Dear Parents and Carers
What extraordinary times we are living through! As you would by now have read yesterdays updated SEQTA email, St Johns, along with all WA Catholic schools will move to on-line teaching from next Monday 30 March. Parents are asked to keep their children at home from the school. St John’s will remain open to ensure that remote leaning takes places, as well as to supervise children of parents currently working in health or essential services only. Parents will not be required to contact the school if their child is remaining at home from Monday 30 March.
We absolutely acknowledge that we are in challenging and unprecedented times. We are frequently being provided with new advice from Governments, Catholic Education and WA Health whilst still maintaining the focus of our core business of learning. I thank you for your understanding as we now prepare and put into place plans for school closure to support the safety, health and wellbeing of everyone.
While this is obviously a challenging time, I would like to acknowledge all our staff for doing such an amazing job. They are all such wonderful happy, enthusiastic, creative and resilient people and that is because of the love and guidance they have been modelling. The children in our school are really lucky to be in such a caring, supportive school environment.
School Closure and Continuation of Learning
As we move into school closure St John’s is well prepared to allow our students to continue learning while at home and minimise the impact. Learning during school closure will be delivered through See Saw for students in Kindy to Year 3 and TEAMS platform for years 4,5,6. Your child’s teacher will share with you further information. The learning platforms chosen by each level has been well considered by your child’s teacher and is currently used in class.
Daily learning schedules will be provided to support your child when learning at home. Please ensure you take the time to read each piece of new information which is sent out by class teachers carefully and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact them directly by email. Please note that teachers will be responding to emails between the hours of 8.30pm -3.30pm, Monday to Friday.
Prayers for those affected by COVID-19
Wednesday 25 March was the feast of the Annunciation, when the Angel Gabriel visited Mary and told her that she was going to be the mother of God, the Holy Father requested that we stop and pray The Our Father and The Angelus at 12noon for those affected by COVID 19.
We will continue this each day for the rest of the time we are at school and we hope that families will take this up in the evening and pray The Our Father together.
This is a difficult time for all in Western Australia and it is normal that your children may be felling anxious or worried. As a Christ centered community, we continue to support and pray for each other, our wider community and people around the world. The coming days, weeks and possibly months ahead will be challenging for us all, and I would like to leave you all with this message:
Don’t worry about them regressing in school, every single child is in the boat and they all will be ok. When we are back in the classroom, we will all of course correct and meet them where they are. Teachers are experts at this! Don’t pick fights with your child because they don’t want to do maths. Don’t scream at your child for not following the schedule. Don’t mandate 2 hours of learning if they are resisting it.
If I can leave you with one thing, it’s this: at the end of all of this, your children’s mental health will be more important than their academic skills. And how they felt during this time will stay with them long after the memory of what they did during those 4 or more weeks is long gone. So, keep that in mind, every single day.
Prayer for these times
May we who are merely inconvenienced
Remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors
Remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home
Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close
Remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips
Remember those that have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market
Remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
Remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country,
let us choose love.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,
Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbours.
Some great homeschooling websites:
Smiling Mind is a non-for-profit web and app-based meditation program developed by psychologists and educators to help bring mindfulness into your life.
CathKids is weekly interactive experience with a short animated video on the Sunday reading, questions to stimulate discussion, a simple activity and prayer. It’s perfect for use in the classroom, in children’s liturgy and at home. Can be used in groups facilitated by an adult or in self-directed exploration by children aged 7-12.
http://CathFamily – Making the Home the Heart of the Church
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The uniform shop will be closed next week however orders can still be placed online on the St John’s website or email your order to email@example.com
Canteen Closed until Term 2.
Many thanks Rachel Mardon Mob: 0405 476 282
Thank you to the following Year 1 mums who cleaned church last week: Debbie Lindsay, Meike Lebesmuehlbacher, Petrina Armitage, Tracey Hayes and Stephanie Barnes.
A great job and greatly appreciated.
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