COVID-19 Updates

Posted : 19-Nov-2020

Please find below the most up-to-date and current information relating to the College's response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

From the Head of College
Friday 20 November

The Premier has announced that schools are to reopen on Monday. The expectation is that all students from Reception to Year 10 will return to the campus and complete their lessons as per their normal timetable on Monday.

We will not be offering an alternative home-based learning program.

OSHC will operate as usual.

Buses will be running as per usual from Monday 23 November and the canteen will be open with online orders available from Tuesday morning.

Year 10 examinations will go ahead as planned from Thursday 26 November. Students will attend their regular lessons on Monday and Tuesday with the schedule SWOTVAC on Wednesday 25 November.

Year 7 Orientation for new students will go ahead as planned on Tuesday 24 November.

Orientation for new and current students entering Year 6 and our new Junior School students will go ahead on Friday 27 November. A separate email with all of the details will be sent shortly to relevant families.

In regard to Year 9 Quest 3 Camp, we are awaiting confirmation from the Department of Health and SA Police. If it is to proceed, we would not be departing on Sunday morning but sometime next week. I will update families as soon as I possibly can.

Year 11 students will receive a new examination timetable for those exams that were due to take place on 19 and 20 November. Monday 23 November will be a SWOTVAC day for Year 11 students with the exams now taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday. Students will receive their new exam timetable via their email.

The Police Commissioner has announced that masks are recommended but not compulsory.

As the Chief Public Health Officer said, just because the hard lockdown is being lifted does not mean that the risks associated with COVID-19 have passed. As a result we will minimise the number of people coming and going from our site.

Wherever possible, please drop and collect your child at the gate and maintain the appropriate physical distance from other adults.

More information on excursions, events and sports will be sent in the coming days.

We thank you for your patience and understanding during what can only be described as extraordinary times!

Shannon Warren
Head of College

Virtual Learning
Thursday 19 November

Following the state-wide lockdown, we are returning to virtual learning from Monday 23 November. Please click here for the Virtual Learning Guide which has been prepared to support you and your child to navigate the online model the College has implemented.

Middle and Senior School students have been directly emailed with the most important points about the model, including the revised lesson times and a reminder of how their teachers will start lessons.

While we look forward to returning to face to face teaching as soon as it is safe to do so, we are confident that our staff are equipped to ensure that student learning continues over this period.

We also know how resilient our students are and that they will respond positively to the opportunities presented by this disruption to their normal routines.

The situation is ever-changing and we will update you on our plans for Wednesday 25 November and beyond as further directives are given from the Premier.

Kind regards 

Rachel McCall
Director of Quality Learning and Teaching       

Karen McCulloch
Leader of Learning and Teaching Junior School    

From the Head of College
Wednesday 18 November

You would no doubt be aware from media coverage that the Premier of South Australia has announced a hard lock down from midnight tonight for six days and then further restrictions for eight days will follow. This means that the College will close for most students throughout this time but will provide care/education for the children of essential workers and vulnerable students. 

Please note the following:

  • Buses will not run across this period (as per the directive from the Department of Health) and the Canteen will not be open.
  • Year 10 and 11 students will not complete their examinations at school. We are currently considering the viability of an alternative model
  • Thursday 19 November and Friday 20 November will be pupil free days for students but we will provide care for the children of essential workers and vulnerable children.
  • Remote learning will commence on Monday 23 November for all students no matter what location they are working from. The children of essential workers and vulnerable children will be able to work from the College and will be supervised.
  • Year 9 students currently on Quest 2 will be returned to Adelaide this evening. We will communicate with families directly once we have an estimated time of arrival.
  • Year 9 Quest 3 has been cancelled at this stage.
  • Orientation Days for all year levels have been postponed.

This is a challenging time and Woodcroft College will continue to be available to support you and your family. We are well prepared to work remotely. I will continue to provide regular updates so please continue to check your email for these.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all South Australians and with our community.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns you might have. My email address is [email protected].

Please click here to indicate if your child will require care and supervised learning for the known school closure days.

Shannon Warren
Head of College

From the Head of College 
Tuesday 17 November

Following my message yesterday, I can confirm the following:

  • Orientation Mornings for new and current students entering Year 6, new Year 7 students and new Junior School students will proceed. Families will be sent a contact tracing form to complete and bring with them on the day. Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide refreshments.
  • We are very pleased that Quest Three for our Year 9 students will go ahead as planned.
  • At this stage, all excursions will proceed, provided the venue that students are visiting does not cancel. We will notify families in these instances.
  • As previously advised, all interschool sport and all swimming lessons will be cancelled for the next two weeks.
  • Playgroup has been cancelled for the next two weeks.
  • All examinations for Year 10 and 11 students will proceed as normal.

We understand that there will be some disappointment surrounding the cancellation of events. We will try to give families as much notice as possible.

We appreciate your ongoing support and understanding during this uncertain time.

Shannon Warren
Head of College

From the Head of College 
Monday 16 November

South Australia has reintroduced a number of significant restrictions in response to a coronavirus cluster in Adelaide's northern suburbs. 

The following advice will impact on College events for the next two weeks:

  • Competitive sport and training cancelled (indoor and outdoor)
  • At all venues; one adult per four square metre rule applies
  • No stand-up hospitality permitted
  • The College will remain open unless we are directed to close

All co-curricular sport and training will be cancelled for the next two weeks R-12.

We will be postponing the Year 9 Quest Fest that was scheduled for Wednesday, 18 November. We will advise on the change of date once we know when the current restrictions will ease.

At this stage, 9DK and 9ET will remain on Quest Camp. We have weighed up the risk of them remaining on camp until their return on Saturday and maintain this is the best course of action as they are all on their final journey and we believe the risk is low. If a student does present with symptoms on camp, we will isolate them and remove them from the group. If the government direction changes, we will work with our bus providers to ensure a swift return of all students to Adelaide. We will advise in the coming days our plans for Quest 3.

If you have any of the below symptoms, even if mild, go to a testing clinic for a free COVID-19 test:

  • fever or chills
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny nose
  • shortness of breath
  • loss of taste or smell.

We ask that is your child is unwell, that you keep them at home. If they are awaiting a COVID result, we would request that a copy of the “Negative” result be provided to the College before they return to school.

Please expect that I will communicate regularly with you over the coming days with updates as the situation continues to unfold. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have an concerns or questions.

Shannon Warren
Head of College