COVID-19 Update

Week 10 – Pupil Free Week
In a move not seen in education before, schools have been moved to a Pupil Free week for this week. Schools are providing limited supervision for children of essential workers. We thank those people who are busy on the ‘frontline’ of this pandemic, particularly our doctors, nurses, health, aged and disability service workers, emergency service personnel and all others in essential work. Our advice remains that where possible, students do NOT attend school unless there is absolutely no other care arrangements that can be utilised. For the students of essential workers, we are offering Prep to Year 6 supervision in the Emmaus Centre with a variety of supervisors across the week. While the teachers are here at school, they have been thoroughly cleaning all classrooms, supplies and resources. They have also been busy ensuring that work is prepared in the event that after the Easter break, things have not improved or changed.

I read a powerful message on Twitter last week that I want to share part of it with you.
“School is not closed, the building is. If you listen closely you can hear the hum of hard-working teachers, admin and support staff preparing to save the day in ways and means never seen before.”

During the Easter break, please continue to monitor your emails and the school’s social media platforms for updated advice and information regarding Term 2.

SchoolTV Resource
BCE have just released access to SchoolTV for all primary schools. This has been a valuable resource for high schools and Guidance Counsellors for some time and was developed as an innovative resource to support schools and parents in addressing the modern-day issues affecting today’s youth. Spearheaded by renowned youth psychologist, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, SchoolTV has so far addressed over 30 major mental health and wellbeing topics with interviews from many of Australia’s leading specialists.

We live in a time of unprecedented challenges effecting parents, families, as well as our school staff. A more informed, educated and empowered community can deal much better with major issues such as stress, substance abuse, anxiety, online threats and more recently the Covid-19 pandemic. SchoolTV offers school communities a resource that’s easily accessible 24/7, 365 days a year.  You can access our School TV launch site at the following link: https:// stlukescapalaba.qld.schooltv.me


Last week a letter was emailed from BCE Acting Executive Director Doug Ashleigh, which outlined that BCE were currently investigating support for families impacted financially by COVID-19. Application for COVID-19 concession for Term Two and FAQs for parents. This information and concession form can be found on the parent portal. Any applications or questions can be forwarded to either Denita (dcastley@bne.catholic.edu.au) or our Finance Secretary Alfina (amiller@bne.catholic.edu.au).

Morning prayer idea at home
For anyone interested, Andrew Chinn, Australian Religious Songwriter, has begun to post short morning prayer video clips on YouTube (search: “Andrew Chinn morning prayer”). An example can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=HXTo2rzYKD8

Holy Week at home
Although we are unable to gather as a faith community at Mass this Easter season, there are plenty of other ways you can celebrate your faith and connect with the Catholic community.

  • Mass will be live-streamed from St. Stephen’s Cathedral Sunday through to Friday at www.archbne.org/bzw


Wishing you all a very safe, healthy and Holy Easter season.
May the hope of the Risen Lord be with each and everyone in this uncertain time.

Happy Easter
​Denita and Peta

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