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Divine Mercy College aims to bring education and faith together, in partnership with family, church and the school community. We aim to provide a quality Catholic education that is focused on the core values of faith, academics, service and personal development from preschool and throughout high school to influence a rapidly changing world.

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Media Statement - 25th March 2022

SCHOOL NEWS 

Terms Dates 2023

Term 1

27/01/2023 – 6/4/2023 (10 weeks)

Term 2

24/4/2023 – 30/6/2023 (10 weeks)

Term 3

24/7/2023 – 22/9/2023 (9 weeks)

Term 4 

9/10/2023 – 14/12/2023 (10 weeks)

It has come to our attention that our recent newsletter sent to all DMC families as a means of communicating information, has been leaked to the media, with particular concern / attention being placed on the section about early drop off / late collection of students.

Several media outlets have immediately chosen to use this as another opportunity to misreport and mislead the situation to the public.

Our recent newsletter message pertained mainly to a small group of parents who repeatedly dropped off students at the front school gates well before school commences and staff are even on site to properly supervise them. On occasion, these students have been as young as 5 & 6 years of age and are left as early as 7am in wintertime, when it is often cold, dark & wet. We deem these actions as inappropriate and potentially dangerous. Conversely, on occasion young primary school students are left waiting for parents several hours after school has concluded, in most cases without a phone call or an email to the school to indicate that they will be late, the reason for the lateness, or when the children might be expected to be collected.

Despite numerous messages to these parents, some have continued with this practice which is why, in the interest of the safety of their children, we stated that in serious situations and as an absolute last resort, we may consider reporting the matter to the DCP. Thus far we have never taken this step, and hope to never do so.

DMC, unlike most schools, provides supervision 45 minutes after school and 55 minutes before school without charge, to provide safety and care to the students. Up until now, for 27 years, we have not charged a single dollar to any parent for the hours of additional supervision we have provided.  It is well known that many childcare and education providers choose to charge parents an appropriate rate, where their children must be supervised outside of the usual hours.

We have made it known to parents that there are many suitable childcare centers in the area which do provide after-hours care, including one immediately next to our college. Many of our students use this option daily.

The measures mentioned in our recent newsletter are intended only to ensure the safety and well-being of our students, who otherwise would be neglected.  

Ideally, our hope was that the extremely small minority of parents- many of whom are choosing to use the school’s sense of responsibility for our students as an excuse to not make arrangements of their own- would take this as an opportunity to be more diligent in arriving on time.  

Regardless, DMC always endeavors to work with parents who are experiencing difficulty with dropping off and collection of their children on time.

We trust that moving forwards the entire DMC community can work together to always ensure the highest level of safety and security of our students.

God bless

Adam Zydek

Principal

Terms Dates 2022

Term 1

27 January, Thursday to 8th April, Friday

Term 2

26th April, Tuesday to 1st July, Friday

Term 3

25th July, Monday to 23rd September, Friday

Term 4 

10th October, Monday to 15th December, Thursday

Response to The West Australian - ‘temporary closure’ of kindy due to vax mandates

Divine Mercy College, and those who govern and lead it, have again today been victims of a grossly inaccurate media article and other ignorant comments published in “The West Australian” including comments from the Minister for Education and Training. 

Unfortunately, the irresponsible and inaccurate reporting and commentary has again created a great deal of unnecessary anxiety for the College’s staff and especially for our parents of kindergarten students commencing in 2022.

The following sets out the facts that the journalists and others chose not to reveal:

  • the College is not closing the kindergarten class and it will continue to provide a quality education to students who attend in 2022;

  • the kindergarten students commencing in 2022, attended the previously scheduled orientation day earlier this morning.

The Principal & Chair are seeking legal advice in regards to commencing action against The West Australian for the ongoing misleading & inaccurate information being published.

The College’s leaders, staff, and parents are looking forward to reading an accurate account of the relevant events.

Response to proposed COVID-19 Public Health Directions

Divine Mercy College, and those who govern and lead it, have recently been victims of a grossly inaccurate series of media articles and other ignorant comments from the NTEU and from the Minister for Education and Training. 

Unfortunately, that irresponsible and inaccurate reporting and commentary created a great deal of unnecessary anxiety for the College’s staff and parents.

The following sets out the facts that the journalists and others chose not to reveal:

  • at no point was there ever a decision to close the College;

  • at no point did the Board threaten to close the College;

  • the College is not closing and it will continue to provide a quality education to students who attend in 2022;

  • the College believes that individual teachers ought to be permitted to choose to have a vaccine, or not to have one, without being victims of economic coercion;

  • the College had been examining how it could respect a teacher’s vaccination choice, comply with any applicable Public Health Direction, while shielding its staff from the PHD’s harsh economic impacts.

On Friday, the College’s Board met and resolved to provide financial support to unvaccinated staff so that they are not lost to the College even if they can’t teach from the beginning of 2022.

The College’s leaders, staff, and parents are looking forward to reading an accurate account of the relevant events.

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