Welcome Back Mr Newton
I’m extremely excited to announce that through our Expression of Interest process we have secured the services of Mr Zac Newton as the teacher of our Year 4 class for the remainder of the year.
Mr Newton was a valuable member of 'Team Tomerong’ during 2015 to 2017 before making a move to a school in North Western NSW. We are delighted that he will be returning to our school in a temporary capacity until the end of 2020. We cannot wait to welcome him back to Tomerong School and know Year 4 can look forward to an amazing semester ahead.
My sincere thanks to Mrs Coleman for stepping in to teach and support our Year 4 students this term. I know, like all of us, the class has had some interruptions this year and Mrs Coleman has done an amazing job of maintaining business as usual upon the return from the Home Learning period. I have no doubt that Mr Newton will quickly build quality relationships with each of our Year 4 students and they will achieve great outcomes together.
We have not yet received advice as to whether or not our Stage 3 excursion to Canberra is able to proceed on Thursday 24 September to Friday 25 September, 2020. At this stage we are suggesting to parents that they put money aside and we will let you know if it will go ahead as soon as we are informed. The cost of the excursion is expected to be approximately $230, with a discount for families who will have two or more children attending. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion, the Australian Government is contributing funding of $20 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school on completion of the excursion and has already been deducted from the excursion cost.
Of my 16 years in Principal-land, Semester 1, 2020 will be remembered as being like no other! As adults and as parents we like to think we have a reasonable understanding of what to expect in the world, but this year has certainly challenged that on all fronts. Like all new experiences though, there have been some overwhelming positives from the past 6 months. Different ways of thinking about learning, having students engage in learning differently and having parents more involved in their child’s learning, have all been unintended benefits of the pandemic.
As a staff, this period has also encouraged us to ask ‘What if…?’ which is a critical starting point as schools continue to strive for ongoing improvement. We are now in the final year of our 3 year School Plan and throughout next term we will undergo rigorous evaluations of our programs and procedures to ensure our next planning cycle continues to take us to where we need to be. We will be asking for your opinions on what you want our school to be like and how we can best support our students, their families and our community.
Thank you again for your amazing support throughout the term. Who knows what Term 3 will bring, but I know together we will continue to make a difference in our children’s lives.
Wishing our students a happy holiday,