This page provides up-to-date advice for All Saints Anglican School families, staff and community regarding our precautionary response to the current outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). This page will be continually updated as new information becomes available.
Status: There are currently no known cases of COVID-19 in our school. All Saints Anglican School transitioned to online teaching and learning on Monday 23 March 2020. Learning continuance plans for online learning were sent to all families in Saints Alive email on Friday 20 March 2020. The School will remain open for children of emergency workers, nurses, doctors and any parents that are struggling with the practicalities of remote learning. If you are using this service, please make sure you book in with your sub-school administration office. Year 12 exams will be proceeding as scheduled this week. Further details below.
Headmaster Update 13
Information sent to families in an email from the Headmaster on Wednesday 1 April 2020.
- It is a heavy heart that we have decided to cancel the proposed drive through tomorrow afternoon. It was
such a good idea, emanating from such a good place (the heartfelt desire for
our staff to have the opportunity to farewell their students face-to-face), but
the simple truth is that it contravenes the well-intentioned and considered
advice we have received from government regarding non-essential travel. I am as
disappointed as I know many of your children will be (I even had my Easter
Bunny costume ready to go) and I humbly apologise for raising expectations only
to dash them.
Headmaster Update 12
Information sent to families in an email from the Headmaster on Tuesday 31 March 2020.
- Following advice received the QCAA today regarding their response to how the changed circumstances will affect our
Year 12 cohort, the Senior School has decided to continue with their online practice of following the daily timetable rather
than moving to an asynchronous approach. Further communication will be sent out to Year 12 families once planning and further discussion takes place within our teaching teams.
- It seems we are all dealing with heightened emotions at
present; it is a curious paradox that as a race we have thrived through our
ability to adapt and yet we still struggle with changes that are thrust upon
us. If you have time, this video might prove useful in negotiating the changing
dynamics that will affect us as families.
Headmaster Update 11
Information sent to families in an email from the Headmaster on Monday 30 March 2020.
- Having entered a new world of learning from home, many of us
(both parents and children) are likely to experience a range of emotions. Joy,
new experiences and learning conquests will be accompanied with moments of
frustrations, loss and anxiety. It will surely help if we can view this time as
an opportunity to look within ourselves for comfort and strength. Despite the
distance, we can come together as families and as a community – albeit
it in new and innovative ways.
Now more than ever, our school continues to recognise that
the wellbeing of students, families and staff is a crucial aspect of our
school’s philosophy of educating the whole child, the whole time. Our hope is
that we will be able to navigate this journey together and emerge out of this
with new skills and increased resilience.
- Our Psychological Services Team are here to support students
through their online learning and emotional development.
- The email sent to parents includes a list of resources we hope will be of help to your family at this time, including access to psychological support and student protection in our new online and home
Headmaster Update 10
Information sent to families in an email from the Headmaster on Friday 27 March 2020.
- Our first week of online learning has come to a close. By all accounts, the week has been a great success and the longer this paradigm for teaching and learning continues, the better we will become at it.
- Regarding time children are spending on their schoolwork, the tasks set are designed to occupy a student for a little bit less than the regular lesson time for their respective sub-school. This is so they can get through the work for all of their subjects across the week.
- If, for any reason, they are struggling with the workload, please contact your child’s teacher/s next week.
- All Saints will run a normal timetable on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week.
- Thursday and Friday will be student free days.
- We ask students please refrain from contacting their teachers on these two days as they really do need the time to plan.
- We will also continue to provide supervision for the children of emergency workers, healthcare workers and working parents struggling with the practicalities of keeping their children home on Thursday and Friday.
- Private music lessons will also still go ahead on Thursday and Friday. Those students who have a private music lesson booked for Thursday or Friday should make themselves available at the appropriate time.
Headmaster Update 9
Information sent to families in an email from the Headmaster on Thursday 26 March 2020.
- The staff here at school are
well aware of the fortunate position in which they find themselves as far as
their employment is concerned and they are determined to express their
gratitude by continuing to devote themselves to helping our students, your
children, in every way they can.
- Things continue to change on
a daily basis and our school Executive Team have been meeting first thing each
morning to adjust our forward planning in response to the changing landscape.
- The government issued this helpful guide on how to keep our children safe while they are
working online which is worth a read.
- Tomorrow's update will include an outline our plans for school next week.
Headmaster Update 8
Information sent to families in an email from the Headmaster on Wednesday 25 March 2020.
- A short update including a video message from our School Chaplain Mother Ann McGuinness
- Invitation to attend Anglican Church Robina online services
Headmaster Update 7
Information sent to families in an email from the Headmaster on Tuesday 24 March 2020.
- By all accounts, it seems to have been another good day for our online delivery of teaching and learning,
- Students should remember to turn off their device every few days and restart. This simple habit will actually solve many of the technical issues that our computer support team have been managing each day. Please ensure they restart their device before they email or call our support team.
- Library Borrowing: All Middle and Senior School students have access to a wide range of eBooks and audiobooks through OverDrive, our digital platform. These can be borrowed through the Library page on FIDO or via the OverDrive or Sora apps which can be downloaded on to devices such as an iPad, iPhone or Smart phone. If you are unsure of how to do this, please email our librarian Mrs Curran at email@example.com.
- NAPLAN 2020: All NAPLAN testing has been cancelled for this year; however, you might find that our teachers will still be setting online activities signposted in some way as 'NAPLAN preparation'. These activities are simply worthwhile literacy and numeracy activities we’d like the children to undertake.
Headmaster Update 6
Information sent to families in an email from the Headmaster on Monday 23 March 2020.
- Our first day of online learning seems to have gone well. Of course, we have had a few teething problems and please be patient with us as we work together to sort them out.
- We ask all families to please ensure they are receiving all the emails listed on this page.
- Some mail servers redirect emails with large audiences directly to your junk box – thinking the email is SPAM - and some workplace firewalls can also block large group emails. If you are not receiving our emails, we suggest checking your junk mail and adding @asas.qld.edu.au emails to your 'safe list'. If your email address is a work account, please ask your employer's IT team to do the same on their server.
- A reminder that all updates are also being posted on this dedicated COVID-19 updates page - if you notice you are missing any emails please be sure to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Alerts are also being sent out via the All Saints app which is available via the Apple App Store or Google Play - it is more important that ever that you download our app to keep up to date with all the latest notices.
- Year 12 exams will be going ahead as scheduled this week. We ask Year 12 parents to please do everything they can to ensure their son or daughter comes to school for their examinations. They have been busily preparing for the exams in recent weeks and there will never be a better time to get them done and dusted. We have taken every available step to ensure their wellbeing by providing the requisite space between them and each room that is being used being deep cleaned both before and after each examination. It would be wonderful if we could get 100% participation. If you have any concerns about the health of your son/daughter during this week, please contact Senior Administration or email@example.com as soon as possible. Families have been contacted for those students who required additional precautions.
Learning Continuance Plans
Information sent to families in Saints Alive email on Friday 20 March 2020.
- Families now have full details of the Learning Continuance Plans for each sub-school and year level.
- We are looking forward to continuing our learning online this Monday 23 March.
- If families have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch via the contact details contained in each guide.
- This week's Saints Alive also includes a list of changes to upcoming school events that have been cancelled or changed as a result of the current situation.
- We thank our staff for their extraordinary work this week and families for their patience.
Information sent to families in an email on Friday 20 March 2020.
- The School asked for families to fill out a request for supervision form which was due at 2pm today so that the School could make the necessary staffing arrangements.
- Any further bookings or changes can of course still be made directly with the child's sub-school administration office via phone or email.
- Families were emailed details of the supervision locations, times and other requirements.
- To ensure the safety of our students during this period, please note all students must be physically signed in and signed out by a parent or guardian each day. This is extremely important so we know where our students are every day.
Headmaster Update 5
Sent to families in an email from the Headmaster on Thursday 19 March 2020.
- All Saints Anglican School continues to have no known cases of COVID-19.
- A reminder tomorrow is a student-free day to allow staff to
make final preparations for the transition to online learning on Monday.
- The School remains committed to support all families and will provide on-campus supervision to any students that need to work from school. This includes children of emergency workers, nurses, doctors and healthcare workers as well as any families that are struggling with the practicalities of remote learning.
- Our staff are well-prepared, and we are anticipating a smooth transition on Monday. This week they have been working incredibly hard to prepare themselves and their students for the shift to online learning.
- We believe that from Monday our students will be receiving quality instruction regardless of their location.
- Despite the new learning arrangements, Term 1 is still underway. Online student attendance and participation will be monitored and recorded, and whilst it is important that they have breaks throughout the day and attend to their physical and emotional wellbeing, we do expect them to engage with their learning in the same way as if they were at school.
- A full list of troubleshooting and support contact details will also be provided in tomorrow’s 'How To' guide in Saints Alive.
Year 12 Update
- Information regarding next week's Year 12 exams was shared with parents - this information was also communicated to Year 12 students by email and in person.
Headmaster Update 4
Sent to families in an email from the Headmaster on Wednesday 18 March 2020
- All Saints Anglican School continues to have no known cases of COVID-19.
- The Headmaster provided an overview of the Learning Continuance Plan for each sub-school. All private music lessons will also be conducted online. Full details will be shared in this week's edition of Saints Alive.
- The Headmaster emphasised that for the next two weeks students are effectively still at school, and even though they will for the most part be working from home, there will be expectations around their engagement in learning.
- We also ask parents to remind their children of the importance of practising social distancing and isolatio
Senior School Update
- The Senior School Learning Continuance Plan was emailed to all Senior School parents.
Headmaster Update 3
Sent to families in an email from the Headmaster on Tuesday 17 March 2020
- Confirmation that we will be transitioning to online teaching and learning as of Monday 23 March 2020.
is a completely proactive measure to safeguard our community (both staff
and students) and provide some certainty to parents in these highly
- The last day on campus for most students will be Thursday 19 March 2020.
- The reasons behind this decision are many and complex but they can perhaps be simplified in this way: "The only thing that has thus far proved effective in containing the spread of COVID-19 is social separation and isolation. This is what most of the doctors I know have been calling for. At All Saints, our priorities are clear – the health and wellbeing of our students comes first; looking after our staff comes a very close second; and contributing to the wellbeing of the wider community is an equally close third. As a one-to-one laptop school, we are blessed to have the capacity to deliver online learning. It is a privilege we do not take for granted and with this privilege, I believe, comes the responsibility to implement this capacity in the interests of the School and the wider community."
- The School will remain open for for children of emergency workers, doctors, nurses and those on the front line in our fight against COVID-19 as well as any parents that are struggling with the practicalities of online learning. This facility will be available from Monday 23 March. The school has asked for parents in this situation to notify us via the form sent in the parent email.
- All children are asked to stay home on Friday 20 March as the teaching staff need to make their final preparations for the transition to online learning.
- We ask our
community to please stay home during this time. Avoid pubic spaces and restrict all travel to a minimum.
- Saints Alive this week will be devoted to an age specific ‘How To’ guide regarding transition to online learning.
Year 12 Update
- Year 12 exam block is scheduled for the week commencing 23 March
- Families have been advised that unless we are directed otherwise by the relevant authorities, Year 12 will sit these exams as planned. The Year 12s have been aware of this schedule for a number of weeks and are ready.
- If a decision is made by health officials or Education Queensland to shut all schools then we will cancel our exams.
- We have acted on the side of caution in keeping most of the community offsite but we do need to consider a safe way to manage the year for our Year 12 students.
- Year 12 students would only come on site for their exam and then leave. We will be deep cleaning the venues before and after the exams. Students will be required to remain a safe distance apart. Students will only sit the exams in small groups. Larger groups will be split between venues.
Headmaster Update 2
Sent to families in an email from the Headmaster on Monday 16 March 2020
- The Coronavirus (COVID-19) monitoring team is meeting daily at 8:00am.
- A dramatic spike in the number of reported cases over the last few days .
- Whilst we have no known cases within our community, we are likely to transition to online learning on Friday this week.
- Thursday 19 March will be the last day that the School will be open this term. Our teachers have been preparing to deliver their classes online and we are aiming to keep any disruption to your children’s learning to a minimum. This will give your children four weeks away from school – two weeks of online learning followed by the Easter break.
- For those parents who have already made the decision to keep your children home, we of course entirely support this decision. Others who might want to follow suit this week will do so with our blessing and we are urgently preparing online resources for all our students.
- Exploring the possibility of keeping a skeleton staff here at school to care for those children of emergency workers, healthcare workers, doctors and nurses who will be desperately needed in the wider community at this time.
Sent to families Thursday 12 March 2020 (along with a comprehensive pdf information guide)
- All Saints Anglican School has convened a monitoring team to focus on the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) issue. The team, comprising key members across the school community, is monitoring developments and assisting the Headmaster and School Council to identify and manage any impacts on our school. You can be assured that we have been preparing and stand ready to act should the need arise.
- We are in constant contact with Queensland Health and the Australian Department of Health, who are working tirelessly to manage and contain the impact of this virus for Australians and Queenslanders alike.
- Across the School, we have continued to reinforce existing health and hygiene standards for students and staff. We are also reviewing our infection control protocols and crisis management plans in preparedness for further escalations.
school leaders, parents and teachers are asked to be alert to signs of illness within their teams, homes and classrooms – reinforcing “if you are ill, stay at home”
- Self quarantine advice was included with the information guide which was reviewed and updated in
line with Queensland Health advice
- Temporary hold is placed on all school-related international travel
(including overseas tours) for at least four weeks and thereafter subject to
review. Essential travel must be approved by the Headmaster.
- To reduce potential exposure, our students and employees will only
travel domestically for school-related trips where essential.
- For personal travel,
students, families and school employees are advised to follow the guidelines
provided on the government website www.smarttraveller.gov.au/destinations regarding travelling to high risk destinations and apply the
isolation protocols outlined by Queensland Health above.
- If a case is identified in our school, the newly established COVID-19 Public Health Unit will work closely with us in managing our response and our actions will be taken with community health at the centre of our decision making.
- An age appropriate Learning Continuance Plan will be implemented within
48 hours should a longer term school closure take place. The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) also has procedures in place to support senior students. Families will be provided with further information about this plan and procedures as soon as practically possible in the event of an school closure.