|Pupil Free||Tuesday 9 June|
|Show Day School Closure||Friday 4 September|
|Pupil Free||Monday 7 September|
|Pupil Free||Friday 30 October|
Dear families and caregivers
I hope that everyone enjoyed the beautiful autumn weekend that has just passed. From all evidence we have, the school grounds was a popular meeting place for families and groups of friends emerging from isolation and responsibly engaging, ensuring distancing and also supporting local business for snacks and coffee etc. This is the kind of support and spirit we need to move forward positively and responsibly.
This week we only have 14 students learning from home due to the COVID-19 situation. If we exclude the regular coughs and colds common at this time, Henley has over 97% attendance. With the restrictions on international/interstate travel this figure is higher than normal as families postpone winter trips to the warmth of other locations.
Classes are very full at the moment and remote learning capabilities of staff are highly reduced as they have the daily face to face students and duties to attend to first. I would encourage all families that are currently learning from home to engage in a review with their medical professional to see if the risk for their child has reduced and a return to school and a more direct student/teacher relationship is a viable healthy option. Back to supported learning/ Back to community.
We have received very positive feedback from families about SKOOLBAG and SEESAW as communication platforms. Even in this complex times families have reported the best and most current communication ever. The Apps have been reported to us as easy to use with clear notifications. With the ability to go back to past notifications, the platforms are a saviour for many when you get the feeling you have missed or misplaced a notice. If you are having any difficulties please contact the front office team who will gladly assist you to make the applications user friendly on your device.
School Phones continue to be a major issue. Our regular landlines are fully out of order with no date for resolution. We do have emergency mobiles offering a contact alternative when you dial 83562117. When we dial you it will now show as PRIVATE NUMBER and there is no “Message bank” available. Please be patient and persist.
Student Mobile Phones
It has been noted that more and more students of varying ages, are bringing mobile devices to school. We do provide a safe and secure storage facility for devices in the front office. An increasing number of students are not utilising this and are then operating outside of school policy. Parents need to be aware that in the event of accidental damage or theft the school bears no responsibility. If the device is spotted during school hours it will be confiscated and require parent collection. Phones should be turned off once students are on site. If applicable, students must put phones away once they have notified their parents that they have arrived safely. If out and being used during school hours additional consequences under the policy may apply. Please refresh yourself with the policy and discuss with your child. See link.
Out of Hours Sports
With the current SA easing of restrictions junior sports will hopefully be returning soon. We are awaiting more information from local associations. In preparation for this I am aware that AFL Junior football and most of Junior basketball were well organised and represented and should be able to kick-start easily. Junior Soccer was in jeopardy of not proceeding prior to COVID-19 due to a lack of adult support and in some age levels student numbers were too low. Please be aware that these are not school run options. We rely entirely on parents as coaches/managers and sport delegates. After such a long break this may be just what you are looking for to be out there and active, supporting your child and building an enthusiasm for team sport in the community. WE NEED YOU! Please stay connected to Skoolbag for more updates as they come.