Welcome to Term 3!
Over the holidays, I spent quite a bit of time reflecting on our first 6 months of 2020 - the challenges, our new way of life, the change in our daily operations, the introduction of online learning and the importance of home and school partnerships. And after my period of reflection, my most significant “take-away” was the importance of gratitude - acknowledging the positives that we have in our life.
So in light of this, I’d like to begin this term with a message of acknowledgment. I’d like to thank you all for your overwhelming support over the past few months. Restricting K-2 parent/carer access to the school grounds at drop-off and pick-up times, and in turn, to all our parents/carers was not an easy decision and one that I deliberated over for many weeks. The basis of this decision was ultimately about the safety of our children, staff and the entire school community, reflecting the Department of Education’s and NSW Health’s guidelines. It has been received with overwhelming understanding and support and for that, I sincerely thank you. Over the past week, I have been standing at the Stanley Street gate in the morning and afternoon, making contact with you, at a distance, and greeting the students as they enter and leave the school gate. This has been the highlight of my day. We continue to be there for you, whenever you or your family need us. Our office staff and our Assistant Principals are all on call to answer phone calls and reply promptly to emails.
Welcome back Mrs Kang
Last week we welcomed Mrs Kang back to our school. Mrs Kang has been on leave over the past 2 years. She will be working on Mondays and Tuesdays in the Learning Support role on Stages 2 and 3, as well as the Release from Face-to Face (RFF) role in Term 3.
Thank you to the P&C
On behalf of all the staff, I’d like to thank the P&C who have recently funded the purchase of new resources for your school. These resources include:
* 9 new laptops, which will be used by our students during project-based assignments
* 20 new webcams – one for each class
* new furniture for the Stage 3 classes, promoting flexible learning spaces
* new sports equipment for our K-2 students, promoting athletics skills
Over the next 12 months, we will be looking at replacing the furniture for our K-4 classes.