Marketing and Events Guidelines

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

Visitors

The Southport School’s goal is to reduce the number of people on campus—including visitors—in order to slow the potential transmission of the virus and protect vulnerable populations from exposure. All members of the TSS community, on and off campus, are asked to help in this effort.

Effective until further notice:

  • Events with speakers invited from off campus—whether the speakers are international or domestic—will be cancelled, postponed, or conducted remotely.
  • All public and private tours of The Southport School are discontinued.
  • Parent/Teacher Interviews have been postponed
  • Any visitor arriving to campus from an International location must follow the Department of Home Affairs guidelines for self-isolation periods – currently 14 days.
  • These guidelines can change quickly, and anyone welcoming an international visitor should confirm the guest’s international travel and consult with the Headmaster.

 

Students

Viruses that cause illness can spread from infected people by droplet transferal to others through the air and close personal contact. This can happen when you shake hands with someone who has a cold, or touch a surface, like a doorknob, that has respiratory viruses on it, then touch your eyes, mouth, or nose.

You can help reduce your risk of getting the flu:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser. Viruses that cause colds can live on your hands, and regular handwashing can help protect you from getting sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay away from people who are sick.
  • Don’t share water bottles, glasses or eating utensils.
  • Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

 

Parents

Our goal is to reduce the number of people on campus—including parents—in order to slow the potential transmission of the virus and protect vulnerable populations from exposure. All members of the TSS community are asked to help in this effort.

If you are planning on attending an event or meeting at TSS, please remember this is an evolving situation. We may need to reschedule or cancel at the last minute and contingency plans such as phone conferencing or skype meetings.

Senior School and Preparatory School Parent-Teacher Interviews

Please be advised that, given the current COVID-19 circumstances, Senior School and Preparatory School Parent-Teacher Interviews scheduled for the end of this term have been cancelled.

We will plan for another time to schedule these meetings if possible.

Please contact your son’s Teacher/s directly should you have any concerns regarding specific subject performance and contact, as appropriate, your Senior School Housemaster, the Year 7 Coordinator or Prep Classroom Teacher should you have any concerns of a more general nature.

Detailed Semester One reports will be provided in Term Two as usual.

 

Upcoming Events

All upcoming events including international and domestic tours, camps and gatherings have been cancelled until further notice. GPS weekend sporting fixtures have been cancelled.

Preparatory School
  • Assemblies have been cancelled, Chapels have been cancelled also. Co-curricular music ensembles have ceased.
  • Reception to Year 4 Sport – both Australia Rugby and Football Australia have released statements to postpone training and community fixtures until Saturday 2 May.
  • Year 5 and 6 Sport – GPS organised sport has been cancelled for the remainder of the term. This draws to a close formal GPS Cricket and Debating.
Senior School
  • Secondary Sport – following Covid-19 announcements from the National bodies, including that there will be no outside umpires available, the GPS has unfortunately had to decide that Cricket is over for the Term, as is Debating.
  • Community Rugby is also cancelled until Friday 1 May.

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