Dear parents and carers,
Our students’ learning has continued to flourish this week, as the novelty and excitement of being back at school full time has started to fade and we return to ‘business as usual’. On my visits to classrooms, I am fortunate to see a range of snapshots – small samples of the amazing teaching and learning programs underway in our classes, and I always return to the office energised and inspired by the enthusiasm and engagement of our students, and the innovation and compassion of our teachers.
Thank you once again to our parent community for your respect and cooperation in maintaining social distancing and avoiding coming onto school grounds when possible. The advice from the Department of Education is that although case numbers are low, we must avoid complacency and continue to follow the social distancing strategies that have worked so effectively to date. This means restrictions on adult visitors to the school site will remain in place for the time being.
On Monday we held our first School Assembly by video, with our wonderful student executive presenting Principal’s Awards and RRR awards on camera, and teachers presenting the awards to the recipients in classrooms. Although there was one technical hitch – we printed an earlier version of the document listing award winners and we missed reading some names – the experiment went well and we will be running assemblies this way every fortnight for the time being, celebrating our students’ achievements across the school.
Safety at pickup time
When picking up your children from your assigned gate, please ensure you are on foot, with your car safely and legally parked if you are driving. If you would prefer to pick your child up in your car, you need to contact the office and register your child for Kiss and Go at the Library gate.
Birthday celebrations in classrooms
If you send in treats to celebrate your child’s birthday in their classroom, please send pre-wrapped, individual treats only at this time. Fun size chocolate bars or pre packaged mini cupcakes (always free of nut products) are good options. Sadly, cakes and treats home-made with love will need to be kept for home consumption until this advice to schools changes.
Band and Strings ensembles, Drama classes resuming next week
We are starting to phase back in some of our co-curricular activities next week: Band and Strings ensembles and after school Drama classes. Please note that only group ensembles, not private lessons, will be resuming at this stage.
The Department of Education’s advice to schools is to only resume activities run by employees of the Department at this stage. Band and Strings ensemble conductors fall under this category, as they are employed through the school office on the Department’s payroll; Ms Lopes, our school drama teacher, also teaches additional after school classes in drama. Our choir conductor has elected not to resume rehearsals at this stage, due to the higher contagion risks of singing.
Other co-curricular activities such as music lessons with private tutors, tennis, languages, art and chess will not resume at this stage. We will continue to be guided by the advice given by Departments of Education and Health and keep you updated.
Have a wonderful long weekend – until next time,