Welcome back to Term 3 and especially to students and families new to our school.
We look forward to a long and happy association working with you.
Every Tuesday James Martin has been releasing Jonathon Warren-White for his IT Coordinator role. James is now working full time in House 9 providing support in student programs.
Welcome to 4 pre-service teachers, Lucy Rowett, Stevie Brown, Chelsea Mcgarry and Rebecka Jury who are working in 7W, 8W, 3N and 3S respectively.
Thank you to all families for your ongoing understanding and cooperation as schools continue to operate under levels of restrictions due to COVID. Continuing to social distance, not enter classrooms and signing in when volunteering, are greatly appreciated.
A number of big community events in the school had been planned for the second half of the year. We are currently trying to determine what we are reasonably able to manage and organise risk free under the current restriction protocols and what we can’t. More information will be provided in the coming newsletters. It is certainly important now more than ever to ensure we do everything we can to keep safe and especially when you consider what is happening interstate, (and with the unknowns about any so-called COVID second wave affecting SA, long term planning is unable to be considered for some of our bigger events.)
NATIONAL OSHC EDUCATORS DAY
HCEPS is extremely lucky to have a fabulous OSHC/VacCare service. On Wednesday it was the inaugural National OSHC Educators Day to recognise the very important role of educators in the provision of care and wellbeing support of children in OSHC services around Australia.
We have a wonderful team of educators led very ably by Lisbeth Oppert and Sally Mitchell who bring years of experience to their roles as Directors. Our Governing Council with the staff provided flowers to the OSHC team on behalf of the whole school community to thank them for their work.
LITERACY AND NUMERACY PROGRAMS
During the last 2 weeks teachers have been meeting with SSOs to review support programs and organise the next semester of programs in literacy and numeracy. There has been a big focus on phonics and comprehension strategies in literacy, and building basic number skills, problem solving and reasoning in numeracy. Some classes are also using these sessions to provide higher order thinking programs for more able students.
NATIONALLY CONSISTENT COLLECTION OF DATA (NCCD)
All schools are required to collect information about the numbers of students for whom they provide adjustments under the Disability Discrimination Act (1992) and Disability Standards of Education. This data is used as the basis for national funding. The NCCD involves the collection of:
· the number of students receiving adjustments to enable them to participate in education on the same basis as other students
· the level of adjustment provided to students
· student’s type of disability if known
Under the model the definition of disability is broad and includes learning difficulties, health and mental health conditions. If your child is identified for inclusion in the Collection, the required information will be included in this year’s data collection. If you have any questions about the data collection, please contact me on 8322 3677. Further information can be found at: http://www.education.gov.au/nationally-consistent-collection-data-school-students-disability.
SOME GATES CLOSED (BUT NOT LOCKED)
Many of you have noticed that the Admin/OSHC gate (and the gate next to House 8) are closed during the day. This is to support processes around some of our very young students. The gates are not locked. If you need to come into the office through the Admin gate during school hours, just open the bolt on the gate to gain access. Please make sure that when you go through the gate, the bolt is closed over again, so gates remain closed at all times. Thank you for your understanding.