Welcome back to Term 4, it has been a very smooth return and student numbers are averaging a little over 96% daily.
COVID 19 Arrangements
We have had a gradual loosening of requirements regarding COVID restrictions to allow more student based activities both on and off the site. We have still been asked to restrict adult access to the site to essential visitors only so unfortunately the drop off and pick up will remain as it is until the end of the year.
Regular handwashing and/or sanitising is vital for students and staff always before eating or returning to the classroom from breaks. Despite the much improved cleaning it is impossible to guarantee the virus is not lingering on surfaces so we need to do whatever we can from children picking up any lingering virus around.
In the outside world
Minimise your contact in hotspots regularly updated by NSW Health, on public transport and in confined busy inside spaces.
Current COVID arrangements for school events
School Overnight Excursions:
Student Camps for Year 4 - 11 & 12 November, Year 5 - 16, 17 & 18 November and Year 6 - 7, 8 & 9 December are planned to go ahead this term. The school has secured the various extensive COVID safety plans from the camps and bus companies and information has already been sent out for Year 4 as the camp is in Week 5. The School Office Manager, Karen Birrell, has a large job to do in reallocating unspent funds that parents may have already paid for sport or camps. Parents are only charged the balance remaining. Hopefully for most parents this will be manageable, but the school always seeks information if parents are experiencing financial hardship to see how we can help.
Year 6 activities
Mini Fair - 3 December:
This will go ahead with no food or close contact activities with a grade at a time and a gold coin donation for the Year 6 fundraising gift to the school.
Year 6 Farewell - Tuesday 15 December:
This will go ahead as planned under a COVID safe plan at school relevant at the time of the event. Minimal parent contact and an outside disco are being planned.
Year 6 Ringing the bell - 16 December:
This will be modified with possibly a ticket invitation for Year 6 parents.
Transition will be held on the first two days of 2021 and Best Start will take place in Week 2.
Miss Valenti is planning an after school visit for parents and students after school later in this term. ZOOM meetings will continue.
School Presentation Days
At this stage we believe these can be modified to Stage based ticketed events for parents with award winners. We will try to include some minimal events with bands, dance and small groups of singers but these may be virtual. Children will not be able to sing on mass but there may be some small groups who can sing the school song and anthem. We will clarify dates with parents as soon as possible but as with all planning this will be subject to more opening up or closing down with circumstances.
- Monday 7 December: Kinder 9.30am-10.30am; Stage 1 11.40am-12.40pm
- Monday 14 December: Stage 2 9.30am-10.30am; Stage 3 11.40am-12.40pm
School Picnic day
Centennial Park is being planned in a modified format, and will likely be in the last week of term.
Whole School Colour Fun Run - 10 December
Returning to Randwick
Thank you to everyone who has replied to Care Monkey for 2021. We only have about 200 outstanding replies and would appreciate your attention to this to assist in planning for next year.
At this stage we have around 140 Kinder enrolments. Transition and Best Start will go ahead at the beginning of 2021 as planned. We are planning informal (but registered) after school visits to the playground and class towards the end of the year.
The Term dates for 2021 are a little different with the Department making the decision for two School Development Days (Staff only) at the beginning of the year and only one at the end.
Dates for 2021 are:
School Development Days: Wednesday 27 January and Thursday 28 January
Friday 29th January: Students return; Conclude 1 April
Friday 5th February: Kindergarten first full day: Transition/Best Start as advised 29 January - 4 February.
School Development Day: Monday 19 April
Tuesday 20 April: Students return; Conclude 25 June
School Development Day: Monday 12 July
Tuesday 13 July Students return; Conclude 17 September
Tuesday 5 October Students return; Conclude 16 December
Term 4 School Development Day: Friday 17 December