Wednesday 25 March 2020

Wednesday 25 March 2020 

Details of how Somerville House will operate for the remainder of the term:    

Somerville@HOME Protocols for students and parents were communicated with parents and students via email.  

The anticipation surrounding the unfolding Australian Federal Government’s mandated responses to COVID-19 has created new challenges for us all.  We aware of the impact that this situation is having on students, parents and teachers alike.  Thank you again, for your ongoing understanding that our decision-making is in response to changing information. 

Our priorities remain the health, wellbeing and safety of our school community, while maintaining the high-quality provision of education for our students. 

For Junior School parents,  please refer to the communication that you have received from the Head of Junior School concerning the student free days and the specific details of Somerville@HOME in the Junior School.   

Student free days – Senior School students only

If your family does not have alternative care arrangements for your daughter, and you are planning for your daughter to attend school this Thursday, Friday and next Monday (26, 27 and 30 March), please note the following information:

  • the drop-off and pick-up procedures remain as per usual.
  • the girls should wear sports uniform/house shirt.
  • all students should assemble on the School oval at 8.25am each morning.
  • there will be no tuckshop available, so please provide morning tea and lunch.
  • students should bring their own stationery, reading materials, activities and school-provided laptop each day to assist with good hygiene practices.

Please note: we will enforce our current mobile phone guidelines during these three days.

Assessment and Somerville@HOME – Senior School students only

At today’s Pandemic Management Meeting, a decision was made that all test-based assessment has been put on hold until further notice. All assignments still need to be submitted electronically, where possible.  For subjects where this may not be possible, the teacher will provide your daughter with alternative arrangements for submission. 

For students who have remained at home until this point in time, assessment can be completed at a later date for feedback purposes only.  Specifically, for Years 11 or 12, if a student has any in-class assessments during her absence, she will be required to sit the comparable assessment task (in line with QCAA requirements), on her return.