard.

March 5 Newsletter

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