Dear parents and carers,
This morning, we gathered the whole school together for a brief assembly, to address some concerns that the teachers and I have about some of the behaviours we are seeing in the playground and in classrooms as the term draws to a close.
The majority of our students are engaged in their learning and are playing positively, and are making the right choices with their behaviour almost all the time. However, after a long and disrupted term, some children are having difficulty regulating their behaviour and making appropriate choices consistently. However, it is important that everyone finishes the term successfully, showing our school values of Respect, Resilience and Responsibility.
The key messages I conveyed to the students this morning were to at all times:
- Keep your hands and feet to yourself.
- Be kind and respectful towards other students and staff members.
- Respect the school’s property and other people’s property.
- If there is a problem, try and solve it with words; if it can’t be solved, seek help from the teacher on duty or your class teache
Teachers will consistently reinforce these messages with all students in classrooms and on the playground through next week and beyond. If your child reports concerns about the behaviour of their peers, please encourage them to speak to their class teacher so we can address those concerns promptly.
Matter regarding Inner West Council OSHC Service
After my email to parents yesterday in relation to the matter regarding Stanmore PS’ Inner West Council OSHC service published in the media this week, I received the following email from Inner West Council’s CEO. I understand that this email was also sent to families whose children had attended the Inner West Council OSHC Service.
Message from Inner West Council
Inner West Council was mentioned yesterday in the media in relation to two incidents in 2018 where a child left the premises of Stanmore Out of School Hours Care.
As this is before the courts, I am limited in what I can say. However I can reassure you that at the time, Council reviewed the service’s operations and put in place immediate steps to avoid recurrence.
Council takes child safety very seriously and is committed to ensuring that this type of incident not be repeated at any of its highly regarded education and learning centres.
Additionally, Council’s Child Safety Program is being updated to:
- Ensure Council meets legislative requirements for child safety and demonstrates leading practice
- Prioritise development of the Inner West Council Child Protection Policy and Procedures and Training Program
- Develop and implement resources and tools to ensure child protection risks are mitigated
- Oversee the development of an organisation wide Child Safety Risk Management Plan that articulates our approach to managing risks to children
Council is supporting our child care staff and asks for your understanding that they are unable to discuss this matter.
I will provide a further update in due course.
As this is not a matter being managed at a school level, I am unable to provide any further information at this time.
Information regarding changes to routines at TASK
The school and TASK are working together to ensure the safety of all children on site before and after school. Some changes to routines have been made to ensure children are kept safe at all times. The following is now in place:
- Children are able to be dropped to school in the mornings at their allocated gates
- All TASK children are being kept with educators until the first bell to ensure their safety.
- The OSHC driveway gate on Cavendish St is the only gate being left unlocked for parents to enter and exit TASK. Please close the gate behind you on leaving.
- All other pedestrian gates are being locked by TASK after roll call (between 3.30-3.45pm).
- The staff carpark gate on Cambridge St will remain open until 6.30pm as teachers are still on the premises.
- TASK has engaged a security guard to monitor the ground and perimeter from 2.30-6.30pm.
Punctuality to school
The number of students arriving to school after 9:00am has been steadily increasing. This can have an impact on children’s learning, particularly when there is a pattern of late arrivals. We understand that everyone has the odd day when they are late; however if this is becoming a pattern for your children, please review your morning routine to get them here regularly.
Bradman Mufti Day
As a reward for winning the house points competition in Term 1, all students in Bradman (blue) house will have a Mufti Day next Friday 3rd July. No gold coin donation is required!
Until next week,