This is a very special welcome to all our new families. We look forward to working with you and sharing your children’s learning journeys with you.
FRIENDLY REMINDER #1
As notified in the Finance section in last newsletter, we are holding a special Governing Council meeting at 6:30pm this coming Monday for parents to attend to discuss the Materials and Services fees. If you would like to attend, please contact the front office by 1:30pm on Monday so we have time to ensure safe physical distancing. We expect to meet in the Resource Centre but will let attendees know if we need to meet in a larger space. Attendees are asked to please wear a mask and scan or sign in.
FRIENDLY REMINDER #2
PUPIL FREE DAY IN WEEK 4 ON MONDAY NOVEMBER 1st for teachers to work together with other teachers in like year levels to moderate learning in preparation for reporting. OSHC will be available that day for childcare. Please contact Sally, Maddi or Linda to book in.
COVID UPDATE + PLAN FOR A CONCERT
I would like to thank you all for your ongoing support and perseverance with the Department for Education (DfE) expectations of schools around COVID requirements. I thought I would take the opportunity to update you on where we are up to and 2 events we are hoping to be able to hold with parent attendance, before the end of the year.
Firstly I have heard indirectly that a few parents believe that schools are open, and are questioning why ours isn’t. I can assure everyone, that at the moment, schools are still required to minimise access for non-essential adults on site. There are exceptions and we are implementing some of these, (which also matches with other local schools, such as Hallett Cove R-12 and Woodend). We are able to have volunteers work in necessary programs that require volunteers for them to be able to happen, (eg canteen, excursion/camp support, Governing Council meetings). We are also able to have limited enrolment tours with strict numbers and restrictions such as no access to classrooms. Parent meetings for very significant issues are able to go ahead but only in the front office. A couple of very important parent group meetings involving one representative from a family have/will occur in relation to pre-school and high school transition processes. All of the latter are able to occur because they are essential but are held under very strict COVID conditions.
Further to this, DfE has now also allowed schools to begin offering parent attendance at one-off larger school events as long as a strict COVID Plan is in place. So we have decided to try to plan for a Concert of the type we had in 2019, to be held outside in the COLA, at the end of the year. We will need to put a cap on attendance so the event will be ticketed with other clear COVID expectations, but we are hoping to be able to allow 1 or 2 adults/family to be able to attend. At this stage we are still working out how we can manage this safely, so more information will be made available in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, I invite you to put TUESDAY NOVEMBER 30th AT 6:00pm in your diary for Concert. Classes are beginning to prepare, students are excitedly getting into practices for their items and we sincerely hope we will be able to see parents there for this program. Obviously, if a COVID outbreak occurs, or, SA Health/DfE changes the rules about these events, (perhaps when eastern borders open), the Concert will need to be cancelled.
The other event which is already being planned with parents of Yr 6 and Yr 7 students, is the Graduation ceremony for each of the year levels, to be held on Thursday December 9th.
Fingers crossed all these events can go ahead!!
WORLD TEACHERS’ DAY FRIDAY OCTOBER 29th
Next Friday is (Australian) World Teachers’ Day. This day is a wonderful opportunity to draw public attention to the important role of teachers in our local communities. While International World Teachers’ Day is actually celebrated on the first Friday in October this is usually in the Australian school holidays, so Australia celebrates it on the last Friday.
Celebrated in over 100 countries worldwide, World Teachers’ Day acknowledges the efforts of teachers in an increasingly complex, multicultural and technological society. It is a day when we hope that students, parents and communities can show their appreciation for the contributions teachers have made to the lives of children and their communities. Please join me in thanking your children’s teachers for their hard work, professionalism and commitment to your children’s learning. I would also like to thank the Governing Council parents who will be providing morning tea and lunch for staff.
2022 CLASS PLACEMENT PROCESS
We will shortly begin the process of developing class groupings for 2022. If you would like to provide information relevant to your child’s 2022 placement, please click on this link to download the “2022 CLASS PLACEMENT PARENT INPUT FORM”. Please complete the proforma and return to me in an envelope marked ATTENTION: Anne Rathjen, Class Placement Process, by no later than Monday November 8th. Letters received after this date will not be able to be considered as our placement process begins that Monday. Please note that for many reasons, while every request is considered closely, none are able to be guaranteed. Requests about specific teachers are not considered. If you have a child who will be transferring to another school I ask that you please complete the relevant section of the proforma and return to me as soon as possible. Accurate numbers are required to ensure our correct staffing levels and enrolments affect the number of classes we can run.
DROP ZONE DRIVING REMINDERS
A huge thank you to all drivers who observe speed limits and usual road rules when driving in the drop zone. Over the last few weeks, we have observed speeding, failure to stop, check and wait for children on the crossing and drivers checking mobile phones when driving through. I respectfully remind all families that the safety of students crossing the road in the zone is paramount and that they have right of way, so to please be observant. Thank you for your cooperation.
I am sure you will join me in congratulating ex-student and OSHC Educator, Tahlia McGrath for her current achievements in both the Australian and Strikers WBBL women’s cricket teams. Her achievements are outstanding and reflect all 4 of our school values. Well done, Tahlia!!
We have just been notified that we are in the top 55 schools in South Australia for % of students completing the Premier's Reading Challenge this year. With our big focus on Reading, excellent learning programs and teacher and family support or this particular program, our students continue to make strides in their literacy learning. So thank you for your support.
AIRCONDITIONING IN THE PAVILION
You may have noticed that the shipping container in the carpark has now been removed. This is because our air conditioning in the Pavilion has now been installed. There are some additions still to be made to the vents inside but we are still able to use it while waiting for these additions. I can tell you that it is very effective and the Pavilion is now going to be a great place to be on hot days!
The vacancy process to choose the new Groundsperson is underway and I should be able to announce the successful applicant within the next few weeks.
WORLD TEACHERS’ DAY AUSTRALIA – FRIDAY 29th OCTOBER
PUPIL FREE DAY TERM 4 – MONDAY 1st NOVEMBER
PROPOSED CONCERT – TUESDAY 30th NOVEMBER
GRADUATIONS – THURSDAY 9th DECEMBER