Dear parents and carers,
What a joy it has been having all of our students return to school this week! Seeing them learn, hearing them play and feeling their excited and positive energy has given our school a fantastic lift this week.
It still feels strange not having parents around on the school grounds though, and we miss seeing you all here. Thank you very much for your conscientious efforts to stay off the school grounds except for essential purposes, it is much appreciated.
Easily the best part of my day is having the opportunity to visit classrooms and see the amazing work that our students and teachers are doing. Talking to students and teachers on these visits, I have heard many responses and learnt many things from our students and teachers. Some of the common themes are:
- Learning from home was fun at times, but it was hard not having the teacher there to help
- Giving and receiving feedback in person by talking is much quicker, easier and more effective than typing everything
- We missed daily interactions with friends and colleagues
- Some of the new platforms, strategies and innovations we started are exciting and effective and we want to keep them
- Many students are taking more responsibility for their own learning and are enjoying being more self-directed (especially our older students).
As a school, we are keen to capture this extraordinary experience so that we can remember it, learn from it and build back up into an even better school.
To start with, I interviewed some of our students and asked them three questions:
- What have you enjoyed about learning from home, and life during COVID-19?
- What has been challenging for you?
- What is a new experience you have had?
You can watch some of their responses in this short video. *Video shared via school newsletter.
National Reconciliation Week and Sorry Day
This week, we celebrated National Reconciliation Week, with its inspiring and timely theme ‘In This Together’, and observed National Sorry Day, commemorating PM Kevin Rudd’s historic apology to the stolen generations. Our students and teachers engaged in great discussions and activities to mark and learn about these important events for our nation.
Semester 1 Reports
This semester, we will still be writing and sending home student reports, but due to the disrupted semester they will be a bit different than usual. Students will not receive any grades for achievement or effort; rather there will be comments only, and due to the lack of opportunity for consistent assessment data to be gathered, the reports will be more generic than usual. We are aiming to send them home in Week 10 prior to the holidays, and schedule follow-up parent-teacher interviews early in Term 3. Interviews are likely to be held remotely – more information to follow.
New Enrolments 2021
We have not had the opportunity to hold parent information sessions or network with our local childcare centres to promote our school for Kindergarten enrolments in 2021. If you know of any local families who are considering enrolment at Stanmore PS, please encourage them to contact the school to speak with our team about what we offer, and request an information pack.
We are also keen to create a virtual school tour which we can put on our website, but our staff lack the necessary film production skills! If any members of our school community are available and interested to assist with this project, please contact the school office.
Until next week,