The staff of Fremantle College are looking forward to welcoming back our students to our first day for 2021 on Monday 8 February.
As you are aware there are a few changes to our operational guidelines this week due to the COVID-19 restrictions that have been put in place across the metropolitan area.
Whilst we are working to minimise the impact on staff and students, we do ask for your help and support to make sure we have a smooth start to the year.
From Monday students and staff will be required to wear masks at school, as well as in the wider community. It is expected that each student will take personal responsibility for ensuring that they have a mask and comply with the government directions regarding them. We have a limited supply of masks for students who have been unable to get access one this week. If you have any concerns about your child wearing a mask, please contact the relevant Student Services staff member.
It is important for students to continue to follow good hygiene practices by regularly washing hands and using hand sanitiser.
Students in Health and Physical Education classes this term will be swimming and should be prepared with the required equipment. Masks are not required when swimming or participating in physical activity in H&PE classes.
It would be greatly appreciated if you could talk to your child about the wearing of masks to prepare them for the week ahead.
We will be starting the day with Year group assemblies at the locations below at 8:35am where they will be given their timetables and other important information to start the year.
o Year 7: Front Lawn West (Janelle Mittonette/ Anthony Cochrane)
o Year 8: Hall (Trish Panikoula/ David Winter)
o Year 9: Café quad (Amelia Wilson/Peter Kennington)
o Year 10: Performing Arts Centre (Paul Andrews/Mark Jeffery)
o Year 11: Library (Sarah Hopley/ Carla Del Borello)
o Year 12: Staffroom (Emma Walker)
The Year 12 Retreat due to take place on Monday has been postponed to a later date and the Year 7 Big Day In program has been modified to one day. Year 7 students should come prepared to participate in either their college polo shirt or faction top, enclosed shoes and hat; their formal timetable will begin on Tuesday 9 February.
Parents are welcome at the college, however on the first day we would like to avoid large gatherings on the college site. All visitors must sign in or use the COVID safe app at events. I would ask that parents drop students at one of the designated drop off points described below.
Please be aware that there are roadworks on Lefroy Road to the west of the college. We request that where possible parents drop students at the Annie Street (Recreation Centre) or Pass Crescent (Music Centre) entrances to the college. Activ Foundation has marked a drop off route in their car park to assist parents with dropping off their child safely. I would encourage all families dropping students by car to use these two entrances to the college as they are much quieter, safer and less congested than the Lefroy Road Entrance. If at all possible do not drive, walk or ride down Lefroy Road west or utilise the staff car park for drop offs as you will not be able to exit the car park due to traffic.
I am confident that our college community will work together to give our students a great start to the 2021 school year.
If you have any concerns regarding the start of the school year please contact your relevant Student Services staff member who will only be too happy to help you.
Our thoughts are with the families who have been dealing with the bush fires north of Perth this week. I know many of you will have offered your help and support to those people affected and will continue to help over the coming months.
I wish you all the best for the weekend and look forward to seeing you next week.