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From the Principal – Welcome to Term 3

Dear parents, guardians and families of our ASHS community,

Welcome back to term 3 which we hope will not hold any surprises. I do hope that families have had the opportunity to enjoy a school holiday break while exercising the freedom that we are all experiencing in our Phase 4 eased restrictions.

At the end of Term 2 the State Government gave schools instructions that enable us to move to more flexibility in our school activities while still considering the new normal continuing precaution of good hygiene practices and sensible physical distancing. I have no doubt that we will continue to evolve however cautiously forward in the coming months.

The Minister has outlined that; we have some way to go before schools are completely back to business as usual, while continuing to follow the very best health advice.

I would like to acknowledge our parents and families for the good will that they have shown us when processes are not always running smoothly. Thank you for your encouragement and support. I would also like to thank all staff for their continued commitment, flexibility and resilience to the many twists and turns that have been actioned. We continue to be in good shape and it is a good time to be a Western Australian! We are also fortunate to be in a profession that has been able to support students and our broader community in a very complex time.

When students return to school on Tuesday 21st July, we will be encouraging students to continue with our term 2 hygiene and social distancing practices.  These will be outlined to students on Tuesday morning and will not come as any surprise as they are our new normal in these times.

At a time when our world is changing we do need to look forward to some optimism. Our state is in a reasonable position and it would appear that there is a Federal Government’s investment in Future employment. I will not go into a lot of detail but the current situation will create some different employment opportunities for students both via university studies with a reduction in course costs for shortage and focus areas, and opens many doors in the area of Vocational Education and Training.  This is a very important message for our communities and students as it is a point of optimism in a time where there remains some uncertainty.  We will certainly provide details as they become available and hope to have this discussion with students and parents in the near future.

I trust that we may finally have a term that runs on a more even keel, as we continue to work through complex challenges in partnership, as strong communities do.


20th July 2020