Tuesday 5 May 2020

Following updated advice from health authorities and as announced by the Premier, from Monday 11 May 2020, Queensland students in Kindy, Prep, Year 1, Year 11 and Year 12 will return to their school and community kindergarten. From Monday 11 May, Somerville House will begin a phased return to on-campus learning, starting with students in Pre-Prep, Prep, Year 1, Year 11 and Year 12. Children of essential workers and vulnerable children in Years 2 to 10 will continue to be able to attend school for supervision. For students in Years 2 to 10, the current Somerville@HOME learning arrangements will remain in place. The Premier has advised that if low COVID-19 transmission rates continue, students in Years 2 to 10 will be able to return to school from Monday 25 May 2020. Somerville House will resume on-campus learning for Years 2 to 10, pending the review of continued low transmission rates and advice provided by the Chief Health Officer. 

Important Notification 

It is recognised that some parents may choose to keep their daughter(s) at home due to concerns about COVID-19.  It is the School’s intention to offer normal teaching arrangements on campus. It is not possible for the teacher to provide face to face teaching, as well as an alternative learning at home program, where parents elect to keep these students at home.   If parents choose to keep their daughter(s) at home, please notify the staff shown below by 5.00pm, Thursday 7 May to discuss how we can support you with the responsibility for your daughter’s learning at home:  

Hygiene Protocols

Somerville House staff will continue to implement strict hygiene practices to support the back to school-based learning transition. Such protocols include effective and regular hand washing, cough and sneeze etiquette, restricting visitors to the School and reminding you to notify the student absence line if your daughter will not attend school.

Parents and carers are asked to note the requirement for adults to maintain physical distancing of 1.5m at all times while on school grounds. Parents and carers should not gather in areas around the campus, such as carparks, at the school entry gates or outside classrooms during this time. Please make use of our stop, drop and go zone on the driveway loop via Gate 1 entry.

We will also implement additional cleaning practices to frequently clean high use touchpoints in and around the School.

Tuckshop and Uniform Shop

Separate communication will be provided regarding the planned opening of the Tuckshop and Uniform Shop.

Boarding Arrangements

Somerville House is working with the advice provided by the National Cabinet regarding the risk management for re-opening our boarding house.  At this stage, we are looking to implement a number of practical recommendations and plan to communicate with parents of our Year 11 and 12 boarders, as soon as those boarding details are finalised.

Student Absence

It is essential that you keep your daughter at home if she is unwell. In accordance with Queensland Health Directions parents or carers of any student showing signs of illness will be asked to collect them immediately from the School.

If your child is in Years 2 to 10, the teachers will continue to deliver the Somerville@HOME program, as they have since 31 March, to facilitate online learning.

Timetable arrangements

Students in Years 7 to 12 will continue with the recently amended Somerville@HOME timetable arrangement, allowing for the last lesson in session 7 to commence at 2.15pm.  This will allow for Year 11 and 12 students to choose to study on campus for session 7 or alternatively, they may sign out to leave for home at 2.15pm, thus allowing for staggered departures and reducing the volume of movement around our campus.

Further Updates

Our decision to resume face to face learning for Pre-Prep, Prep, Year 1, Year 11 and Year 12 is an important next step towards a phased return to our regular school routines and we will continue to update you as soon as any new information becomes available.

On behalf of all staff, Mrs Kiepe extends her our appreciation for the wonderfully encouraging feedback provided to our teachers and teacher aides over recent weeks.  Kim is grateful to parents and carers for their continued support and understanding during the adversity we are all experiencing.