Dear Parents & Carers,
Thank you all for your ongoing support through these uncertain times. Again, we are all faced with a situation that none of us have ever really experienced in our lives. At Vacy Public School our staff are 100% committed and ready to provide your children, our students, with the ongoing support that they require to access quality programs.
The advice from the Department of Education is that in the LGA's under Level 4 restrictions, parents and carers must keep children – across primary and secondary school – at home unless they need to be at school. Schools (including outside of school hours care) are open for any child that needs it.
All staff are supplying their students with online learning opportunities whilst also ensuring that those who have limited internet connection are also catered for. We are also doing our very best to make sure our students still feel a part of our school community even though they are learning from home. We therefore ask that you support us by only sending your child to school if you absolutely need to. This new strand of COVID-19 if different to last year and as we have heard in all the reports, it is effecting the young now in a dramatic way. I will keep you informed through Skoolbag when information changes.
This term we have Education Week in our schools. Although it was a very subdued event at Vacy, it was a time where we got to reflect on the theme. Education Week is an annual celebration of NSW public education and the achievements of our schools, students and education system. This year’s theme is ‘Lifelong learners’ and celebrates education as a lifelong journey from before a child enters an early childhood setting, progressing to primary and secondary school, and continuing their learning journey into adulthood; learning a trade, entering tertiary education, or the workforce.
Continuous learning is critical for success throughout life and everyone can be a lifelong learner. We are developing lifelong learners and our education system is available for a lifetime.
From the first days in child care to post-school pathways, our education system is preparing young people to be agile thinkers and lifelong learners. Learning can look different for individual students and our school and system is equipped to provide learning support for all of our students.
Learning often takes place beyond the classroom and we should celebrate all types of learning that occurs at all levels across our education system.
To celebrate Education Week 2021, the following people have been awarded a certificate of achievement for their outstanding contribution towards our school:
Student: Maxwell Wood - For displaying exemplary commitment to his own learning and leadership in assisting others at school.
Excellence in Teaching Award: Sally Rogers - For leading colleagues in the implementation of evidence-based teaching strategies to improve student's literacy achievements.
Non-Teaching Staff Member: Amanda Buck - For vision and dedication in designing and implementing a breakfast club that improves student wellbeing.
Outstanding Contribution by a Community Member: Angela Priestley For her ongoing commitment to organising and operating the canteen at Vacy Public School.
School Program: Vacy Public School Breakfast Club - For enhancing student wellbeing through the provision of a quality breakfast club.
A huge congratulations to all of our award precipitants.
Please make sure that you are consistently checking your children in to their online learning platform on a daily basis as we gauge your child's attendance on this measure. Please note that if they don't complete every task assigned it is ok. We just need to make sure that they are completing the majority of the work so that they don't fall behind. Wellbeing days, if they are needed, are recommended. We are always available via phone (school office) or email (teaching staff) if you need assistance with anything. If we are not seeing your child or have any concerns we will be contacting you just to check in.
We are so proud of our students and we thank you for the support you are given them throughout this time. What a challenge it is for everyone!
Please read all of the articles below about wellbeing and check out some of the fantastic work our students have been producing whilst they have been at home.
Our P & C will be meeting via Zoom on Tuesday evening (24 August) at 7pm. Look our for the link that will be posted on Skoolbag on Tuesday. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Stay safe and best wishes to you all.