School Return

 

Dear Parents, Guardians and Families,

A reminder there is NO SCHOOL for students on;

Friday 5th June – Curriculum Day (Report Writing) NO school for students

Monday 8th June – Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday – NO school for students or staff

What an amazing week we had last week as we warmly welcomed our students back to school and greeted parents and guardians from afar. It was fantastic to see excited, smiling faces and enthusiastic students ready to learn. Despite the long absence, students have settled in incredibly well and we are so proud of how well they have adjusted to the structure of school and the changed expectations and environment.

There is much to adjust to for us all as we navigate the current circumstances with a focus on implementing safe practices and protocols. Changed bus processes, new drop off and pick up times, hand sanitizer stations, more frequent hand washing, and hygiene practices and new ways of teaching and learning are some of the new ways of being. With each day both staff and students become more practiced and less time is required to manage the changed operations of the school. We have been amazed at the level of independence demonstrated by our students as we implement physical distancing and an example of this is how well students are moving from and to the buses daily with adult supervision and guidance and little to no hand holding, so proud!

We would like to thank you all for your support as we implement new processes and protocols, your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated especially at the drop off and pick up times! Each day there is a little tweak to our process, whether it be stop/slow signs, exiting through different gates or a slight delay with the buses. We are so appreciative of your flexibility, adaptability and such positivity, it makes our day to see your beaming, smiling faces and waves from the car! A reminder to drive slowly (5km) whilst in the school grounds to ensure we keep everyone safe.

Whilst we were learning and working from home, I was informed that our School Council President Danny Smith suffered a heart attack. I have had a lengthy chat to Danny, he is recovering well and is hopeful to be at our next School Council meeting (via WebEx). On behalf of School Council our students, staff, families and broader community we send all of our thoughts, care and support to Danny and his family and are hopeful his recovery continues to be speedy and positive. We look forward to seeing him at the next School Council meeting.

Now that we are back at school you can look forward to our weekly newsletter on SchoolStream starting this week! Please see instructions on how to get the SchoolStream application if you haven’t already downloaded it.

Enjoy the week ahead, stay safe and well and thank you again for your support, messages of gratitude and thanks and the acknowledgement that we are all in this together! What a privilege to lead this community!

Kind regards,

Nicole Edwardes

Principal

1st June 2020