Newsletter 15 March 2021
Dear Parents and Friends of Providence
Primary School Rebuild Update:
It is with great excitement that I can inform the Providence community that Phase One of the Primary School rebuild is set to go ahead imminently!
You can check out the fly-through of our new Primary School on our website here.
PHASE ONE: The complete build has been divided into two phases with Phase One commencing shortly and scheduled for completion during Term One, 2022.
- Upon completion of Phase One, the majority of our Primary School students will move into the new building.
- We will then commence de-commissioning and selling off the existing demountable classrooms to make way for Phase 2 which will be built over the current Senior Primary footprint.
PHASE TWO: God-willing, Phase Two will commence, seamlessly, after the completion of Phase One. In other words, the commencement of Phase Two will take place early in Term One, 2022 with an expected completion date in Term One, 2023.
(In a perfect world – and definitely, something to pray for – we would see the whole project completed before the commencement of Term One, 2023!)
Phase One of the project will be built across most of the existing Main Carpark. (see the map below)
As you can imagine this is going to create some significant disruptions to our current Parking, Pick-up and Drop-Off arrangements.
We have developed a tentative workaround solution that will be continually reviewed for safety and efficiency as we progress through the construction phase.
We realise that losing our main car park and kiss-and-ride zone is going to result in some inconvenience for our community and I would appeal to you all to manifest the Fruits-of-the-Spirit – particularly patience, kindness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal. 5: 22-23) in the months to come!
Please review the following diagrammes and explanations to understand how the new arrangements will impact you:
Visitors to Parent Services, Student Services and the Uniform Shop:
The current car park in front of Student Services will be available for visitors to the College.
Primary School Arrangements:
- ALL PRIMARY SCHOOL VEHICLES MUST ENTER THROUGH THE TOP GATE. (CLOSEST TO THE WARTON ROAD INTERSECTION.)
- PRIMARY SCHOOL TRAFFIC FLOW IS ONE-WAY ONLY.
- THE CURRENT EARLY LEARNING CAR PARK IN FRONT OF THE KINDERGARTEN CLASSROOM WILL BE RETAINED TO PICK UP AND DROP OFF KINDERGARTEN, PRE-PRIMARY AND YEAR ONE STUDENTS. (we are installing a new gate into the car park to facilitate this.)
- KINDERGARTEN, PRE-PRIMARY AND YEAR ONE PARENTS SHOULD ENTER THROUGH THE TOP GATE (closest to the Warton Road intersection) AND EXIT THROUGH THE MIDDLE GATE. (see diagramme below)
- YEAR TWO TO YEAR SIX PARENTS MUST DRIVE AROUND THE BACK OF THE COLLEGE AND EXIT THE CAMPUS VIA THE SECONDARY SCHOOL GATE.
PRIMARY SCHOOL PARKING ARRANGEMENTS:
- PRIMARY SCHOOL PARENTS MAY PARK ALONG THE ROAD BEHIND THE PRE-PRIMARY CLASSROOMS.
- PRIMARY SCHOOL PARENTS MAY PARK ON THE CLEARED AREA BEHIND THE IT & LEARNING SUPPORT CLASSROOMS. (see diagramme below)
- TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF OUR CHILDREN, THE BILLABONG CAR PARK HAS BEEN RESERVED FOR TEACHER PARKING ONLY (teachers arrive earlier and depart later – so there will be no parking movement during peak times) AND WILL BE UTILISED AS THE PRIMARY SCHOOL KISS-AND-DROP AREA. (Given its size, parents will be limited to a twenty-second drop-off time and are requested not to leave their vehicles to minimise congestion during peak times.)
- PARENTS WHO HAVE BOTH PRIMARY AND SECONDARY STUDENTS SHOULD ARRANGE TO PICK THEM ALL UP AT THE SECONDARY KISS-AND-DROP WHENEVER POSSIBLE. (See ‘Secondary School Arrangements’ below)
- NOTE: PRIMARY SCHOOL VEHICLES (OTHER THAN KINDERGARTEN, PRE-PRIMARY & EARLY LEARNING) ALL EXIT THE COLLEGE VIA THE SECONDARY SCHOOL GATE.
Secondary School Arrangements:
- ALL SECONDARY SCHOOL PARENTS SHOULD ENTER THE COLLEGE VIA THE SECONDARY SCHOOL GATE AS USUAL.
- THE BLUESTONE CAR PARK NEXT TO THE LAKEY STREET OVAL HAS BEEN RESERVED EXCLUSIVELY FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL PARENTS’ USE.
- THE SECONDARY SCHOOL KISS-AND-DROP IN FRONT OF THE ART ROOM AND DESIGN/TECHNOLOGY SHED REMAINS IN USE. (Given its size, parents will be limited to a twenty-second drop-off time to minimise congestion during peak times.)
- PARENTS WHO HAVE BOTH PRIMARY AND SECONDARY STUDENTS SHOULD ARRANGE TO PICK THEM ALL UP AT THE SECONDARY KISS-AND-DROP WHENEVER POSSIBLE.
I do realise that this is a lot to take in at first glance!
Our goal is to ensure that our students and community can attend the College in safety and so I thank you, in advance, for familiarising yourselves with these arrangements and for your forbearance and consideration in the weeks and months to come.
I was reminded in one of my devotion times recently that this is not just another building – we are in the process of Kingdom-building!
As we build this new Primary School, we are not just building for the present, but for the generations of families who will join us in the decades to come as we seek to develop in each child an authentic Christian worldview and a life of Purpose.
What a blessing and privilege!
The College has purchased 2 brand new saxophones, an Alto and a Tenor, to promote woodwind in our school.
The College is offering 2 students from years 7 or 8 with a passion to learn these instruments an opportunity to use the Alto or Tenor saxophones within the following boundaries:
- The instrument remains the property of the College but becomes the student’s/parents’ or guardian’s responsibility until it is returned to the College and must be cared for and kept in good working order.
- Any damage done to the instrument must be repaired by the student/family.
- If the instrument is stolen, it is the parents’/ guardian’s responsibility to replace the instrument with a new one of equivalent value.
- The student must take lessons at the College by our Woodwind Tutor.
- Lessons are at the cost of the family at the College subsidised rate of $30/half-hour.
- When the student is confident and has been recommended to play with others by their teacher he/she is required to become a member of the College Brass and Wind ensemble who rehearse once a week before school.
- If/when the student leaves the College, they must return the instrument in perfect working order.
Please call to register your child’s interest with Mrs Sharon Bonnington from Administration.
A brief interview will follow with Mr Strong, our Teacher in Charge of Music, with the parents/guardian and the student.
The College would love to see the chosen students begin their musical journey by the commencement of the second term this year.
Just like that, and there are only three weeks left of this term. It really has been a busy time here at Providence. I was blown away at the Providence Community over the weekend as the Riley family’s fundraiser was a great success. Once again, we, as a community, pulled together to support a family in need. I feel truly blessed to be part of such an amazing community, where we find ways to support each other.
This week we will celebrate Harmony Day, on Thursday 18th March. It is a whole College event, and we look forward to celebrating our diversity together. We are a diverse College, and it is wonderful that we can be together to celebrate that.
Please make sure you read every section of the College newsletter, as other sections contain the new parking and drop off/pick up plan.
I pray that we are able to finish the term well and that we continue to support one another.
Who could believe that we are halfway through the first term for 2021? I believe all have got into the rhythm of all of the happenings in the past fortnight, and I am sure you will concur that life here at the College is a very busy one.
Let me share some of the things that have been happening over the past two weeks, or they are on the calendar to happen shortly.