Welcome back to Term 3. We keep on saying it but it’s hard to believe we are over half way through the year. It’s nice to welcome parents and caregivers back on grounds, although at this stage, we are unable to allow people into corridors and classrooms without a volunteer check and covid tracing forms being signed at the Office.
We welcome some new students to our school Lachlan F, Peter M, Leilani M (welcome back) and Ruby S. We look forward to having you and your families in our community.
This term we also welcome three pre service teachers who, over the next four weeks will be working with our class teachers to develop their skills.
Emily Sapounas in Room 5, Jake Von Stanke in Room 9 and Tiarna Pattinson in Room 12. We hope you enjoy your time with us.
It’s great to see our sports running again with both Soccer and Netball starting up. We rely so much on our parents and caregivers and grandparents to help run these programs. Without this help our learners would not have the opportunity to participate. As a school community we thank you all for your wonderful contribution to our community.
Over the past term, we have been working with council to find parking solutions for our school. This will include some changes to our surrounding streets. When the consultation period is finished, we will communicate with our community about the changes. In the interim we ask you to consider the safety of all of our precious children.
We continue to work on our Site Improvement Plan and have really focused on our learners and their writing. All students will have or have their own goal to improve their writing. Our educators will be working with student to achieve their goal. Ask your child if they have their goal yet and what they are doing to achieve it.
Year 7 to High School 2022
As you may know, Year 7 is moving to high school in 2022. This means that if your child is in Year 5 or 6 this year, they will graduate from primary school next year. Having two year levels graduate at the same time is a unique situation and we want to assure you that our students will experience a positive and successful transition from primary to high school. To ensure the experience is memorable, we are considering how leadership opportunities, seniors jumpers, graduation ceremonies and participation in activities that were historically 'Year 7' events will include Year 6 learners.
To get ready for next year, we will soon be talking to our learners about graduation ceremonies, leadership opportunities and graduation jumpers or tops for the graduating classes of 2021.
We will keep our community informed
Canteen and Sharing Food
Please remember that we ask children not to share food from their lunchboxes. We also ask that they do not buy food for each other at the canteen. Thanks for your support.
This term we will be having assemblies on Fridays of even weeks. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate parents at this stage, due to COVID restrictions. As the weather fines up, we are hopeful to move assemblies outside at which point we will have more flexibility to comply with social distancing and density requirements.
Parent Teacher interviews
We look forward to meeting with many of you in Weeks 2 and 3 for Parent/Teacher Interviews. Online bookings have now closed. If you missed out and would like an interview, please contact your child’s teacher to find out when vacancies might exist.
COVID-safe guidelines will be in place for Parent Teacher Interviews. Today a note was sent home with the youngest child in each family with the details, including a form that you are required to fill in before the interview starts. Please take the time to do this before arriving at the interview.
Varicella-Zoster Virus (Chicken Pox/Shingles)
There has been a confirmed diagnosis of Shingles in our community. This can also present in children as Chicken Pox.
Chicken pox is a viral infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus.
Symptoms include fever and “cold-like” symptoms followed by a rash. The rash appeared blisters which crust to form scabs to form scabs. The rash is more noticeable on the trunk than on the limbs and may affect the scalp and the inside of the mouth, nose and throat. The rash is usually itchy.
Incubation period (time between becoming infected and developing symptoms) is two - three weeks, commonly thirteen – seventeen days.
Infectious period (time during which an infected person can infect others) is from two days before the rash appears (during coughing, runny nose stage) until 5 days after the appearance of the first blister
Control of spread
• exclude person with chickenpox until fully recovered or for at least five days after the rash first appears. Note that some remaining scabs are not a reason for continued exclusion
• any child with an immune deficiency (eg leukaemia) or receiving chemotherapy should be excluded from contact with a case of chicken pox or shingles for their own protection
• wash hands after contact with soiled articles (tissues, etc) Dispose of tissues appropriately
• persons with shingles should cover the moist shingles rash with a dry bandage to ensure that others are not exposed
• specific antiviral treatment for both chicken pos and shingles is available
• medical advice should be sought if:
• a child or adult with chicken pox has a high fever, cough, shortness of breath or chest pain
• a pregnant woman has chicken pox
• a person over 50 years of age has shingles
For all cases, calamine lotion or phenergan (available from chemists) may be useful for the itch. If treatment to reduce temperature or discomfort is necessary, paracetamol is recommended.
Dave Henty-Smith, Principal
Jo Meredith, Deputy Principal
Kathy Baker, Inclusive Education Coordinator