A warm welcome back to all for Term 2. We are well and truly into 2022 and as the leaves turn red and orange and the air becomes crisp, I look forward with excitement to the Term ahead. In addition to the many activities that are scheduled such as Parent-Teacher Conferences and camps, I would like to highlight a few very important events for our community:
- Mother-Daughter Mass – next Monday 9 May
- Women in Leadership Forum and Alumnae Welcome – Wednesday 25 May
- The Central Australia Immersion – commencing in the last week of May
COVID Safety Protocols for OLMC
As Covid Restrictions have begun to ease in NSW, The College continues to work within the NSW Health Guidelines for COVID-19.
The new Protocols are now:
1. If your daughter is a household contact or has been advised by NSW Health as being a close contact and does not have symptoms, she no longer needs to self-isolate. Please be aware however that household contacts are still at increased risk of COVID-19 so need to take steps to protect those around them.
Your daughter can come to school, if:
i. She does not have symptoms
ii. She receives a negative daily RAT test at home before coming to school
iii. She wears a mask at school
Please note: If she has had confirmed COVID-19 in the last 12 weeks, she does not have to comply with these guidelines. Otherwise, she will need to follow these guidelines for the seven days from the last time someone in her household tested positive for COVID-19.
2. Keep your daughter at home if she appears to be unwell.
3. Any student who develops flu symptoms at school should report to the Student Centre.
4. Masks are still to be worn on public transport.
5. If your daughter is diagnosed with COVID-19, please notify the Student Centre and keep her in isolation at home.
6. Keep in contact with her teachers and House Leader via email for any matters relating to learning and wellbeing.
7. Please refer to this FLOW CHART for ease of clarification and visit the NSW Health website to clarify for yourself the expectations for school communities. https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/infectious/covid-19/pages/default.aspx
Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on Student School Students with Disability
The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on Student School Students with Disability (NCCD) is a process that all schools must complete on an annual basis. It is designed to count the number of students who receive additional adjustments or “help” at school because of a disability. This national data collection helps federal and state governments plan for the needs of students with disability. It is also the way that schools seek and receive funding to support the learning needs of their students.
CLICK HERE to view a letter from the College outlining this process.
In our Catholic tradition, the month of May is Mary’s month. It’s the month we honor Blessed Mary as the Mother of Jesus. For our Mercy community, this is particularly important. Our College motto, Sub tuum praesidium, places our College under the protection of Mary. Students are invited to come to the Chapel to join in praying the Rosary at one lunchtime each week in the month of May.
Finally, I would like to wish all mothers in our community a wonderful Mothers' Day this coming weekend.