I am grateful to the whole school community for their support during the first week of Term 4. When talking to your wonderful sons and daughters, I am continually astounded by the maturity and resilience they demonstrate when discussing how they feel about the tragic event of the school holidays.
Arthur Phillip High School has offered its sincere condolences to the family, friends of work colleagues of Mr Curtis Cheng, who was murdered in Parramatta on October 2.
I continue to reassure parents NSW Police have advised the school that there is no ongoing threat to students or staff from events following Mr Cheng’s death.
School counsellors continue to be available for all students, as required, today and in the future. Some children may prefer to talk to someone they don’t know about how they are feeling. Potential sources of free, anonymous and confidential support for your children include:
- Kids Helpline (1800 551 800 or www.kidshelp.com.au)
- Lifeline (131114 or www.lifeline.org.au)
- Headspace (1800 650 890 or www.eheadspace.org.au)
- State Mental Health Telephone Access Line (1800 011 511) which operates 24
If parents or caregivers would like to discuss any issues related to their child, I encourage them to contact the school on 9635 8638 to speak to either myself or one of the Deputy Principals.
Given that the safety and security of students is our school’s absolute priority, I can assure you that any student acting in a violent or anti-social way will be immediately dealt with under the Department of Education’s strict discipline policy, which can include expulsion.
Finally I would like to repeat my thanks to parents, caregivers and the wider school community for their wonderful support of the school at such a difficult time.
Arthur Phillip High School