Hello, Giinagay, Hai
Here we are in Week 10 and holidays commence at the end of the week. Term 3 will commence for students on Tuesday 21 July. Staff development day is on the Monday 20 July.
We have a revised format for Semester 1 reports. This is due to the online nature of our work during Covid-19 restrictions, with the limited face-to-face time to do explicit instructional lessons. The lessons the students experienced online had to be topics or concepts to give them a chance of completing it independently, without bothering mum or dad too much.
Our reports, like most schools across NSW, will not feature an achievement scale (i.e. A – Outstanding, B – High, C – Sound, D – Basic, E – Limited) and will report on the outcomes and indicators covered in English, Maths and Indonesian with one comment for all other Key Learning Areas. The attendance will be not be evident either this time, due to the difficulty in monitoring student and engagement during the Covid-19 learning from home period.
The reports will be sent home with students tomorrow.
Please note all end of term school assemblies have been suspended until further notice.
Given we were unable to conduct Parent Teacher Interviews in Term 1, we are planning to conduct these early in Term 3. This will provide parents and caregivers with the opportunity to discuss their child’s Semester 1 report and overall progress in their learning. The format and mode for interviews will be determined by advice from the Department of Education and Health at that time. Again, I will continue to keep the community up to date with respect to when and how these interviews will proceed.
COVID-19 Restrictions Easing
As we head towards Term 3 there is an easing of restrictions regarding physical distancing and what these positive changes mean for our school community. These easing of restrictions mean we can begin to re-commence some of the programs within the school that have been delivered by external providers. As of Week 1 of Term 3, Ethics and Scripture will be starting up again. More information will be forthcoming regarding PSSA sport and other activities.
For the foreseeable future the school will continue to implement the enhanced hygiene practices that have been in place for the last few months. We will continue to promote these practices to our students on a daily basis.
I understand it has been very unusual for parents and caregivers not to enter the school. Teachers are missing those opportunities to have parents work in their classrooms and have those informal discussions regarding individual student progress. Please don’t hesitate to call the school and make an appointment to speak to your child’s teacher via phone if you feel this would be beneficial.
The first Semester was not what we had hoped for when we began early this year. However, we have worked together and made it through. A huge thankyou to all our parents, carers, community members, P&C and professional partners. Your support for our staff and more importantly the students and each other, has been amazing.
We are not through this health and economic crisis yet. We are grateful we are at least getting some normality back for the children in our community.
Thanks to our dynamic staff here at our school for their relentless focus on school improvement in all possible conditions and their passion, care and commitment for our students.
Thanks to our Year 6 leaders, who have led with compassion, integrity and grace.
Thanks to all our students who continue to do their best.
Stay safe and well these holidays. We look forward to seeing everyone in Term 3.
Thanks, yaarri yaraang, terima kasih.
Gillian Stuart - Principal