From the Headmaster: Tim Browning

Posted 31 July 2020
Headmaster

We continue to keep a close eye on COVID-19 developments in Victoria, New South Wales, ACT and Queensland. In particular government guidelines in relation to increased restrictions and the new quarantine requirements. Of course it is our hope that everyone in the community continues to cooperate with the direction of authorities and we avoid having a disrupted end to 2020. We are in contact with colleagues across the border to ensure we are learning lessons from their experiences and to offer our support. At the end of Term 1, we trialled our new online learning platforms in readiness for launching a full online learning program. Whilst we were pleased to have all students back on campus from Term 2 for in-classroom learning, our academic and IT teams have been working behind the scenes to ensure we are ready to move into online learning should the need arise. St Peter’s College is committed to being an exceptional community of learning regardless of the circumstances and I am confident we will be able to nurture, encourage and challenge students in their learning whether it is in the classroom or online.

We continue to take the utmost care to ensure the safety of our parents and community members when they are on campus. Signage and hand sanitising stations are available across the School and we ask that parents and visitors, particularly at sporting matches, practise social distancing and good hand hygiene. Please do not come on site if you are feeling unwell. It is our collective responsibility to take care of each other and to act sensibly and responsibly.

Due to community restrictions earlier in the year a number of parent functions were postponed. I am delighted we can now welcome parents back on campus for selected events. Our Parent-Son Breakfasts in Da Costa Dining Hall sold out in record time and have been carefully planned to provide parents with the opportunity to enjoy breakfast with their son and meet staff whilst we adhere to strict safety guidelines. Every care has been taken to ensure safety including social-distancing seating arrangements, sign-in sheets on the day, hand sanitising stations available, and hospital-grade cleaning scheduled for before and after each event. Marcus Blackburn, Deputy Headmaster/Head of Senior School and I look forward to welcoming you to these events.

Each year the School conducts a range of surveys of parents across the entire school and Senior School students. This forms a key part of our commitment to ensure we provide an exceptional community of learning and to continuously improve the experiences of students and parents. A range of surveys will take place throughout Term 3 on topics including wellbeing and bullying, boarding, the Class of 2020 as they prepare to graduate, and the experiences of new families who joined the School in 2020. If you receive a link to a survey, please take the time to complete it. Each survey only takes about five minutes to complete and your feedback and suggestions are welcomed. High-level results will be shared via this newsletter as they become available.

Tim Browning
Headmaster