College Closed Tuesday 12th June 2012
8 June, 2012
As you may be aware, excavation work has commenced in preparation for the construction of our new trade training facilities which will open next year. During this excavation some material suspected to be asbestos was discovered buried in the soil. Asbestos is a now-discredited building product that was used widely in the building industry up until the 1970s. When the discovery was made, all work was suspended on the site and samples of the material sent away for formal testing. That testing has since confirmed the material to be asbestos.
The site is fully fenced and off-limits to all students and staff.
As you would expect, it is the policy of the Catholic Education Office Sydney to do everything possible to ensure a safe environment for our students, staff and visitors. With this in mind, the following arrangements have been made for the safe removal of the asbestos form the school site.
- The material and affected soil will be taken away outside of school hours.
- The College will be CLOSED on Tuesday 12 June and there will be no acess to the College site by staff or students.
- There will be no classes on Tuesday. However, if necessary, limited supervision will be provided by College staff in a room provided by St Felix. Students would need to bring sufficient material with them to keep themselves occupied throughout the day. There will be no canteen facilities available on Tuesday. If your son is coming to school, he needs to meet Br Peter and Mrs Pinto outside the main College gates at normal homeroom time.
- The removal process will continue on Saturday 16 June. On this day, the Vietnamese Cultural School will not run on the premises.
- The site is completely fenced off.
- All work will be carried out in strict accordance with WorkCover procedures.
- Air monitoring equipment will be installed on the site and professionally monitored.
- There will be no work on site during school hours until site has received a clearance certificate.
Of course, the welfare of all members of our community is always the highest priority for the school and for Fr Dominic, and these arrangements have been made with this clearly in mind.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the school. I will continue to keep you informed about the progress of our building program as it continues.
Br Peter Ryan
PUBLISHED: 7th June 2012