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FAQs: Correct as at 12 August 2020

What precautions has the College taken to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission on campus? 

CHAC has decided to cancel the planned TAS and JTAS sporting fixtures against Canterbury College and St John's Anglican College teams on Saturday, 1 August 2020. This includes games that were scheduled to be played at these Colleges or CHAC. Games scheduled against other colleges will be played as normal.

CHAC is undertaking regular cleaning of all high-touch areas around the College, and strict health and safety guidelines are being adhered to. All members of the College community are being reminded about hand sanitisation and appropriate social distancing to prevent any potential health issues at the College.

The current guidelines based on the current risk in Queensland (as of Wednesday 12 August) state that students and staff should be excluded from the College campus if:

  • They are ill
  • They are being tested for COVID-19
  • They are required to self-isolate in accordance with a Government Directive

The requirement for exclusion if a member of the household is being tested or if a member of the household is required to self-isolate has been removed. However, we do support parents or staff who choose to stay home or keep their children at home particularly if the parent/staff member feels there may be a heightened risk (e.g. returned from interstate, plane travel).

What do families need to know at this time?

Please advise the College if you are being tested for COVID-19 (coronavirus) using this electronic form.

Queensland Health issued a public health alert today (30 July 2020). Please take some time to read this important information.


When will all students return to on-campus classes?

Following the announcement by the Queensland Premier, students will return to the College on Monday 25 May.

What health and safety precautions will the College implement during this period?

The College will maintain the current regime that has been put in place, including the thorough cleaning of rooms on a daily basis.

In class and on the playground, students will be encouraged not to congregate in large groups in order to maintain a level of social separation. All mass gatherings of students will remain suspended, including school assemblies, cohort and house meetings, camps and excursions.

Zoono (hand sanitizer) dispensers have been placed in classrooms. Students should apply this on arrival at the first room for the day. The product provides 24-hour protection, providing an anti-microbial barrier for students. Students should cover their nose and mouth with a tissue or bent elbow when coughing or sneezing, avoid touching their face, nose and mouth, and avoid shaking hands.

Students must not attend campus if:

  • they are ill
  • they or anyone in their household is being tested for COVID-19
  • they or anyone in their household is in self-isolation in accordance with Government directives (e.g been in contact with someone with COVID-19, overseas/interstate travel, etc)

What do students need to know at this time?
 

  • All three student service areas will be open, with students returning to their usual places of engagement.
  • The College will return to the normal timetable structure as outlined in the College diary. Monday morning online assemblies will continue until the end of term.
  • Performance Music will continue to offer private music tuition for students on-site. Performance Music rehearsals will recommence and members of these groups should review the rehearsal program for details.
  • The Associated Schools (TAS) have announced plans to resume the TAS sporting competition subject to any further Government announcements. At this stage, they continue to work through current Governmental guidelines, and are aiming for a return from the start of Term 3. The TAS Management Committee has been discussing the resumption to determine the best plan forward. They will continue to hold further discussions around the season lengths and structures to ensure they can cover all sports from the usual Terms 2 and 3 competitions. TAS will send out an announcement to all schools and the TAS community once the decision has been made on what the competition will look like.
  • Other extra-curricular activities will be considered in time.
  • Students will be able to access their new lockers but will be discouraged from congregating in these areas. Students must move quickly to and from these areas.
  • All students will be in full school uniform on their return to school, except on days when they have practical HPE classes when they may wear sports uniform for the day. HPE practical classes will be communicated to students by the relevant teachers.
  • The canteen will continue to operate via both the online ordering platform and over-the-counter sales. Social distancing expectations will be enforced in the canteen and cafe precincts. Orders must be in by 9am each day for collection at designated breaks. Online orders will continue to be delivered to the Primary campus on a daily basis. The café will be open between 7.30am – 11.30am and 12.30pm – 2pm for student and staff use.
  • Students should maintain social distancing when using buses or trains to get to and from school.

Are parents allowed on campus?

Due to the current health situation, parents are encouraged not to enter the campus grounds. Parents delivering students for music lessons and activities should wait for students off-site. Prep parents are permitted to enter the College grounds.

With the return of many students to school this week, we have seen an increase in the number of parents using the Kiss & Go. This is a gentle reminder to all parents to please be mindful and appreciative of the fact that the College is in a residential neighbourhood. 

It is important to keep the flow of traffic moving to ensure the residents in the street have ready access to and from their homes. Please be particularly mindful that traffic jams occur when vehicles stop and wait for a spot in the Kiss & Go line. This causes a great deal of distress to our neighbours.  

Parents are asked to continue to circulate around the block until a spot is available in the Kiss & Go line and to refrain from queueing in the main flow of traffic. The Property Services Team will be directing traffic each day and we ask that all directions from members of this team are respected and followed. 


What do students need to know at this time?

  • If a student misses Roll Call in the morning, please email StudentReception@chac.qld.edu.au to let the College know you are online and ready to learn.
  • If for some reason a student is going to miss a class, please inform the teacher beforehand via email.
  • If a student attends school for any reason e.g. a music tutorial or to access IT support, they must wear their school uniform. This includes adhering to our guidelines regarding hair.
  • Students attending school are housed in the Auditorium (up to 50 desks) for the duration of the day, under the supervision of the Secondary Teacher Aides.
  • Students completing an exam on campus should notify their teacher in advance so that an appropriate location and supervision can be organised.
  • All Secondary students are to use Junior Secondary Reception to sign-in and out of school, and for all medical issues. Parents collecting students should follow the instructions on the signs displayed at each entrance to the College.
  • Performance Music will continue to offer private music tuition for students on-campus and online as appropriate. Please visit this page for updates on Performance Music rehearsals for Weeks 4 and 5 - https://bit.ly/2RmHbsj.
  • After school and before school physical activity sessions are being investigated. 

Is the canteen still operating for students attending school on-campus?

The canteen will continue to operate via the online ordering platform. Orders must be in by 9am each day for collection at designated breaks. Online orders will continue to be delivered to the Primary campus on a daily basis. The café will be open between 7.30am – 11.30am and 12.30pm – 1.30pm for student use.


When will the College recommence on-campus learning for students?

On Monday 4 May, the Queensland Government announced a plan for students in State Schools to return to on-campus learning in a staged approach over the next three weeks. This decision by the Queensland Government and the latest advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee has informed the decision at CHAC to recommence onsite learning for students. More information can be found here - https://bit.ly/35L6iLD 

What are the key return to school dates?

Monday 11 May 2020 for Prep, Year 1, Year 11 and Year 12 students

  • Students will move from the CHAC@Home online learning model to face-to-face learning onsite
  • Students who are continuing to learn from home will need to liaise with individual teachers around how learning will continue

Monday 11 May 2020 for students in Years 2 to 10

  • Students will remain in the CHAC@Home online learning model (both onsite and at home)
  • Primary timetable will remain the same as the CHAC@Home program
  • Secondary timetable will remain the same as the CHAC@Home program, with some slight timing adjustments for Years 11 and 12 students, this information will be shared directly with students

Monday 25 May 2020 for all students from Prep to Year 12 

  • We anticipate that all students will return to a face-to-face onsite education program. Further confirmation will be provided following the Premier’s announcement expected by Friday 15 May 2020. Students who are continuing to learn from home will need to liaise with teachers around how learning will continue 
  • The timetable will return to the standard College format with Monday 25 May being Week 16, Day 4

For the year levels not returning on Monday 11 May, the College continues to endorse the principle that parents are best placed to evaluate their own learning environment, based on the current health directives and advice, to decide whether their children are able to learn at home.

If parents determine that their children are unable to learn at home, they are invited to attend the College to undertake the onsite CHAC@Home program. We understand and appreciate that many parents are returning to work or undertaking work at home where they cannot appropriately supervise their children and require this support.

What health and safety precautions will the College implement during this period?

The health and safety of staff, students and parents continues to be a high priority as increased numbers of students return to campus. Whilst social distancing is not required for students on campus, parents are required to maintain a distance of 1.5m from other adults wherever practically possible.

Students must not attend campus if:

  • they are ill
  • If they or anyone in their household is being tested for COVID-19
  • If they or anyone in their household is in self-isolation in accordance with Government directives (eg. been in contact with someone with COVID-19, overseas/interstate travel, etc). Students who display flu-like symptoms should undertake a COVID-19 test and complete the COVID-19 test notification so that we can understand our ongoing risks - https://bit.ly/2RHrhco

Our on-campus cleaning will continue to disinfect high-contact areas throughout the day. Each classroom has been provided with a supply of a 24-hour antimicrobial product. All students will be required to wash their hands with this at the start of each day. Current adjustments to assemblies, year group meetings etc will remain in place until further advice is received to change these practices. Students will be reminded that hugs, handshakes and high fives are not appropriate at this time, as we focus on effective personal hygiene.


When will school resume as normal? 

The College is guided by advice issued by the Queensland Government and Queensland Health on this matter. Advice will be issued by Friday 15 May regarding arrangements for schools after Friday 22 May. Until then, the College remains open for those families who need or wish to access it. The health and safety of the entire CHAC community remains paramount.

What if my child requires additional support?

We encourage you to speak with your children about their online learning experience and make sure they are well supported and encouraged. College Directors, Heads of House, Heads of Faculty and classroom teachers are all available to support individual student needs during this time. You may wish to consult the Triple P Parenting Program for online resources regarding Parenting During COVID-19 - https://bit.ly/3bSISWR.

What is the status of upcoming events?

  • There will not be a live secondary assembly on Tuesday 5 May (as Monday 4 May is a public holiday)
  • Navigating the Future with AI webinar on Tuesday 5 May from 7pm. Reserve your place here - https://bit.ly/2yf9N09
  • Mother’s Day activities have been cancelled. Please see the College newsletter on Friday 8 May for our Mother’s Day video and activities
  • Please join us for the Parents and Friends' AGM online on Monday 11 May from 6pm. To join the meeting, visit -  https://bit.ly/2yJsyJ1
  • Year 2 excursion 11 May – cancelled
  • Year 1 incursion 15 May – cancelled
  • Under 8s Day 20 May – cancelled
  • Year 4 excursion 22 May – cancelled
  • Isolated Arts Competition – entries open until the end of Week 5
  • Online Recital Showcase - Friday 22 May from 7pm. Broadcast details to be advised

Will school resume as normal for Term 2?

The Queensland Government has announced changes to schooling that will impact the first five weeks of Term 2, from Monday 20 April until Friday 22 May 2020.

The Federal and State Governments have advised that all students are to learn from home with exceptions for children of essential workers and vulnerable children.

  • Any parents/guardians who must continue to work and cannot provide supervision at home or cannot make alternative care arrangements
  • Students who are at increased risk from staying at home

How will education be delivered at this time?

During this time, CHAC will continue to teach students using a home-based online learning model, staff will not be providing normal classroom face-to-face teaching to those students who attend the College. Further details regarding this model and the CHAC@home handbook will be provided to all families this week in preparation for a Monday 20 April start.

Students learning onsite will be fully supervised and have access to all the College’s CHAC@home resources. Social distancing measures, which were implemented towards the end of last term, will remain in place. To assist us with staff resourcing on campus, we request that parents indicate if their children will be coming to school between 20 April and 22 May, by completing the Attendance Survey sent out on 9 April.  As a result of this new information from the Government, we will extend this survey until 12.00pm on Wednesday 15 April.

What health and safety precautions will the College implement during this period?

The health and safety of our staff is paramount and as such, you must not send your child to school if they are ill or if anyone in your household is being tested for or showing symptoms of COVID-19. Temperature checks will be undertaken on a daily basis and any students with an elevated temperature will be sent home.

Is the Uniform Shop open?

To comply with Government regulations, the CHAC Uniform Shop have made changes to their trading, including –

  • Fittings are by appointment only. To book an appointment phone 38960479.
  • Uniform ordering can be completed online using the Flexischools App.


Other useful information

  • The College campus (Primary and Secondary) will be open for students between 8.00am and 3.15pm
  • The Canteen will be operating for online orders only. In addition, each week the Canteen will be supplying home-style meals including pies on a pre-order basis
  • OSHC will remain available for both before and after school care using the normal booking process

 

Is the College closing for the rest of Term 1?

During the week beginning Monday 30 March 2020, the College will commence a Home Learning trial to ensure issues are identified and resolved prior to the Term Break in preparation for the learning mode yet to be determined by the Government for Term 2.

From Monday 30 March 2020 until the last day of term on Thursday 2 April 2020, parents who are able to support Home Learning may keep students at home to assist with this trial. Feedback will be requested from students and parents using surveys, which will be issued throughout the week. We will analyse the data and ideas proposed with a view to review and improve if and where possible. Your feedback will be welcomed and encouraged.

During this week, the College will remain fully operational and teachers and support staff will be attending campus as normal. It is intended that the Canteen will remain open and accepting online orders only for both Primary and Secondary students as well as staff. The Café will support over the counter sales for Secondary students and staff.

For parents who are unable to support Home Learning or choose not to do so at this time, the College remains open for Business as Usual. As such, your child is welcome to attend campus and will be provided with the same Home Learning for pastoral care and curriculum as their peers. Our strict social distancing measures will remain in place and it is envisaged students will be located together in year groups

Further information about the format of the Home Learning trial will be issued later in the week.

Are Year 11 Block Exams still going ahead?

Yes

How do I notify the College of my student’s attendance?

To assist us in determining the number of students that remain on campus, it is requested that parents indicate whether their student will be present or absent from campus on Friday 27 March 2020 and Monday 30 March 2020 to Thursday 2 April 2020 (or part thereof) via the Parent APP. This can be done by selecting –

  • the applicable date ranges
  • the type of absence = absent from school
  • and the reason for absence = Home Learning

If you have indicated your child will be Home Learning next week and they fall ill, please notify the College of this change. Alternatively, please email studentreception@chac.qld.edu.au to advise what you propose for your student. Your early indication will greatly assist us with staff resourcing.

What measures has the College put in place to ensure the wellbeing of students?

The safety of our students and staff and the delivery of a positive learning experience are the College’s highest priorities.

Based on government advice, the College has implemented the following measures:

  • All College events have been cancelled or postponed (further information is available here).
  • The College is cleaned each day and this service has been increased to ensure the safety of the College community.
  • Hospital-grade hand sanitizer and liquid hand soap are provided across the campus.
  • Students and staff have been reminded about good hygiene practices with reminder posters placed in classrooms.
  • All choir rehearsals have been suspended until next term.
  • All ensembles will continue in larger spaces, attendance is optional.
  • In line with social distancing advice, the College has separated desks in classrooms and students are sitting in open areas during breaks.
  • Senior school students are not using lockers, and are carrying equipment as required

What if my child or someone in our family has recently been overseas, or if we are self-quarantining?

The Australian Government have specified that anyone who meets the following must criteria must self-isolate for 14 days:

  • you have COVID-19
  • you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19
  • you arrived in Australia after midnight on 15 March 2020

If you meet one of these criteria, please contact the College to inform us of your circumstances. We will continue to support the learning of students who are self-quarantining by providing information, work and feedback via the electronic formats at our disposal.

If your child is in Primary, please contact your child’s classroom teacher to discuss further. Secondary students are asked to contact their teachers directly.

We ask for your patience when awaiting email responses from our teachers regarding work for those in self-quarantine. Responses may take some extra time as we work together during this unique situation.

How will the College continue to teach if there is a school closure?

The College is well prepared to continue the delivery of education for our students and is currently developing Microsoft Teams as a platform to enhance their learning experience. This digital platform will allow for greater flexibility in curriculum delivery and interaction between staff and students.

Each Secondary faculty has determined how learning will continue using the online platform. Classroom teachers will be communicating directly with their classes and students. Each Primary class has determined how learning will continue using the online platform and will be communicating directly with parents and students.

What online channels should I be monitoring?

The emerging COVID-19 situation is unprecedented and evolving, and the College is committed to ensuring our CHAC community is informed of relevant details as soon as possible.

Updates regarding the health emergency can be found on this page, or via the CHAC Community Facebook page.

Further information can also be found on the Australian Government, Department of Health website and Queensland Health website.

Additional Information for Parents

Term 2 Operating Guidelines for QLD State Schools - Tuesday 14 April

COVID-19 Factsheet - Tuesday 14 April

 

MS Teams Access - Friday 20 March 9am

Guidelines to access MS Teams can be found here

In order to utilise MS Teams, all parents are required to complete a short online form. This form is a parental acknowledgement for the Responsible Use of MS Teams/Remote Learning Policy and should be completed by Monday 23 March 2020.

For Primary parents - https://tinyurl.com/chacmsteamspolicy-primary

For Secondary parents - https://tinyurl.com/chacmsteamspolicy-secondary

 

Music Tour Update -Friday 13 March, 4.20pm

It is with great sadness that I inform you that the 2020 Music Tour to Singapore has been cancelled.

This was a difficult decision for the College to make however we feel it is the most appropriate course of action, based on the current health and travel updates.

The College would like to reassure you that all payments received thus far will be credited back to your College account (including the initial $500 deposit). Your patience in this process is appreciated.

All scheduled rehearsals for the music tour have been cancelled.

Please refer to the College website for future updates – https://www.chac.qld.edu.au/critical-incident

Mr Geoff Govier

Director - Performance Music

 

Sport Update - Friday 13 March, 2020 2.59pm

In light of the current situation surrounding COVID-19 (coronavirus) I will like to reassure the College community that the health and safety of all students is our highest priority.

While current advice is that there are no restrictions on participation in sport, I will be advising all staff and coaches of CHAC teams to discourage:

  • shaking of hands with team members and opponents
  • huddling with arms around one another
  • singing the CHAC song after winning a game
  • sharing of water bottles, all students should have their own bottle clearly labelled with their name.

I would encourage students to use hand sanitiser before and after training and games. Where possible, CHAC will provide hand sanitiser. However, please be aware that this may not be possible in some instances due to the current shortages.

Students who are unwell, and, in particular, are demonstrating the following symptoms, should not attend training sessions or games:

  • fever
  • flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue
  • shortness of breath

Further details can be found here –

  • Australian Government, Department of Health website and
  • Queensland Health website

Please encourage your family to exercise good personal hygiene, including: 

  • washing their hands regularly with soap and water, particularly before and after eating, and after going to the toilet
  • using alcohol-based hand sanitiser if soap is unavailable
  • covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of their elbow 
  • disposing of tissues in the bin immediately. 

If there are any further updates regarding the participation of sport, we will adhere to those guidelines and provide further advice.

Mark Spindler

Director of Sport 

Information for Staff

Wednesday 12 August 2020

I want to thank you for your continued support of the College at this challenging time.As you will appreciate, the guidelines regarding the current health situation around the globe are changing regularly. For Queensland Schools, the State Government and Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) provide the College with regular updates that may impact our staff, parents and students.
The current guidelines based on the current risk in Queensland (as of Wednesday 12 August) state that students and staff should be excluded from the College campus if:

  • They are ill
  • They are being tested for COVID-19
  • They are required to self-isolate in accordance with a Government Directive

The requirement for exclusion if a member of the household is being tested or if a member of the household is required to self-isolate has been removed. However, we do support parents or staff who choose to stay home or keep their children at home particularly if the parent/staff member feels there may be a heightened risk (eg returned from interstate, plane travel).

2020 Non-Government School Census collection notice

The Australian Government provides funding to Australian schools under the Australian Education Act 2013 (AE Act). The AE Act and the associated Australian Education Regulation 2013 (the AE Regulation) require that a school authority provides the Australian Government with certain information about the school, its staff, and student body to ensure the school’s funding is properly calculated and appropriately managed. This information is collected by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (the department) on behalf of the Australian Government.
Further information on this Census can be found here.

Please contact me should you have any questions regarding these matters. I trust you and your family will enjoy the public holiday on Friday 14 August and take a well-deserved break.


Thursday 30 July 2020

Dear College community

As you will be aware, a Logan-based independent school was closed yesterday due to a community member being diagnosed with COVID-19 (coronavirus). The school concerned is currently undergoing deep cleaning and contact tracing over several days to limit the impact of the health situation on the wider community.

Given this situation, we have decided to cancel the planned TAS and JTAS sporting fixtures against Canterbury College and St John’s Anglican College teams on Saturday 1 August 2020. This includes games that were scheduled to be played at these Colleges or at CHAC. Whilst these Colleges are geographically distant from the identified school, the health and safety of our students, staff, parents and coaches is paramount. Games scheduled against other Colleges will be played as normal.

Rest assured, CHAC is undertaking regular cleaning of all high-touch areas around the College and strict health and safety guidelines are being adhered to. All members of the College community are being reminded about hand sanitisation and appropriate social distancing to prevent any potential health issues at the College.
Students should not attend campus if 

  • They are unwell
  • They or anyone in their household are being tested for COVID-19
  • They or anyone in their household is in self-isolation in accordance with Government directives (eg been in contact with someone with COVID-19, overseas/interstate travel, etc)

Please advise the College if you are being tested for COVID-19 (coronavirus) using this electronic form.

The following link provides details issued by the Queensland Health Department regarding the public health alert issued today. Please take some time to read this important information.
Thank you for your patience and understanding regarding this matter. Please contact me via email if you have any concerns.

Kind regards
Mr Gary O’Brien
Principal


Friday 15 May 2020

Dear students and parents

I am writing to convey my thanks and appreciation to you for the way that you have been dealing with the difficult situation confronting us at the moment and your support for the CHAC@Home learning program. Your efforts and the manner in which you have taken on board and adapted to our online platform have been central to its success. Following the announcement by the Queensland Premier we are very excited about the return of all remaining students to the College on Monday 25 May and have included updates and reminders to assist with the transition back to on-campus learning.

Hygiene Procedures

The College will maintain the current regime that has been put in place, including the thorough cleaning of rooms on a daily basis.

Students will be encouraged, both in classes and in the playground, not to congregate in large groups, so as to maintain a level of social separation. There will be the continued suspension of all mass gatherings of students, including school assemblies, cohort and house meetings, camps and excursions.

Classrooms have had Zoono (hand sanitizer) placed in dispensers. Students should apply on arrival at the first room for the day. The product provides 24-hour protection, providing an anti-microbial barrier for students. Students should cover their nose and mouth with a tissue or bent elbow when coughing or sneezing, avoid touching their face, nose and mouth, and avoid shaking hands.

Students must not attend campus if:

  • they are ill
  • if they or anyone in their household is being tested for COVID-19
  • If they or anyone in their household is in self-isolation in accordance with Government directives (eg been in contact with someone with COVID-19, overseas/interstate travel, etc)

Student services

All three student service areas will be open, with students returning to their usual places of engagement. Ms White and Ms O’Shea are very excited about the return of the remaining secondary students, while Ms Hanson and Mrs Binney will be thrilled to see the remaining Primary students.

Timetable Structure

The College will return to the normal timetable structure as outlined in the College diary. Monday morning online assemblies will continue until the end of term.

Extra – curricular offerings

Performance Music will continue to offer private music tuition for students on-site. Performance Music rehearsals will recommence and members of these groups should review the rehearsal program for details.

The Associated Schools have announced plans to resume the TAS sporting competition subject to any further Government announcements. At this stage, they continue to work through current Governmental guidelines, and are aiming for a return from the start of term three. The TAS Management Committee has been discussing the resumption to determine the best plan forward. They will need to continue to hold further discussions around the season lengths and structures to ensure they can cover all sports from the usual term 2 and 3 competitions. The Associated Schools will send out an announcement to all schools and the TAS community once the decision has been made on what the competition will look like.

Other extra-curricular activities will be considered as time goes by.

Locker bays

Students will be able to access their new lockers but will be discouraged from congregating in these areas. Students must move quickly to and from these areas.

Uniforms

All students will be in full school uniform on their return to school, except on days when they have practical HPE classes when they may wear sports uniform for the day. HPE practical classes will be communicated to students by the relevant teachers.

Catering

The canteen will continue to operate via both the online ordering platform and over the counter sales. Social distancing expectations will be enforced in the canteen and cafe precincts. Orders must be in by 9.00am each day for collection at designated breaks. Online orders will continue to be delivered to the Primary campus on a daily basis. The café will be open between 7.30 – 11.30am and 12.30pm-2.00pm for student and staff use.

Public transport

Social distancing should be practiced by students when using buses or trains to get to and from school.

Primary Kiss and Go

With the return of many students to school this week, we have seen an increase in the number of parents using the Kiss and Go. This is a gentle reminder to all parents to please be mindful and appreciative of the fact that the College is in a residential neighbourhood. 

It is important to keep the flow of traffic moving to ensure the residents in the street have ready access to and from their homes. Please be particularly mindful that if a vehicle is stopped to wait for a spot to join the line for Kiss and Go, a traffic jam results. This causes a great deal of distress to our neighbours.  

Parents are asked to continue to circulate around the block until such time as a spot is available in the Kiss and Go line and refrain from queueing in the main flow of traffic. The Property Services Team will be directing traffic each day and we ask that all directions from members of this team are respected and followed. 

Parents on-campus

Due to the current health situation, parents are encouraged not to enter the campus grounds. Parents delivering students for music lessons and activities should wait for students off-site. Prep parents are permitted to enter the College grounds.

Email Irregularity

Due to a technical error in the TASS student management system, several outdated emails have been sent to the College community this morning. Please ignore and discard these outdated emails. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we implement steps to ensure this does not happen in the future.

We are very much looking forwarding to seeing all students back at the College on Monday 25 May.

Kind regards

Mr Gary O’Brien
Principal


Message for Year 7-10 Students (CHAC@Home - online learning at home)
A message from the Principal Thursday 7 May 2020

Dear students and parents

We wish to convey our thanks and appreciation to you for the way that you have been dealing with the difficult situation confronting us at the moment and your support for the CHAC@Home learning program. Your efforts and the manner in which you have taken on board and adapted to our online platform have been central to its success.

Your safety and wellbeing continues to be a priority for us. You may be feeling anxious about this period of isolation from school and your friends so it is important that you feel comfortable connecting with us to discuss any concerns you may have. Remember to speak to the teachers and pastoral staff you are most comfortable with.

Other reminders:

  1. If you miss Roll Call in the morning, please email StudentReception@chac.qld.edu.au and let us know that you are online and ready to learn.
  2. If for some reason you are going to miss a class, please inform your teacher beforehand via email.
  3. If you attend school for any reason e.g. a music tutorial or to access IT support, you must wear your school uniform. This includes adhering to our guidelines regarding hair.

Students who attend school will be housed in the Auditorium (up to 50 desks) for the duration of the day, under the supervision of the Secondary Teacher Aides. Students who will be completing an exam on campus should notify their teacher in advance so that an appropriate location and supervision can be organised.

Student services

Secondary will use Junior Reception for any signing in, signing out or medical issues. Parents collecting students should follow the instructions on the signs displayed at each entrance to the College

Catering procedures

The canteen will continue to operate via the online ordering platform. Orders must be in by 9.00am each day for collection at designated breaks. Online orders will continue to be delivered to the Primary campus on a daily basis. The café will be open between 7.30 – 11.30am and 12.30pm-1.30pm for student use.

Performance Music offerings

Performance Music will continue to offer private music tuition for students on-site and online as appropriate.
Please visit this page for updates on Performance Music rehearsals for Weeks 4 and 5 - https://bit.ly/2RmHbsj
After school and before school physical activity sessions are being investigated, details to follow

Kind regards

Mr Gary O’Brien
Principal


Messages to Year 11-12 Students (returning to school)
A message from the Principal Thursday 7 May 2020

Dear Year 11 and 12 students and parents

We wish to convey our thanks and appreciation to you for the way that you have been dealing with the difficult situation confronting us at the moment and your support for the CHAC@Home learning program. Your efforts and the manner in which you have taken on board and adapted to our online platform have been central to its success. We look forward to welcoming you back to the College next week and have included updates to help your transition back to on-campus learning.

Hygiene Procedures

The College will maintain the current regime that has been put in place, including the thorough cleaning of rooms on a daily basis.

Classrooms will have Zoono (hand sanitizer) placed in dispensers. Students should apply on arrival at the first room for the day. The product provides 24 hour protection, providing an anti-microbial barrier for students. As previously discussed students should cover noses and mouths with a tissue or bent elbow when coughing or sneezing, avoid touching their face, nose and mouth, and avoid shaking hands.
Students must not attend campus if:

  • they are ill
  • if anyone in their household is being tested for COVID-19
  • If anyone in their household is in self-isolation in accordance with Government directives (eg been in contact with someone with COVID-19, overseas/interstate travel, etc)

Student services

Secondary will use Junior Reception for any signing in, signing out or medical issues. Parents collecting students should follow the instructions on the signs displayed at each entrance to the College

Break Procedures

Students will remain in the area between Junior Secondary and Science block/B block. Staff will be allocated to supervise to ensure students maintain appropriate behaviours and adhere to appropriate separation protocols.

Roll Call

Prep and Year 1 students to attend classrooms as normal
Year 11 and 12s to attend allocated rooms below and then log into their homerooms for roll marking:

  Macleay Moreton Peel Russell St Helena Stradbroke  Wednesdays
Year 11 J101 J201 J203 201 L1 I3 Homerooms
Year 12 J102  J202   J204 202    L2 I4 Homerooms

       

Wednesdays, when Homeroom mentoring is programmed, students will go to their normal HR as programs vary from class to class. HR teachers who are onsite will be in their allocated homeroom on a Wednesday.

Timetable Structure

7 Day timetable will continue to be implemented as per the College diary, lesson times below.

Secondary (on campus)

8.15 – 8.30 Roll Call
8.30-8.55 Pastoral
9.00-10.10 Lesson 1
10.10-10.30 Break
10.30-11.40  Lesson 2
11.40-12.00 Break
12.00-1.10  Lesson 3
1.10-2.00  Lunch
2.00-3.10  Lesson 4

 

Temperature Checks

Temperatures will be taken at Roll Call or at the start of period 1.

Lessons on campus

Lessons will be conducted in rooms as per the College timetable for all classes.

Extra – curricular offerings

Performance Music will continue to offer private music tuition for students on-site and online as appropriate.
Please click here for updates on Performance Music rehearsals for Weeks 4 and 5 - https://bit.ly/2RmHbsj

After school and before school physical activity sessions are being investigated, details to follow

Continued suspension of all mass gatherings of students, including:

  • school assemblies
  • interschool activities
  • camps and excursions
  • sports and swimming events
  • arts events

 

Group sizes around school

Students will be instructed to not congregate in large groups and to adopt a level of physical separation.

Classroom set up/ Room entry procedures

Classrooms will continue to be set up in exam style, separated formats, students will be encouraged not to congregate around entrances to rooms but to move in as soon as access is provided

Locker bay protocols

Students will be able to access their new lockers but will be discouraged from congregating in these areas. Students must move quickly to and from these areas.

Uniforms

Secondary Students will be in full school uniform on their return to school, except on days when they have practical HPE classes when they may wear sports uniform for the day. HPE practical classes will be communicated to students by the relevant teachers.

Catering procedures

The canteen will continue to operate via the online ordering platform. Orders must be in by 9.00am each day for collection at designated breaks. Online orders will continue to be delivered to the Primary campus on a daily basis. The café will be open between 7.30 – 11.30am and 12.30pm-1.30pm for student and staff use.

Public transport

Social distancing should be practiced when using buses or trains.

I look forwarding to seeing you back at the College on Monday 11 May.

Kind regards

Mr Gary O’Brien
Principal


A message from the Principal Wednesday May 6, 2020 

Dear CHAC families

Plan for recommencement of on-campus learning for students
On Monday 4 May the Queensland Government announced a plan for students in State Schools to return to on-campus learning in a staged approach over the next three weeks. This decision has been made on the basis of health advice that it is safe for students and staff to attend school, and the significant reduction in the number of active COVID-19 cases in Queensland. This decision by the Queensland Government, and the latest advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee has informed the decision at CHAC to recommence onsite learning for students. More information can be found here - https://bit.ly/35L6iLD
The work of all the staff over the past two months has placed us well for a smooth 3-week transition back to College life with a minimum of interruption to student learning.

Key Dates

Monday 11 May 2020 for Prep, Year 1, Year 11 and Year 12 students

  • Students will move from the CHAC@Home online learning model to face to face learning onsite
  • Students who are continuing to learn from home will need to liaise with individual teachers around how learning will continue

Monday 11 May 2020 for students in Years 2 – 10

  • Students will remain in the CHAC@Home online learning model (both onsite and at home)
  • Primary timetable will remain the same as the CHAC@Home program
  • Secondary timetable will remain the same as the CHAC@Home program, with some slight timing adjustments for Year 11 and 12 students, this information will be shared directly with students

Monday 25 May 2020 for all students from P-12

  • We anticipate that all students will return to face to face onsite education program. Further confirmation will be provided following the Premier’s announcement expected by Friday 15 May 2020. Students who are continuing to learn from home will need to liaise with teachers around how learning will continue
  • The timetable will return to the standard College format with Monday 25 May being Week 16, Day 4

Parent Choice for School Attendance of all Students

For the year levels not returning on Monday 11 May the College continues to endorse the principle that parents are best placed to evaluate their own learning environment, based on the current health directives and advice, to decide whether their children are able to learn at home.
If parents determine that their children are unable to learn at home, they are invited to attend the College to undertake the onsite CHAC@Home program. We understand and appreciate that many parents are returning to work or undertaking work at home where they cannot appropriately supervise their children and thus require this support.

Health and Safety

The health and safety of staff, students and parents continues to be a high priority as increased numbers of students return to campus. Whilst social distancing is not required for students on campus, parents are required to maintain a distance of 1.5m from other adults wherever practically possible.
Students must not attend campus if:

  • they are ill
  • if they or anyone in their household is being tested for COVID-19
  • If they or anyone in their household is in self-isolation in accordance with Government directives (eg. been in contact with someone with COVID-19, overseas/interstate travel, etc)


Students who display flu like symptoms should undertake a COVID-19 test and complete the COVID-19 test notification so that we can understand our ongoing risks - https://bit.ly/2RHrhco
Our on-campus cleaning will continue to disinfect high-contact areas throughout the day and each classroom in the College has been provided with a supply of a product that is a 24-hour antimicrobial that will provide additional protection for our students. All students will be required to wash their hands with this at the start of each day. Current adjustments to our programs including assemblies, year group meetings etc will remain in place until further advice is received to change these practices. We will be actively reminding students who return to campus that the COVID-19 crisis is not over yet and they still have responsibilities to the broader College community. Students will be excited to congregate with their friends again; however, we will remind them that hugs, handshakes and high fives are not appropriate at this time, as we focus on effective personal hygiene.

In closing, I wish to extend my thanks to each member of our community for their support during this challenging time. To College staff, I wish to recognise their dedication, passion and genuine care displayed daily towards our students and their learning during this time and endorse the many messages of appreciation that have been shared by parents for their efforts. I also extend my appreciation to parents for our close working partnership, as we have focused on ensuring students are able to continue learning whilst not in the normal classroom environment.
We will be reflecting on the innovations in learning that have been introduced during this period and will be identifying the elements which can be incorporated into our ongoing learning programs. I encourage parents to share with staff effective aspects of their child’s learning, as part of this reflection process.

Yours sincerely
Gary O’Brien
Principal

 


A message from the Principal Friday 1 May, 2020 3.30pm

Dear CHAC parents

Thank you for your support and feedback regarding the CHAC@Home online learning program. I have been delighted to hear about how the Program has been operating successfully over the past 2 weeks.

Survey
Now that our staff and students have completed two weeks of the Program, I would ask you to complete a short online survey (link deleted). Please complete this by Tuesday 5 May 9am. Your feedback will allow us to shape the Program over the coming weeks.

Media
Recent media reports have speculated about students returning to school and the reopening of Queensland schools. Over the coming weeks, the College will be guided by advice issued by the Queensland Government and Queensland Health on these matters. Advice will be issued by Friday 15 May regarding arrangements for schools after Friday 22 May. Until then, the College remains open for those families who need or wish to access it. Rest assured, the health and safety of the entire CHAC Community remains paramount over the coming weeks.

Support
I would encourage you to speak with your children about their online learning experience and make sure they are well supported and encouraged. College Directors, Heads of House, Heads of Faculty and classroom teachers are all available to support individual student needs during this time. You may wish to consult the Triple P Parenting Program for online resources regarding Parenting During COVID-19 - https://bit.ly/3bSISWR

Events
• There will not be a live secondary assembly on Tuesday 5 May (as Monday 4 May is a public holiday)
• Navigating the Future with AI webinar on Tuesday 5 May from 7pm. Reserve your place here - https://bit.ly/2yf9N09
• Mother’s Day activities have been cancelled. Please see the College newsletter on Friday 8 May for our Mother’s Day video and activities
• Please join us for the Parents and Friends AGM online on Monday 11 May from 6pm. To join the meeting, visit - https://bit.ly/2yJsyJ1
• Year 2 excursion 11 May – cancelled
• Year 1 incursion 15 May – cancelled
• Under 8s Day 20 May – cancelled
• Year 4 excursion 22 May – cancelled
• Isolated Arts Competition – entries open until the end of Week 5
• Online Recital Showcase - Friday 22 May from 7pm. Broadcast details to be advised

Please enjoy the long weekend and I look forward to reading your feedback from the online survey.

Kind regards

Mr Gary O’Brien
Principal

COVID-19 Update Tuesday 14  April, 2020 12.00pm

Dear CHAC Parents

The Queensland Government has announced changes to schooling that will impact the first five weeks of Term 2, from Monday 20 April until Friday 22 May 2020.

The Federal and State Governments have advised that all students are to learn from home with exceptions for children of essential workers and vulnerable children.

Our College will remain open for:

  • Any parents/guardians who must continue to work and cannot provide supervision at home or cannot make alternative care arrangements
  • Students who are at increased risk from staying at home

During this time, CHAC will continue to teach students using a home-based online learning model, staff will not be providing normal classroom face-to-face teaching to those students who attend the College. Further details regarding this model and the CHAC@home handbook will be provided to all families this week in preparation for a Monday 20 April start.

Students learning onsite will be fully supervised and have access to all the College’s CHAC@home resources. Social distancing measures, which were implemented towards the end of last term, will remain in place. To assist us with staff resourcing on campus, we request that parents indicate if their children will be coming to school between 20 April and 22 May, by completing the Attendance Survey sent out on 9 April - https://bit.ly/2UV5509 As a result of this new information from the Government, we will extend this survey until 12.00pm on Wednesday 15 April.

Further details from the Queensland Government can be found here (Additional Information for Parents tab) – https://www.chac.qld.edu.au/critical-incident

Other information

  • The College Campus (Primary and Secondary) will be open for students between 8.00am and 3.15pm
  • The Canteen will be operating for online orders only. In addition, each week the Canteen will be supplying home cooked meals including pies on a pre-order basis
  • OSHC will remain available for both before and after school care using the normal booking process

Health and Safety 

The health and safety of our staff is paramount and as such, you must not send your child to school if they are ill or if anyone in your household is being tested for or showing symptoms of COVID-19. Temperature checks will be undertaken on a daily basis and any students with an elevated temperature will be sent home.

At times such as these your students will be looking towards you for guidance on how to react. It is important that you remain positive, provide stability, model resilience and provide a space for them to speak openly about their feelings. You may wish to consult the SchoolTV website for information - https://chac.qld.schooltv.me/category-latest-newsletter  

I know this information will impact every CHAC family and prompt further questions, should you wish to discuss any matters in further detail, please contact the College using the below means.

Wishing you all a safe and restful conclusion to the Easter break.

Kind regards

Mr Gary O’Brien

Principal

 

COVID-19 Update Tuesday 31  March, 2020 7.00pm

Dear Parents

Term 1 this year has been both challenging and unexpected for every member of the College community. We have adopted new ways of teaching, implemented innovative ways of engaging and seen tragic world events impact the globe.

I have been delighted to see so many students and parents embracing the Home Learning Trial so far. Thank you for supporting this initiative with courage and compassion.

As we approach the end of term 1, I thought it timely to update you all on several matters –

 

Home Learning on Thursday 2 April

Our staff will be setting work for students to complete independently so that final preparations can be completed for Term 2; given the possibility that we will be working online. Some staff may have work to complete that requires connection to their students, these students will be informed directly. Students at school will continue to be supervised as required. Thursday 2 April marks the last day of Term 1.

 

OSHC

OSHC will be operating its holiday program from Friday 3 April.

 

Year 12 Assessment

The QCAA has formalised its approach regarding assessment for the remainder of the year. It will remove one piece of assessment from each subject. The College has some flexibility around this, including which assessment and the timing for completing the remaining piece of assessment. We are currently finalising our overall approach to best suit our senior students. Further information will be shared later this week. Official advice from QCAA can be found here - www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/secure_site/memos.act

 

Pie Time

It’s the end of term, so take a break from the kitchen by ordering a selection of delicious home-style pies for dinner. The gourmet pies come in a range of flavours – from beef stroganoff, or chicken and mushroom to Moroccan lamb – there’s something for everyone, and all you have to do is throw them in the oven. Order between now and 5pm Thursday via the Flexischools website - www.flexischools.com.au or the Flexischools APP. Orders can be collected from the College Canteen between 1pm and 2pm on Friday 3 April.

 

Events status 

  • Japan tour – cancelled

The status of events scheduled for Term 2 will be advised closer to each date. Don’t forget to follow our ANZAC Day commemoration and Foundation Day celebrations on the CHAC Community Facebook site.

 

P&F Business Directory

Given many families within our College may be significantly impacted through this health situation, the P&F have been looking at what they can do to assist the College community. 

We are asking for all members of our community that run (or are involved with) small to medium sized businesses, to provide details regarding your business and what they supply and/or offer.

We will then consolidate this information into an e-booklet and send it out to the CHAC community in the hope that if your family requires any services or products, that they first check this CHAC community business listing, in support of our local small to medium sized businesses during this difficult time. 

If you would like your business to be included in this webpage listing, please email marketing@chac.qld.edu.au. Vice-President, Mr Robert Nettleton would be delighted to hear from you if you have any questions – PnF_President@chac.qld.edu.au

 

Thank you for embracing the Home Learning Trial this week, your efforts have been greatly appreciated.

Kind regards

Mr Gary O’Brien

Principal

 


COVID-19 Update Thursday 26 March, 2020 7.30pm

Dear CHAC community

Since my last communication, I have been delighted to hear from many members of the College community about the initiatives the College is implementing in response to the current health situation. Your continuing support is greatly valued and I thank you for your commitment to the College.

Today, you will have seen an announcement by the Queensland Premier, Ms Annastacia Palaszczuk, regarding educational arrangements for Queensland schools and students next week. This announcement aligns with our Home Learning Arrangements communicated yesterday, with CHAC students being required for learning (either remotely or on-campus) from Monday 30 March until Thursday 2 April 2020. Please consider the government directive when deciding on school attendance. As a result, we will still be offering OSHC for those students who are at school.

Further details including timetable information and pastoral care initiatives for next week will be communicated with students and families tomorrow.

Based on the current information, Term 2 will recommence for all on-campus learning on Monday 20 April with the status of online learning being reviewed in the coming school holidays. Further details will be communicated in due course.

I am also writing with some further updates which will impact your family in the coming week.

 

Digital Platforms

To utilise MS Teams, all parents are required to complete a short online form. This form is a parental acknowledgement for the Responsible Use of MS Teams/Remote Learning Policy and should be completed online ASAP.

  • For Primary parents - https://tinyurl.com/chacmsteamspolicy-primary
  • For Secondary parents - https://tinyurl.com/chacmsteamspolicy-secondary

Instructions on how to connect with MS Teams can be found here under Information for Parents - www.chac.qld.edu.au/critical-incident

 

Absenteeism

To assist us in determining the number of students that remain on campus, it is requested that parents indicate whether their student will be present or absent from campus on Friday 27 March 2020 and Monday 30 March 2020 to Thursday 2 April 2020 (or part thereof) via the Parent APP. This can be done by selecting

  • the applicable date ranges
  • the type of absence = absent from school
  • and the reason for absence = home learning

If you have indicated your child will be home learning next week and they fall ill, please notify the College of this change. Alternatively, please email studentreception@chac.qld.edu.au to advise what you propose for your student. Your early indication will greatly assist us with staff resourcing.

Prior to arriving at school, many families have implemented daily temperature checks at home for their family members; a practise you may wish to implement in your home.

 

Student Protection and Remote Learning

During the Home Learning Program Trial Student Protection Officers (SPOs) will remain available.  SPOs are key contacts for students, staff and other members of the school community that have a concern for a student’s safety. Further information about SPOs can be found here - https://www.chac.qld.edu.au/sp-information

To contact Student Protection Officers, during our Home Learning Program Home Learning Program Trial, please email spo@chac.qld.edu.au or call 3896 0444.

Further community information about child protection and support services is also available from the following sources:

  • Child Safety Services: https://www.communities.qld.gov.au/childsafety/child-safety-services
  • Domestic and family violence support services: https://www.qld.gov.au/community/getting-support-health-social-issue/domestic-family-violence/
  • Family and Child Connect on 13 32 64 or: http://www.familychildconnect.org.au/index.asp
  • Headspace: https://headspace.org.au
  • Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or: https://kidshelpline.com.au
  • Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner:  https://www.esafety.gov.au/
  • Parentline on 1300 30 1300 or: https://www.parentline.com.au

If you believe a child is in immediate danger, or in a life-threatening situation, please call triple zero (000).

 

Updates from the past 24 hours

  • QCAA – QCAA have advised one internal assessment from the total of four prescribed in each syllabus will be removed for Year 12s. This will provide some relief for students as they contend with uncertainty and disruption while working towards their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) in 2020. It will also support teachers to manage reduced classroom time. More details will follow as the QCAA shares them with us.
  • The Uniform Shop will now only take orders online with face-to-face appointments being by appointment only. Limited hat repairs and embroidery services will be available by prior arrangement.  Phone 07 3896 0479 or email uniformshop@chac.qld.edu.au for more details.

 

Reporting of COVID-19 

It is important to note that if any member of your immediate family has been diagnosed with COVID-19 (coronavirus), please contact the College immediately via the below contact details.

If any member of your immediate family is being tested for COVID-19 (coronavirus), please contact the College via the below contact details.

The privacy of the information disclosed to the College is of vital importance and will comply with the College Information Privacy Policy.

 

Community initiatives 

I’ve been impressed by the amount of community involvement we have received over the past fortnight. These initiatives represent the CHAC Community Spirit and I commend you all for your participation in these initiatives. Some examples include -   

  • Pay It Forward – Students and Staff are encouraged to pay it forward at Futures Café by buying a beverage for another member of the CHAC community
  • Social media – over the coming weeks you’ll see more engaging content on our social media platforms including tips for staying active, fun holiday activities, life and faith messages, photo sharing competitions plus tips for staying healthy.
  • Initiatives to encourage hand washing – students and staff will see creative reminders in the bathrooms regarding hand washing. Named CHAC Presents … Songs to sing and wash your hands by! From Eminem to Lizzo, we can’t wait to hear our senior students singing as they cleanse!

 

P&F Business Directory

Given many families within our College may be significantly impacted through this health situation, the P&F have been looking at what they can do to assist the College community. 

We are asking for all members of our community that run (or are involved with) small to medium sized businesses, to provide details regarding your business and what they supply and/or offer.

We will then consolidate this information into an e-booklet and send it out to the CHAC community in the hope that if your family requires any services or products, that they first check this CHAC community business listing, in support of our local small to medium sized businesses during this difficult time. 

If you would like your business to be included in this webpage listing, please complete the enclosed form. Vice-President, Mr Robert Nettleton would be delighted to hear from you if you have any questions – PnF_President@chac.qld.edu.au

 

Event status 

As per Federal Government regulations, any planned parties or social gatherings of students outside of school should not proceed.

Updates regarding the following College events are included below -

  • Maths in A.I. Lecture (Tuesday 5 May) – replaced by a one-hour webinar (details TBA)
  • AI for Good Challenge – cancelled
  • Past Students’ Association 10 Year Reunion (Saturday 16 May) – postponed
  • Cross Country – postponed

Further updates regarding CHAC’s response to the emerging health situation can be found on this webpage, or via the CHAC Community Facebook Page.

In closing I want to declare my deep appreciation for all the help and support that so many parents have provided over the last few weeks, and the professional way by which our staff and broader community are engaging with the challenges of new ways of teaching and learning. I know that, together, we can successfully face the challenges that lie ahead.

 

Mr Gary O’Brien

Principal


COVID-19 Update Wednesday 25 March, 2020 4.00pm

Home learning trial – Term 1 Week 10

Dear Parents and Students

In response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, please be advised that the College has reviewed arrangements for Week 10 of Term 1. Any amendments to programs are made in response to health and government advice for schools to remain in operation whilst balancing this with the health of our students, staff and extended Community.

In the week beginning Monday 30 March 2020, the College will commence a Home Learning trial to ensure issues are identified and resolved prior to the Term Break in preparation for the learning mode yet to be determined by the Government for Term 2.

In order to give our teachers time to prepare for the trial, all students will be provided with individual coursework and activities for lessons on Friday 27 March 2020. Teachers will be onsite but not directing lessons and supervision of students will be provided by alternate staffing arrangements. Parents may choose to keep their children at home to complete the coursework and lessons that will be pre-arranged for this day, should that be convenient.

From Monday 30 March 2020 until the last day of term on Thursday 2 April 2020, parents who are able to support Home Learning may keep students at home to assist with this trial. Feedback will be requested from students and parents using surveys which will be issued throughout the duration of that week. We will analyse the data and ideas proposed with a view to review and improve if and where possible. Your feedback will be welcomed and encouraged.

Please note that Year 11 Block Exams will still go ahead as planned on Friday 27 March 2020.

During this week, the College will remain fully operational and teachers and support staff will be attending campus as normal. It is intended that the Canteen will remain open and accepting online orders only for both Primary and Secondary students as well as staff. The Café will support over the counter sales for Secondary students and staff.

For parents who are unable to support Home Learning or choose not to do so at this time, the College remains open for Business as Usual. As such, your child is welcome to attend campus and will be provided with the same Home Learning for pastoral care and curriculum as their peers. Our strict social distancing measures will remain in place and it is envisaged students will be located together in year groups.

To assist us in determining the number of students that remain on campus, it is requested that parents indicate whether their student will be present or absent from campus on Friday 27 March 2020 and Monday 30 March 2020 to Thursday 2 April 2020 (or part thereof) via the Parent APP. This can be done by selecting –

  • the applicable date ranges
  • the type of absence = absent from school
  • and the reason for absence = home learning

If you have indicated your child will be home learning next week and they fall ill, please notify the College of this change.

Alternatively, please email studentreception@chac.qld.edu.au to advise what you propose for your student. Your early indication will greatly assist us with staff resourcing.

Further information about the format of the Home Learning trial will be issued later in the week.

Kind regards

Mr Gary O’Brien

Principal


COVID-19 Update Friday 20 March, 2020 4.30pm

Dear CHAC Community

I am writing to update the College Community regarding the health situation that is constantly unfolding across the globe.

Internally, I am leading a Business Continuity Team at the College who have been meeting daily to discuss issues that may impact the College both now and in the future. This team, along with our teachers, are committed to ensuring both the health and safety of the College community and positive educational experiences for our students.   

I have been delighted to see so many members of the College community developing new ways in which to engage with others, given the social distancing measures implemented -

  • College Captains will be issuing the CHACtastic awards to students, keep an eye out for the weekly awardees.
  • Year 6 students have developed a printed newsletter for CHAC families including news, interviews and profiles.
  • Music Captains have successfully used MS Teams in 3 locations across Brisbane to keep their learning journey progressing.
  • Families offering shopping assistance to our community who require assistance.

These initiatives make our Community strong and I look forward to seeing more creative ways of working in the coming weeks.

The following updates have been issued based on the information we currently have from the Australian Government and Queensland Health.  

 

Reporting -

It is important to note that if any member of your immediate family have been diagnosed with COVID-19 (coronavirus), please contact the College immediately via the below contact details.

If any member of your immediate family is being tested for COVID-19 (coronavirus), please contact the College via the below contact details.

The privacy of the information disclosed to the College is of vital importance and will comply with the College Information Privacy Policy.

 

Zoning -

From Monday 23 March 2020 we will be instigating a zoning system between the Primary and Secondary campuses. This is to add an extra layer to our efforts to ensure the College can continue to operate. Staff, students and parents will be required to access only one of these zones as appropriate to their role in the College and to the guidelines already established for each zone.

 

Digital Platforms -

The development of our digital platforms is progressing well and we will be ready to launch these platforms to all students should the need arise.

To utilise MS Teams, all parents are required to complete a short online form. This form is a parental acknowledgement for the Responsible Use of MS Teams/Remote Learning Policy and should be completed online by Monday 23 March 2020.

For Primary parents - https://tinyurl.com/chacmsteamspolicy-primary

For Secondary parents - https://tinyurl.com/chacmsteamspolicy-secondary

Instructions on how to connect with MS Teams can be found here under Information for Parents.


Updates from the last 24 hours –

  • NAPLAN 2020 – As advised by the Education minister, NAPLAN will not proceed in 2020
  • Futures Café – will be closed to parents and external visitors from today until further notice. Students are still permitted to use the Café
  • Hand Sanitiser – students are encouraged to bring their own personal hand sanitiser to College each day. As stocks are running low for purchase, we would appreciate any donations of hand sanitiser; these donations can be left at Primary reception or Secondary student reception during business hours. All donations are appreciated as our supplies are currently limited.
  • Lockers – senior students are only required to bring books and materials required for their classes on each specific day
  • Ensemble rehearsals - all Performance Music ensemble rehearsals have been suspended for the remainder of term 1
  • Primary immersion programs – all programs have been suspended for the remainder of term 1
  • Primary music tuition – all tuition has been suspended until the end of Term 1
     

Events Status -

  • CHAC Sydney Arts Tour – cancelled
  • Rostrum Voice of Youth Public Speaking Competition – cancelled
  • Anglican Schools Music Festival – cancelled
  • Senior Ethics Olympiad – cancelled
  • Wetlands Festival – this event is under consideration

I am aware that the current health situation is of great concern to all members of the CHAC community and I continue to encourage the Community spirit displayed by so many members of our College.

Please stay safe during these unprecedented times and reach out to other members of the CHAC Community if you require support or further information.

 

Mr Gary O’Brien

Principal

 

COVID-19 Update Wednesday 18 March, 2020 3.30pm

Dear CHAC Community

Today, we have been advised by the Federal Government that all schools in Australia will remain open for the foreseeable future. For CHAC, this means we will continue to offer face-to-face classes on-campus for the remainder of Term 1 (until Thursday 2 April). At this stage, we plan to commence Term 2 as scheduled on Monday 20 April 2020.

Should you feel anxious about sending your child to school in the current circumstances and wish to keep them at home, be assured the College will continue to support their learning, providing information, work and feedback via the electronic formats at their disposal. If your child is in Primary, please contact your child’s classroom teacher to discuss further and if in Secondary, please have your child contact their teachers directly.

Further Federal Government Updates –

  • Travel bans to all overseas countries from Australia, effective immediately. This directive will impact any families who have overseas travel planned during the upcoming school holidays. Domestic air travel is considered low-risk and has not been banned. Further details can be found here – www.smarttraveller.gov.au/destinations
  • All indoor, non-essential gatherings for groups of 100 people or more (and 500 people for outdoor gatherings) have been banned until further notice
  • Public transport use has not been banned however social distancing measures should be adhered to
  • ANZAC Day (Saturday 25 April) will involve a televised event, to be broadcast from The Australian War Memorial in Canberra

Development of Digital Platforms –

The College is currently developing Microsoft Teams as a platform to enhance the learning experience of our students. This digital platform will allow for greater flexibility in curriculum delivery and interaction between staff and students.

While this will allow students, who are self-quarantined, to potentially link into classes we are currently focusing on offering lessons face-to-face for students.

As we undertake the preparation of this digital platform we ask for your patience when awaiting email responses from our teachers regarding work for those in self-quarantine. Responses may take some extra time as we work together during this unique situation.

Further updates from the last 24 hours –

  • Lockers - Parents of students who are self-isolating are permitted to enter the College grounds on Thursday 19 March and Friday 20 March from 3.30pm until 5pm. Parents will not be required to sign-in however will require their child to accompany them. Lockers should remain ajar with the lock attached. Social distancing measures should be adhered to during this time.
  • CHAC Primary Parents and Friends’ Association meeting (Tuesday 31 March) has been cancelled.
  • Year 10 and 12 Shake and Stir Performances scheduled for Term 1 have been changed to virtual performances.
  • Bullying No Way Day (Friday 20 March) has been postponed.
  • All students are permitted to wear their Physical Education uniform to/from the College if they have a scheduled practical class from today until the end of term.
  • Parents will be receiving, via email, a Responsible Use of Microsoft Teams for Remote Use Agreement soon. Parents are asked to complete this online form in preparation for the use of the Microsoft Teams application.
  • Year 11 block exams have been scheduled for Monday 23 – Friday 27 March 2020. These exams will proceed as scheduled.
  • Year 11 English Exam (Monday 23 March) The exam will go ahead as scheduled at 8.30am. Any students with Special Provisions can complete the exam in Room 120. Students who are ill on the day, or in self-isolation will be required to complete a catch-up exam on their return to the College.
  • da Vinci Decathlon and World Scholar’s Cup events have been cancelled for 2020.
  • Primary Easter Bonnet Parade (Wednesday 1 April) has been cancelled.

Thank you for your support and understanding regarding these matters. Please be assured that both the health and safety plus the delivery of positive learning experiences for all CHAC students are our highest priorities.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our dedicated CHAC educators for their unwavering commitment to the College and their commitment to teaching our young people.

Further details can be found - Australian Government, Department of Health website and Queensland Health website.

Updates regarding the emerging COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation can be found on this page, or via the CHAC Community Facebook page.

As you are aware the College has a subscription to SchoolTV, which provides a range of resources to support parenting, these can be found here

Kind regards

Mr Gary O’Brien
Principal


 

COVID-19 Update Tuesday 17 March, 2020 1.30pm 

 

Dear CHAC Community

As you will have seen, the situation regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) is evolving quickly and changes daily. The College is across all Federal and State Government updates and continues to remain informed of developments.

Rest assured, the College is focused on the health and safety of the College Community as well as the continuity of teaching and learning for our students. 

Please note the following advice regarding student attendance at the College - 

Students and staff must not attend school if they:

  1. Are ill (including showing flu-like symptoms)
  2. Are undergoing testing for COVID-19 (coronavirus)
  3. Have returned from any overseas countries within the last 14 days
  4. Have had direct contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 (coronavirus)
     

We request that parents do not send students to school if a parent, family member or member of the household:

  1. Has returned from a high-risk country within the last 14 days; as outlined by www.smartraveller.gov.au/crisis/covid-19-and-travel
  2. Has returned from another country and is developing flu like symptoms
  3. Is undergoing testing for COVID-19 (coronavirus)
  4. Has had direct contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 (coronavirus)
     

To report a student absence, please contact the College –

  • Primary school – 3906 2751
  • Secondary school – 3896 0401
  • Or by using the CHAC Parent APP

As advised on Sunday 15 March, parents may use their discretion to keep their children at home if they have any concerns. This correspondence also outlined what health and safety measures the College has in place.

The following safety measures have been advised in the last 24 hours:

  • CHAC Performance Music
    • all choir rehearsals have been suspended until next term
    • all ensembles will continue in larger spaces, attendance is optional
  • Wetlands Festival Committee Meeting (scheduled for Tuesday 17 March) has been cancelled
  • QDU Debating – has been cancelled for the 2020 season
  • Use of Lockers – from Wednesday 18 March, no lockers will be used in the Senior school. Students will be required to carry equipment as required however should contact their Homeroom teacher or Head of House with any questions. Further information will be provided to students on Wednesday morning in Homeroom
  • Year 7 Enterprise Program (Friday 27 – Tuesday 31 March) has been cancelled
  • Senior Formal (Saturday 9 May) – the status of this event is currently under consideration
  • Year 11 camp (Wednesday 22 – Friday 24 April) – the status of this event is currently under consideration

The Australian Psychological Society has prepared a guide for Australians, outlining some useful strategies which can help both adults and children cope with the stress or anxiety experienced as a result of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

Further updates regarding this emerging situation can be found here, or on the CHAC Community Facebook page.

We wish you well over this challenging time and hope that you and your family remain safe and well. To contact the College, please use the details below.

 

Kind regards

Gary O’Brien

Principal


COVID-19 Update Sunday 15 March, 2020 5.40pm 

From the Principal

Cannon Hill Anglican College

Dear Parents

As the issues around COVID-19 (coronavirus) have progressed, and the Federal Government has issued further information, a number of additional decisions have been made at the College.

  • At the National Cabinet meeting today, the Prime Minister confirmed:
  • Schools will remain open and respond to local issues as required and on the advice of health authorities;
  • All international travel arrivals will be required to self-quarantine on arrival back into Australia for a period of 14 days;
  • Mass gatherings of 500+ people are not to proceed; and
  • For other non-essential gatherings, consider the need to proceed and the issues of health and hygiene/social distancing as further mitigations to the spread of the virus.

As a result of all the information we have gathered, and discussions undertaken, the following decisions have been made:

  • JTAS/TAS Swimming Competition (Tuesday 17 March) has been cancelled.
  • All TAS Saturday sporting programs (training and games) will be suspended until further notice. We will be considering opportunities to provide our students with an optional physical outlet during these challenging times.
  • The College’s Ensemble Program and Music lessons will continue, with measures put in place to ensure safe distances are maintained between participants.
  • The College will no longer conduct Assemblies, Year Level Meetings, House Meetings, Chapel Services and will endeavour to minimise gatherings to no more than a standard class size, the Senior school day will continue to start with Homeroom.
  • All Off-site Excursions will be postponed.
  • The College requests that parents limit their attendance on school grounds and refrain from arriving early and congregating prior to drop off and collection of students.

The College will continue to encourage basic hygiene practices which have been regularly discussed with students over the past few weeks, including avoiding physical contact, maintaining appropriate spacing and using the readily available hand sanitiser supplied by the College.

Whilst there are a number of events and activities cancelled, please be assured that we will continue to deliver a creative and engaging curriculum and pastoral care services. Our staff are ready for switching curriculum delivery to online platforms should the need arise.

Should you feel anxious about sending your child to school in the current circumstances and wish to keep them at home, be assured the College will continue to support their learning, providing information, work and feedback via the electronic formats at their disposal. If your child is in Primary, please contact your child’s classroom teacher to discuss further and if in Secondary, please have your child contact their teachers directly.

Our goal in all this is to maintain as much a sense of normality as possible and we thank you for your support with this.

I wish to remind you that all official correspondence and updates are also available on our College website: www.chac.qld.edu.au/critical-incident and the College Community Fabebook page.

Kind regards
Mr Gary O'Brien
Principal

 


 

COVID-19 Update Friday 13 March, 2020 2.30pm 

From the Principal

Cannon Hill Anglican College

 

Dear Parents

I am writing to update the CHAC community about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and to reassure you that the health and well-being of our students and staff are our highest priorities.

Information and updates regarding Coronavirus remain constant with our primary sources of information coming from two sources -  

Australian Government, Department of Health website and
Queensland Health website
 
What circumstances may lead to the closure of the College?

We may consider closing the College (or part of the College) for a period of time if there is a confirmed case of the virus within the College community or if social distancing measures are imposed by the Government (through the Health Department). In this instance, the College community will be contacted immediately with advice. As a precaution, you may wish to consider alternative child care arrangements for your family.

At this stage, there is no requirement for the College to close. The College is well prepared for immediate action, should the need arise.

How will CHAC continue to deliver education if the College closes?

The College is well prepared to continue the delivery of education for your child and will be using online solutions to communicate with students. Each secondary faculty has determined how learning will continue using an online platform. Classroom teachers will be communicating directly with their classes and students. Each primary class has determined how learning will continue using an online platform and will be communicating directly with parents and students.

What controls are in place to protect the College community?

Self-quarantine - If you or your family have travelled to a listed country recently or if you have had contact with a diagnosed COVID-19 case, self-quarantine measures are vital. Should a person in your household be in self-quarantine due to recent exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 case, we request that you consider the risks of continuing to send your child to school. Anyone with suspected symptoms is requested not to visit the College until cleared by a health practitioner.

Cleaning – The College is cleaned each day and this service has been increased to ensure the safety of the College community. Hospital grade hand sanitizer and liquid hand soap are provided across the campus. Students and staff are constantly being reminded of good hygiene practices with reminder posters placed in classrooms.

Planned overseas travel – All upcoming overseas travel plans should be reported to the College via email to - principal@chac.qld.edu.au. Please consult the Federal Government Smart Traveller website for the latest information on destinations and the associated advice levels.

Review of planned activities – All planned activities have been reviewed with their status listed below
 

Date Event / Tour   Status 
Monday 16 March P&F AGM Cancelled
Wednesday 18 March Year 12 Parent-Teacher Interviews Cancelled, Parents will receive a separate email outlining how information will be shared.
Monday 23 March -Wednesday 25 March  Primary Parent-Teacher Interviews Cancelled, Parents will receive a separate email outlining how information will be shared. 
Thursday 26 March Orange Sky Australia, Corporate Networking Event and CHAC Talk Postponed, new date TBA 
Sunday 29 March CHAC Family Service Cancelled
Wednesday 1 April
  • Grandparents’ Day
  • Primary Cross Country
  • Music Tutor Showcase
  • Postponed, new date TBA
  • Parents and family members are requested not to attend
  • Postponed, new date TBA
Thursday 2 April Secondary Cross Country Parents and family members are requested not to attend

How can my family assist?
Please encourage your family to exercise good personal hygiene, including:

washing their hands regularly with soap and water, particularly before and after eating, and after going to the toilet
using alcohol-based hand sanitiser if soap is unavailable
covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of their elbow
disposing of tissues in the bin immediately.
Please be reassured that the health and well-being of our students is our highest priority.

Future updates from the College will be communicated via the College website on this page and via the CHAC Community Facebook page.

In the meantime, we will remain vigilant. And, of course, our thoughts and prayers are with those people who have already been impacted by this virus.

Kind regards

Gary O’Brien
Principal

 


COVID-19 and Personal Travel 

Friday 6 March 2020

At the time of writing, there is news that the first school in Australia, Epping Boys High School in Sydney, has been closed and it is likely that there will be more as days unfold.

Against this background, I want to assure you that the College – and all the schools under the umbrella of the Anglican Schools Commission – are doing all that they can to stay informed and to be prepared for any eventuality. The health and well-being of our students is our highest priority.

At this stage, there is no intention to close the College. Of course, this situation would change if there were to be a confirmed report of COVID-19 within our school community.

As we approach the school holidays at Easter there will be students, their families and staff who may be planning to travel overseas at this time. In this rapidly changing environment, please be aware that Government advice on overseas travel may change by the time the school holidays arrive. The Australian Government’s Do Not Travel list on Smart Traveller will have the latest.

It is possible that both staff and students may be required to be quarantined at home even if they are returning from a country not currently listed under Do Not Travel.

The list currently includes China, The Republic of Korea, and Iran to “do not travel” and Japan, Italy and Mongolia to “exercise a high degree of caution”. https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert (Department of Health)

As a precaution and to ensure the ongoing safety of all our students and staff, we would ask that you let the College know if you are planning a family holiday overseas in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, we will remain vigilant. And of course, our thoughts and prayers are with those people who have already been affected by this virus.

Please contact the College by emailing Principal@chac.qld.edu.au to advise us of any overseas travel plans and if you have any other concerns that we can help you with.

Your Sincerely
Mr Gary O’Brien
Principal