College end-of-year events plan

THE following letter – sent to all parents and carers by Mr Harvey on September 11 – outlines the College’s plan for end-of-year events in 2020:

“We are all aware that 2020 has been a year like no other and will be forever remembered for the impact that the COVID-19 virus has had on us all. Our College community continues to adapt to the restrictions placed upon all of us, particularly as a school as we navigate this academic year.

Whilst  appreciating  that the restrictions have impacted members  of our  community  in different ways, many of us have been forced to make decisions about events in the future based on the pandemic  as it currently stands.

The most notable, with  regards to any future  events at the College, revolves around the extension  of Phase 4 restrictions and the  2m physical  distancing  requirements, by the Western Australian State Government until at least 24 October 2020.

As such, we provide  this overview of the significant end of year events that occur in Term 4, all of which celebrate the wonderful achievements of our students and giving thanks and gratitude for  what  we have shared. I appreciate  that  not  everyone  will  understand  the decisions we have made,however I hope that all will recognise that to be able to host these events at all, is a luxury that  not everyone can experience. It would  be devastating if we were forced to cancel or could not seek alternatives.

I have attempted to be concise with  these details, to capture the  main points  of change. Further details will be shared at an appropriate time to the relevant  parties involved.

College Community Day

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We were  devastated  that  restrictions  prevented  us from  hosting  our  annual and much-cherished St Norbert  Day and Harmony Day events. We have decided to hold a modified celebration on Friday, 16 October.  The program of the day will include a Liturgy of the Word, a House Assembly to farewell  respective Year 12 students from the House, a Book Week parade, a staff versus student  soccer match and a concert. Arrangements  for lunch and other finer details will be shared separately.

Year 12 Graduation Events

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As best as we can, the  College endeavours to  host the  following Graduation  events on Friday 23 October.  We apologise that an earlier communication suggested other arrangements however, the extension of the Phase 4 restrictions have forced us to amend our options.

  • Breakfast for  College staff  and Year 12 students  – commercially prepared  and individually packaged.
  • Graduation Assembly – to be held in the  Fr Peter O’Reilly Centre, with  limited tickets available to parents and families. This event will be live streamed through our College secure social media platforms.  Two of our student  year groups (year levels to be determined)  will be housed in the Xanten Theatre and other rooms, to accommodate the physical distancing requirements in the Fr Peter O’Reilly Centre.
  • Graduation Mass in the evening will  be followed by the  Graduation  Ceremony.

These special events will also be held in the Fr Peter O’Reilly Centre. Families will be required  to order tickets through TryBooking when available. There will be a limit  of 2 tickets maximum  per family of each graduating  student, as the floor plan and measurements do not allow for unlimited access. Unfortunately due to the COVID restrictions, we are unable to provide supper for families this year. The cost of packaging and serving the food under these conditions was too prohibitive.

Annual College Presentation Night

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The current  restrictions that  apply to  the  Perth Concert  Hall prohibit the  College from holding  our  Annual  College Presentation  Night  at  that  venue.  Unfortunately we  were unable to find a venue that could accommodate our College community and the format  of our evening at this point in time.

In an effort  to acknowledge  the achievements  of our students  and the gifts and talents of our  performers, we  have  investigated   and  made  a  decision  to  enlist  the  help  of  a professional   production  company   to   pre-record  this   event.   All   speeches,  student performances  and award presentations  will be packaged into  video format and able to be viewed  by students  and their  families online  at 7pm on Wednesday, 28 October (the original time determined for this event). Further details will be shared regarding access to this publication.

In closing, our College value of community is one which gives us great pride at St Norbert College. Whilst these events cannot be as we’ve come to expect, and perhaps are not what we would  normally  appreciate  as members  of such a great community, we feel that  the formats  chosen are a far better  option than to cancel.

We  hope that all members of our community understand and appreciate the disappointment in making such decisions. We do however, welcome  feedback so that, if we are unfortunately in a similar position in 2021, we may be able to make adjustments.”