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REMINDER PUPIL FREE DAYS ALL NEXT WEEK
This is a reminder that school is closed for all students all next week, (April 6th-9th.) OSHC is available for care during this time. If you need care, please contact Sally or Lissy on 8381 7577.
We continue to live and work in challenging times and I sincerely thank parents for your support and patience during this time as we plan, not just learning programs, but how we learn, develop, use and manage online processes, (which are brand new for most staff), between home and school. I know many of you are anxious about what learning will look like particularly from home. I would like to reassure everyone that this is brand new for all of us, educators, students and families everywhere, and as a team we will work together and learn along the way. Parents are not expected to develop programs, we are doing that. Children will not be expected to be online all day. In fact we are planning that there will be other work provided that is not done on any device at all. The mix of modes and amount will vary between year levels and the ability of students to be able to work independently. My message to parents is to just do the best you can. We expect that things may start at a basic level while we are all getting used to operation in this new education style. As each week passes we will all become more proficient with it and as a school, we will be able to improve processes for students and families.
Understand too, that things may change in the 3 weeks prior to the start of Term 2, we do not know what will happen and some of our plans may change. As a school community, we will work together and address these issues as they arise, (under direction from appropriate government departments). Term 2 Weeks 1 & 2 work packages and “how to” information will be sent out at the end of next week. Please make sure you do not use the materials until the start of Term 2, as this is the learning program for both home and school learners, and there may be times when home learners will learn with the staff and other students at school.
Please return the Consent Form giving permissions for students that was sent out on Skoolbag yesterday, to utilise Department for Education approved online platforms, as soon as possible. We need returns for all students regardless of whether they are learning at home or learning at school.
So, one final message, try not to be too concerned, we are all in this together!
I would like to sincerely thank Kobe in 3N and Chloe in 7W and their Dad and Mum who together created a fabulous film clip resource for children, teaching them the importance of good hygiene throughout this pandemic. In fact the message is important at all times.
HIGHLIGHTS OF TERM 1 2020
Although our last few weeks of school have been significantly affected by attendance, we have continued to work hard throughout the term, even with protective distancing measures in place. Highlights aside from our routine programs included:
- Student Leadership application process and commencement of roles
- Genki Kids program
- Traffic Monitor training and work
- R-5 Swimming program
- Student Leadership assembly
- National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence and Harmony Day activities
- Premier’s Reading and Be Active Challenges commenced
- SAPSASA district swimming competitions
- Cross country training
- AGM including presentations by Student Leaders
- A new Governing Council elected
- Acquaintance meetings
- Teachers undertaking training in learning design, assessment and moderation, Maths, Languages, Arts and PE with a focus on Formative Assessment, Feedback
- Teachers undertaking training in writing One Plans and Interoception
HATS IN TERM 2
According to our SunSmart policy, students who will be attending school do not need to wear hats during Term 2. I would ask however, that students still bring their hats to school for the first week or two just in case we have weather where the UV reading is above 3.
SCHOOL SECURITY IN THE HOLIDAYS
To help prevent vandalism and other crime in the school during the holidays, we seek your support to please report any suspicious behaviour you may observe in and around the school to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or direct to Police on 131 444. I thank you in advance for doing so.
Please stay healthy and safe during the holiday break with your children. We look forward to working with all students whether that be from home or at school from the start of Term 2, Monday 27th April.