Principal’s Update 11th June 2020

Principal’s Update

11th June 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

COVID-19. I would like to sincerely thank all parents for following the COVID-19 restrictions announced last week to not enter the classes. I’ve been very impressed with the way all students have become more responsible and resilient by going to class and getting ready to learn. The students are more settled and are eager to start learning.

We’ve had over thirty students absent due to illness each day this week. I would urge parents to continue to keep your child home if they are unwell.

We will continue to hold assemblies over the PA this term and hope the restrictions will be lifted by next term.

Parents are requested to leave the school grounds straight after school and not allow your children to play on the playground equipment.

I would like to pay tribute to our wonderful staff for all their efforts during the pandemic. They have extended their teaching time by 15 minutes each day and many of them have assisted with supervision at the gates. I’m very grateful to them and appreciate all their efforts.

Please contact me if you have any queries.

P&C. The P&C held a meeting earlier this week. They are very keen to start fund raising and organising events for next term. The P&C have kindly donated $1,000 to the school for 30 Ukuleles for the music program. Miss Speelman is very grateful and is keen to start using the instruments with the Year 4-6 classes next term.

Please view the P&C page on the school’s website for more information.

Students’ Semester 1 Reports

With the regular attendance of many students being lower during the first half of 2020, the breadth and depth of the curriculum covered throughout Semester 1 may have been reduced.  For this reason, schools are not required to include A to E grades on this year’s Semester 1 student reports.  It also means that your child’s attendance may not be reported, and any written comments may provide less information on their progress than usual. 

The reports will be available on Connect on Friday 3rd July.

Merit Awards

Congratulations to the Merit Award recipients from 11/6/2020:

Audrey F, Declan Y, Theodore B, Thomas B, Quinn D, Jayden C, Isla W, Anara B, Sophie C, Zac H, Cora K, Kailyn W, Edward F, Meg B, Corey Z, Evie C, Presley H, Charlotte B, Kieran S, Chloe R, Imogen P, Oliver M, Orlando L, Jamie F, Stella B, Daniel M, Lacey H, Piya H

We are very proud of you all!

Student Council Recycling Project

Are you a habitual buyer of bread in plastic bags with plastic tags? Save the tag for recycling!

These pesky little pieces of plastic attached to your fresh bread aren’t trash. They are potential life givers to people like Aussie Bread Tags for Wheelchairs, who collect them, sell them to recyclers and turn the cash into wheelchairs for people who can’t afford them. It takes around 200kg of plastic ties to fund a wheelchair.

Bread tags are made of high impact polystyrene which is denser than many other types of plastic, making them compact and easy to recycle.

The student councillor’s will collect bread tags from every classroom. They hope you will support this worthy cause!

Friendly Schools Plus

The Friendly Schools Plus program is taught in all year levels. Its focus is on the social and emotional learning of young people. Students are taught ways to prevent or respond to bullying. I will include some advice for parents in the future Updates.

Signs of bullying

You might notice your child:

  • does not want to go to school or participate in school activities
  • changes their method or route to school or is frightened of walking to school
  • does not do as well in assignments or tests
  • changes their sleep patterns
  • changes their eating patterns
  • has frequent tears, anger and/or mood swings
  • takes money from home
  • has unexplained bruises, cuts and/or scratches
  • loses or brings home damaged belongings or clothes
  • arrives home hungry.

If your child displays any of these behaviours, discuss it with them and follow up with the school if needed.

Regards

Neil McCallum

Gallery

Middle Block Merit Award Recipients
Senior Block Merit Award Recipients
Junior Block Merit Award Recipients
The year six class were participating in a Fizzy investigation. Their reactions to the results of different combinations of chemicals are priceless. 
Year 6’s using iPads in Science.
Year 2, Area 9 happily working on fractions.