Welcome to Week 8
Welcome to a new week parents, carers and students. I would like to thank you for your support in the current social climate in regards to COVID-19. We are working very hard to put social distancing measures in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff.
The advice given has been that any staff or students who are unwell with respiratory illness are to stay home. This may mean that some classes will have casual teachers. I appreciate your understanding in this matter at this time.
As Mark Scott announced, the Department of Education will continue to stay operational for as long as possible and social distancing is a measure we can put into place to minimise the spread of any illnesses.
In accordance with this directive the following measures will be undertaken at Hammondville.
1. Increases to hand washing and cleaning in classrooms.
2. Students presenting with flu like symptoms at school will be sent home. If you have to give your child Panadol or Nurofen to get them through the school day, then they need to stay home.
3. All school assemblies will be cancelled for this term.
4. Scripture will be cancelled for the rest of this term.
5. All whole school events will be postponed this term until an alternate date is set. This includes Anzac Day ceremony, Cross Country carnival and Easter Hat parade.
6. PSSA is postponed until further notice as well as any zone, regional, state carnivals and zone and regional PSSA competitions.
7. Dance rehearsals and COS group ensemble rehearsals are cancelled until further notice.
As the situation changes we will keep you updated through the newsletter, Facebook and Skoolbag app. Again, thank you for your understanding and patience. We are following all directives and doing our utmost to keep our school community safe.
Any students who have a medical condition or who have medication kept at school would have received a medical condition letter. These letters need to be completed and returned as soon as possible so that we can put the relevant process into place and notify staff. This is to ensure that in an emergency situation we have the necessary documentation and the steps to follow in relation to each medical condition. If you have a child with a medical condition and have not yet returned it, please return the letter to the office at your earliest convenience.
This week, students will be involved in Harmony Day activities, due to the current social climate, activities will take place in individual’s classes where teachers will carry out lessons on inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.
Attendance information –Key fact
It’s important that we receive the right information on absentee notes as it will be entered into the roll, which is a legal document. The following information should be included:
Explanation for absence (e.g. Justin will be unable to attend school due to the flu is better than Justin will be away today)
When you expect your child to return to school
Contact details if they have recently changed
Legally, schools are required to keep any notes explaining absences in their files.
Mr Royce – Charity Ride
Our wonderful General Assistant Mr Royce is doing a charity bike ride from Sydney to Surfers to raise money for Youth off the Streets Charity. He would like to raise $2000.00 and so far he's raised $695.75. If you would like to support Mr Royce in his charity ride, please donate at the link below.
Positive Stars Week 7
Each week I ask teachers to send students to visit me for being a positive star. These students are chosen as they have been recognised for producing excellent work, demonstrating outstanding work habits and being exceptional learners. Well done to the following students on being Positive Stars in Week 7. Isaac, Lilly-Anne, Josiah and Amirah from 1/2 Copper. Keep up the great work and I can’t wait to see more students this week.
Have a wonderful week of learning!
Mrs Rebekah Murray