We are closely monitoring the development of the COVID-19 coronavirus situation and are committed to following guidance provided by the relevant authorities.
The safety and wellbeing of our students and staff is a top priority and this page will be regularly updated to keep our school communities informed of developments.
Please note, effective Thursday 9 April 2020, we will be shifting from a daily update to a weekly update. This will be posted at 4pm every Thursday.
For current advice and information about affected schools, go to Catholic Schools NSW.
All up-to-date advice relating to the virus and travel can be found on the Australian Government Smart Traveller site. This provides information useful before you travel, while travelling and on your return.
For a daily update on COVID-19, please go to the Australian Government Department of Health website.
We recognise and understand the feelings of anxiety, distress and concern many people may be experiencing in relation to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and offer the following wellbeing advice.
The Australian Psychological Society has advice about maintaining positive mental health during the outbreak.
Talking to your child about COVID-19
School.tv has released a helpful short video that details how to talk to your child about the pandemic (suitable for primary and secondary students).
Queensland Government has a range of storybooks to read with younger children, these cover challenging topics such as sickness and natural disasters.
The Child Mind Institute has provided an article on Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus
Psychology Today has an overview on How to Talk to Kids and Teens About the Coronavirus
The Federation of Parents & Friends Association of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle has outlined additional online resources here.
Other available resources:
Headspace Newcastle is operated by Hunter Primary Care and is designed to provide tailored and holistic mental health support to 12 – 25 year olds. ‘How to cope with stress related to coronavirus’
eheadspace provides free online and phone support and counselling to young people 12 - 25 yrs and their families and friends. If you’re based in Australia and going through a tough time, eheadspace can help. You can talk 1-on-1 with an eheadspace clinician via an online chat, email or over the phone. You can also join group chats which cover a variety of helpful topics and are a great way to learn from other people’s experiences.
Kids Helpline is a telephone counselling support line for children and young people ages 5 to 25 and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Helpful information is available on their website for children and young people, parents and carers, schools and teachers.
Other reliable sources of information for maintaining good mental health include:
- BeyondBlue – Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak
- ReachOut – Ways to take care of yourself during coronavirus
We recommend the following information regarding online safety from the Australian Government eSafety Commissioner
- Online safety kit for parents and carers
- Keeping schools and learning safe online
- Protecting children from online abuse