From the Deputy Head Master – Summer Hill

… don’t it always seem to go,

That you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone

Joni Mitchell

There have been no changes since I last wrote about our plans for Week 4 and 5, but I would like to request your ongoing assistance in reinforcing to your sons the current public health messages. Children and young people respond well to consistency and clarity, and if they are hearing the same messages from you and when they return to school, they are more likely to comply. May I ask that you continue to encourage your sons to practice good hygiene. Handwashing, hand sanitising, covering coughs and sneezes, using tissues and disposing of them immediately, encouraging your sons to maintain social distancing, including avoiding handshaking and the sharing of drinks and food, are all sensible and reasonable measures that we ought to practise as a matter of course.

School resumes on Campus for all students in Year 7-11 on Monday the 25th of October.

Illness – if your son is showing any signs or symptoms of cold or ‘flu he must not attend School. Please visit a COVID-19 Clinic, have a test, and keep him at home until his results have been confirmed, and you have informed the Health Centre. If your son is waiting for a test result or is isolating because he is a close contact, but is otherwise well, the Remote Access to Learning Protocol may be accessed here T | 9581 6023 E | healthcentre@trinity.nsw.edu.au

Vaccination – the School encourages all eligible students to be vaccinated. Please update your son’s Medical Record with his Vaccination Certificate

Masks – all Middle and Senior School students are required to wear a mask at all times on campus, except when they are eating. Masks are to be either plain black cloth, or pale blue or white disposable surgical masks.  

Transport – the normal Trinity ‘bus services will resume from Monday 25th of October.

A limited ‘bus service to Ashfield, Sydenham, Wolli Creek and Allawah Stations is likely to be offered for students in Year 7, 8, 9 and 10. It will depart at 1.00pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Supervision will be provided for Year 7, 8 and 9 students who are unable to return home on the day when they do not have timetabled sport and need to remain on campus until 3.20pm in Week 4 and 5.

Supervision will be provided for Year 10 students who are unable to return home and need to remain on campus for their online learning on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon in Week 4 and 5.

Hours – Middle School students will be dismissed at 3.20pm in Week 4 and 5 to facilitate a staggered departure, minimise cross cohort mingling, and social distancing.

Year 11 timetabled Study Hall periods in Period 1 and Period 6 have been cancelled to facilitate a staggered arrival and departure. If your son has a timetabled Study Hall, he may arrive from 9.20am and should proceed directly to Period 2 on arrival and/or he may leave immediately after Period 5 at 2.45pm.

School hours remain 8.00am to 4.00pm, except for timetabled Extension classes.

Year 7 students may sign out and depart at 12.40pm on Friday in Week 4 and 5 in lieu of timetabled sport.

Year 8 students may sign out and depart at 12.40pm on Wednesday in Week 4 and 5 in lieu of timetabled sport.

Year 9 students may sign out and depart at 12.40pm on Tuesday in Week 4 and 5 in lieu of timetabled sport.

Supervision will be provided for Year 7, 8 and 9 students who do not exercise the option to depart and need to remain on campus until 3.20pm in Week 4 and 5.

Year 10 students may exercise the option to depart at 12.40pm on Tuesday and Thursday in Week 4 and 5 if they have enough time to return home, have lunch and be ready for their 2.00pm online classes.

Supervision will be provided for Year 10 students who are unable or who do not exercise the option to return home and remain on campus for their online learning on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon in Week 4 and 5.

Drop off and pick up – if you are bringing and/or collecting your son by car, please remain in your vehicle in the carpark. The carpark is likely to be very busy. Please be patient and follow the directions of the staff.

To ease the likely congestion and limit any potential inconvenience for the local residents, and particularly if you are coming from the southern suburbs, the Council and Police have advised us that we may encourage you to drop your son(s) off on Old Canterbury Rd, adjacent to Yeo Park, and he may then walk the final 300m or so to the Campus.

Cafeteria – the cafeteria will not be open in Week 4 and 5. Your son will need to bring his own food for the day. No student may use a food delivery service to have his morning tea or lunch delivered.

Lockers – to facilitate social distancing and reduce cross cohort mingling, lockers will not be available for use in Week 4 and 5. Your son may bring a non-Trinity day pack or satchel if that makes it easier to bring his belongings that will need to include his PE uniform for practical PDHPE lessons and timetabled Sport, his morning tea and lunch, and the things he needs for class.

Sport – timetabled sport will recommence for Year 7 on Wednesday, Year 8 on Friday, and Year 9 on Thursday in Week 4 and 5.

Please note – STUDENTS IN YEAR 7-10 WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO SIGN OUT ON DAYS WHEN HE DOES NOT HAVE TIMETABLED SPORT UNLESS THE ELECTRONIC PERMISSION TO DEPART AT 12.40PM HAS BEEN SUBMITTED AND APPROVED, AND HE HAS BEEN SIGNED OUT BY HIS TUTOR.

The Permission to Depart Application will be sent by email. Please check your Inbox.

Music – there will be no face-to-face individual or small group Music tuition or rehearsal in Week 4 and 5.

Quad Assembly, Assembly and Chapel – to facilitate social distancing and reduce cross cohort mingling, Quad Assembly, Middle and Senior School Assembly, and Chapel will not be held in Week 4 and 5.

Mingling and Social Distancing – whilst it is impossible in a secondary school setting to prevent casual contact across cohorts, each Year Group has been allocated an area to gather and mingle. Students should proceed directly to this area on arrival, at morning tea, and at lunchtime.

Year 7 – the Centenary Centre Precinct, including the Greek Theatre

Year 8 – No. 3 Oval (North)

Year 9 – No. 3 Oval (South)

Year 10 – No. 1 Oval, the Colonnade and the Western spectator seating

Year 11 – No. 1 Oval, the Colonnade and the Northern spectator seating

Bradley Barr | Deputy Head Master – Summer Hill


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