What a joy it's been to welcome our beaming STAPS kids back to school. Their energy, happiness and enthusiasm has been a welcome addition back into the school yard.
I know one pup who has been particularly happy to welcome the additional ball throwers and pat givers back!
A huge thank you firstly to our amazing staff who have kept the our school running along over these past few months and have worked hard to tweak, revise and create amazing learning opportunities for students to undertake at home, and also prepare a warm welcome for the return to school. ,To celebrate their hard efforts we'll be heading out for a nice meal together tonight.
Secondly, parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles, siblings... Thank you! We know how hard it's been, navigating the new remote learning horizon but you've almost come out the other side. You should be incredibly proud of the efforts you've gone to create a positive learning experience for your children. We thank you for your unwavering support. Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any current or ongoing concerns. You are not alone and we’ve heard all of the stories so don’t hold back from getting in touch.
Another huge thanks goes out to our cleaner. Joe's been here every morning and afternoon to ensure that our students and staff are safe and school is in tip top condition. He even makes sure to get out to that playground each day to make sure that the kids can play with no worries at all!
The students have done an amazing job with transitioning back to face to face learning! I'm so proud of each and every one of them and I cannot wait to welcome back the senior class next week. The yard has been full of laughter and games, and cubby land has been built up with a new wonder of cubby creations. It has been so lovely to welcome life back in the school!
As you may have heard, school reports won't be as normal this year. On the last day of term you'll be receiving a student report that will outline your child's learning this year as well as comments about how they went with remote learning. Due to the fact that a large period of time was off site, we are not going to be including a specific learning achievement level for your child as we simply do not have the evidence to back up what would need to be shown. We know this may be alarming to you but, rest assured, our teachers are incredibly confident about the learning plans they have in place to ensure your children are fully catered for as individual learners. We welcome you to make a time to meet with them to discuss your child's learning. As always, you can schedule a time to meet with our teachers any time but you will be formally invited to attend Parent Teacher Interviews at the beginning of Term 3.
Lastly, a few dates coming up.
There is a curriculum day scheduled for the last Wednesday of Term as our staff will be attending their next Bastow Literacy session.
Due to the Library upgrade, thanks to FRRR, our passionate, hardworking PFA have decided to sell off our old (excess, multiple copy) books in an impromptu sale tomorrow. As we are still not able to gather on school grounds, books will be displayed outside from 2:30 until 4pm tomorrow for sale. We ask that you please respect social distancing guidelines, sanitise before handling books and remember, not to gather. This sale is to act in the benefit of Indigenous communities and people in need, not as a social gathering. Eftpos facilities will be available as we would like to avoid cash.