COVID-19 Updates

Cornerstone College COVID-19 Closure

For Enquiries please contact covidresponse@cornerstone.sa.edu.au

For Student Supervision of Essential Workers please contact Julie Sampson, Learning Director on jsampson@cornerstone.sa.edu.au

Please see below for updates to the College’s COVID-19 closure.

20/11/20 – 5:00PM
Dear Parents and Caregivers,

In light of today’s SA Government announcement advising the reduction of restrictions anticipated to begin this weekend, the College will return to normal operation from Monday 23 November.

As per SA Health requirements, students should not attend if they are unwell, showing any cold or flu symptoms or been in contact with anyone or location that has been identified by SA Health and should not return until they have been cleared by a COVID-19 test. As per the current protocol, students and staff are not required to wear masks at the College.

Year 7-10 students will return Monday 23 November

Students in Years 7-10 will return to normal classes on Monday 23 November. Timetables for the Week 7 program will be distributed in Home Group at the start of the day.

Year 10 exams will be conducted as per the previously distributed schedule, with the first exam beginning Friday 27 November.

Year 11 students will return Thursday 26 November

Year 11 exams scheduled for this coming week will remain cancelled. The short time frame before the initially timetabled commencement of Year 11 exams, the lack of appropriate and equitable access for students to preparation resources since Wednesday, and the inability to adequately prepare the onsite administrative requirements are key factors for this decision.

Year 11 students will not be required to attend Monday 23 November through to Wednesday 25 November. If a subject has already offered for students to undertake an exam as a practice experience, that can still proceed, and the students involved can continue to negotiate with their teachers as to when this happens.

Students in Year 12 have multiple opportunities to further develop their exam techniques and undertake practice exams. We are confident this decision to not proceed with exams does not compromise students for any subjects in Year 12, 2021. SACE have also made allowances for Stage 1 teachers to adapt their Learning and Assessment Plans if necessary, and all students will be resulted accordingly.

The Year 11 program for Thursday and Friday will proceed. This includes Research Project lessons (Thursday 26 November) and Meet the Year 12 teacher day (Friday 27 November). Year 11 students continuing at Cornerstone in Year 12, 2021 are required to attend on these two days.

School Bus Services

Please be advised that we have received official correspondence confirming the following bus services will resume and operate as normal from Monday, 23 November:

  • Department for Education’ Buses
  • Link SA Buses
  • Southlink Buses
  • Cornerstone College Shuttle Bus

School Canteen Services

The College canteen will be opened in an initially limited capacity from Monday 23 November. Students are encouraged to bring food and drink from home as we cannot guarantee how much will be available for purchasing. The student self-preparation area will continue to be accessible by students.

Closing Celebration – Thursday 26 November at 7pm

This previously announced cancelled event WILL PROCEED in a modified capacity.

The recent density change of 1 person per 4 square metres has restricted the maximum capacity of inbarendi to 259 people. We have been required to modify the ceremony to accommodate onsite Year 12 students and staff only. All family, friends and special guests will still be able to access this event via a live stream link that will only be shared within the college community. The link will be sent the day prior.

Year 12 Formal – Rescheduled to Saturday 16th January 2021

The initial rescheduled formal date of Saturday 28th November cannot proceed due to the restrictions announced by SA Health at the beginning of this week, prior to the additional restrictions announced as part of the lockdown, and will still be in place into next week. I have listed the key elements of these restrictions for your reference below.

I have reflected on the significance of this rite of passage for our students and the increased influence it does have in a year when many cultural markers of transition have been altered or not occurred at all.

I have also sought the reflections and recommendation of the Year 12 students.

As such, I am pleased to announce that we have been able to arrange a new date for the Year 12 Formal, which I am very hopeful we can celebrate in the manner and form we have traditionally.

Please add to your diary the date – Saturday 16th January 2021

Current relevant restrictions

The Year 12 Formal was cancelled at the Hilton due to the following:

  • The Formal is considered a Private Gathering
  • 1:4 sqm density applies with a maximum of 50 people
  • Seated consumption of food or beverage
  • No dancing
  • Social distancing of 1.5m

When parents or guests attend the College or a function like an on-site formal this occurs outside “normal school business”

  • Paideia carpark area (proposed pre formal area) maximum density is 340 (1:4sqm) •Gathering maximum of 100 for food and beverage with tables restricted to no more than 10
  • Seated consumption of food and beverage
  • No dancing
  • Social distancing of 1.5m of unknown groups
  • 1:4 sqm density applies
  • Contact tracing required

Student Wellbeing

It will continue to be important to monitor the ongoing wellbeing of your child/ren as they continue to experience and express a wide range of emotions and feelings. Continue to make the time talk to your child/ren about how they are feeling and validate their emotions, giving them (and yourselves) permission to feel each one as it comes.

If you are concerned about the wellbeing and mental health of your child/ren please seek support through you family GP.

There are additional supports provided below that can support you and your child/ren if required.

  • Lifeline Australia 24hr crisis support on 13 11 14. Crisis support and mental health services
  • Beyond Blue Australian organisation provides information about depression to consumers, carers and health professional
  • Headspace provides support, information and assistance for young people aged 12 to 25 years who are experiencing emotional or mental health issues and/or substance abuse
  • Eheadspace is a confidential, free and secure space where young people 12 – 25 or their family can chat, email or speak on the phone with a qualified youth mental health professional
  • Kids Helpline a 24-hour telephone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 – 25. Phone 1800 55 1800

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

We look forward to welcoming students back to the College on Monday.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Craig Fielke

20/11/20 – 12:30PM

Further information to come

As per State Government and SA Health direction the College will resume normal operation from Monday 23 November. Further communication to follow this afternoon.

18/11/20 – 6.15PM

Information for students of essential workers attending Cornerstone College during lockdown

The College will provide staff supervision on campus for students of essential workers where no reasonable alternative is available. At least two teaching staff will be on campus each day (more if needed depending on the number of students).

Supervision will be for school hours from 8.30am until 3.30pm on Thursday 18 November, Friday 19 November, Monday 23 November and Tuesday 24 November only. Half days or reduced hours to align with your shifts are also available if full days are not required. Access to the College during closure is via Cameron Road only. Please note the access via Adelaide Road will be closed. If your child is leaving the college early, please contact the lead supervising teacher on 0458 170 003 to indicate you are at the roundabout and we will bring your child out to leave.

Students will need to:

  • Wear school uniform
  • Bring their laptop
  • Bring lunch, recess snack and drink (the canteen and food prep area will be closed)
  • Bring and hand to staff any required medication (eg asthma puffer, EpiPen) as studentreception will be closed (i.e. on-campus medications will not be accessible.)
  • Practice social distancing and follow strict hygiene protocol

Students are encouraged to continue their school work where possible during the day. Assistance in person for learning will not be possible, as most staff will not be on campus. Students may bring a novel, or other individual activities for break time or for when they finish their school work. Due to the strict
lockdown, things like ball games at breaks and shared activities will not be permitted.

Students will be restricted to the library for the day. Due to the serious nature of this lockdown, they will be required to social distance from other students and wear a mask (the college can provide a mask for them to use if they do not have one – please reuse the same mask for each day they are in attendance). Staff will also wear masks.

As per SA Health requirements, students should not attend if they are unwell, showing any cold or flu symptoms or been in contact with anyone or location that has been identified by SA Health and should not return until they have been cleared by a COVID-19 test.

Please note the college administration will be closed. If you need to contact the lead supervising teacher, please call the College mobile on 0458 170 003 between 8:30am and 3:30pm.

If your children need supervision, we are here to support you.

Yours sincerely,

Craig Fielke

Principal

18/11/20 – 6.00PM

Dear Parents and Caregivers, 

Further to previous correspondence this afternoon and in preparation for the college closure, we wish to advise the following: 

Student Learning during the initial Lockdown 

Due to the sudden implementation of the Lockdown, the College is unable to initially go online with formal lessons or follow the existing timetable, as teachers do not have time to do the necessary preparation. Over the next 4 school days, students can continue existing tasks and assessments. Teachers may be in touch regarding specific tasks that students can submit either via Charis or email. There will be a number of practical subjects that are unable to run their learning activities at all during this period of time. We value and trust our staff professional judgement in relation to their individual classes and students can expect to continue to engage with current tasks and assessments.  

If you have any specific subject related queries, please contact teachers direct via email as they will still be accessing Charis and email from home.  

Exams 

While we recognise that students have been working on their exam revision, it has been decided that Year 10 and 11 exams cannot run in an authentic way given that the sudden decision has not allowed for staff to do any preparation for online exams. For some students they may be disappointed that they cannot undertake these assessments, particularly in preparation for Year 12 subjects next year. Students can contact their specific subject teachers directly if they would especially like to attempt one or more exams as a formative experience. Their teachers will indicate how they can engage in this process.  

Exam results will not be counted in assessments or reports for Semester 2.  

SACE 

Where students are completing SACE assessments, teacher will be in touch about any final requirements that must be completed. There may be assessments for compulsory SACE subjects that need to be finished. Where possible, teachers will use their professional judgment to complete SACE results based on assessments already completed during Semester 2. 

Reports 

Students will still receive a Semester 2 report at the usual time that summarises their learning for the semester.  

Children of Essential WorkersFormal Notice Required 

In exceptional circumstances, where there is no reasonable alternative the College will provide supervision of Cornerstone College students within normal school hours over the school closure. It is required that parents contact Julie Sampson urgently on Jsampson@cornerstone.sa.edu.au  to indicate that your child will be in attendance, and the days you expect them to be here on school days between Thursday 19th November and Tuesday 24th November. We ask that students are only at school on the days that you are working in your essential job to minimise the number of people on campus. 

Student Wellbeing 

Student Counselling Appointments 

Students with counselling appointments during the school closure will receive an email from the counselling team to ascertain if they still wish to continue with their appointment online through Microsoft Teams. Please ensure your child checks their email and responds to this. 

Wellbeing Supports 

The announcements today and the new restrictions in place may significantly impact the wellbeing of your child. It is normal for your child to experience and express a range of big and potentially difficult feelings over the coming hours, days and weeks. Expected emotions include shock, fear, confusion, anxiety, sadness, disappointment, grief, anger and despair. Your child may also express relief, joy, acceptance, curiosity and courage. Take careful time to listen to and validate all of these emotions with your child/ren, giving them (and yourselves) permission to feel each one as it comes. Allowing emotions, especially the difficult/uncomfortable ones is what really helps.   

If you are concerned about the wellbeing and mental health of your child/ren please seek support through you family GP. 

There are additional supports provided below that can support you and your child/ren if required. 

  • Lifeline Australia http://www.lifeline.org.au 24hr crisis support on 13 11 14. Crisis support and mental health services 
  • Beyond Blue http://www.beyondblue.org.au Australian organisation provides information about depression to consumers, carers and health professional 
  • Headspace http://headspace.org.au provides support, information and assistance for young people aged 12 to 25 years who are experiencing emotional or mental health issues and/or substance abuse 
  • Eheadspace https://www.eheadspace.org.au is a confidential, free and secure space where young people 12 – 25 or their family can chat, email or speak on the phone with a qualified youth mental health professional 
  • Kids Helpline http://www.kidshelp.com.aua 24-hour telephone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 – 25. Phone 1800 55 1800 

 

ICT Support Services   

For ICT Services support over the school closure please use the usual email support ICTServices@cornerstone.sa.edu.au.

We will continue to monitor the situation and encourage families to also do the same. For further updates and information on current restrictions please refer to www.covid-19.sa.gov.au 

 We can get through all things through Christ who gives us his strength (Philippians 4:13). 

Yours Sincerely, 

Craig Fielke 

18/11/20 – 3.15PM

Dear Parents and Caregivers

As you would be aware, there has been a significant announcement today by the St SA Health advising of a 6-day statewide lockdown commencing at midnight tonight.

To ensure we comply with SA Health Advice, Cornerstone College will be closed to all staff and students on the following days:

  • Thursday 19 November
  • Friday 20 November
  • Monday 23 November
  • Tuesday 24 November

On Monday 23 November we will provide a further update to our community.

In exceptional circumstances, where there is no alternative for families, the College will provide minimal staff for supervision, within normal school hours, of current students whose parents are essential workers only. Please check public transport availability, if applicable.

If required, please contact Learning Director Julie Sampson by email on Jsampson@cornerstone.sa.edu.au as soon as possible.

Year 11 Exams

The Year 11 Exams, due to begin on Monday 23 November, will be cancelled and will not be rescheduled. Where the exam forms part of the subject Learning and Assessment plan we will seek advice from the SACE Board regarding modifications to ensure equity.

Year 10 Exams

A determination will be made and communicated by Tuesday, 24 November about Year 10 Exams.

DfE Buses

For students who catch the DfE buses we have been informed that those buses will not be running from Thursday 19 November up to and including Tuesday 24 November.

Year 12 Celebration Ceremony and Formal

Unfortunately, the decision to cancel both the Year 12 Celebration Ceremony and Year 12 Formal has been made. We recognise the significance of this decision and understand the disappointment this will cause. We are currently looking at alternative options to celebrate the Class of 2020.

The College is continuing to adapt to the changing situation given the information at hand. We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates as we receive further information.

The College community will be addressed by Principal Craig Fielke at 3pm today to advise all students of the planned school closure.

For any enquiries, please email covidresponse@cornerstone.sa.edu.au

 

Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

 

Yours sincerely

Craig Fielke