It was recently reported in CathNews that a record 1.4 million people rely on food banks to support their families during these very uncertain times. More than 1.7 million people are on JobSeeker and another 3.3 million on the JobKeeper wage subsidy.
Last Saturday we celebrated the Feast Day of St Marcellin Champagnat. As a school in the Marist tradition this is of special significance to us. At our Marcellin campus, students celebrated the day with a liturgy followed by our Marist challenge events which pitted homerooms or crews against each other in very challenging competition.
Much of our news at the moment is the excellent trajectory of no newly reported COVID-19 cases and many who had tested positive reporting full recovery.
We are just two days away from ANZAC Day, arguably Australia’s most important day of the year when we commemorate the 105th anniversary of the landing by Australian and New Zealand troops at ANZAC Cove in Turkey during World War I.
Over the last few days I have had the opportunity to think more deeply about life than I normally do at this very busy time of the year.
We know the COVID-19 coronavirus is causing a great deal of uncertainty for SACE students.
Will students complete their SACE in 2020? Will the ATAR still go ahead? What about exams? Do Special Provisions apply with COVID-19? What about university entry?
We put these questions and others collected from students in South Australia and the Northern Territory to SACE Board Chief Executive Professor Martin Westwell, and SATAC Chief Executive Officer Stuart Mossman.
Using the same format as the ABC's You Can't Ask That, watch the You Can Ask That video below to hear Martin and Stuart answer students' concerns about the impact of COVID-19 on SACE and SATAC processes. Please circulate this video with your school communities.
Visit the SACE website to stay up-to-date on how the SACE Board is supporting students, schools and teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last week I spoke about the unprecedented times we are facing and today I reflect over the last 48 hours which saw a rapid change in the Coronavirus situation. Our government has responded quickly to ensure that all Australians are ready to respond to this pandemic.
Education Ministers met today and decided that NAPLAN will not proceed in 2020. The NAPLAN test window was scheduled to be held from 12 to 22 May.
Brother Richard Hendrick, a Capuchin Franciscan living in Ireland, has written a touching poem about the Coronavirus pandemic.
National Catholic Education Commission Executive Director, Jacinta Collins, said Catholic schools will adhere to the Australian Government’s advice to remain open and operational.