It is so lovely to have students back onsite today! Great to see everyone on the yard catching up from missing the past two weeks. Thanks to those of you who came onsite to say hi and honoured the restrictions outlined in yesterday's communication - I will list them again below:
Face masks to be worn at all times on school grounds
Physical distancing of 1.5m honoured
Good hand hygiene practices
No whole school assembly
No choir practice this week - will resume next week Friday 18th June
Parent helpers in class can continue honouring the above restrictions
Music instrumental lessons and visiting specialists will continue as normal as well as the upcoming soiree
Sick children must stay home, or will be sent home
I would like to take this chance to share some lovely news with you - Lucy Magura (Y2/3 Team leader and classroom teacher) is having a baby. She will be with us until the beginning of term 4 before she heads off to embrace motherhood! I am sure you will join me in congratulating Lucy on this wonderful news.
The final week of remote learning again saw high engagement across the school - I am so proud of the efforts made by all families and children this round of remote learning. The ease of restrictions comes at the perfect time for us to relax over the long weekend and get back to school for the remaining two weeks of term.
CHAPLAINCY AT PARKHILL:
For many years, since my time as a teacher at Parkhill and even before that, we have had a school chaplain. Suzanne Carmody has been a member of the Parkhill team since 2012. She works closely with some of our families and students in a support role, organises our Bring it Breaky’s and connects with outside community groups who offer support for camps and excursions and a multitude of other support and care arrangements.
We are able to have Suzanne as part of our team due to department funding - sadly this funding ceased at the end of 2020. We were working with the agency who employs Suzanne to fund her for the remainder of 2021, however late last week we received word that they were no longer able to support this funding. Very sadly we will say goodbye to Suzanne at the end of term.
We will host a morning tea, providing restrictions allow, on Thursday 24th June to say goodbye. More information will follow.
Our annual swimming program will be running in term 3 through weeks 3, 4, 5 and 6. Details will come home soon around payment, etc. – please do keep your eyes open for the orange letter! Please do complete and return the slip as soon as possible – even if you do not intend on participating. The swimming element of the curriculum is very important and the school’s swimming program run through Huntingtower is excellent. It is important to note that a school swimming program is just that. It is not club swimming. The program is intended to cater for the majority of students at their ability. Huntingtower has wonderful facilities that suit the needs of Parkhill.
Monday is a public holiday - no school
In term 3 we will hold our whole school assemblies on a Monday afternoon. Assembly will start at 3pm as usual. We intend to move afternoon tea break back by 10 minutes to allow us more time in the assembly space.