With this in mind, we are working through a gradual return to co-curricular activities as the Government
updates its advice on further easing of restrictions.
Over the coming weeks, you will begin
to see some senior teams returning to training under strict controls about group size and the use of shared
facilities. In the longer term, we remain optimistic that most Winter sports competitions will resume
in Term 3.
It is also great to see that our bands and ensembles have begun rehearsing with
some variations depending upon the size of the group.
Day-to-day school activities
Large gatherings for assemblies and the like are still not permitted.
Likewise, excursions have either been cancelled or postponed.
On a positive note, we have
begun planning with our Year 12 students for the Principal's Ball and Year 12 Retreat to be held in Term
3. Likewise, we have all enjoyed watching our Junior School boys create new games and outdoor play while
some of our structured games club activities are not possible at present.
Finally, on the subject
of COVID-19 restrictions, an international colleague reminded me this week that Rostrevor, along with
CBC and St Paul's, were among the first Edmund Rice schools in the world to return to face-to-face teaching.
It is also sobering to learn that, while we were concerned about internet connections and the like,
many of our international colleagues are trying to provide distance learning and care under much more
difficult circumstances. From our privileged position here in SA, we are delighted to be able to
share some of our experience and planning tools for re-opening schools safely with counterparts across
Best wishes for the week ahead. I hope that as each week passes you are seeing
signs of hope that life is gradually returning to normal.