I want to thank all our students, families and staff for your support throughout what has been a very different school year so far. The COVID-19 pandemic, has presented us all with many challenges, we have overcome many hurdles and are navigating this uncertain time together as a community. I am pleased that, we have been able to make the best of this situation and ensure your child’s safety and continuity of learning.
I would like to mention our cleaning staff who have done an amazing job keeping our College clean and safe during this time. I thank you for all the extra effort you have put in to keep our students and staff safe.
We need to reflect on the Covid-19 pandemic and impact it has had on our school. We need to recognise the incredible effort and the staff approach when faced with these challenges. While many were forced to stay at home, most staff demonstrated their great resilience by showing up and stepping up to support our school community through unprecedented times.
Staff were professional, dedicated, united and caring in an environment unlike any seen professionally or as a community. Our staff responded with courage and innovation to shape resources and procedures for the education and wellbeing not only of our students but each other. This was not only evident in the massive effort to convert face-to-face learning to online and a subsequent mix of both but to learn new systems and procedures while enacting them, source high demand hygiene products, increase communications, seek and follow Government advice and so much more, all delivered in a rapidly changing environment. Some of the positives from the experience included the adaptability and resilience of our students and staff.
I would like to acknowledge all our Follow The Dream students. Despite the challenges faced during COVID-19 and through the support of their families, Sue Gilbert and other staff at the College, they have achieved great improvements in their educational outcomes and this should be commended.
Congratulations go to two of our Art students:
- Kiera Jayne Logen in Year 8, who entered an art piece in the Noongar Country Art Exhibition at Bunbury Art Gallery.
- Year 11 student, Brooke Connolly-Rodgers, has been accepted into the North Metropolitan TAFE Meta Exhibition. She submitted an entry of one of her paintings and she was accepted out of 167 entries and 54 schools.
These are great achievements and our students should feel proud of what they have accomplished.
A reminder, that due to the higher than normal absence rates due to COVID-19, the breadth and depth of the curriculum covered throughout Semester 1 may have been reduced. Schools are not required to include A to E grades on this year’s Semester 1 student reports, but we have. In addition, your child’s attendance may not be reported, and any written comments may provide less information on their progress than usual.
I would like to congratulate students on the way they have taken the new rules of handwashing on arrival to school in their stride. I know that our staff have also enjoyed greeting the students in the morning, at the front gates. This change has continued to build on our sense of community within the College, which is pleasing to see.
We have been running an in-school tutoring program for Year 12 students who need extra help with literacy and numeracy in advance of taking their OLNA later in the year.
We are currently reviewing our uniforms pieces and will update you in due course. We invite anyone interested in being part of our Uniform Advisory Committee to contact Celeste Underhill (firstname.lastname@example.org) to join.
Cecil Andrews College is part of a pilot for the Australian FameLab Academy program. The focus of FameLab Australia is to promote excellence in science communicommunication for early career STEM researchers in universities and industry. Our Year 9 students have been challenged with communicating a STEM topic of their choosing, to their peers in three minutes. They will be competing against students from Ashdale Senior High School and Sacred Heat College. Jargon and Powerpoint are not allowed to be used but props and costumes are encouraged. Students are also encouraged to choose a topic that interests them. We are excited to announce that we will be hosting the final of this competition during Science Week on Wednesday 19 August 2020 and it will be lived streamed to WA schools through a partnership with the WA Museum Education Team.
Please make sure your child’s contact details are up to date and we have your current email address. We have been sending out regular email updates.
There is a Staff Development Day on Monday 20 July and the first day back for students is Tuesday 21 July 2020.
I hope you all enjoy the school holiday break. Take care of yourselves and your families and stay safe. We look forward to welcoming students back, refreshed and reading for learning in Term 3!