Update 3rd March:
The Gate 2 pick up zone congestion has been exacerbated by the damage caused by Cyclone Marcia. Our best laid plans of opening Gate 3 were stymied by the poorly timed tree removal by our contractors. I am sorry for this. I hope Gate 3 will be functional today (Tuesday 3rd March). We will continue to release the Year 7 - 9 boys from 2.47pm in the hope that some traffic may move earlier. If you are able to delay the collection of your son by 10 - 15 minutes this will assist with traffic flow. Thank you for your patience.
Also, the Tuckshop will re-open from tomorrow, Wednesday 4th March.
- There will be reduced access to the College as Gate 1 will be closed for an extended period. Boarding families arriving from 2pm Sunday will need to use Gate 2. It would be prudent for boys not to ride bikes to school until further notice. For pedestrian traffic, we will run a shuttle bus between Gate 1 and 2. Gate 2 will cater for traffic as normal but we acknowledge that this becomes congested especially in the afternoon. Our response to this congestion will be twofold. A temporary drop off/pick up zone has been created near the cricket nets which can be accessed via Gate 3. Also, Period 6 classes will finish 10 minutes earlier for Year 7 - 9 students. These students can be collected from 2.47pm and we urge parents to be punctual. Hopefully these temporary measures will address traffic concerns.
- The tuckshop is not yet operating; Day boys will need to bring their lunch and morning tea. Please note that a sausage sizzle will be held on Monday for lunch as we recognise that cooking facilities have been limited for some families.
- Monday morning will start with PC and a short assembly. A significant proportion of the 300 acres on which the school is set will be out of bounds for the boys. We believe few classes will be interrupted with the exception of Rural Operations and Agriculture. The out of bounds areas will be clearly delineated for the boys at this assembly along with all of the necessary adjusted arrangements.
- The Heads of Department in conjunction with the teaching staff will apply some of, or all of the following processes to ensure your son is not disadvantaged by the recent events and that he can adequately meet his assessment requirements for the term.
*modify the assessment tasks to suit the lost contact time. This may mean that examinations have a reduced number of questions or concepts or that assignments are streamlined.
*extend the due dates for assignments or provide additional conferencing opportunities.
*review the mandatory requirements of the syllabus and identify specifically the assessment items which can be removed entirely.*teachers will edit the existing conferencing and due dates entered into the LMS and create new dates so that parents and students are aware of the changed deadlines.
- A number of calendared events are being rescheduled. The Year 7 Retreat and Camp will occur at a date yet to be established. The Parent Teacher teleconference was to be held on March 5th. These have been postponed to Wednesday 11th March. We will notify all of other adjusted dates ASAP.
- Sport will be disrupted. Mr Geoff Evans will publish information as it comes to hand. Water polo will proceed on Monday March 2nd.
- Yeppoon is still in recovery mode. There are limited accommodation and services available for parents bringing Boarders back. It is best to expect to leave Yeppoon again once you have brought your son in to his Residence.
- A significant number of people in the St Brendan's family have experienced trauma. We have engaged extra counselling staff for this week and strongly encourage your son to utilise this service. Please contact them if you wish us to approach your son. I have attached some information regarding responses to a traumatic experience.If any of you are struggling or need help in the wake of Cyclone Marcia, please let us know!Kind regards,Nick ScullyPrincipal
St Brendan's College is an EREA boys' Catholic Day and Boarding School in the Edmund Rice Tradition established in 1940 by The Christian Brothers. We are located by the sea on 300 acres of the Capricorn Coast Hinterland. We trust that you will explore our website and discover the extensive range of opportunities we offer our young men. By providing both Day and Boarding facilities, St Brendan's brings a diverse and dynamic Educational experience to our families.