A GREAT START TO 2022
Despite the challenges of hybrid learning, we have had a very positive start to 2022 having started the year with 381 students and a staff that is looking forward to working closely with students and the school community throughout the year ahead. Even though students have been working face-to-face, remote or at school remote, they have generally been settled, happy and working closely with staff in whichever setting. We appreciate and thank you for your support through this complex process.
On Monday, school will return fully to face-to-face learning and we welcome everyone back to school. Any children who remain at home either due to parent request, or due to isolation or illness, will be able to access appropriate learning materials through the Our Learning SA website. The provision of remote learning programs by the school will cease.
This is just a reminder that for the foreseeable future parents are not permitted on site, so we please ask that you say goodbye to and collect your children from the gates, and thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
We also ask that you please keep any child who is at all unwell, at home until s/he is better, even if it there are not COVID-like symptoms.
Unfortunately, during my isolation as a close contact, I have now also become COVID positive and will only return to school in Wk 4. I would like to again acknowledge the excellent leadership of Andrea Hayden and the fantastic support of staff in my absence.
We welcome Jane Taylor and Kimberley Chamberlain (teachers) and Sally Johnson and Naira Tandilyan (SSOs) as new staff members this year, with all other returning staff having worked at some time during 2021.
A full list of staff and their roles/responsibilities is attached here.
On behalf of the school community I would also like to congratulate Aisha Venner and her husband on the safe arrival of their son during the holidays.
Due to the different start to the year this year, the Acquaintance Meetings that usually occur in Week 3 will be either delayed, or offered in a different format. As our priority has been on managing the hybrid learning processes we have not yet had time to organise a suitable alternative but more information will be available in due course.
Despite the fact that current restrictions are minimising access to parents on site, eventually we will start our volunteer programs again. Thank you to our many wonderful volunteers who support the school in a variety of ways throughout the year. We highly value positive working relationships with volunteers and the support you provide to our school programs.
While we wait for restrictions to lift, it is a very good time to follow up requirements that need to be undertaken to participate in volunteering programs in the school.
If you are current volunteer, this is a friendly reminder that you must have completed the new RRHAN training and have an up to date Working with Children Check to continue volunteering with us this year. If you have recently completed one or both of these processes, please email a copy of your documents to the front office so our records can be updated.
If you have not participated before but are interested in volunteering we would love to have you. There are some official processes that do need to be undertaken first but please do not let that put you off. Please contact the front office to ask for a Volunteer pack to be sent home with your child, or to discuss the Working with Children Check and RRHAN processes or any other information you need.
Just a reminder to all volunteers, current and new, that in order to volunteer you must also be double vaccinated and prepared to show your vaccinations record. Current volunteers, if you have not yet provided this to the school, please contact the front office to organise a time for a leader to sight the evidence.
Once volunteering programs recommence, volunteers will be asked to sign in at the front office and will be issued with a Visitor sticker to show that you are authorised to be in the buildings.
NOMINATIONS FOR GOVERNING COUNCIL (2022/2023)
Because of the different start to the 2022 school year, Governing Council meetings are being postponed to only commence in Wk 6 instead of Wk 4 for the current Governing Council. The first meeting will be via Zoom.
It is an expectation, however, that AGM, happens before the end of the term so we can elect new members to Governing Council . At this stage AGM is planned for Wk 8, (with date and meeting format to be confirmed).
In getting all our parents/caregivers of the school community thinking about membership to Governing Council I provide the following preliminary information.
Membership of the Governing Council provides an opportunity to participate in discussions around a variety of school issues as a representative of the parent community and is a great way to learn how schools operate. The Hallett Cove East Primary School Governing Council Constitution states that the Governing Council will consist of 17 Council Members. This is comprised of the Principal, 2 Staff of the school and 14 elected Parents. Currently there are some vacancies for 2022/2023 that are required to be filled. So we will shortly be preparing the application process for the new Governing Council. I encourage everyone to think seriously about joining Council. If you are interested, please look out for information regarding nominating for Governing Council that will be sent out very soon through Skoolbag.
Attendance is a key priority for all schools and it is vital that students are at school and on time every day. Even being late in the morning, means they miss part or all of the R-6 Reading Block. Children are expected to arrive at school between 8:30am and 8:40am and be in classrooms ready to commence tasks at 8:45am. If children arrive at classrooms after this time, they are deemed to be late and will need to check into the front office to have their electronic attendance status changed from Absent to Late. We ask please that students are signed in by parents through the front office (via the Admin gate during COVID restrictions), when arriving late. At a designated time each morning, a text will be automatically sent to the parents of any students with unexplained absences who have not arrived by then. (If you receive an absence text, we ask that you please either reply to the text with the reason for absence, or, ring the school.)
Not being at school at all, means 6 hours and 20 minutes of important learning time is lost. Obviously we understand that children do become ill and that families have urgent issues that arise from time to time. If these events occur we ask that you please ring the school. Not only is it important that students maximise their time in learning, this information also helps you and us to know where your child is ensuring s/he is safe. Attendance is a key Department for Education (DfE) priority and as such is subject to ongoing monitoring. The school’s Attendance brochure and policy are on the school’s website and can provide further information. I thank you in advance for your cooperation with this process.
CYBER SAFETY ARTICLE IN THIS NEWSLETTER
The Southern District Community Engagement Newsletter is attached to this newsletter. While much of it is for schools the information may also be important for parents regarding ways to teach children about safety online.
SCHOOL ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The School AGM will be held on a date to be confirmed in Week 8 and in a format to be finalised.
More information will be out soon.
Please note that R-4 Swimming has been scheduled for Week 6 (March 7th – 11th) with year levels, times and programs for these students still to be confirmed. More information will be out soon.
A VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM PROFESSOR NICOLA SPURRIER IS ATTACHED here