Dear Parents /Caregivers,
2022 IN FULL SWING!
It is hard to believe we are already more than half way through Term 1. Our students and staff are all working very hard on many interesting and challenging activities across the curriculum. It has been great to visit classrooms and hear the enthusiasm students are displaying in their learning. R-4 Swimming was a particular highlight this week and we were most fortunate that it was able to go ahead, in spite of the pandemic.
Like you, we are all very much looking forward to when restrictions on general attendance by parents and caregivers on school grounds, are lifted. Thank you to everyone for your patience as we continue to follow the Department for Education advice to minimise adults on site. You may or may not be aware that many of the daily SA cases of COVID are actually occurring in schools and many of you know that currently our school is no exception to that. When the school is notified of a positive COVID case there are many protocols that have to be enacted behind the scenes to monitor and reduce opportunities for the infection to spread. If infection takes hold in a school, not only does it affect student attendance but probably more importantly, staff attendance is also affected. This in turn interrupts the ability to keep programming and staffing consistent for students and their learning. This is why we strictly follow the DfE expectations of continuing to minimise other adults to help ensure safety of all our students/staff and consistency of learning. You can also help us further by ensuring you do not send children who are unwell to school. Even if you think they only have a cold or stomach issue, please keep them home and have them tested. If your child has a positive RAT test, please also ensure you register with SA Health. SA Health will provide text information about how long to isolate and provide a completion certificate at the end.
I am sure that restrictions will soon be lifted and we will certainly notify you as soon as they do, but in the meantime thank you for your continued support in this important process.
STUDENT LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS
This week our year Yr 6 students applied for a student leadership role. Each role supports students and the school through participation in a range of programs. Students each wrote a letter to me describing skills and experiences that would help them in one of 4 leadership roles of their choosing. Next week Andrea Hayden, Yr 6 teachers and I will be choosing which students will hold which roles based on what they wrote and which role best matches what we know about them. The final list of student leaders will be published in the Week 10 newsletter.
While our Yr 6 students participated in leadership application processes, our Yr 5 students also participated in a process so teachers could choose possible candidates for our school Student Voice in Learning (SVIL) team. In this program, problem solving, creative thinking and the ability to readily discuss and share ideas are all valuable skills. Over the next few weeks the SVIL team will also be finalised.
Once further restrictions lift, the Japanese Wellbeing program known as Genki Kids will also commence. This is the last major program where older student leaders help to manage development and delivery of the programs. More information about Genki Kids will be provided in coming weeks.
By now you should have received an acquaintance overview outlining class expectations and programs for 2022, from your child’s class and specialist teachers. If you haven’t received them or have questions about anything contained in the overviews, please contact the teacher/s via class Dojo.
WELCOME TO A NEW SSO
We welcome a new SSO, Renee Briggs. Renee will be working in classroom support programs.
IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN GOVERNING COUNCIL!
PLEASE RETURN COMPLETED NOMINATION FORMS TO ME.
PLEASE RETURN AGM INVITATION SLIPS TO INDICATE YOUR ATTENDANCE ON MONDAY MARCH 21st AND SEE YOU THERE!
I hope you all enjoy your long weekend and the lovely weather we are having!