Welcome to Week 11
To all our community a big thank you for your ongoing support and understanding at this time. I acknowledge that the changes to our lives in such a sudden way can bring angst, anxiety and uncertainty. As a school community it is important that we all work together to achieve the best outcomes for all.
I have said it many times before and I will say it again, no one can do it all, working from home, teaching from home, managing a changing daily routine is tough and looking after yourself is the number one priority. If you don’t get all the learning tasks completed every day that is ok. When it all gets too much I urge you to take a break, go for a walk, sit in the backyard and have a picnic, watch a movie together, do some baking, complete a puzzle or write letters to those family members you cannot see at the moment. Relationships are the key to getting through this pandemic, being kind to each other, doing what you can and learning to let go of the things you cannot change. We are all in this together, remember the changes we have all experienced have been monumental in a short period of time and this will have an impact on you and your child. Take time to reconnect, the academic stuff can wait.
You may notice that not all staff are at school every day as I have been instructed by the department to provide flexible work options for teachers to work from home. This also helps with social distancing as it reduces the number of adults on site each day. We are currently operating with about 30% of staff on site each day and teachers work on a rotating roster. This is a directive that has been issued by the Department and I need to follow, I appreciate your understanding that if your child does need to come to school because you need to work, that they are likely to have a different teacher each day.
All of the changes that your child has experienced over the last four weeks are likely to have had an impact on how they are feeling about the world. If you need further support the department has a list of helpful resources that you can access at https://education.nsw.gov.au/content/dam/main-education/teaching-and-learning/curriculum/learning-from-home/media/documents/wellbeing/talking-to-children.pdf
I had information from the Department that this pattern of learning is likely to continue for most if not all of Term 2. To maintain the social distancing measures that the government has outlined we will continue to offer remote learning plans for home use in Term 2. We will not be giving these out prior to the holidays and will provide you with information on how this might look early in Term 2.
Positive Stars Week 10
Each week I see work from positive stars. 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 super stars in Week 10. Madeleine, Eddie and Fletcher in K Blue, Alice and Matthew in K Red, Sophie and Cruden in K Yellow, Claire, Jack and Aidan in K Green, Nolan, Micaela and Savannah in 1/2 Gold, Hayley, Everly and Emily in 1/2 Bronze, Ezekiel, Zack and Sienna in 1/2 Copper, Angela, Elise and Brax in 1/2 Titanium, Nathaniel and Ruby in 1/2 Platinum, Ethan and Christian in 1/2 Silver, Chloe, Aydin, Tyler and Gabriel in 3/4 Platinum, Kinley, Riley and Quinta in 3/4 Titanium, Abdul, Aiden and Connor in 3/4 Silver, Jack and Annabelle in 3/4 Gold, Ali, Pavlos and Jesse in 3/4 Bronze, Liam, Lachlan, Mia and Jacob in 5 Blue, Tiana and Shyanne in 5 Yellow, Tahlia, Cooper and Lachlan in 6 Red, Kane, Robbie and Darcy in 6 Blue, Nathaniel, Jarryd and Zara from Mrs Warwick.
For all of our community I would like to say have a wonderful break. You have all earned the downtime, after what can only be said has been a term of unbelievable change. Congratulations on getting through to the end of Term 1. Good luck in the break, stay safe and stay well.
Have a wonderful week of learning!
Mrs Rebekah Murray