Principal’s Update – 23 March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

COVID-19. These are very uncertain and unprecedented times and I’ve been pleased to see how the school community has pulled together and remained calm and supportive.

It’s great to hear about many parents who are giving their children extra attention and support during these difficult times. It’s important to listen to your children and to make opportunities for them to play and relax.

The decision about closing government schools is made federally so we will remain open until a decision is made. We had around half our students at school today and the teachers are still providing lessons for those students.

Based on recent advice I have cancelled the School of Instrumental Music sessions, OT visits and the school nurse’s screening. We will not be holding assemblies or School Board and P&C meetings.

Due to social distancing requirements, it would be appreciated if parents of junior primary students dropped the students at the classroom door and didn’t enter the classroom. Please email or phone the class teacher if needed.

We have a good supply of toilet paper, hand sanitiser and soap. The cleaners will be working extra time to ensure all areas are well cleaned and sanitised.

I understand the concerns of parents who have kept your children home. The teachers are proving links to resources for those students on Connect. More resources will be added as they become available. The teachers will be using Connect to communicate with you on their class page. I’d urge all parents to check Connect as I will be posting updates regularly.

The Department of Education has provided a website for parents to access for your children, “Learning from Home”. It can be found at https://www.education.wa.edu.au/learning-at- home

Parents can access different subjects and year levels. There are also links to other websites.

We do not want students or parents stressing about the work. We suggest a daily timetable is set for your children and a variety of learning tasks and activities are included. We will provide more information on curriculum delivery over the next few days. If the school is closed, then we will have a plan in place to continue to provide support for parents regarding the delivery of the curriculum for your children.

Staff Change

Mrs Trish Allen will be taking leave as from the end of this week until the start of fourth term. Miss Heather Bartholomeus will be replacing her. Heather is an experienced early childhood teacher and she is looking forward to teaching at WPS. I’d like to wish Mrs Allen all the best for her leave.

Cricket Carnival Results

Well done to both of our teams who competed in the recent Cricket Carnival at Kingsway reserve. There were many schools from the area competing and our Year 5’s competed against Year 6’s, a great effort.

Team A came fourth and Team B came 6th. Thanks to Mr McManus and Mr Riley for coaching the teams.

Year 6 Camp

I’d like to sincerely thank Mr Barber and Miss Keil for taking the Year 6’s on camp to Point Peron. We are very lucky to have staff who are prepared to take students on camp. All reports were that the students had a great time and have many fond memories of the camp.

Many thanks also to Mrs Caddie Newham for her time and efforts on camp.

I’ve included a few photos here and will have a gallery of photos on the new school website which will be live shortly.

Regards
Neil McCallum Principal