Crisis and Emergency

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General Information

All crisis and emergency situations will be notified to parents and caregivers via email, and if urgent, SMS message.

  • Please ensure the information we hold on you is current – advise the school office of any changes to your contact details.
  • Ensure you are up to date with school emergency procedures – read the crisis information contained in the Family Handbook.
  • Know who to contact and how to access information – familiarise yourself with school information. Keep a copy of information about school communications and contacts in a crisis where you can find them
  • Keep our community safe – if you have information which you believe relates to the safety and wellbeing of members of our school community, contact your daughter’s Dean or the Deputy Principal.
  • During the year we undertake a number of fire, earthquake and lockdown drills. We also have processes for dealing with severe weather and personal crises involving our students, staff or people close to the school community.

Emergency Procedures


  • Windows are closed by those nearest
  • Bags, books etc are left in the classroom
  • Students and teachers move to the field via route indicated on classroom noticeboard. Walk briskly – do not run
  • Teachers leave the room last shutting the door behind them. Turn gas and electricity off. Search wardens close fire doors and check areas. Deans collect rolls from Anita Sawyers and give to Tutors or Form Captains, who take roll to assembly point to check for absentees
  • Tutor groups line up in straight lines in alphabetical order in front of their designated assembly points
  • Search wardens report that their area is clear to the duty person in the centre of the field. Tutors send a student to the duty person to report that all girls in their tutor group are accounted for
  • Non-tutors report to duty person.


If you are inside

  • Do not rush outside. Shelter beneath beams, under a counter or table. Teachers may stand in doorways.
  • Get into a protective position by tucking your head to your knees and cover your head with your arms. Drop, cover, hold.
  • When the earthquake stops, leave the building only if it is unsafe or the alarm rings. Wait for any debris to stop falling.
  • Stay away from windows, glass partitions, filing cabinets, bookcases, electrical appliances and overhead fixtures.
  • Give first aid to the injured but do not move a casualty who cannot walk unless fire or falling debris is likely to cause further injury.

If you are outside

  • Move to an open area away from building structures.
  • Watch for fallen power lines, streetlights or trees and flying glass.

Emergency Non-Evacuation Situation (Lockdown)

  • A drill will be advised. Signal is an intermittent alert tone and voice message.
  • Stay where you are until advised to leave the classroom. Communication will be via teams and/or staff members.
  • Seek shelter and avoid movement.


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