Hobart City Partner Schools Update

Today, I am excited that the Minister for Education will shortly announce that our proposed new school name is Hobart City High School.

The names of the current schools – Ogilvie and New Town – will be retained as campus names, giving recognition and weight to the rich histories and traditions of our schools.

Deciding on a new name is an exciting, and significant step in forming the identity for the school and is the result of an extensive engagement exercise. This has included conducting face-to-face workshops with a range of stakeholders and surveys of our school community.

Thank you to everyone who provided their time and input into this process.  We received valuable feedback to not only guide us in finding a name and brand, but to help us start to create your ‘dream school’.

Through the consultation, it is clear that a place based name was the preferred option.  Hobart City High School was a name that people seemed to be drawn to and, combined with retaining our campus names – Ogilvie and New Town – provides a strong balance of something new, while acknowledging a desire to retain and recognise our school history.

It also provides a sense of continuity as the Hobart City Partnership Schools brand has developed over recent years in our important, and continuing, partnership with Elizabeth College.

In terms of the larger branding work to sit alongside our new name, brand options reflecting feedback gathered through consultation, have been developed and will be part of further consultation.

The Combined School Association will be meeting early next week, and the Minister has asked for their formal endorsement of the proposed name at that meeting.  The Association have also been asked to consider and provide advice on appropriate consultation options for finalising the brand.

The Department of Education has also commenced scoping work on a masterplan, which has identified a need for contemporary learning spaces across all grades; sports facilities; a performing arts centre; and upgraded technology, VET and food training facilities for senior students.

Suggestions put forward include a performing arts centre at the Ogilvie Campus, VET facilities at the New Town Campus and food training facilities at Elizabeth college.

As master planning continues there will be opportunities for consultation and input from the school community into key priorities for the short and medium term improvements.

Again, thank you to everyone for contributing to the process so far. I am really excited about the new opportunities that the school will provide our students, whilst at the same time honouring the amazing history of our existing schools.

I look forward to providing a further update to you on the brand options soon.

David Kilpatrick

Education Leader

Hobart City Schools Project

Hobart City Partnership Schools Update

Inside the walls of our schools there is a power of work being undertaken to get us ready for next year!  While it may not always be obvious, we have mapped out all the actions we need to complete before students walk through our school gates next year.

We have 17 staff action teams working to ensure the new school unites and provides for the diverse needs of students from 2022 and beyond.

These teams are leading or else involved with work across the five streams of the project: Education Delivery Model, Wellbeing and Support, Operations And Infrastructure, Policy, and Branding and Engagement.

Our Teacher Reference Group met recently and undertook a valuable exercise looking at how we are tracking with our project actions, and where we needed to focus and prioritise moving forward.  This feedback has helped us to prioritise actions and provided guidance on how the Project Team can further support staff and students in the move to one school.

The Student Inclusion team is undertaking two-way visits to interrogate the approaches and practices at each school and is now focusing on modelling a joined-up approach, underpinned by individual working plans, to support the new cohort of Year 7 students with additional needs from 2022.

This term the Project Team will also be working with State Growth to look at barriers for students accessing bus transport, including looking at existing and future routes to ensure service delivery meets our student needs.  Any concerns or feedback on this issue can be sent to getinvolved@education.tas.gov.au

Other key actions planned for Term 3, include:

  • determining a schoolwide positive behaviour support framework – combining commitments and values from both campuses
  • developing student and teacher timetables
  • developing agreed student leadership and peer support models
  • developing a Student Diversity Policy
  • determining a common set of goals for literacy as part of our School Improvement Plan.

It is fantastic to say we have had a great response from the Hobart community to enrolments for 2022, with lots of interested families taking the opportunity to come and visit us for a school tour (which can be organised by contacting the Ogilvie High School office!).

Hobart City Partnership Schools Project Team

Message to Parents/Carers – COVID-19 Update – Returning from Queensland

Dear parents/carers,

If you have been in Queensland recently, you may now be required to stay at home.

The Tasmanian Government, on advice from Public Health, has announced that Tasmania’s borders are closed to non-essential travellers from the eleven Queensland local government areas declared high-risk (Level 2) (excluding transit through Brisbane Airport).

If your child has been in a high-risk (Level 2) area in Queensland (as listed at www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/facts/important-community-updates) at any time on or after 12:01am on 17 July, they MUST stay home and not attend school.

The stay-at-home order commenced at 6:00pm on 31 July and will continue until 5:59pm on Tuesday 3 August. This timeframe could be subject to change and further updates will be provided.

In line with the protocol that applied in recent weeks to returned travellers from Victoria and South Australia, students and staff affected by state specific restrictions for Queensland, should not attend school on Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 August.

Please advise us of your child’s absence and to discuss any concerns that you may have.

Importantly, there are Learning at Home resources available at https://www.education.tas.gov.au/learning-at-home/ for impacted students, to support them to continue to engage in education through this period. We will also reach out to support.

Those students in Years 11 and 12 that are impacted, are asked to make contact with us to advise of their situation. Every effort will be made to ensure these students are able to continue to participate in their learning.

 

Please remember to keep safe

This is a reminder that although Tasmania is currently tracking well, thanks 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 the Check in TAS app whenever required, including when you enter school sites – more information can be found here: https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/check-in-tas

The Department will continue to keep staff, parents/carers and students updated regularly, and in close collaboration with Public Health will review the situation and provide a further update prior to Wednesday 4 August ensuring students, their families and schools have clarity.

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