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This information hub provides the Helena College community with the latest information about the College’s management and response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
For more information visit: https://www.education.wa.edu.au
MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL Friday, 5 February 2021
Take 2 – Welcome to 2021 at Helena
What an extraordinary start to the year.
All of our best wishes go out to those affected by the fires. Many in the community are working to support families in need and I know this is greatly appreciated. We have been in contact with several families about providing new uniforms and school supplies for the start of school. Once we have more details about any specific ways we can all support families moving forward, we will share these with the community.
Once again, we thank the dedicated DFES personnel, police, volunteers and locals who are bravely assisting in defending properties and lives.
Thankfully, following the WA Government’s direction announced earlier today regarding the end of the COVID lockdown, we again look forward to welcoming students back to our campuses from Monday, 8 February.
Details about changes to the adjusted start of school schedule and guidance on adhering to the latest COVID-19 related requirements are included in this message. It will be a challenging time with all people on the Glen Forrest Campus and all adults on the Darlington Campus required to wear masks. I thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we all contribute to making our community safe.
I would also like to acknowledge staff for their patience and diligence in rescheduling excursions, camps and other events and revising their learning programmes for the start of the year.
Once again, whether you are a returning or new family to Helena College, we welcome you to the 2021 school year with renewed excitement.
I look forward to seeing you on campus soon.
Families living outside Perth metro
Students travelling to school from outside the Perth metropolitan area will require evidence they are enrolled at the school. Please email email@example.com with a request and we will send you a letter confirming your child’s enrolment.
The College continues to abide by coronavirus guidelines relevant to WA schools, by observing physical distancing, practising good hygiene and following cleaning regimes.
In accordance with the Premier’s most recent announcement, the College will open on Monday 8 February. At Glen Forrest Campus
All College staff and students (including Y6) will need to:
- wear a mask on campus at all times, in cars or buses, on public transport, in classrooms and outside.
- only remove your mask, if clear enunciation is required, or when participating in vigorous exercise/sports.
We request for parents to:
- wear a face mask at all times
- sign in at campus reception using the safeWA app or the visitors register before going to classrooms, meetings and events
- use the kiss and drive, drop-off and pick-up option wherever possible
- avoid lingering at classrooms or on campus grounds.
We understand the first day of high school or starting at a new school is a big transition for some children. We expect some parents will want to accompany students to their homerooms, but we ask that only one parent per child does this on the first day of school, and you do not enter the classrooms.
Overall, we respectfully request for a common sense approach.
All you need to know for day one
ALL NEW 7-12 students are to be at the administration office by 8.30am, where they will meet Cathy Light or Craig Hillman and their designated buddy students.
ALL YEAR 6 students are to meet in the Year 6 undercover area.
All returning students should go to their homerooms by 8:40am. Homerooms and student timetables can also be found on SEQTA.
What to wear (in addition to masks)
- All students from Years 6 -12 can wear PE uniform on Monday.
- Full College uniform for all students from Tuesday.
What to Bring
- Year 6 and 7 to bring a plastic sleeved folder and a pen only, on day one.
- Year 8-12 to bring normal school supplies, plus their laptop if they have it.
First day’s activities
- Year 6 will begin a two-day transition programme with their Year 6 teachers. The programme is designed to ensure a smooth transition into the new school year. This gives new students a chance to get to know their teachers and begin making friends.
- Year 7 will complete a full transition day on Monday. They will also receive their laptops as a part of this programme.
- Years 8-11 will spend the first four periods in their homerooms. This will allow homeroom teachers to complete year level induction tasks, allocation of lockers and Year 9s will receive their laptops. Years 8-11 will begin normal Monday timetable from period five.
- Year 12 will spend the first two periods in their homerooms, and periods three and four in a Senior School Success workshop, in PA1. They will begin normal Monday timetable from period five.
Week one activities postponed or cancelled
- Cyber safety, study skills, child protection and resilience workshops have been postponed. The College is working with workshop facilitators to reschedule where possible these sessions later in the term.
- Welcome back students’ assembly postponed, TBC
- New families’ morning tea postponed, TBC
- Photo Days postponed, TBC
- Year 6 Meet the teacher, postponed, TBC
- Year 11 Margaret River Camp – potentially rescheduled to week three of Term Four, TBC
- Year 12 University Visits – cancelled. The four public universities and Notre Dame University are all scheduled to speak to Year 12 students in Term Three.
- Year 12 Parent Information Evening has been rescheduled to Monday 22 February.
- Year 12 Rottnest Camp – cancelled. Key activities related to wellbeing will be conducted with Y12s across the year. Further details coming soon.
Other important info
The canteen will be open on Monday, however due to software changes by QuickCliq, all accounts must be updated before students can use their SmartRider at the Senior School Canteen.
Even if your personal information has not changed, you will need to update your student’s homeroom on QuickCliq before the card can be used. For example, from 7K to 8K etc. It is ok to leave the name of the homeroom teacher unchanged.
This change must be made before 8 February 2021 otherwise your student WILL NOT BE ABLE to purchase from the canteen using the card. New students who do not yet have their SmartRiders will need to bring cash to purchase at the canteen.
Visit the UPDATED online school calendar for Term activities or download the google calendar app for your phone here:
If you have any questions about any of the above or any other matter, please contact the main office on 9298 9100.
MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL Tuesday 2 February 2021- Read More -
Dear parents and carers,
Our thoughts are with those affected by bushfires in the Hills, some of whom are staff and families of the school community. Where possible, we are contacting those we know of to offer our support.
This support includes our commitment to providing the primary things students of these families may need to start the school year successfully, such as uniforms and school supplies.
As the emergency eases, the College will also coordinate initiatives for the broader community to offer support for those in need, depending on how they’ve been impacted and based on what they need most. More information on this will follow in the coming days.
We thank the dedicated DFES personnel, police, volunteers and locals who are bravely assisting to defend properties and lives.
As you know, we also remain in COVID lockdown and will update you on the situation with returning to school on Monday 8 February later in the week, when we expect to know more. The news of no new positive COVID cases so far has been good. Let’s hope this continues over the next few days.
These are extraordinary times, please do continue to take care of yourselves.
MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL Sunday 31 January 2021- Read More -
We are obviously disappointed by today’s announcement around a new positive case of COVID-19 and the WA Government’s advice that we are going into a full five-day hard lockdown, including the closure of schools.
We were looking forward to seeing students from tomorrow on our campuses and at various Week one camps.We appreciate that you and your children will also be disappointed, however we are committed to the safety, health and wellbeing of all West Australians at this time and must follow lockdown restrictions.
What this means for us, is that the start of the school year is simply delayed by one week.
At this stage we aim to reschedule all usual start of school activities including camps and upcoming events, where possible. More discussion and consideration around the logistics of this will of course need to be had before we can make firm decisions.
Our teachers will use the week to prepare for various potential outcomes, including planning for the continuation of lessons online, if needed.
At this stage we expect to open on Monday 8 February, and we will communicate more with you as things unfold and information comes to hand.
We thank you for your patience and understanding once again with this emerging issue.
Please stay safe.
Western Australia moved to Phase 4 on Saturday 27 June, with a further lifting of restrictions subject to physical distancing and hygiene measures:
- Events and activities such as assemblies, excursions, interschool activities, school choirs and examinations can now resume providing schools abide by the two square metre rule for visitors.
- School camps will now be permitted for up to 100 people, with schools required to follow excursion policies and Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) advice.
- Sports training, games and interschool competitions can proceed with good hygiene practices.
- Students in secondary years are also able to get back to their work placements as long as schools make sure the employers are complying with WA COVID-19 Health Guidelines.
Reminder: Students or staff who are unwell should stay at home until they are free from symptoms.
At Helena College, we continue to follow and expect good personal hygiene practices from all students and staff.
Cleaning and Hygiene
Strict environmental cleaning throughout the school day, including high-touch surfaces and playground equipment, will continue as will reinforced hygiene measures.
- Student desks are sanitised three times a day (at recess, lunchtime and after school)
- Toilets and change rooms are sanitised twice per day (before recess and lunchtime)
- All high contact items are sanitised twice per day – these may include door handles, switches, remotes, counters, handrails, drinking troughs and fountains, and computer equipment used in computer labs.
- At the end of each working day, all of the above items are cleaned and sanitised.
Hygiene practices: Students and staff are expected to maintain vigilance around handwashing, use of hand sanitiser and coughing or sneezing into a tissue or the crook of their arm.
Please email the College’s COVID-19 email if you have individual questions.
If there was to be a confirmed COVID-19 case at the College, the decision to close the school is based on expert advice from the WA Health Department’s Chief Health Officer.
If there is a positive COVID-19 test result in any school, WA’s Chief Health Officer will close the school temporarily while assessment and tracing of exposure are conducted. A thorough school clean will then be carried out to make the school safe for the return of students and staff.
In this situation, all families will be immediately contacted by the College and provided with the relevant information.
Click on the name of the organisation to access helpful information sheets on supporting children and young people through the time of COVID-19.
For further support services related to other trauma, extraordinary world and life events, or natural disasters, visit our Support and Wellbeing page.