The co-curricular program of Peninsula Grammar is a fundamental part of who we are. It is important and provides rewarding experiences for every student and is essential to Peninsula Grammar community building. We know that students who engage in the co-curricular program have greater levels of personal and leadership growth, empathy development, resilience, and social connectedness. We are committed to providing the most robust co-curricular experiences possible in each of the three scenarios.
- Function/Event takes place
- All staff and students involved in the event and where appropriate parent and community attendance accepted
- Visitors to the school are provided with COVID protocols prior to the commencement of the event
On Campus & Online
- Limited number of guests invited to the campus
- Event is live streamed to all invited (those not in attendance)
- COVID protocols provided to those one site prior to commencement of the event
- Postponement of all events/functions
- No guests, staff or students onsite
- All members of the community provided with the link to the event
- A pre-recorded video sent to all members of the community to explain school’s response.
We are renowned for the prowess of our sporting program and are excited by the opportunities this year. In line with the AGSV and our partner schools within the program, we will be working to ensure that our Saturday Sport Program and weekly training schedules remain consistent. As of Sunday December 6, the provision for sport allowed the following;
Indoor physical recreation and community sport:
- Permitted for all ages
- No patron caps with a density quotient of 1 per 4 square metres for each space
- Gym and exercise classes limited to 50 people (excluding anyone necessary for running the class). COVID Marshals required when gyms are staffed
- At times when gyms are unstaffed, a density quotient of 1 per 8 square metres applies
- signage must state the number of people permitted inside, wipes and disinfectant must be supplied for use by patrons, and record keeping is required and venues with capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVIDSafe Plan online
Outdoor physical recreation and community sport:
- Permitted for all ages
- Up to a maximum of 100 patrons for outdoor fitness classes with a density quotient of 1 per 2 square metres
- Record keeping is required and venues with capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVIDSafe Plan online
Pools, including swimming classes:
- Indoor venues open with a density quotient of 1 per 4 square metres
- Outdoor pools open with a density quotient of 1 per 2 square metres
- Record keeping is required
It is important that we understand the impact of the square metre regulation on the School’s capacity to run its sporting program in a safe context. Further information relating to this will be provided by our Director of Sport.
We are excited by the possibilities of our Performing Arts Program this year and look forward with great enthusiasm to the 2021 School Production of Mama Mia. We must understand however, that the context may change by this time, and so we should put in place all necessary precautions to enable our students to perform.
We will continue with the calendared rehearsals for the Senior School Production as listed in the School Calendar.
We will adhere to the necessary mandates of social distancing and personal hygiene – the following are examples of such mandates.
- Masks will be worn at all times, until guidance on theatrical productions changes
- Scripts will be digital, with no shared papers
- Costumes & make-up will not be shared. Costumes will be issued at the onset of rehearsal and kept by students for the duration of the production
- Temporary changing locations will be identified, with specific protocols for use to be shared with each production by season
- All microphones and shared tech equipment will be disinfected after each session
- Rehearsals will take place either on campus and/or online in accordance with the Scenario in effect at the time
Live theatrical performances will remain a central part of our program as long as they can be produced safely and in a way that our audiences can enjoy them with minimal risk and concern. To this end, based on current plans for the 2021 academic year, all audiences will be invited where the facilities can provide for mandated distancing. Until large groups are able to congregate indoors, all performances may remain online. In the interest of continuing the live communal experience as best we can, we plan to release our productions as either videos or live online events.
Like our Sport and Performing Arts programs, Music plays an integral part in the life of our school. We remain guided by the most recent DHHS guidelines as they relate to the playing of instruments and to the many choirs that the School has. As of December 20, 2020, the following provisions remained for the Music Faculty and students therein. Our Director of Music will keep you informed of any changes that may occur upon commencement of the academic year.
Do musical instruments pose a risk of spreading coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Some instruments pose a higher risk of spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) than others. This is because different instruments generate different concentrations of aerosols (He R, et al, 2020). Higher-risk instruments generate higher aerosol concentration levels and a smaller aerosol size when played in comparison to lower risk instruments and speaking. This generation of higher numbers of aerosol particles may lead to an increased risk of airborne disease transmission, including coronavirus (COVID-19).
The variability of aerosol concentration from different instruments can be attributed to the combined effects of sound production mechanisms of with the instrument type, (that is, brass versus woodwind), the type of mouthpiece (that is, air-jet, single reed, or double reed) and tube structure (that is, tube length, turnings, and valves).
The type of mouthpiece and the instrument type affect how aerosols are injected into the instrument and the tube structure influences how the aerosol is transported inside the instrument tubes. Instruments with a straight tube design, like oboes, have an increased risk of aerosol generation.
High-risk musical instruments include trumpets, bass trombone, and oboes. Saxophones are likely to produce lower levels of aerosols compared with trumpets (He R, et al, 2020).
Breath condensate (‘spit’) in brass instruments could potentially represent a risk of droplet, aerosol or fomite transmission if not carefully collected and disposed of. Musicians must drain this fluid and dispose of it in a rubbish bin and then perform hand hygiene.
Transmission could also occur if reeds from woodwind instruments, such as saxophone or oboe, are touched or shared by other musicians (O’Keefe J, 2020).
Can wind and brass instruments be used safely?
Musical instruments may still be used during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. There are several measures that may prevent or significantly reduce the risk of infection transmission.
- Reducing the number of people present. This could include reviewing seating arrangements for different musical activities involving wind and brass instruments, including; orchestras, bands or music classes
- Incorporating additional physical distancing between the musicians. Those musicians playing high-risk instruments (trumpet, bass trombone, oboe) should be more than two metres apart (to account for the length of the instrument) and maximise distance between those playing wind instruments and other musicians
- Any audience should be distanced as far as is practical from brass and wind musicians and should wear masks
- Increase room ventilation for example, by opening windows (He, R, 2020)
- Performers playing non-wind instruments (percussion and string players) should wear a face mask
- Users of brass instruments must regularly monitor and drain their breath condensate (‘spit valve’). Musicians must drain this fluid and dispose of it in a rubbish bin and then perform hand hygiene
- Wind instruments are for individual use and should not be shared unless thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before reuse
- Using a barrier cap on the bell of a brass instrument significantly reduces the release of respiratory aerosols into the immediate surroundings (He R, 2020). This offers a possible mitigation method for playing in groups, especially in hard to ventilate spaces
Can choirs resume safely?
Group singing may transmit coronavirus (COVID-19). Singing inside in a poorly ventilated area with singers not physically distanced for several hours has been associated with the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
It is important that anyone attending group singing does not have any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) to ensure the safety of others. People at high-risk of severe illness should not participate in group singing while there is active community transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Group singing is safest when the following measures are applied:
- Singing outside or in a well-ventilated room (with windows open)
- Physical distancing of at least 2 metres between each person while singing
- Short performances (of less than an hour)
- Singing softly
Outdoor lessons, class or practice is permitted with the number of singers based on current restrictions. Singing lessons need to ensure enough space to allow for physical distancing – allowing for people to keep at least 1.5 metres apart.
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