Scotts Head Public School Newsletter

Term 1 | Week 9 | 24 March 2020

Principal's Column

Hello, Giinagay, Hai

Dear Parents and Carers

The NSW Department of Education has student’s health and wellbeing as our first priority and these unprecedented times are challenging for our whole community.

The NSW Government has taken significant steps to increase restrictions across the State in a bid to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

These steps involve measures for Education.

The Premier has announced from Tuesday 24 March parents are encouraged to keep their children at home. We ask all parents who are able to care for their children at home to please do so. This will also help support the implementation of social distancing measures within our school settings.

Schools are classified as essential services and as such will remain open to help our essential workers continue to provide the service to our community. Our doors remain open and no child will be turned away.

For the few students who continue to attend school, variations to normal routines and structures will occur. 

The school will be providing learning materials to students to continue with learning while at home.

  • All communicating with all classes will be done via Class Dojo with teachers and students within the hours of 9 am and 3 pm.
  • Each teacher will provide a timetable of the week’s activities at the earliest available opportunity.
  • All tasks will be set via Google Classroom.
  • From Thursday packs of students learning books will be available on the veranda of the office building with your child's name on them. They will be available between 9am to 3pm until Friday.
  • Teachers will make contact with families and students via phone over the next week.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we support our communities through this unprecedented health situation.

The newsletter, our Facebook page and our Skoolbag app will keep you informed of cancellations and further directives from the Department.

Thanks, yaarri yaraang, terima kasih.

Bu Gillian
Gillian Stuart - Principal


The following events have been cancelled due to the social distancing and limiting inter-school contact:

  • NAPLAN - see letter from the Education Council below
  • School Photos
  • Canteen
  • School Banking
  • Easter Raffle

2020 NAPLAN - Cancelled

Letter to Parents and Carers 23 March 2020

New Format for Indonesian Video Classes

Did you know that students in 2/3/4, 4/5 and 5/6 all have an Indonesian lesson with a teacher in Bali once a week? After reviewing the program, we are now trialling a new way to deliver these online classes from IALF to try to increase student engagement. SHPS now has a brand new ‘ComBox’ in the library which provides a big, interactive screen for all sorts of digital learning. We will make use of this for our digital lessons once a week, breaking each class into two groups for maximum participation. One group will have speaking and listening practise with the teacher in Bali via ‘Zoom’, while the other group practises language at their own pace using an iPad App and headphones. After 20 minutes the groups then swap. After our first lesson with the 4/5 class trying this format all students agreed this was a much more enjoyable way of learning. Here is a photo of one of the virtual lessons with Bu Dayu in action.


Tai Chi with Pak Adam

Kindergarten and 4/5 had a fun time learning Tai Chi with Pak Adam.


School News & Parent Information

School Photos - Cancelled until Term 2.

School photos have been cancelled. Parents will be advised of the dates next term.

Notice from CommBank School Banking

The health, safety and wellbeing of our communities and our people is our first priority. Due to the rapidly developing situation with coronavirus, School Banking has been temporarily paused from 20 March 2020 until the start of Term 2. Please don’t bring your deposit book with your weekly banking into school and we will notify you when banking will recommence. 

Our Murals

Community Notice Board

From the P&C

Canteen News

The P&C have closed the Canteen for the rest of the term.

The Easter Raffle has been CANCELLED.

Student Injury Insurance and P&C Annual Membership for 2020 

Forms need to be completed and return along with payment in the attached envelope to the office by Tuesday 31 March.

Many thanks,

SHPS P&C Association 

Stuarts Point Art House - Workshop Update

All Stuarts Point Art House workshops held at the All Saints Anglican Church Hall will be cancelled until further notice.

Weaving will be held at Stuarts Point Oval on Monday 4-5pm

Stuarts Point Art House will be streaming workshops through Instagram (Stuartspointart) and Facebook (Stuarts Point Art House).

Check us out on social media!

Koala Action Day

General Notices

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