Newsletter No.1 – 4th February 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We have had a wonderful start to the 2021 school year with all students settling in incredibly well. It has been a delight visiting classrooms and seeing the re-engagement of students in their learning. After such a disruptive and unpredictable 2020, it is so exciting to have all students, staff and families back, as you know students make a school a school, so we very excitedly and warmly welcomed most students back to school on Friday and our Foundation (prep) students to school on Monday. I have had the opportunity to visit all classrooms at our main campus across the week and spend time with students and staff, we look forward to the year ahead!

I would like to introduce you to the Leadership Team for 2021…

Nicole Edwardes                                                                                                                                                            Debbie Workman

Principal                                                                                                                                                          Assistant Principal (Acting)

Trish Thompson                            Holly Oakenful                         Rose Moylan                                 Jo Kelly                            Esme Jorgensen                    Pauline Kellett                     Jamie Ould

Teaching & Learning Coach         Learning Leader     Positive Climate Learning Leader    Learning Leader                    Leading Leader                    Business Manager        Assistant Business Mgr

Leading Specialist                          Leading Teacher                   Leading Teacher                     Leading Teacher                   Leading Teacher


COVID Update

We have been advised today by the Department of Education and Training (DET), that there has been a change to the wearing of face masks in schools in response to the announcement from Daniel Andrews;

Visitors to school sites must wear masks when indoors.

School staff are not required to wear face masks while teaching or caring, but those who wish to do so, can. Staff must wear face masks in indoor areas of the school when not teaching or caring.

Students are exempt from wearing face masks, however if you would like your child to be supported to wear a mask, please send one in and we will do our best to support them.

Please ensure you are wearing a mask when in indoor areas of the school and have one on you during drop off and pick up in the event you are unable to maintain physical distancing.

School Council Elections

On Friday, I will be forwarding out information on school council elections that will take place for vacant parent positions as result of the term of office ending for elected councilors. I encourage any parent to consider nominating for school council, but please take the time to read the role of the School Council, the functions of the School Council as the first step in this process.

 School Uniform

Our school uniform is compulsory for all students and consists of:

– Mandated top (Short or Long sleeve) inscribed with school logo (only available through the school office)

– Navy blue bottoms (summer or winter) (not available at school – parents to source)

Please pop into the office to view the uniform options and make your purchase.

Parent Parking and Late Arrival/Early Departure Process and Car Park

We thank all parents/guardians who are dropping their children off or picking them up for your patience and positivity as we return to our pre COVID process, thank you! Thank you also for quickly dropping off/picking up your children and leaving promptly, this is supporting a better flow of traffic and avoiding the car spaces being full.

Just a reminder to ensure when dropping off or picking up your child from school that you park in the allocated parking bays (marked in yellow) or on the oval. Please do not remain stationary or park over the driveway, this blocks access and prevents the buses from entering and other parents from accessing the carpark.

If you are dropping your child off late (after 9:10am) or picking them up early (before 3pm) you are to report to the office. Thank you.

A friendly reminder to all parents/guardians, guardians and visitors who use the school car park before and after school. Please ensure you observe all signs and speed limits to ensure the safety of our students, parents and community members. Please check carefully and thoroughly before reversing and move slowly through the school parking area.


Summer has certainly hit with many hot days ahead of us. A reminder to ensure your child or young person comes to school with appropriate clothing, shoes and sunscreen applied as well as a drink bottle for hydration. The staff will endeavour to support students in wearing their sun hats provided by the school when outside and apply additional sunscreen before outside breaks.


Our main form of communication with families is Seesaw. Our ICT team is currently setting up our new class groupings and you will have access to Seesaw this week.

School Stream is where you will receive our weekly school newsletter and any other important information. Please ensure you have this application downloaded onto your phones or devices.

Your child will have received their student diary for 2021, this is only one means of communication and will be phased out throughout the year. Please ensure the diary is sent to school in your child’s bag on a daily basis. Teachers will contact you to discuss individual preferences for regular communication.

Important Dates

This year all families will receive a magnet which includes the years important dates. Please pop this on your fridge so you can be well informed and up to date of important dates throughout the year.

Tutor Initiative

The school has received $51,000 from the Department of Education and Training (DET) to support the implementation of the statewide tutor initiative. The school is in the process of recruitment of the following staff who support the implementation of the tutor initiative model across the school;

  • Speech Pathologist
  • Occupational Therapist

In addition to this, we have recruited an additional Leading Leader across the school so our three Learning Leaders will support 8 classrooms each and work alongside our Learning Specialist, Speech Pathology and Occupational Therapy Teams, supported by our Allied Health Assistants to implement literacy intervention across all classrooms. This model will ensure all students have access to additional support to engage in and maximise learning opportunities.

Parent Engagement

Last year we furnished the Community Hub with big plans to implement a yearly parent engagement strategy and calendar including fantastic ideas and feedback from families, however COVID hit. We will be ensuring that COVID practices are implemented to keep our community safe and classroom helping will not be available however we are extremely excited about the possibilities for parent engagement in 2021. The Positive Climate for Learning Team, led by Rose Moylan, will be communicating our parent engagement overview with you all very soon!

School Improvements

Over the holiday period we have had many improvements made to our facilities, buildings and grounds to ensure we provide safe, engaging and vibrant learning and working environments, these include:

Sensory and front Garden – Our sensory garden is complete with the final planting finished on Tuesday.

New Portable – Our new portable is complete with classes commencing on day one of term in their new spaces. The play space directly outside and fencing is complete creating a lovely connection to the Primary Learning Centre, it looks like it has always been there!

Community Garden – Our community garden has been relocated and will be a priority to re-establish through our parent engagement strategy.

Sunshine SDS 2021 Curriculum and Assessment Information

Term 1 Community Event

On Wednesday 3rd March we will be hosting our annual Term one community event. This is when you will meet with your child’s classroom team and have your first Student Support Group (SSG) where you will develop their initial Individual Learning Plan. It is also where you can share a meal with staff, visit our school teams to learn more about what they do and have a social evening with staff and families. Obviously there will be some changes due to COVID practices, we will communicate this with you closer to the date.

Please save the date as this is an all-important event!

Student Support Group Meetings (SSGs) and Parent Teacher Interviews – Term 1, 2, 3 and 4

SSG meetings are held four times a year in Terms 1, 2, 3 (via phone/Webex) and 4. SSGs are a forum in which to identify priorities and discuss your child’s progress in detail. One is held in first term where we discuss how your child has settled into school, draft goals, priority learning and educational programming.

A Midyear SSG (Parent Teacher Interview) is held late in term 2, this is where we discuss the links between assessment, ILPs and student progress toward individual goals.

In Term 3 we make contact with families via phone or WebEx to engage in an SSG. In Term 4 we hold our End of Year SSG meetings (Parent Teacher Interviews). This provides the opportunity to celebrate the learning and success of your child. This meeting also enables us to share draft goals for the coming year with you.

 Individual Learning Plans (ILPs) and Career Action Plans (CAPs)

ILPs/CAPs and Reports chart student progress over a twelve-month period. Parents/Guardians are provided with an initial ILP document in term 1 outlining the learning focus of each learning area and the priority goals for each individual child.

Written reports

Parents/Guardians are provided with regular information on the progress of their child and written reports are distributed twice a year, in June and December. Written reports include detailed narratives reflecting student progress toward goals as identified within the Initial ILP. The Mid and End year reports also include photographs to evidence progress toward each goal.


All teacher’s complete assessment tools that determine the entry skill and level of achievement of students. These tools reflect the Victorian Curriculum. Assessment is an ongoing process. The Midyear and End year SSG (Parent Teacher Interview) is an opportunity for teachers to discuss and share with you examples of learning and the assessment tools and tasks they have completed to gather data to inform their report writing.


Teachers plan collaboratively on a termly basis where all planning documentation reflects development toward individual student goals and reflection on learning and teaching.

We are looking forward to sharing the year ahead with you. Have a fantastic week!

Nicole Edwardes


Positive Climate for Learning – Newsletter

Sunshine SDS would like to invite our school community to come along to our Term 1 Community Events. Please see below the list of upcoming events, we look forward to seeing you there.

For new parents on Monday the 8th of February at 9:15am we are hold a New Parents Morning Tea it is a fantastic opportunity to meet the community and some of our friendly staff.

Community Calendar 2021

Term 1

Week 1 – 25th – 29th January Friday 29th January Students Start School
Week 2 – 1st – 5th February

Monday 1st February


Preps Start School


Week 3 – 8th – 12th February

Monday 8th February


New Parent Morning Tea


Week 4 – 15th – 19th February

Wednesday 17th February


All Community Welcome Back Morning Tea
Week 5 – 22nd – 26th February Wednesday 24th February Burmese Welcome Back Morning Tea
Friday 26th February Vietnamese Welcome Back Morning Tea
Week 6 – 1st – 5th March

Wednesday 3rd March



SSG Market Place

Post School Options Information Session



Week 7 – 8th – 12th March Monday 8th March Labour Day (Public Holiday)
Wednesday 10th March Burmese Community Meeting (Nguri)
Thursday 11th March Secondary Sports Day
Friday 12th March

Primary Sports Day


Week 8 – 15th – 19th March

Wednesday 17th March


Vietnamese Morning Tea


Week 9 – 22nd – 26th March Tuesday 23rd March Community Morning Tea
Wednesday 24th March Burmese Community Meeting (Nguri)
Week 10 – 29th March – 2nd April Thursday 1st April Last Day Term- 1pm dismissal
Friday 2nd April

Good Friday (Public Holiday)


School Holidays – Saturday 3rd April – Sunday 18th April