From the Deputy Head Master – Summer Hill

As part of the continued easing of restrictions being rolled out by NSW Health and the State Government, there have been several small but significant updates to our arrangements.

Sport Commitments and COVID safety

All players who have a sport commitment tomorrow and on 27 November, even if it is an internal trial or training session, will be required to check in using a QR code, and all students over the age of 16 will be required to show evidence of their vaccination status to enter the premises. This is due to the commencement of interschool trial fixtures with St Patrick’s College and Cranbrook School tomorrow, and Waverley College on the 27th. No friends, siblings, parents or other adult visitors or spectators are permitted on site for any Saturday trial matches or training sessions.

The Prospect Road gates will be closed, and all players will need to enter via Jubilee Drive and the carpark. Please remain in your vehicle if you are collecting your son.

Any player who has been a close contact with a confirmed or suspected case of Covid-19, who is required to self-isolate, or is unwell and displaying cold or ‘flu symptoms, must not attend.

Masks are to be worn indoors when not playing and all players are encouraged to arrive ready to warm up, play their game, and leave the campus as soon as their fixture or training session concludes.

In the event of closure: students to take their device home daily

You may also be aware that several schools in the Inner West have had confirmed Covid-19 cases in the last week. Please remind your son to take his device home each day so that he may access Remote Learning in the event we are required to close for cleaning and contact tracing at short notice.

A reminder of the School’s other COVID protocols

Finally, while it is not a change to our plans, please note that open and automatic Access to Remote Learning has discontinued. If your son has been unable to return to face-to-face learning, please liaise with the Head of the Middle School, Mr Allen, or the Head of the Senior School, Dr De Lany, to discuss your individual circumstances.

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. 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 face mask indoors and moving between classes. Masks are not mandatory outdoors. Masks are to be either plain black cloth, or pale blue or white disposable surgical masks.  

Transport – the normal Trinity ‘bus services will continue to operate.

Hours – Middle School students will be dismissed at 3.30pm 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 unless he has a sport commitment. The Arthur Holt Library is open for students in Year 11 (Year 12/2022) between 4.00pm and 6.00pm, Monday to Thursday.

Year 10 – timetabled supervision and support will continue for Year 10 students for their online learning on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon in Week 8.

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 8. 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.

Sport – timetabled sport will continue in Week 8. Most students will have a commitment on Saturday the 27th of November.

Music – individual music tuition and small ensembles will continue in Week 8.

Cadets – will continue for Trinity students in the Unit in Week 8.

Library – the Library will be closed before school, after school, at morning tea and at lunch time in Week 8 (except for Year 11 between 4.00pm and 6.00pm from Monday to Thursday).

Quad Assembly – will continue in Week 8. Notwithstanding that it is outdoors, your son is required to wear a properly fitted face mask for Quad Assembly.

Assembly and Chapel – to facilitate social distancing and reduce cross cohort mingling, Middle School Assembly, Senior School Assembly, and Chapel will not be held in Week 8.

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 prior to Quad Assembly, 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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