COVID-19 Update

​The past few days and weeks have continued to provide us all with unprecedented challenges. And there are more challenging times ahead. I'd like to thank you again for your support and understanding. There has never been a time where the partnership between home and school has been so crucial. Like you, I have been saddened by the impact this is having on our community and across the world. Last nights further restrictions will impact on all of our lives. Please know that my prayers and thoughts are with you all, and with all members of your extended families, as you navigate the current situation. 

I am conscious that many of our families have already made the decision to keep their children at home during the remainder of the term. As a parent myself, I totally understand and appreciate your decision to take this action at this time. Please know that you have my full support. A reminder that the school has provided some available ONLINE LEARNING RESOURCES for this time. 

As per the Prime Minister's announcement last night, schools are required to stay open for the children of essential workers. We will continue to provide face to face learning for all families wishing for their child to attend, implementing our planned learning experiences for each class at school. In due time, Brisbane Catholic Education will provide some direction to schools and parents regarding last night's announcement by the Prime Minister. Please be reassured that our staff team have been working behind the scenes, preparing for the possibility of moving to an alternative arrangement, including Learning from Home.​

Please know that the thoughtful messages sent to the school by many of our parents has been so gratefully received by the staff of St Thomas'. This is a tricky time for staff working in schools, and we will continue to do our best given the circumstances. There may be times for the remainder of the term where we will have to flexibly group students based on the available staff. I appreciate your understanding that your child may not have their normal teacher. 

Once again, I share with parents the recent changes we have put in place to keep our community safe. These recent changes are in addition to what we have already previously communicated.

  • We are asking that parents drop off in the morning and leave the school grounds. We are asking in the afternoon that parents follow the social distancing requirements and also leave the school straight after 3pm.

  • Parent helpers will now be limited to the Tuckshop only across the school.

  • The Tuckshop will continue to open, with the menu adjusted where necessary. No further ‘over the counter’ transactions involving cash will be accepted.

  • We are closing off all water bubblers around the school. All students are encouraged to bring their own filled water bottle each day to school. This needs to be clearly labelled. Students will refill their water bottles using the classroom sinks, under teacher supervision.

  • Internal doors and classroom doors will be left open in the school to reduce the need to touch door handles.

  • We are continuing to monitor break times during the day, and have implemented strategies to promote social distancing during play (including closing the library and utilising all available play spaces).

Moving forward, please be reassured that I will continue to provide frequent communication to all parents. In the meantime, please look after yourselves and your families.​