PUPIL FREE DAY FIRST DAY OF TERM 3 – JULY 20th
Teachers will be working with other teachers from local partnership schools on LDAM (Learning Design, Assessment and Moderation strategies). The OSHC will be open for child care that day. Please book in with Lissy or Sally on 8381 7577.
Usually at the end of each term, I have a Highlights section filled with a wide range of many exciting things students have done during the term. Due to the very different term we have had, there have not been the usual special events for students to experience. What they have experienced, however, are new, innovative and interesting ways of learning. While the end of last term created a number of significant challenges and swift teaching and learning changes, staff rose to the expectations and delivered very strong learning programs. In a review we did at Staff Meeting this week there was overwhelming feedback that the collaboration that was done in team groups was one of the highlights of the process, with many staff saying that it was so successful, they are continuing to try to plan more widely together. Through reports, observations in classrooms and discussions with teachers it is clearly evident that their consistency of learning design right across the school. I would like to thank all staff for the high level of professionalism they have shown throughout the term and the support they have given families in order to help children engage with learning effectively.
Students too, have really stepped up, not just in tackling new approaches and skills with a positive growth mindset but also developing a high level of resiliency in getting into class and being organised and on task each morning, without parental assistance. Well done students!
Finally I would like to sincerely thank all parents for the level of support and understanding you have given us throughout this term. We know that some of you have faced personal challenges due to COVID, such as lost jobs, businesses or income, vulnerable family members to care for or vulnerabilities yourselves but despite any personal challenges, you helped us while we had lockout and continue to help us now such as through practising social distancing. You have also helped us by keeping your sick children at home and where necessary have had them tested for COVID. So this is a big thank you to you all too, we sincerely appreciate your support.
REPEAT REMINDER BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PLAYGROUNDS USE
There was a reminder to all families about the playgrounds being out of bounds before, after and outside of school in a previous newsletter. Not only is this usual policy but it is a very important expectation during COVID for hygiene purposes and to ensure minimisation of any possible infection spread. Unfortunately, we are still having to ask parents, students and other children to move off the playgrounds before and after school. I respectfully request that families please follow this school expectation.
By now, you should have received your child’s written report that was sent home on Wednesday. If you would still like to have a meeting with your child’s teacher to discuss his/her learning, please contact the teacher early next term to arrange a time.
Congratulations to Hannah Sripada and her family on the birth of their baby boy.
We have a lot of unnamed lost property in front of the front office at the moment. It is really important to name all items so we can return items to students. If you are missing any items, please come and check the boxes.
SCHOOL SECURITY IN THE HOLIDAYS
To help prevent vandalism and other crime in the school during the holidays, we seek your support to please report any suspicious behaviour you may observe in and around the school to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or direct to Police on 131 444. I thank you in advance for doing so.
Please enjoy a safe and happy holiday break with your children. We look forward to seeing all students safely back for the start of Term 2 on Tuesday 21st July.