Term 2 will commence for our students on Wednesday 29 April. As you are aware the Premier announced recently that our schools are open for parents who choose to send their children. Health Department advice is that parents, teachers and students can be confident that school is a safe place. Our school leadership team has met several times, and with consultation from the School Board, we have implemented measures in line with both the Health and Education Department advice to further reassure our school families.
Thank you to the 85% of families who have responded to our survey, which has indicated to date that almost 90% will be sending their children to school from Wednesday 26 April. Teachers (excluding those on leave) will teach face to face in their usual classes.
Following is an outline of strategies to be put in place from day one when students return:
DROP OFF AND PICK UP ARRANGEMENTS
OFF SITE KINDY – We will extend our ‘transition time’ in the morning to encourage a staggered drop off time. Doors will be open from 8.30am but the formal learning program will not commence until 9.30am. Please drop your child at the classroom door any time between 8.30am and 9.30am. Pick up time will also be modified, starting at 2:20pm until 2:45pm.
ON SITE KINDY (Purple/Yellow) – We will extend our ‘transition time’ in the morning to encourage a staggered drop off time. Doors will be open from 8.30am until 9.30am. Please drop your child at the classroom door at the rear of the classroom on the oval side only. The formal learning program will not commence until 9.30am so drop off can be any time between 8.30am and 9.30am. Pick up time will also be modified, starting from 2:20pm until 2:45pm – also from the oval side only.
PRE-PRIMARY – We have adjusted our ‘transition time’ in the morning to encourage a staggered drop off time. Doors will be open at 8.30am until 9.15am. The formal learning program will not commence until 9.15am so parents can drop off any time between these times. Please drop your child at the classroom door. Pick up will also be offered from 2.30pm until 3.00pm.
YEARS 1 AND 2 – Classrooms will be open at 8.30am and finishing at 2.45pm. Parents will be able to drop off and pick up students from designated areas on the Tiger Turf at 2.45pm. Please do not enter the Junior Block or wait at the doors.
*If congestion occurs, please adhere to social distancing until an opportunity to enter arises.
KISS & RIDE
The Kiss & Ride will be operating from 2.45pm for juniors extending through to 3.30pm to cater for senior students. If you would like your child to be picked up from Kiss & Ride please e-mail the class teacher. A staff member will escort them to the Kiss & Ride area where they will be supervised until collected. If you have a child in K/PP, Year 1 /2 and a senior student, we will supervise them until you collect after 3.10pm when Kiss & Ride will open again for Years 3 to 6.
YEARS 3 TO 6 – Students should be dropped at the gate and make their way to classes. The Kiss & Ride will operate as normal and will have added supervision from staff. We encourage students to be independent where possible and walk in on their own and make their way to their class at 8.30am.
There will be no before school play, but the Admin team will be on duty to assist in getting students to class.
STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS – Individual arrangements will be made with parents to accommodate students with special needs. Please contact your class teacher to work out a suitable plan.
Parents, it is very important that there is no lingering at the school. Please drop your child and go. This is really important to assist in enforcing Health Department guidelines. Please don’t go to classrooms.
Please remember to send any learning materials you have taken home back to school with your child.
STUDENTS WHO ARE STAYING AT HOME
There will be an online program provided for those parents who choose to keep their child at home.
At this stage the home learning will be overseen by selected staff. This will not necessarily be your child’s class teacher.
Final details specific to your class will be sent home on Tuesday from your class teacher via their usual communication process.
I would like to thank parents for what has been a tough month or so, often juggling working from home and caring for children as we worked through this pandemic in a school context. I would also like to acknowledge and thank all our amazing staff, Dave and the cleaners for working so hard not only for a resumption of school but for their work to keep our school a happy place!
I hope the plans I have outlined will provide a clear path for you, which balances community concerns with the need to deliver continuity of quality education.
As outlined previously we have and will continue to dedicate more hours during the day in the cleaning of our classrooms, toilets and playgrounds. Please send your children with water bottles.
Please have a chat your children to remind them about the following good hygiene practices before coming to school. The teachers will constantly follow up in class.
The best way to avoid infection is by washing your hands with soap and water, using a tissue or the crook of your elbow to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze and by not touching your mouth, nose or face.
Many thanks to our school parent Ji Min 0400743388 from Energy Design Studio for providing this poster which you will see around the school.
For many of you, your home teaching journey is hopefully coming to an abrupt end and congratulations to everyone for doing the right thing! You all deserve an ANZAC biscuit for your time in the trenches or maybe something a bit stronger after 5.00pm of course! I will ask you to do one more really important home-schooling lesson and that is to talk with your family about the importance of ANZAC Day to the fabric of our society. We have seen incredible community support and people rallying to those in need in difficult times and in some ways this mateship has been built into our DNA through our history including the ANZAC story.
My family, like many, will commemorate in our driveway tomorrow morning and I think it is fitting to also think about the many people who are also helping out so many of the population who are struggling.
ANZAC day is a day to pay our respects and honour the phenomenal men and women who have fought for our country and those that are still on active duty today. Their service is truly an inspiration.
We can apply the ANZAC spirit to our everyday lives, like how they never gave up, how they were proud of their country and how very courageous they were in their efforts and so much more. I think we can all be a bit more like the ANZACS and should use them as an inspiration as we head back to school for Term 2.
This year will be a bit different due to Covid-19, it will be an ANZAC Day to remember. We won’t have the usual ceremony but that doesn’t mean you can’t pay your respects. You may want to stand out the front of your house at dawn and lay poppies, wreaths or colourful flowers. to show that, we will remember them.
Elsie C – Year 6 Student Councillor
From the P&C
Share in the ANZAC spirit by supporting our local RSL and School at the same time. The Mount Hawthorn Sub-Branch of the RSL are working towards permanently restoring our Poppy on the Tiger Turf wall so that it will always stay red. In support of this the P&C are helping them to sell these special ANZAC Day chocolates for $5.00 each.
Stocks are very limited and available on Qkr. Delivery will be a contactless letterbox drop this weekend. Sick of chocolate after Easter but still want to help? Why don’t you consider buying a block and donating it back to our hard-working teachers to enjoy in the staff room.
Please provide your delivery address and mobile number or simply type DONATE and we will deliver to the staff room.
Parents and kids, THANK YOU to all of you for your patience regarding Term 1 Book Club books. There was a significant delay with Australia Post given the current circumstances. The good news is that we have received them, finally!
With school returning next week, we intend to pack the books ready for the kids to bring home with them. If you have an order and are not sending your child to school as yet, please contact me so that I can organise another way for you to collect them.
Tina Ly – firstname.lastname@example.org Phone:0411 838 143
School banking will not be operating until further notice.
The canteen will reopen on Wednesday 29 April 2020 with business as usual.
Our preference is to avoid cash so if you can use the online order system please do. However, we do still have cash facilities. You will see screens installed at the counter and we maintain strict hygiene practices as always.