Community Updates

Please see below for Community Updates from Principal Craig Fielke.

For enquiries please contact [email protected]


04/04/22 – Community Update #8

Dear Parents/caregivers,

This update contains information regarding slight adjustments to some current protocols and procedures. I also remind you that I sent out Community Update#7 on Monday 28 February, and this should be read in conjunction with this update.

Testing, Isolating and Quarantine Setting for School

This document has been updated to reflect a change to the minimum requirements for the “test-to-stay” regime for staff and the recent SA Health changes to the Close Contact definition. No change has been made to the definition of a Classroom Contact.

Test-to-Stay

The daily seven-day rapid antigen testing requirements for staff defined as Classroom Contacts has been replaced by a minimum of testing-to-stay three times in the seven days.

Close Contact Definition

Definitions for a Close Contact have been revised as follows:

A teacher or school services officer in classroom or OSHC settings, early childhood worker, educator or teacher in Preschool and Early Childhood settings or ancillary staff and contractors (school/OSHC settings) are a close contact if they:

  • spend a cumulative period of 4 hours indoors, in close physical proximity and not wearing a mask with another adult who has tested positive for COVID-19.

People working 1:1 with students (eg SSOs, disability support, allied health workers) in school settings are a close contact if they:

  • supported a student or child who has tested positive for COVID-19, for a cumulative period of 4 hours, indoors, in close physical proximity and face masks were not able to be worn
  • spent a cumulative period of 4 hours indoors, in close physical proximity and not wearing a mask with another adult who has tested positive for COVID-19.

A student in a school setting is a close contact if they:

  • were supported by an SSO or teacher who has tested positive for COVID-19, for a cumulative period of 4 hours, indoors, in close physical proximity and face masks were not able to be worn.

Notification of COVID-19 Cases

To assist in the streamlining of both communication and administration processes, the following information (with a total and year level breakdown) will now be provided and updated daily on our Charis home page https://charis.cornerstone.sa.edu.au/ and the “Covid-19 Update” tile.

  • number of positive COVID-19 cases reported to the College;
  • number of positive COVID-19 cases reported for the previous 7 days;
  • percentage of active cases per year level.

The procedure to follow if your child(ren) receives a positive test notification remains unchanged and is provided below:

Please notify Cornerstone College by telephone to Middle School Student Reception on 8398 6029 or Senior School Student Reception on 8398 6014 and have the following information ready:

  1. Year Level, Home Group and Home Room
  2. Date test taken
  3. Date symptoms began
  4. First day of infectious period (2 days prior to earliest of points 2 and 3)
  5. Dates attended during infectious period

“And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You.” Psalms 39:7

Yours sincerely,

Craig Fielke
Principal


30/03/22 – Community Update #7

Dear Parents/caregivers,

The State Government announcements from late last week will have no significant effect on the current practices and protocols that are in place at the College.

The Following will Occur for the Remainder of Term 1:

  • Day excursions and incursions.
  • Interschool sporting competitions.
  • Extra-curricular activities at the College, including choirs, band practice and instrumental lessons attended by an external music teacher.
  • Work experience and work placements.
  • Assemblies, Chapels and House Meetings continue to be held online.
  • Camps and other outdoor activities required by SACE for the purpose of subjects, such as Outdoor Education. Camp provider/venue will have a COVID Management Plan.
  • Prospective parent tours and information nights for students considering enrolling in the College.
  • Face to face Parent-Teacher evenings (information has been sent to families).

Parents will continue to receive information about events and activities relevant to their child/ren via our normal communication protocols. It is important to note that some external venues may have mandatory vaccination requirements. The College will provide details for any excursions, camps or events where such requirements exist.

Visitors to the College Include:

  • Those attending the College for specific events held outdoors
  • Volunteers required by the College
  • Instrumental music teachers
  • Those attending to support a student’s educational plan or a curriculum related incursion.

All adult visitors must wear a face mask when indoors, practise physical distancing, and not attend the College if they are unwell.

All Other COVID-19 Settings Remain in Place, Including:

  • Face masks are required indoors for:
    • all adults, except when it impedes the ability to teach
    • students in Years 7 to 12.
  • Whilst it is anticipated there will be some operational adjustments made soon, we are continuing to outwork the testing, isolating and quarantine for school settings and protocols as per the details provided to you in the Community Update #5.

Face to Face Learning Continues as Planned

The College has had a limited number of COVID-19 positive cases (around 5 to 8 a week) detected in our students and staff over the first 8 weeks of the term. We will continue with face-to-face learning for the remainder of Term 1, with Thursday, 14 April being the last day of term as planned.

Obviously, there would be a review of this determination if there are any significant changes in the number of cases detected over the final three weeks of the term. If this does occur, the community will be informed in a timely manner.

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.” – Romans 12:12

Yours sincerely,

Craig Fielke
Principal


24/02/22 – Community Update #6

Dear Parents/caregivers,

The State Government recently announced that a range of restrictions will be removed from the start of next week, Week 5. It is intended that the new arrangements will apply from the start of Week 5 to the end of Week 8 in Term 1.

Covid-19 Protocol Adjustments

From the start of Week 5 (28 February 2022) the following can resume:

  • Day excursions and incursions.
  • Interschool sporting competitions.
  • Extra-curricular activities at the school, including choirs, band practice, instrumental lessons attended by a non-school employed music teacher.
  • Work experience and work placements.
  • Camps and other outdoor activities required by the SACE for the purpose of subjects such as Outdoor Education. Camp provider/venue will have a COVID management plan.
  • Formals.
  • Assemblies which are held outdoors.
  • Prospective parent tours and information nights targeted at students considering enrolling in the school.

It is important to note that some external venues may have vaccination requirements. The College will provide details for any excursions, camps or events where such requirements exist.

Visitors in schools can include:

  • those attending the school for specific events held outdoors
  • volunteers required by the schoo
  • instrumental music teacher
  • those attending to support a student’s educational plan or a curriculum related incursion.

All adult visitors must wear a face mask when indoors, practise physical distancing, and not attend the site if they are unwell.

Continuing Settings

All other COVID-19 settings remain in place, including:

  • face masks continue to be required (when indoors) for:
    o all adults, except when it impedes the ability to teach
    o students in Years 7 to 12.
  • current testing, isolating and quarantine settings remain unchanged, including definitions for classroom contacts (please refer to Community Update #5).

SA Health has further advised that, in regard to classroom contact settings for school sport, indoor sport (training, games etc) where there is a positive case is classed as a classroom contact while outdoor sport is considered to be “no contact”.

Arrangements from Week 9

SA Health will monitor the transmission of COVID-19 in schools and the broader community over the coming weeks and education sectors will continue to work with SA Health during this time.

The current intent is to remove further restrictions from Week 9, including resuming:

  • COVID-safe, socially distanced indoor events, including ticketed concerts and performances (with audiences), COVID safe indoor assemblies (ie year level) and spectators at indoor sporting events.
  • All camps, where there is a COVID management camp plan.

“Never be so busy as not to think of others.” – Mother Teresa

Yours sincerely,

Craig Fielke
Principal


11/02/22 – Community Update #5

Dear Parents/caregivers,

I would like to again express my gratitude to the Cornerstone Community for the way in which we have approached and navigated the start to the 2022 school year.

I am pleased to advise that the SA COVID Ready Committee has confirmed that all students will return to face-to-face learning from next Monday, 14 February 2022. We look forward to seeing all students at the College on Monday, and welcome back our Year 9, 10 and 11 students, as we reunite as a whole community once again.

The return to face-to face learning will signal the end of staff and students operating in an online learning environment. We understand that families may be impacted by COVID-19 resulting in students being unable to attend school at certain periods. In this case, it is important that students stay connected to, and keep up with their learning and assessment requirements through their Charis Class pages and connect with their teachers via email where necessary if they require additional support.

COVID-19 Classroom Contact vs Close Contact Procedure

If your child is deemed a COVID-19 Classroom Contact or Close Contact you will receive a notification from the College via SMS and email.

A Classroom Contact is a student that has shared a classroom or interacted with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Classroom contact students:

  • Can continue to attend the College as long as they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms. Please continue to closely monitor your child for symptoms.
  • Should avoid attending school related extra-curricular activities for 7 days (such as camps, excursions, interschool sport, choir etc)

A Close Contact is a student who has been assisted 1:1 by a teacher (who has tested positive for COVID-19) for more than 15 minutes, and face masks were not able to be worn*.

Close contact students must:

  • ‘Test to stay’ and must complete 7 daily rapid antigen tests. A negative result is required to attend the College.

*Please be aware any students who are exempt from wearing masks will be deemed a close contact, even in a classroom contact setting.

Any student that tests positive for COVID-19 must isolate for 10 days and cannot attend the College.

COVID-19 Notification Reminder:

To notify the College of a student’s positive COVID-19 test result, please call Middle School Student Reception on 8398 6029 or Senior School Reception on 8398 6014 and have the following information ready:

  1. Date COVID test was taken
  2. Date symptoms started
  3. Date of first day infectious period started (2 days prior to earliest date in points 1 and 2)
  4. Dates student attended the College while infectious.

Students should expect to:

  • Be sent home if they arrive at school unwell, or develop COVID-19 symptoms throughout the school day,
  • Remain at school if they are a classroom contact as long as they have no symptoms,
  • Continue to receive and participate in 1:1 learning support as needed and provided by Adaptive Education staff,
  • Isolate at home if they test positive to COVID-19 for 10 days (i.e. return on Day 11), and
  • Be responsible for contacting subject/class teachers and checking Charis Class Pages to keep up to date with their learning if they are well enough.

As per Community Update #4 (07/02/22), the following measures will remain in place at the College to minimise the transmission of COVID-19:

  • Please keep your child/ren home if they are unwell, even if symptoms are mild.
  • Masks are required for all adults when indoors, except if it is hindering our staff’s ability to communicate effectively while teaching.
  • Masks are required for students when indoors and should be fitted correctly covering both the mouth and nose.
  • Natural ventilation will be maximised by leaving doors/windows open, continued use of air conditioning (set to fresh air intake) and/or fans.
  • Outdoor learning will continue, where appropriate.
  • Physical distancing requirements will be maintained where possible.
  • Daily cleaning of the College facilities and common areas.
  • Non-essential visitors are limited on site.

The following activities will now be postponed until the end of week 4, Term 1:

  • camps, excursions, and incursions
  • choir
  • interschool sport trials, practice and competitions
  • large gatherings such as assemblies, events and concerts.

SA Health will provide further advice and direction about the resumption of these activities and other programs ahead of week 5.

We will continue to provide Community Updates as appropriate and wish to assure all families that the College will treat any personal, sensitive or medical information related to positive COVID-19 cases with the utmost discretion and privacy.

“Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:” Romans 15:5

Yours sincerely

Craig Fielke
Principal


07/02/22 – Community Update #4

Dear Parents/caregivers,

If you have not yet had the opportunity, please view my welcome to the year at youtu.be/hcNezxbQHRk , or click the image below.

Thank you to everyone for the relatively smooth and effective (apart from the first morning’s technical challenges) first few days of the school year.

This update is focused solely on the protocols and procedures for families and the College to follow regarding COVID-19 contacts and cases. Please also refer to the COVID-19 in School Settings Infographic provided with this update.

COVID-19 Protocols

Families should:

  • Notify the College immediately if your child currently enrolled at Cornerstone College tests positive to COVID-19 and support them to isolate for 10 days (i.e. return to the College on Day 11),
  • Expect to receive an SMS and email with instructions to follow if your child becomes a classroom contact of someone who has tested positive to COVID-19,
  • Understand that students who are exempt from wearing masks will be deemed as a close contact rather than a classroom contact and may be required to undertake (family supplied) rapid antigen
    ‘test to stay’ for 7 days to remain at school, (or quarantine for 7 days if unable to test),
  • Monitor for COVID symptoms at all times, but especially if notification of your child being a classroom contact has been received,
  • Have their child(ren) continue to attend the College as long as they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms,
  • Understand that when identified as a classroom contact, students should avoid attending school related extra-curricular activities for 7 days (such as
  • camps, excursions, interschool sport, choir etc),
  • Be confident and assured that the College will treat any personal, sensitive or medical information related to positive COVID-19 cases with the utmost discretion and privacy,
  • Notify the College of any daily or extended absences via Cornerstone College App, (click here to download Android or Apple) or by using contact details in bold below,
  • Make themselves familiar with the information provided in the “COVID-19 in School Settings Infographic” flyer included as an attachment with this Community Update.

To notify Cornerstone College of a student’s positive COVID-19 test result, please call Student Reception at Middle School on 8398 6029 or Senior School on 8398 6014 and have the following information ready:

  1. Date COVID test was taken
  2. Date symptoms started
  3. Date of first day infectious period started (2 days prior to earliest date in points 1 and 2)
  4. Dates student attended the College while infectious.

Students should expect to:

  • Be sent home if they arrive at school unwell, or develop COVID-19 symptoms throughout the school day,
  • Remain at school if they are a classroom contact as long as they have no symptoms,
  • Continue to receive and participate in 1:1 learning support as provided by Adaptive Education staff,
  • Isolate at home if they have test positive to COVID-19 for 10 days (i.e. return on Day 11), and
  • Be responsible for contacting subject/class teachers and checking Charis Class pages to keep up to date with their learning if they are well enough.

College Staff will:

  • Send students who arrive at school or appear unwell with COVID-19 symptoms throughout the day to Student Reception immediately to arrange for collection by a parent/caregiver,
  • Keep Charis pages up to date to support learning when students are unable to attend classes (either face to face or online),
  • Expect students to wear masks at all times inside (unless an exemption applies) to reduce the risk of community transmission in the school setting,
  • Undertake 7 days of rapid antigen ‘test to stay’ if identified as a classroom or workplace contact, and only attend the College with a negative result,
  • Adhere to the requirement of providing daily and weekly COVID-19 Case Notifications to SA Health.

I am hopeful that as the term progress, there will be a reduction and easing of these protocols in line with the moderating of COVID-19 community cases and maximisation of vaccination numbers.

The staff are very much looking forward to the beginning of next week when we can have all students back on campus. An update will be provided towards the end of this week regarding the school operations and events for the following weeks.

“May your unfailing love be with us, LORD, even as we put our hope in you.” – Psalm 33:22

Yours sincerely

Craig Fielke
Principal


25/01/22 – Community Update #3

Dear Parents/caregivers,

This Community Update provides further details that should be read in conjunction with Community Update #1, which was sent to families on Tuesday 18 January. To best support your child(ren), it is important this information is discussed as a family. The College will publish regular Community Updates as SA Health and the SA Government continue to provide ongoing transition details and advice. The next Community Update will be early next week.

Contract Tracing and Close contact Arrangements
SA Health has recently provided guidance on how to manage cases of COVID-19 in schools, preschools and early childhood education and care (ECEC) centres. There will be new contact tracing and close contact arrangements in education from 31 January 2022. The new arrangements recognise the importance of providing quality education and care for our students while minimising the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

The following protocol and practices will be outworked at Cornerstone College:

General Overarching Principles

The College will remain open if there is a case of COVID-19.

It is very important that:

  • You notify us immediately if your child tests positive to COVID-19
  • Staff and students are to remain home if:
    • they are unwell.
    • they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms (even if symptoms are mild)
    • any other member of the household has COVID-19
    • they are a close contact for a person who has COVID-19 and are required to quarantine
  • All Staff and students will be required to wear a face mask while indoors at the College. The only exception is for staff where a mask is impeding their ability to communicate whilst teaching.

Classroom Contact of a person with COVID-19
If a student or teacher in your child’s class tests positive for COVID-19, your child will be deemed a classroom contact and the following will occur:

  • We will notify all parents in that class of the positive case.
  • All students without symptoms can continue attending school. No rapid antigen testing will be required.

Any teacher who is in a classroom with a student or colleague who tests positive will undertake 7 days of daily rapid antigen testing. They will continue to attend the College with a negative test result.

Additional Recommendations for Classroom Contacts of a positive COVID-19 case
Classroom contacts should avoid the following between days 1 to 7 of exposure:

  • Attending extra-curricular activities for 7 days (such as camps, excursions, interschool sport, combined choir etc – most of these activities have been already been temporarily suspended until week 4).

Classroom contacts should do the following to minimise risk to others, when outside of the College setting between days 1 to 14 of exposure:

  • Avoid high risk settings or COVID Management Plan events
  • Wear a mask around others and outside the home
  • Avoid contact with vulnerable people outside of your workplace or family, where possible
  • Avoid non-essential activities where possible (e.g. where there are a lot of people, inside, in close contact)
  • Avoid shared spaces and maintain physical distance.

Students who have Worked 1:1 with a COVID Positive Staff Member
The College will plan to significantly minimise the need to have students working with staff in circumstances where they are indoors, in close proximity and where face masks are not able to be worn.

Any student who has worked 1:1 with a COVID positive staff member (more than 15 minutes, indoors, in close proximity and where face masks are not able to be worn) will be asked to complete 7 days of rapid antigen testing. The test should be taken each morning before attending the College. The College will provide you with the testing kits at no charge. Students who test positive must not attend school.

Alternatively, if you do not want your child to complete the 7-day testing protocol, they must quarantine for 7 days. In these circumstances, access and engagement with Charis will be the primary tool for a student’s learning.

At this stage, these arrangements will be in place until Week 4 of Term 1. This may be reviewed or adjusted if and when necessary, and the College will continue to provide regular Community Updates during the term.

Term 1 Commencing Dates for Students in 2022, Events and Activities and Minimising the Spread of Covid 19
Please refer the Community Update #1 sent to families of Tuesday 18 January.

Online Learning Protocols (Year 9, 10 and 11)
Included with this Update is a one page attachment with details on how students will engage with online learning. This provides information on staying connected, planning learning, mindset and wellbeing support. All Year 9, 10 and 11 students are expected to engage with learning in Home Group from 8:45am and all scheduled lessons via Microsoft Teams each day.

On site Supervision for students in Years 9, 10 and 11 during first two weeks of Term
If parents/caregivers are required to attend their workplace and are considered an essential worker, or you do not have any other appropriate supervision for your children, students in Year 9,10 and 11 can attend the College from Wednesday 2, February. We will provide supervision whilst they complete their online learning. An EdSmart form to indicate attendance will be sent to families this week.

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield[a] and the horn[b] of my salvation, my stronghold.” Psalm 18:2

Thank you for your understanding and support.

Yours sincerely

Craig Fielke
Principal


18/01/22

Dear parents/caregivers,

The Premier, the Hon Steven Marshall and the Chief Public Health Officer, Professor Nicola Spurrier, have recommended a range of changes to the start of the 2022 school year in order to help minimise the peak of COVID-19 cases in South Australia and undue strain on the SA Health system.

Consequently, there will be a staged return to Cornerstone College over the first two weeks of Term 1. This staged return will be structured to ensure the most effective transition for each year level. As recommended, face-to-face (on site) learning will occur for Year 7, 8 and 12 students, and online learning will be provided for all other year levels (Year 9, 10 and 11 students) until Friday, 11 February.

If parents/caregivers are required to attend their workplace and are considered an essential worker, or you do not have any other appropriate supervision for your children, students in Year 9,10 and 11 can attend the College from Wednesday 2, February. We will provide supervision whilst they complete their online learning. An EdSmart form will be sent to families prior to the beginning of term to indicate attendance.

Due to the complexities of facilitating two distinctly different learning modes, if you choose to keep your Year 7, 8 or 12 child/ren at home, or if they are required to isolate, online learning will not be offered.

Year 11 students that are undertaking a Year 12 subject will be required to attend the College for these face-to-face classes. These students will be able to travel to and from the College for these lessons. Alternatively, these students can remain at the College to continue their Year 11 online learning for the remainder of the day. Please note that if students are of driving age and transporting themselves to the College they will need to collect and complete the appropriate documentation from Senior School Student Reception as soon as possible.

There will also be some critical transition events for other students as outlined below.

2022 Term 1 Commencement Dates

Commencement DateLocationYear LevelTimes
Monday, 31 JanuaryOn siteNew Year 10 & 11 students11.30am-12.15pm
Tuesday, 1 FebruaryOn siteYear 7 students 8.40am-3.15pm
Tuesday, 1 FebruaryOn siteNew Year 8 & 9 students8.40am-1.05pm
Tuesday, 1 FebruaryOn siteYear 10 Welcome to Senior School

More information will be provided directly to families in the next week (24 - 28 Jan)
8.40am-3.15pm
Tuesday, 1 FebruaryOn siteYear 12 Retreat Day.

More information will be provided directly to families in the next week (24 - 28 Jan)
8.45am-3.15pm
Wednesday, 2 FebruaryOff siteOnline learning begins for Year 9, 10 & 11* students.

(*Year 11 students undertaking a Year 12 subject are required on site)
8.45am-3.15pm
Wednesday, 2 FebruaryOn siteFace to face learning for Year 7, 8 & 12 students8.45am-3.15pm
Monday, 14 FebruaryOn siteReturn of face-to-face learning for ALL Year levels

 

Second Hand Uniform Shop
The Second Hand Uniform Shop will open as planned on Thursday, 20 January and Tuesday, 25 January from 9.00am–4.00pm in inbarendi. No appointment required. Masks must be worn at all times. Please do not attend the College if you are feeling unwell or have any COVID-19 symptoms.

Collection of Semester 1 Textbooks
Textbooks are an important tool for learning, including online learning. Students in Year 7 and 8 will collect any required textbooks when they begin onsite learning, whilst Year 12 students collected their textbooks at the end of 2021. Year 10 students will collect their books during the “Welcome to Senior School Day’ on Tuesday, 1 February.

Students in Years 9 and 11 can collect their textbooks from Anakalypsi between 8.45am-4.00pm on the following days:

  • Thursday, 27 January
  • Friday, 28 January
  • Monday, 31 January

Masks must be worn at all times. Please do not attend the College if you are feeling unwell or have any COVID-19 symptoms. Year 11 and 12

VET Studies
We are waiting on official communication from the VET sector on their response to the recommendations from the SA Government. Any changes to student VET programs will be communicated to students and their families as soon as information is received by the College.

Events and Activities
Large gatherings such as chapels, assemblies, and other events (camps, excursions, interschool sport trials and competitions) will be postponed until at least week 4 of Term 1 (from Monday, 21 February). The Middle School Swimming Carnival scheduled for Friday, 11 February is postponed. If an alternative date is not possible this may unfortunately be cancelled. The following specific parent events currently scheduled below to occur in Week 1-3 will be postponed or offered in an alternative format:

  • Tuesday, 1 February: Year 7 Welcome to Middle School
  • Wednesday, 2 February: Year 8 Information Evening
  • Thursday, 3 February: VET Fitness Parent Information Evening
  • Tuesday, 8 February: Year 10 Information Evening
  • Wednesday, 16 February: Parent Evening to meet Year 12 Teachers

Minimising the Spread of COVID-19
Based on SA Health advice, the following measures will remain in place to minimise the spread of COVID-19:

  • Please keep your child/ren home if they are unwell, even if symptoms are mild
  • Masks will be required for all adults when indoors, except if it is hindering our staff’s ability to communicate effectively while teaching.
  • Masks are strongly recommended for students when indoors.
  • Natural ventilation will be maximised by leaving doors/windows open, continued use of air conditioning (set to fresh air intake) and/or fans.
  • Outdoor learning will be in place where appropriate.
  • Physical distancing requirements will be maintained where possible.
  • Daily cleaning of the College facilities and common areas.
  • Non-essential visitors will be limited on site.

There is also an expected update from the SA Government this week to provide greater clarity regarding close contact and Covid positive protocols as it relates to educational settings.

Wellbeing
Be assured that we will continue to prioritise the health and wellbeing of our school community as we plan for the start of the school year. We acknowledge that these changes and the current circumstances may have an impact on the mental health and wellbeing of our young people. It is important to continue to monitor the wellbeing of your child/ren and take the time to listen to them about how they are feeling each day. Look for ongoing changes in their behaviour as this may indicate that they may be struggling and need some assistance.

If you are concerned about how your child/ren is coping with the return to school in the first instance please contact their Home Group Teacher who will be able to offer initial support and then may refer to the Learning or Wellbeing Team where required.

If you have ongoing concerns about the wellbeing and mental health of your child/ren or your own wellbeing, please seek support through your family GP or the additional supports listen below.

The College appreciates your ongoing support and understanding. A further update will be provided during next week.

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” – Deuteronomy 31:8

Yours sincerely

Craig Fielke
Principal


04/08/21

Dear Parents/Caregivers and Students

COVID 19 Community Information No 26

Following and in line with the latest direction and advice from SA Health, the College will begin to adjust restrictions for day-to-day activities from Thursday, 5 August as follows:

College Events and Activities

The following activities will resume:

  • Whole school Assemblies, Chapels and House Meetings
  • Camps and excursions within South Australia (with appropriate risk assessment)
  • School sports including Interschool and Knock Out sport competitions
  • All extracurricular activities (including instrumental music)
  • Choir and dance rehearsals within the College
  • Performances and concerts providing:
    • Density requirements and physical distancing requirements are met by all attending adults
    • Masks are worn by adults and students who are not performing
    • All attendees are encouraged to COVID SAfe check in.

Mask Wearing

The requirement for masks to be worn indoors remains in place until further notice. Students and staff are required to provide their own masks.

Masks are required to be worn by:

  • All students and staff whilst indoors.
  • Anyone whilst using bus or public transport to/from the
  • All visitors to the

The following exemptions from face mask use apply:

  • Staff when teaching or engaging with students in
  • During PE lessons
  • All staff and students when
  • Students (where families have negotiated with the College) or staff who have a medical condition, such as problems with their breathing, a serious skin condition on the face, a disability, or a mental health.

Senior School Subject Information

All 2022 Senior School families should now have received an email and link to the Charis page outlining 2022 Subject Selection information.

Please note, information regarding the Lunchtime Subject Expos for students and due dates for forms have been emailed. At this stage, we are proceeding with plans for the onsite Year 11 and 12, 2022 subject selection interviews with students and families. Details will be provided closer to Week 5 and will be dependent on further advice from SA Health next week.

Year 12 Formal

The date of the Year 12 Formal is now confirmed and will take place at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Saturday, 18 September.

We are aware that this date potentially clashes with the Hills Football League Grand Final, and as such will commence the Pre-Formal at 5.30pm.

We have consulted with the Adelaide Convention Centre to ensure that there is compliance to expected restrictions. We have also considered all possibilities and potential date clashes with the College calendar, community events and exam and assessment schedules, and it was determined that 18 September was the only viable date.

Further information will be emailed to Year 12 families this afternoon.

Other Specific Events

  • Cabaret (originally scheduled for Friday, 10 September) will be replaced by the following two performance evenings at 7pm:
  • Tuesday, 7 September – Choirs Showcase Year 12 vocal soloist
  • Thursday, 9 September – Bands Showcase incl. Year 12 instrumental soloists Further information regarding these two events will be distributed soon
  • 2022 Transition Information Evenings, rescheduled for Monday, 30 August and Wednesday, 1 September
  • PT&F meeting, Wednesday, 1 September is.

Students Absent from the College – Directed Quarantine/isolation

Arrangements through Charis for online learning are available for students that have been directed to remain in quarantine. Please contact the College to make the necessary arrangements so we can continue to assist with your child/children’s learning.

Health Protocols

As a College, we will continue to enact the recommendations and directives of SA Health to ensure the safety and wellbeing of staff and students. It is important we all continue to follow the social and hygiene protocols and practices and monitor our own health.

It also remains essential that staff, students, and others do not enter the College grounds if they are unwell and that they get tested for COVID-19 if they have any of the following symptoms, even if mild:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhoea and vomiting.

For further updates and information please refer to www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.” Psalm 23: 1 – 3a

Yours sincerely

Craig Fielke
Principal


27/07/21

Dear Parents/Caregivers and Students

COVID 19 Community Information No 25

Further to the information provided from this morning’s SA Government update, the Stay at Home Direction will be lifted from midnight tonight and the College will return to normal classroom activities from tomorrow, Wednesday, 28 July.

Mandatory Mask Wearing

This morning, The Association of Independent Schools of South Australia (AISSA) received communication from the Chief Public Health Officer, Professor Nicola Spurrier. Professor Spurrier has advised that due to the “biological nature of the virus combined with human behaviour, there is considered a real risk of further COVID-19 transmission in the South Australian community” with the New South Wales outbreak also remaining a serious and ongoing concern. A key protection that allows South Australians to return to our normal daily activities while these risks remain is the use of face masks. When the lockdown period ends at 12.01am Wednesday, 28 July 2021, masks will be required in a range of settings including all indoor public areas.

Based on this advice and other specific directives, the following protocols will be enacted at Cornerstone College from Wednesday 28, July and until further notice:

Mask are required to be worn by:

  • All students (including Year 7 students as they are onsite with Year 8 – 12 students) and staff whilst indoors.
  • Staff in meeting rooms when present with other adults, and not eating and drinking.
  • Anyone whilst using bus or public transport to/from the College
  • All visitors to the College.

Whilst students and staff are expected to provide their own masks, the College has a limited supply of masks available if required.

Students will need to carry a mask with them and wear it indoors.

Disposable masks should be disposed at the end of the day. Cloth masks should be washed each day.

The following exemptions from face mask use apply:

  • Staff when teaching or engaging with students in class.
  • During PE lessons.
  • All staff and students when outside.
  • Students (where families have negotiated with the College) or staff who have a medical condition, such as problems with their breathing, a serious skin condition on the face, a disability, or a mental health condition.

Access to College Grounds 

We will continue to minimise parents, volunteers, and non-urgent service providers entering the College site. Any parent/teacher meetings will be held online or by phone. TAFE and VET blocks for students will continue.

College Events and Activities

The following adjustments will be made until the end of Week 4, with a weekly review of these adjustments:

  • Whole school Assemblies, Chapels and House Meetings will be cancelled.
  • Camps and excursions will be postponed
  • Sport and physical education activities at the college will continue.
  • Interschool and Knock Out sport competitions have been postponed until further notice.
  • Instrumental lessons will continue as part of curriculum delivery as scheduled.
  • We are awaiting further advice relating to band practice, drama performances, dancing and singing. At this stage, classroom music and drama rehearsals can continue with students wearing masks unless they need to remove it to play an instrument.
  • The second hand uniform shop will be open by appointment only. Appointments must be made prior to arriving on site. Visitors are required to wear masks.

Specific Events

  • 5,15 and 25 Old Scholar Reunion has been postponed
  • Senior School Subject Information Night scheduled for Monday, August 2 is cancelled as an on-site event. An alternative online resource is currently being developed by the Learning Area Leaders. The students and families of Year 10, 11 and 12, 2022 will be provided with access to this by the beginning of Week 3.
  • VET 2022 information interviews will continue online
  • PT&F meeting, Wednesday, 4 August is cancelled.
  • 2022 Transition Information Evenings, currently scheduled for Monday, 9 August and Thursday, 12 August, will be postponed, with the new date to be advised.

Students Absent from the College – Directed Quarantine/isolation

Arrangements through Charis for online learning are available for students that have been directed to remain in quarantine. Please contact the College to make the necessary arrangements so we can continue to assist with your child/children’s learning.

Health Protocols

As a college, we will continue to enact the recommendations and directives of SA Health to ensure the safety and wellbeing of staff and students. It is important we all continue to follow the social and hygiene protocols and practices and monitor our own health.

It also remains essential that staff, students, and others do not enter the college grounds if they are unwell and that they get tested for COVID-19 if they have any of the following symptoms, even if mild:

  • fever or chills
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny nose
  • shortness of breath
  • loss of taste or smell
  • diarrhoea and vomiting

Please continue to also reference information provided in previous Community Updates over the last week that has not been replaced by specific updates provided today.

“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” – Deuteronomy 31:8

Yours sincerely

Craig Fielke
Principal


26/07/21

Dear Parents/Caregivers and Students

COVID 19 Community Information No 24

here has been some very encouraging news from today’s SA Government update and advice from SA Health.

Based on the latest information and direction, the College will return to normal operations on Wednesday, 28 July.

This will be confirmed via an email after tomorrow’s SA press conference and will be based on whether there are no unlinked cases overnight.

For further updates and information please refer to www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

I wish to thank our college community for the understanding, care and support provided over the last week.

Senior School Information Evening – Week 3, Monday, 2 August

Unfortunately, it will not be possible to run this event face-to-face given SA Health directives. However, we realise it is important to provide clear and pertinent information for families, as students prepare to choose their subjects for Senior School 2022. The Learning Team is meeting to formulate a way to provide this information to families online. Information will be forwarded to students and parents in Year 9, 10 and 11 later this week so they can continue to prepare for 2022 subject selections.

Health Protocols

As a college, we will continue to enact the recommendations and directives of SA Health to ensure the safety and wellbeing of staff and students. It is important we all continue to follow the hygiene protocols and monitor our own health. It remains essential that staff, students, and others do not enter the school grounds if they are unwell and that they get tested for COVID-19 if they have any of the following symptoms, even if mild:

  • fever or chills
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny nose
  • shortness of breath
  • loss of taste or smell
  • diarrhoea and vomiting

SA Health self-isolation and self-quarantine advice for COVID-19 (as per SA Health website)

In the instance where self-isolation or self-quarantine has been directed by SA Health, it is imperative the following is adhered to:

Who needs to be in self-quarantine or self-isolation?

People waiting for their COVID-19 test result.
After a person has had a COVID-19 test, they must stay in self-quarantine/self-isolation until they receive a negative result if they have symptoms or if they are required to under a Direction.

People who have been directed to self-quarantine must remain in quarantine until the end date provided by SA Health, even if they receive a negative test result.

Close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case
People who have been advised they are a close contact or a casual contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case must stay in self-quarantine until the date provided to them by COVID Operations at SA Health.

People who have tested positive for COVID-19
A person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 (and doesn’t need to be in hospital) must stay in self-isolation until they are cleared by SA Health to leave self-isolation.

The following link has more details about vaccinations: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/public+content/sa+health+internet/conditions/infectious+dis eases/covid-19/vaccine/covid-19+vaccinations

“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” – Romans 15:4

Yours sincerely

Craig Fielke
Principal


 23/07/21 

Dear Parents/Caregivers and Students 

COVID 19 Community Information No 23 

As the lockdown continues, we are grateful for your support and impressed in the overall attitude of our students to embrace the online learning and to engage purposefully with each other and their studies. At this stage, there has been hopeful news from SA Health, and we will continue to monitor the situation and encourage families to also do the same. For further updates and information on current restrictions and directives, please refer to
www.covid-19.sa.gov.au 

College Re-opening 

At this stage, and unless otherwise advised, the College will return to normal operations on Wednesday, 28 July. 

Children of Emergency and Essential Workers – Formal Notice Required 

If you have not already done so, or your circumstances have changed, please advise the College as soon as possible should you require supervision of Cornerstone College students of parents engaged in emergency or essential work (this is defined on the SA Health website) within normal school hours over the College closure. 

Please return/update the EdSmart form that was emailed to all families on Tuesday, 20 July. 

Adelaide Hills Careers Expo 

The Adelaide Hills Career Expo has been postponed until early September. Further details will be provided in due course. 

Year 12 Parent-Teaching Interviews 

Whilst the face-to-face interviews have been cancelled, by the end of Week 2, Year 12 teachers will contact families who booked an interview. 

Year 12 Formal 

We have tentatively confirmed Saturday, 18 September as an alternative option and will work with the Adelaide Convention Centre and Formal Committee regarding the proposed new date. 

Other College Events 

All camps, excursions, and internal workshops/seminars that had been organised to occur before the end of Week 2, have been postponed. Further details of new arrangements will be forthcoming into next week. 

Senior School 2022 Subject Selection Procedures 

Students, Parents and Caregivers of Year 9, 10 and 11 were emailed the 2022 Course Guide on Thursday, July 22. This email contained information on the upcoming subject selection processes. Changes to event formats have been indicated. If you do not believe you received this email as a parent/caregiver of a Year 9, 10 or 11 student/s, please check your junk mail first, otherwise contact Mrs Karen White, Curriculum Support Officer on [email protected] Further changes, if necessary, will be communicated in future Community Updates. 

Connections Newsletter 

Connections newsletter will be delayed with the first edition of Term 3 to be received by Friday 6, August. 

Wellbeing 

As well as monitoring your own wellbeing continue to monitor the wellbeing of your child/ren and take the time to listen to them about how they are feeling each day. Look for ongoing changes in their behaviour as this may indicate that they may be struggling and need some assistance. 

It is important to ensure that you and your child/ren are getting enough sleep, staying hydrated, eating healthy and finding time for at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day. 

If you are concerned about the wellbeing and mental health of your child/ren or your own wellbeing, please seek support through your family GP or the additional supports listen below. 

  • 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

A further update will be provided to the community by Monday, 26 July. Thank you for your continued support and understanding. 

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6 

Yours sincerely 

Craig Fielke
Principal


20/07/21 – 4.30PM

Dear Parents/Caregivers and Students

COVID 19 Community Information No 22

In response to today’s SA Government announcement of a statewide 7 Day Stay-at-Home Order, commencing at 6.00pm Tuesday 20 July, the College will operate as follows:

  • Wednesday, 21 July to Tuesday, 27 July College closure
  • Wednesday, 28 July College will operate as normal (unless advised otherwise)

Student Learning

Tomorrow, Wednesday, 21 July, there will be no formal engagement with student learning. This is to allow staff to arrange their own personal and family circumstances and to prepare for online learning from Thursday, 22 July. More information specific to your child/ren’s learning will follow shortly.

We value and trust the staff professional judgement of our staff 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 directly via email during school hours as they will still be accessing Charis and email from home.

Children of Emergency and Essential Workers – Formal Notice Required

In exceptional circumstances, where there is no reasonable alternative, the College will provide supervision of Cornerstone College students of parents engaged in emergency or essential work (this is defined on the SA Health website) within normal school hours over the College closure.

To assist in limiting movement within the community, the College requests that all other alternatives are carefully considered before accessing this option. If you do need to access this option, students are only to be at the college on the days that you are working in your emergency or essential job.

To assist the College in planning for on-site supervision, an EdSmart form will be emailed to all families this afternoon to complete and electronically return to the College by COB Wednesday, 21 July.

The College will also provide a skeleton staff for any children of emergency or essential workers who need supervision tomorrow, Wednesday, 21 July. Please email our Learning Director, Julie Sampson [email protected] today if you require this support.

Postponement of College Events

All previously scheduled Cornerstone events scheduled during the Stay-at-Home Order will no longer proceed. We will provide further details on the alternative arrangements of all internal events in due course.

  • Year 12 Formal: We have tentatively confirmed Saturday, 18 September as an alternative option and will work with the Adelaide Convention Centre and Formal Committee regarding the proposed new date.
  • Adelaide Hills Careers Expo: An alternative date is yet to be decided. More information will be forthcoming.

Student and Community Wellbeing

The wellbeing of our community is more important than ever. Genuine care, compassion, love and empathy towards each other is what is needed at this time.

The announcements made today regarding the State-wide lockdown may impact the wellbeing of your child. It is normal for your child to experience and express a range of potentially difficult feelings over the coming hours, days and weeks. Expected emotions may 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 as parents/caregivers) permission to feel each one as it comes. Allowing emotions, especially the difficult/uncomfortable ones is what really helps us in challenging times.

If you are concerned about the wellbeing and mental health of your child/ren or your own wellbeing please seek support through your 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

Student Counselling Appointments

Students with counselling appointments during the college closure will receive an email from the counselling team to ascertain if they still wish to continue with their appointment via phone. Please ensure your child checks their email and responds to this.

ICT Support Services

For ICT Services support over the school closure please use the usual email support: [email protected]

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

A further update will be provided to the community by Friday, 23 July. Thank you for your support and understanding.

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

Yours sincerely,

Craig Fielke
Principal


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,

Craig Fielke
Principal


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 [email protected]one.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 [email protected].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
Principal


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 [email protected] 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 [email protected]

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

Yours sincerely,

Craig Fielke
Principal