From the Principal

Stanmore Public School Principal's Message

Dear parents and carers,

As these challenging times in our society and across the world continue to unfold, and the implications of the new reality we are living in start to sink in, it is important that our school community continues to work together to support each other. For the people whose livelihoods are being affected by the economic fallout from this crisis, we are thinking of you.

Thank you for entrusting us with the care of your children. Thank you to our teaching and non-teaching staff for the excellent work they are doing continuing to teach and support our students in difficult circumstances. And well done to our students for managing to remain calm and settled amid the elevated anxiety and uncertainty of this week.

Health, Hygiene and Wellbeing

The health and safety of our students and staff members is paramount. To assist the school in ensuring the health and safety of our community, please reinforce the following with your children:

  • Correct hand-washing technique: we all need to ensure correct technique, not just length of time when washing hands. Please use this poster to help you and your child practice at home: WHO – Clean hands protect against infection
  • We will be providing training for staff members and students in ensuring hand hygiene throughout the coming weeks.
  • Being mindful about what we touch: please reinforce with your children to be mindful about what they touch, and this can prevent the spread of infection. Avoiding touching other people outside the immediate family unit, touching shared objects when playing, and touching ones face, mouth and nose are practical strategies we can reinforce with children.
  • Looking after wellbeing: this has been a draining and stressful week for everyone. We are seeing the effects of the endless cycle of alarming news in some of our students. Talk and listen with them about any anxiety and worry they might be feeling, and try to avoid a constant focus on the virus and associated issues. Unplugging from the constant news cycle and focusing on the present moment can also enhance parents’ and carers’ wellbeing.

Right now, none of us know what the future holds, so we can only focus on what we can control, and live in the present moment. Until further notice, the school is open, and with the exception of the cancellations and social distancing measures already announced, we are ready to teach our students. We are securing additional cleaning materials and services, soap and hand sanitiser for our classrooms and offices.

In the event we are directed to close the school and teach remotely, we have extensive plans in place to enable children to continue to learn and maintain a sense of structure and normality in their lives. Thank you to our executive and teaching staff who have been working hard to prepare these plans in addition to their day to day teaching, programming and assessment.

Harmony Day

Our teachers and students took time to recognise Harmony Day in our classrooms today, reading books, watching videos and having discussions about multiculturalism and the importance of tolerance and intercultural understanding in our society. We look forward to dressing up in orange mufti and cultural dress and recognising Harmony Day, and Greek Independence Day, as a whole school in the future when circumstances allow.

After hours access to classrooms

I’m aware that lost property presents an ongoing challenge for families. However we ask that parents and carers refrain from searching through classrooms for lost items when teachers are not present in classrooms after hours. Thank you in advance.

Hugh Miller
PRINCIPAL

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