Navigator College offers free coffees for parents

CHEERS: Navigator College principal Stephen Jude shares a coffee with Holly Elton, served by Aaron Page in the Coffee Cart.
CHEERS: Navigator College principal Stephen Jude shares a coffee with Holly Elton, served by Aaron Page in the Coffee Cart.

Navigator College is providing its parents with a warm welcome back to the school grounds with a round of free coffees all week.

Further loosening of COVID-19 restrictions on Monday, which included reducing the distancing to one person per two square metres, has prompted the school to upgrade its COVID Safe Plan to allow parents back on site.

As part of welcoming parents back on site, Navigator College has organised for the Coffee Cart to be on site throughout the week to provide free coffees for parents as they bring their children to school.

School principal Stephen Jude said it was a way to give back to the school's parents who had not been able to connect with the school community like they normally would.

"Because they've gone through so much this term we thought we would offer a complimentary coffee," he said.

"We're grateful for our parent community and what they contribute to us, so this is us giving a little bit back."

Mr Jude said one thing the school had noticed during the time when parents were not allowed on school grounds was how young students had stepped up, particularly with personal responsibility.

"We've noticed our kids are being very independent while a bit nervous and shy in that area, they've really stepped up in taking responsibility, especially our receptions," he said.

Local parent Holly Elton enjoyed the welcome, and the coffee provided by the school and said it felt good to be able to talk to the teachers again and see the interactions between the children.

"We feel very fortunate to be back healthy," she said.

Mr Jude said the school looked forward to face-to-face interactions with parents again rather than relying on phone conversations.