We are continuing to take advice from the Department for Education and SA Health around health and safety protocols. As such we are continuing to do all we can to minimise the spread of viruses, including COVID 19, whilst being mindful of the needs of our community.
A friendly reminder of the requirements to be a volunteer. Each newsletter we are asking for canteen volunteers and I know that some teachers have made frequent requests for classroom volunteers. We all know how much benefit our students get from reading with an adult who can help them with corrections and make connections to the text.
As we know we have increased responsibilities for duty of care from years gone by. As an example we like to offer our students as many opportunities as possible. For our older students to participate in SAPSASA events, which involve single or double teams, we need parents to assist with transport, supervision and minor officiating roles on the day. For our classes to go on excursions we need to ensure we cover or exceed defined supervision ratios.
Any of our volunteering roles can be regular or ad hoc depending on your circumstances and our needs. To volunteer at our school you do not have to be a current parent. If you know someone who is interested please ask them to get in touch with us.
All our volunteers need their volunteer training but this is not onerous. For those new to volunteering there are three on-line components and some paper work but again, it is not as onerous as it seems. Many of our volunteers from previous years only need to update their RRHAN-EC training. This is done on line and a certificate presented straight away. The Working with Children Check (WWCC) is done on line and is the only section of the process which may take time to be cleared. There are no fees for volunteers.
Our friendly office staff can answer all your questions.
Webinar from The Minister and Chief Executive.
This week there was a webinar for leaders from the Minister for Education, Training and Skills, Blair Boyce, and the Chief Executive of the Department for Education, Martin Westwell.
We heard from Blair Boyce that the department’s name was to remain Department for Education. The midyear intake is returning. This will occur in preschools from 2023 and in schools for reception students from 2024. So our reception students will either spend 4 terms or 6 terms in reception from 2024. We will have more information about this later. Autism lead teachers are going to be appointed in primary schools. There are also going to be extra well-being officers in the department.
We heard from Martin Westwell about the direction for the department. He is a passionate educator with a strong delivery. He discussed the purpose of public education in South Australia. This included learning: contemporary academic achievement, wellbeing (Human Flourishing), self-regulation and participation. What resonated from the presentation was the desire to support our kids to flourish. This is very true of our vision at Hallett Cove East.
Reconciliation Week may have ended for 2022 but we know that the message of “Be Brave; Make Change” is important all year round. Classes have been involved in a wide variety of activities. Aaron Charlton led the staff through an awareness session on racial literacy based on a partial viewing of “The Final Quarter”. This powerful and thought provoking documentary is just as relevant today as when it was made in 2017. I would recommend all who have not seen it to endeavour to do so.
Interviews Week 9 Term 2
By now I hope you have all been able to book your interview times with your child’s teacher. This is such a valuable time for your child to share their thinking about their progress and for you and the teacher to exchange your thoughts on moving your child’s learning forward.
Pupil Free Day on Tuesday 14th June
I hope all our families have enjoyable times together over the extra-long weekend and we look forward to welcoming the students back on Wednesday morning.