What a busy week we have coming up.
Monday is Photo Day. Please send your children to school with their forms and be clear with your children if you want a family photograph. These forms have been available from the front office for a while and you can still grab one first thing on Monday morning if you’d like a family photo. The class and individual photos are scheduled from the start of the school day and when these are finished the family photos will be taken.
Monday is also the start of Book Week and we start with half the school participating in the author incursion. There are Book Week activities and happenings all week, please see the information which has been previously shared and is repeated later in this newsletter. I would particularly like to mention the generosity of our families who have been sending in books for the Book Swap fundraiser on Thursday. Thank you.
On Thursday morning we also have a visit from our school’s Education Director, Heather Makris, Principal Consultant, Chris Tippett and Curriculum Lead, Tom Porta. The team will be speaking with Leadership, Staff and 10 of our students. They will also be visiting classrooms to see the wonderful learning that is occurring at our school.
At the end of the week we will round out activities with a Book Week Parade and assembly. On Friday morning, once you have dropped your children at the classroom door, we encourage you to come down to the big COLA to view all the students and their wonderful costumes and creations. Classes will be there as soon as they can after they have done their roll and become organised for the day. Please stand around the perimeter and follow appropriate COVID safe practices. We have our fingers crossed for fine weather.
You may have heard the announcement of an Autism Lead Teacher for all primary schools from 2023. We have received notification that our funding will be 0.1 FTE. For your information, a 0.1 FTE equates to a half a day a week or twenty days for a year. We will receive further information but we know that this time will be used to train a teacher to undertake this role which includes providing support to their fellow educators on how best to support and educate students with Autism.
If you have queries about the Autism Lead Teacher roles we have been asked to refer you to the Department for Education website for further information.
We have had a query regarding closing or locking our gates during the school day. After a discussion with Governing Council we have decided to keep the gates as they are. Many are closed over during the day and sometimes the school makes a decision to close or lock specific gates. If you try to access the gate and it is locked please come to the administration or OSHC gate on Forresters Ave and ring the front office should this one be locked too. The safety of our students is always our highest priority.
Don’t forget the hours for our school day are 8:45am until 3:05pm.
If you have siblings that you are dropping at school after 8:40am you may find that one can get themselves to the classroom before 8:45am and the other has further to walk so they may not. We would like to remind all families that the learning program starts at 8:45am and students are expected to be in their classrooms at 8:40am. As we have mentioned before students who arrive late can not only disrupt their learning but can disrupt the learning of others in the class. As you know from our twice yearly written reports absence and late are shared with you on this document.
There will be a Skoolbag notice next week clarifying the time when a child is recorded as late or having missed the morning.
Our latest COVID update has confirmed that we need to continue to report positive cases of both students and staff. Should we have an outbreak we will seek guidance as to our actions. There does not seem to be any changes which relate to students.
Students and staff who are a close contact cannot attend an overnight camp during the 7-day period following exposure. People who have recovered from COVID-19 will not be considered a close contact for 28 days after their release from isolation. After 28 days, you will still be considered a close contact if you are exposed to COVID-19 and meet the close contact definition.
And congratulations to our SAPSASA Soccer team who have made it to the finals of the Middle Sized Primary Schools Competition. They will be competing on Monday 12th September at Gepps Cross. Good luck to you all.