COVID-19 Update 22

Roadmap for Return to Face-to-Face Learning

Dear Kuyper Families,

You may well have already heard in the media that the NSW Government has released a plan for a return to face-to-face learning with NSW Health-approved COVID-safe settings on school sites from 25 October. The following dates are what we are currently working towards.

  • From 25 October – Prep, Kindergarten and Years 1,2
  • From 1 November – Years 6 and 11
  • From 8 November – Years 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10.

Students in Year 12 and those completing their HSC are already able to return in a limited capacity, and this will continue for the remainder of Term 3. From 25 October, these students will also have full-time access to the school campus and their teachers.

Based on health advice, NESA is working to reschedule HSC exams to start on 9 November 2021. The revised exam timetable and COVID safe exam protocols are due to be released in early September.

HSC results will be released in mid-January, and universities are working to adjust their admissions processes to work with the situation.

All the above plans are, of course, open to variation should the situation change. For example, if positive COVID cases in our Local Government Area (LGA) exceed certain numbers, School@Home would resume again.

Although School is not the same without seeing the happy faces of students, parents and staff within the school’s gates, I have been encouraged by the resilience and positivity of our community during this time.

I have been impressed with the strength of character our seniors have displayed in persistently working throughout the trials that have come their way during the lockdowns and interruption to their studies. They are currently sitting their Trial Examinations. We remember them; please pray with us for them. 

I have also been excited to see the great work younger students have done responding to the challenge of Mr Hottinger’s request to create a simple Gospel video presentation. They still keep coming in. I look forward to watching every single one.

As Christians, we see a bigger picture beyond what is immediately before us. We know and have hope for the future, not expecting all things to be rosy but knowing our good God is sovereign over both the wonder and horror in our lives. We rest in that firm assurance.

Ian Shaw


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