11 May 2022

Changes to COVID restrictions in ACT public schools

From Monday 9 May 2022, ACT public schools further relaxed COVID-19 restrictions. All public schools have adopted recent changes to ACT public health directions and follow a COVID-19 Management Plan, based on Australian Health Protection Principal Committee principles.

A summary of changes follows:

School activities

Families allowed back on campus to participate in a greater range of activities, including after-hours performances, fund raisers and events. You can also come onto school grounds for drop-offs and pick up. Checking-in with the Check In CBR app is no longer required.

Strict student cohorting is no longer required, however we will continue to manage school activities in COVID Smart ways.

Masks

Secondary students are no longer required to wear a face mask at school but can continue to do so if they choose to. School staff and teachers will continue to wear masks when moving around indoors on school sites, and when physical distancing of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained. Masks can be removed when teaching, when physical distancing can be maintained, when outdoors, or when eating and drinking.

Household contacts

People who live with someone who has tested positive to COVID-19 can attend school for work or study, if they have met ACT Health’s risk mitigation requirements for household contacts. Anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms must not come to school.

COVID-19 vaccination

With high vaccination rates across the Canberra community, COVID-19 vaccination will no longer be mandated for any staff working in ACT public schools, after 13 May 2022. Vaccination against COVID-19 and the seasonal flu is strongly encouraged for all staff and eligible students.

Rapid antigen tests

Rapid antigen tests (RATs) will continue to be available at our school and will be provided to staff and students on an as-needed basis, or in response to increased cases reported to a school.

Air quality and ventilation

Good ventilation will continue to be one part of our suite of measures to minimise COVID-19 transmission in schools. Our indoor air quality plan is being reviewed and we will balance thermal comfort and ventilation during the colder months. Outdoor learning and natural ventilation will be used where appropriate depending on weather.

Staying COVID Smart

While these changes will bring back many of the school activities that students and families love, this does not mean the pandemic is over. Our school will continue with COVID Smart measures to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission onsite, including good hygiene practise, cleaning and staying home when unwell.

Some restrictions may be reintroduced in the winter months if there is a significant increase in COVID-19 cases across the Canberra community.

We expect COVID-19 will also continue to impact our school staff and limit the availability of teachers at times. Where appropriate, our school may use temporary remote learning periods as a way to manage a local staff shortage.

More information about how COVID-19 is being managed in ACT public schools can be found on the ACT Education website. 

 

28 Apr 2022

TPS Athletics Carnival Postponed

Owing to wet weather the TPS Athletics Carnival has had to be cancelled for today. It has been rescheduled to Thursday 19 May (Week 4). 

24 Mar 2022

Changes to School based RAT distribution for students from week 9, Term 1

From the commencement of Week 9, 28 March 2022, RATs will be provided on an as needed basis for all staff and students at Torrens Primary School and preschools.

Two RATs will be provided to students/families on request. No evidence is required to authorise provision of RATs. In circumstances when families/students require multiple tests, the school Front Office can provide these. Administrative staff will keep a register of student names and dates when RATs have been collected.

Where a student or their family identifies a need for RATs, but the student is not attending school at that time, or are subject to isolation or quarantine requirements, the student’s family may make alternative arrangements with the school to collect RATs (eg a relative, neighbour or other student collecting RATs for the impacted student). Please contact the Front Office to make these arrangements. 

Front Office hours: 8.30am-3.30pm during term time

Phone: 02 61420777

Email:  admin@torrensps.act.edu.au

 

 

Message from the Principal


Welcome to Torrens Primary School! We are a vibrant, colourful P-6 school set in spacious grounds, with three offsite preschools in Chifley, Pearce and Torrens. We enjoy strong community involvement and support in all aspects of school life. The partnership between school and home is extremely important to develop and foster high academic achievement, meaningful relationships and a love of learning in our students.

At Torrens Primary School, teamwork and tolerance are promoted. High quality educational and extra curricula programs are presented by an extremely dedicated and involved team of staff. Torrens is known for the range of incredible opportunities offered to students throughout their years here. From gymnastics to soccer, carnivals to camps, djembe drumming to choirs,   concerts and talent quests. We have the latest technology, screens, devices and robots. We are part of an active cluster. Along with Mawson and Farrer Primary schools, we work with Melrose High School and Canberra College to offer outstanding transition programs.

At Torrens Primary School, we cater for a broad range of individual differences including gifted and talented students and students with special needs. Emphasis is placed on providing the best possible start during the first years of schooling. Early intervention programs include the development of early literacy and numeracy skills through an active support team led by the Deputy Principal. The team includes Executive teachers, School Psychologist, EALD staff, learning assistants, parents and special interest partners such as One Link, Woden Community Services and the Schools Volunteer Program.

Torrens Primary School is a resilient, thriving social democracy. Together we are building an inspiring and inclusive vision. The staff, students and community are united in working towards excellence in education, promoting diversity and nurturing a culture of wellbeing. Everyone is celebrated as an individual. Plans are personalised. Learning is differentiated. Students are engaged in their learning. Positive outcomes are achieved. Our collegial nature places a high priority on trust, collaboration and positive relationships. There is a sense of belonging and pride at Torrens. Welcome to the journey.

Every learner. Every day.

Rachel Matthews - Principal

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