Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
Thursday, 26 March 2020
Dear College families,
We are completely faith-filled and confident in our miracle working God while making sure we respond to the current Government directions regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). We support the Government’s measures and are committed to being diligent to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
Today, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made new announcements for Queensland Schools and the upcoming school holidays. All schools in Queensland have been directed to begin the Term 1 break for students on Monday, 30 March, but remain open and have five student free days next week so that children of essential workers can attend.
In light of these directions, please note the following for Brisbane Christian College:
- Next week the Pre-Prep Centre will remain open as usual.
- Tomorrow, Friday, 27 March will be the last regular school day for Term 1 for Prep to Year 12 students. (Advice about Year 12 assessments due next week will be communicated tomorrow.)
- We will have five student free days for Prep to Year 12 from Monday, 30 March to Friday, 3 April 2020 where children of essential workers can attend.
- We encourage families who can support their children at home to keep their children at home.
- During this week, Brisbane Christian College will continue to provide varied learning opportunities for children for whom there are no appropriate care arrangements available.
- Children are expected to wear their school uniform.
- Canteen will be running as normal next week.
- The on-campus Uniform Shop will be closed next week.
- Unless advised otherwise, Term 2 will begin on:
- Monday, 20 April for Pre-Prep
- Tuesday, 21 April for Primary, Middle and Secondary children.
Our ministry team will use this opportunity next week to further develop learning programs to support both classroom and home learning in Term 2. You will receive more detailed information about what this will look like in specific year levels by Friday, 3 April.
Life Church School Age care will continue next week and vacation care will be available from Monday, 6 April for any families needing care for their school-aged children. There are limited spaces so book early. Click Here for bookings and program information.
The Term 2 calendar is being updated according to current health and social distancing guidelines. These updates will be sent early next week.
We have been and will continue to pray for each of you and your family. We love what it says in Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. While things may look a little different at the moment we can hold onto His promises. You are not alone in this.
The College Management Team and College Board would like to honour and thank our ministry team for their continued love and support of our children and families. We would also like to thank you for your support of each other and of our team this term. We really appreciate families who have prayed for us, and have sent encouraging emails and made supportive phone calls. Thank you for your continued grace and patience as we navigate this unprecedented season.
Whether children are learning at home or at school in Term 2, Brisbane Christian College is committed to supporting our families and we will continue to respect the decisions of our parents in regards to your children’s attendance.
If you require further practical support or prayer, contact our College Pastor at email@example.com. We would love to support and connect with you. If your family is facing financial challenges due to COVID-19, please contact our Business Manager, Mr John Abraham directly on firstname.lastname@example.org or call (07) 3719 3111.
The College Management Team
Tuesday, 24 March 2020
Dear College families,
We are so encouraged by God’s promise in Ephesians 3:20 (TPT) that declares:
Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for His miraculous power constantly energizes you.
May this be a powerful reminder to continue to trust God in our College, families and homes through this season. The College Management Team would firstly like to thank our ministry team for their commitment as they continue to go the extra mile in this unprecedented season. As things change on a daily basis, all our teams have been quick to adapt and continue to provide opportunities to our children. We encourage you to keep our ministry team in your prayers and take a moment to thank them for their love, support and dedication they provide to our children.
Over the last several days, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has continued to direct schools to remain open but reiterates to all parents the importance of monitoring the health of your children. If your child is unwell or has a high temperature, please keep them home. Do not send them to school. Our teaching and first aid teams are following our health policies strictly and if they recognise your child is unwell or has a high temperature, you will be asked to pick your child up immediately. Thank you to the families who have been following these instructions diligently and we look forward to having your children back at school.
Click Here for a letter from Jeannette Young, Chief Health Officer of Queensland Health, which also provides a few extra points about pre-emptive school closures.
Lines of communication
As a College, we endeavour to be approachable and we cherish open communication between parents and our ministry team. Especially through this season, we ask that you follow our regular lines of communication and direct any questions to your class, subject or family group teacher. This will allow us to respond to you quickly and provide better clarity around any questions you may have. Facebook is a great social media platform to build community and connect with other parents, however, it is better to contact our team directly via email. Click Here for a full staff directory available on our Community Hub.
School changes and events
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the Federal Government have made further announcements in regards to indoor gatherings and social distancing. Although these restrictions do not apply to schools, the College Management Team will continue to review the operation of essential functions of school and internal gatherings.
Please note the following changes to school operations and upcoming events for the remainder of Term 1:
- Tonight’s Year 4 and 5 Peter Janetzki Information Evening is cancelled, however the content has been be sent home to parents this afternoon. Click Here to read more.
- Pre-Prep Easter celebrations are cancelled.
- All ensembles and choirs are cancelled.
- Family Groups on Middle and Secondary Campus will no longer meet. Our children will meet in year levels instead to minimise interactions between the mixed year levels but also provide an opportunity to engage in age-specific programs. We look forward to our Easter presentations being delivered in this format in lieu of Easter chapels.
All school camps scheduled for term 2 have been postponed and the CMT is investigating options to provide these experiences later in 2020. More information regarding school camps will be available later in the year and all changes to Term 2 events will be sent soon.
Online Learning Preparations
Our teams are continuing to prepare for the implementation of our Home Learning model, should the need arise. Further information from our Primary, Middle and Secondary Leadership Teams will be sent out to our families before we start the Easter holidays. Our Years 9-12 classes will be doing trial classes next week using our Learning Hub. Our Middle School children will be given their iPads to take home each night next week. Our Primary Team has been communicating with our families to gain a better perspective around what IT infrastructure our children have at home for their learning.
Travel and self-isolation
There are several changes to travel restrictions that have been put in place over the last several days set by the Queensland and Federal governments. We encourage you to pray for our children who have family interstate, overseas or on the mission field also trying to navigate the restrictions other countries are putting in place in response to COVID-19.
Should a family member return from overseas and need to self-isolate for 14 days in accordance with Government directives, students living in that environment will also need to stay home from College.
How can we support you?
Our heart is that nobody in our community would feel alone or isolated in the following weeks and months to come. If you are required to self-isolate and you don’t have close friends or family to support you through this season, please contact our College Pastor Saskia Hill at email@example.com. We are committed to doing everything we can to love our families practically through this time.
We are praying for favour and protection for every member of our community in every area. The heart of your College is to support any family facing financial challenges due to COVID-19. More more information, please contact our Business Manager, Mr John Abraham directly on firstname.lastname@example.org or call (07) 3719 3111
We know there are several churches now hosting online services. This month, Life Church has been talking about being “Anxious for nothing” which has been so encouraging and relevant to our society at the moment. If you are not connected to a local Church, you are invited to join “Life at Home” for an encouraging online and interactive service with an encouraging message from the comfort of your home. Visit lifechurch.com.au for more details.
We are continuing to pray for you and your families.
The College Management Team
Wednesday, 18 March 2020
Dear College Families,
This morning, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the Federal Government have made further announcements in regards to coronavirus (COVID19). Some of these updates will impact us as a school:
- A warning to all Australians to not travel abroad
- No school should be visiting aged care facilities
- Non-essential indoor gatherings of more than 100 people have been banned effective immediately
- Non-essential outdoor gatherings of more than 500 people have been banned.
The Department of Education has also made the decision to cancel representative school sport programs which include:
- Gala sports days
- district, regional, state, national, interstate and international competitions
- Queensland School Sport team participation in any national, interstate or international events organised across Australia or internationally.
In line with this, the College Cross Country scheduled for this Friday, 20 March has been postponed.
Although these gathering restrictions do not apply to schools, our community is committed to following these restrictions where possible and minimising impacts to the operation of essential functions of school.
All College Chapels and Assemblies will also meet in smaller groups of less than 100 people. Friday morning Primary School Assemblies are cancelled for the remainder of term. To continue to celebrate the success and achievements of our children on Primary Campus, all certificates will be awarded by our Primary Leadership Team in individual classes between 8.50 and 9am. Parents are still welcome to attend if their child is receiving an award.
Notice from CommBank School Banking
CommBank School Banking has temporarily paused from 20 March 2020 until the start of Term 2 in Primary School. Please don’t bring your deposit book with your weekly banking until further notice.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison also reiterated the importance of monitoring the health of your children. If your child is unwell, please keep them home. Do not send them to school. Our teaching and first aid teams are following our health policies strictly. If we recognise your child is unwell, you will be asked to pick your child up immediately. Our ministry team has also been given the clear direction to stay home if they are unwell. The health of our children and ministry team is extremely important, and we appreciate your diligence and commitment to this, particularly in this season.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison assures Australians that it is in the best interests of our children and Nation to keep schools open, and he indicates these new guidelines could be in place for six months. Click Here for a letter from Jeannette Young, Chief Health Officer of Queensland Health which also provides a few extra points about pre-emptive school closures.
The College Management Team continues to meet as needed to lead the College Community through this season. We are looking at the implications of these guidelines to our Term 2 calendar and will keep you updated on any other changes. Please pray for the College Management Team to be led by the Holy Spirit in every decision we make.
We are committed to strengthening our communication lines with our families and continuing to communicate information as soon as possible. In addition to this, we will start weekly updates for our families regarding COVID-19 every Thursday. You can find all College COVID-19 updates available at parents.brisbanechristiancollege.com.au/coronavirus.
We are praying for favour and protection for every member of our community in every area. The heart of your College is to support any family facing financial challenges due to COVID-19. Please contact our Business Manager, Mr John Abraham directly on email@example.com or call (07) 3719 3111.
If you are willing and available to volunteer to support our community at this time please contact Pastor Saskia. We are committed to doing everything we can to love our families practically through this time. If you require any support or prayer, contact our College Pastor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every time the College Management and ministry teams meet, we pray for our children and families.
The College Management Team
Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
17 March 2020
Dear College Families,
The College Management Team would firstly like to thank our Church, ministry team and parents for their support and commitment to continue to provide a quality, holistic education for our young people. In a season where our society is full of unrest and uncertainty due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), we are completely faith-filled, and confident in our miracle-working God.
Queensland Health currently advises that schools continue the operation of essential functions of school, but to review internal school gatherings. In alignment with the recent recommendations from Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the Council of Australian Governments, please note the following updates:
The College Cross Country this Friday, 20 March will go ahead with a revised program. The day will be split into three age groups to reduce gathering sizes as a precautionary measure. These are the general running times for these groups:
- Prep to 8 years: 9am till 10:30am
- 9 years to 13 years: 11am till 12:30pm
- 14 years to opens: 12:50pm till 3pm
Click Here for more full information and program for the College Cross Country. Well done to Mr Matt Allen-Ankins and team for preparing this program on short notice and their commitment to provide this opportunity to our children.
The Pre Prep Easter Celebration on Thursday, 2 April has been cancelled.
College Celebration Sunday on 29 March has been cancelled.
Brisbane Life Festival (Saturday, 6 June)
This event was previously known as SpringFest. Our heart as Life Church and Brisbane Christian College is to bring life to our local community and beyond and provide a fun day out for our families. However, with the safety of our community as our highest priority and to provide peace of mind to our families, stall holders, sponsors and teams, the decision has been made that Brisbane Life Festival is cancelled for 2020.
Assemblies and Chapels
Full-campus assemblies and chapels are cancelled until further notice, however we will continue with our regular split age groups for these meetings, as this is a part of our core business as a College. To this end, Primary School Assembly on Friday mornings, will now also split into Prep-Yr 2 and Yr 3-Yr 5 assemblies.
Primary School class excursions
Unfortunately, due to the nature and locations of the Primary School excursions scheduled for the last three weeks of this term, all class excursions have been postponed to a later date. Primary class teachers will advise those dates in the near future.
Study Tours and Short-term enrolments for overseas children
In Term 3 we normally host groups of children from other countries for study tours and short-term enrolments. These have been cancelled for 2020.
Unless recommendations from authorities change, all other remaining College events for Term 1 will go ahead as scheduled.
If Government Health Authorities advise Brisbane Christian College to temporarily close, please note the following:
- If we are directed to close our three campuses, we are committed to the continuity of teaching, learning and wellbeing of our children in an online environment for Primary, Middle and Secondary School students.
- Our ministry team including chaplains and counsellors will continue to care for our children and families for the duration of the school closure as directed by health authorities.
- Primary School students
- will continue their educational learning journey with their class teacher through emails and Facebook pages including regular videos updates and homework booklets.
- Online learning programs like BRIDGE BUILDERS®, TLC Online (Literacy) and Math Seeds will also continue to be available.
- Middle School students
- will be able to take home iPads to help with communication and facilitate the learning from home with their teacher
- Our Middle School teachers will provide students with learning material, inquiry assignments, revision sheets and reflection notes to be accessed online through student email accounts.
- Middle School students
- Secondary School students
- will continue to access content via the College Learning Hub. This platform enables interaction between our teaching team and students including lesson notes, videos, presentations and discussions.
- To assist our children and their continual academic routine, each child’s current academic timetable will continue with live interactive classes
- Secondary School students
We thank our teams for their preparation in this space. More detailed information will be provided to families should this situation materialise.
We want to remind families the importance of explicitly following the direction of Queensland Health particularly in regards to travel and the QLD Health home isolation guidelines.
Full information about the COVID-19 and future updates can be found at:
If you are aware that your child may be particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 with moderate to severe respiratory illness, auto-immune deficiencies and other illnesses which would expose them to greater risk, please ensure all medical information is up to date on our College records through the Parent Lounge.
Be assured that we are paying extra attention to the health and hygiene measures throughout the College and continue to investigate precautionary and proactive measures to keep our community healthy and safe. This includes increased daily professional cleaning and sanitisation.
We will continue to monitor the situation as it develops and provide updates in line with recommendations by the appropriate Government authorities. Thank you for your support and understanding as we journey this season together.
We understand that families may have concerns about COVID-19 but we are confident that God is bigger than any challenge we face. If you require further practical support or prayer, contact our College Pastor at email@example.com. We would love to support and connect with you.
Please join us in prayer for God’s continued protection and provision over our community.
The College Management Team
15 MARCH 2020
Dear College Families,
We rest in the authority that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Saviour over the Brisbane Christian College community.
Queensland Health, The Department of Education and the Australian Department of Health are working tirelessly to manage and contain the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) for Australians and Queenslanders alike.
Today, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the Council of Australian Governments advised some of the new strategies in place to help manage the spread of the coronavirus including:
- Self-isolation for all overseas travelers coming to Australia and all returning residents for 14 days
- Mass gatherings of 500+ people are not to proceed; and
- No school closures at this stage as it could aggravate the spread and take essential services workers out of action if they have to care for children.
As per this advice, Brisbane Christian College will proceed with a normal school day and will remain open until advised otherwise by Health authorities.
Our team has established precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of our children, staff and community members. We are reviewing large in-school student gatherings and events and in light of these new Government guidelines:
- CSSAQ Swimming Carnival scheduled for tomorrow has been cancelled and families were notified on Friday afternoon
- Full campus chapels and assemblies will be postponed until further notice
- Decision on what format our College Cross Country carnival will take will be decided by Tuesday morning and all parents will be notified.
The College Management Team will meet Monday and will send out a further update to our College community on Tuesday morning.
The College Management Team would like to thank our parents and staff teams for their commitment to the ongoing holistic education of our children. Continuity of learning is extremely important to us. We want to keep any disruptions to learning to a minimum over the following weeks. We will continue to monitor the situation as it develops and provide updates in line with recommendations by the appropriate governmental authorities.
Further advice and information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) is available on
We do ask that people take precautions in this time to care for yourself and those around you. If you or your children are unwell, please stay home, rest and seek medical advice. If your family needs further practical support or prayer, please contact our College Pastor firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s be the faithful, generous, kind & peace-filled community our world needs now more than ever. This is an amazing opportunity to practically love our neighbours and demonstrate the love of Jesus. Please continue to join us in prayer for God’s protection over our community, and for our nation’s leaders as they continue to guide us through this time.
Sean Morrison and The College Management Team
Deputy Principal Mr Eggins
Business Manager Mr Abraham
Head of Campus Primary Mr Nicholson
Director of Pre Prep Mrs Simpson
Head of Marketing and Development Mr Hill.