COVID-19 Update – South Australia and Victoria

Message to Parents/Carers – COVID-19 Update – South Australia and Victoria – 23 July 2021

Tasmania’s Public Health authorities have provided updated advice for returned travellers from Victoria and South Australia.

As announced, for returned travellers from Victoria (including staff and students), who are not required to quarantine, are now able to attend their school/workplace from Monday, 26 July. Wearing a mask is not required, in line with the lifting of the mask wearing requirement from midnight 23 July. Most new exposure sites in Victoria now relate to the last few days, when movement from Victoria to Tasmania has been restricted and involves quarantine.

However, we continue to ask that travellers who have been in South Australia on or since 8 July, DO NOT return to school until Tuesday next week (27 July) at this stage, unless the 14-day time period has passed since you were last in South Australia. A further update will be provided on Monday 26 July. 

For those impacted students in Kinder to Year 10, your child’s teacher will continue to support student learning. There are also Learning at Home resources available at: https://www.education.tas.gov.au/learning-at-home/

Those students in Years 11 and 12 that are impacted are asked to continue to stay in contact with their school/college to enable students to continue to participate in their learning.

We understand that for those students who have been away this week, some may be hesitant to return.  If, for any reason, your child does not feel comfortable in returning to school please contact us to discuss how we can support them in doing so.

Again, thank you to everyone’s commitment to doing the right thing, it is important that each one of us remains vigilant and continues to abide by the Public Health guidelines. This includes:

  • maintaining physical distancing;
  • practising good hygiene and washing your hands;
  • getting tested if you have even the mildest of symptoms;
  • keep students at home if they are unwell;
  • downloading and using Check in TAS app whenever required, including when you enter school sites. More information on the app can be found at: https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/check-in-tas

 

We will continue to keep you informed as this situation evolves.

 

COVID-19 Message to Parents/Carers

We understand that there has been some concern around the possibility that students and staff who have travelled to South Australia on or after 8 July may have been on school sites over the past couple of days.

We wanted to provide some reassurance that the approach Public Health are taking in managing this risk is conservative, it is a time for us to be alert but not alarmed and remember our COVID-Safe behaviours.

These requirements will continue to be reviewed and updated over the coming days and we will keep you informed if there are any changes to how the situation is being managed.

Thank you again for your support and understanding as we work through this period.

 

New Check-In arrangements when visiting your child’s school

Please remember there are new Check-In arrangements when visiting your child’s school.

You will now need to check in using the Check in TAS app when entering your child’s school buildings; this includes classrooms, the office or the canteen.

HOWEVER you don’t need to check-in when dropping off and picking up if you are not entering the school building.

If you don’t have a smartphone, you can ask a staff member to help you check-in.

Let’s continue to do all we can to keep our schools safe.

For more information, visit www.checkin.tas.gov.au

Tasmanian students and staff who have travelled to Victoria

UPDATE – Tasmanian Students and staff who have travelled to Victoria or South Australia
To minimise the risk to all staff and students, those staff and students who have been in Victoria (excluding transiting Melbourne airport) or South Australia on or since 8 July are NOT to attend Tasmanian Government schools for the remainder of the school week.
For those impacted students in years K-10 your school will be reaching out to you this week to support with student learning and there are also Learning at Home resources available at https://www.education.tas.gov.au/learning-at-home/
Those students in Years 11 and 12 that are impacted, are asked to continue to stay in contact with their school/college so students are able to continue to participate in their learning.
We will continue to keep you informed as this situation evolves and provide a further update on Friday 23 July.

 

New Town High School Parent Teacher interviews

The New Town High School Parent Teacher interview system is now open for bookings for Wednesday 21 July 2021 from 3:30pm – 6:30pm.

The link to the system is https://www.schoolinterviews.com.au/code; please use the access code t5ww5

Please note that the following staff will not be available for face to face parent-teacher interviews, please contact the school office to organise an another time:

  • David Breen
  • Suzie Jones
  • Warren Bounds
  • Kathryn Jones
  • Umesh Pratap

Hobart City Partner Schools’ collaboration

Today, the Minister for Education and Training announced that, along with Ogilvie High School our school will become co-educational in 2022. This is an exciting next phase of our Hobart City Partner Schools’ collaboration with Elizabeth College.

This decision follows the joint recommendation provided to Government from our combined School Associations. It is the result of significant collaboration, research and community engagement.
As you know, we have been working with our partner schools over several years to deliver increasingly flexible course options, delivered in partnership across the three schools. This decision will allow us to continue that journey.

Through extensive community consultation it has become clear that this is what the community wants, and what will most importantly, better meet the needs of all learners in Hobart.
It is a significant and exciting announcement for our school.

While this decision has been made, I assure you that no model of delivery or any changes to the existing structure of the school has been decided. What it does mean, however, is that we have lots of work to do!

Between now and the end of the year we will be working to determine what is the best and most appropriate model of delivery. I anticipate that we will be able to share this work with you early in Term 1, 2021.

Once a preferred model is determined, in consultation with the community, work will begin to fully develop this model during next year, for implementation from 2022.

While there will be lots of work happening to prepare for transition in 2022, our current school structure will not change in 2021. This means that both Ogilvie and New Town will continue to offer a mixture of single sex and co-educational classes and work with Elizabeth College to deliver Year 11 and 12 subjects.

I will ensure that we continue this journey together, with our learners firmly at the centre of every decision.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

There is a range of information available on the Department’s website at http://www.education.tas.gov.au

Frequently Asked QuestionsThese FAQs will be updated as and when questions arise.

Yours Sincerely

David Kilpatrick
Principal

Chapter 6 Mr Appleton – MDT

This is the sixth chapter in our new series of learning at New Town High School. Mr Appleton explains the technologies subjects (Woodwork, Metalwork, Design in Construction, Plastics and leather) that are available in our workshops.