Term 4 – Return to School – 8.10.2020

 

Dear Parents, Guardians and Families,

On behalf of our school, I want to say a big thank you to all our students, parents/guardians and families for your continued resilience and support throughout this year. I know that Learning at Home has been incredibly difficult, but through our collective efforts, we have emerged on the other side safe, well and connected.

We are so excited to be welcoming all students back to school on Mondy 12th October. The bus service will run as usual and parent drop off and pick up times will remain as;

Drop off at school rom 9:30am – 9:40am

Pick up from school between 2:30pm – 2:40pm.

Term 4 is important for every Victorian student, and our staff will strive to deliver high-quality learning for everyone. Our focus for Term 4 is on making sure that every student is supported in their wellbeing, learning and transition needs. As on-site schooling resumes, we will continue to have in place strong measures to protect the health and safety of students, staff, families and the community. This includes staggering drop off and pick up times, restricting visitor access to school grounds and a continued emphasis on hand hygiene and physical distancing where possible.

Please be assured we will be focused on three key priorities in Term 4:

Mental health and wellbeing

Our highest priority will be the wellbeing, particularly the mental health, of every student and member of staff.

Learning and excellence

Our priority will be on the re-engagement of students into the school environment, the re-establishment of routines, expectations and learning.

Transitions

We will make every effort to ensure successful transitions for children moving from kindergarten into Prep, Primary moving into Secondary, and our graduates moving into post school options.

We know some families are worried that their child may have to repeat a year due to the disruptions of coronavirus (COVID-19). There is little evidence to support the benefits of repeating a year to catch up. Instead, schools will use teaching strategies that draw on the best evidence available to help students meet their learning needs.

Parents/Guardians and families can be confident that the best option for almost every child is to stay with their peer group, whether that is moving from kindergarten into Prep, moving from Primary to Secondary, or students moving up any year level in between and beyond school into post school options.

Our school, working with you, has shown it can be flexible and adaptable in responding to the challenges of coronavirus (COVID-19) and will continue to meet student needs as we look towards the end of the 2020 school year and ahead to 2021.

Key Dates for Term 4

Friday 23rd October – Thank You Public Holiday (No School)

Monday 2nd November – Report Writing Day (Student Free Day – No School)

Tuesday 3rd November – Melbourne Cup Day (No School)

Friday 18th December – Last Day of Term – 1pm dismissal

Farewell

It is with great sadness that Nhung has finished her time at Sunshine SDS as she spends time fully focused on her family. Nhung has been part of the Sunshine SDS family for 8 years and has impacted on our school community through translating, disseminating information, organising morning teas, helping with NDIS and general wellbeing support for our Vietnamese community.  We wish Nhung the best of luck and look forward to keeping in touch.

Retirement

It is with great sadness (and excitement for what the future holds!) that I communicate to you all that after 35 years of service to Sunshine SDS and the Department of Education and Training, Maree Walker will be retiring. Sadly we will not see Maree back at school, meaning her next visit will be to share her stories of life as a retiree! I know this will bring great sadness to many of us as Maree has been a part of our lives and contributed so much to our school community in her role as Teacher and Leading Teacher. Maree’s contributions will be embedded in all that we do moving forward, what a legacy she will leave!

Welcome

It is with great excitement that we welcome Rafael Koch, our full time Physiotherapist, who has joined our team and will have his first day with students on Monday. Raf comes to us from Glenallen school and Germany and is highly skilled. Raf is connecting closely with the Allied Health team daily, has participated in our induction program and is looking forward to connecting with students, staff and families across Term 4. We are thrilled to have him join the SSDS team!

Return to Onsite Learning

As families, there are some key points we ask you to follow and implement as we try to support the safest return to school and maintain health and safety. These protocols and practices are in line with the most current guidance on social/physical distancing for adults, COVID-19 Management Plans and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) advice.

Please see School Stream communication for guidelines.

 

Actions: What do you need to do now?

Read all information posted on School Stream and consider the changes or preparations you may need to make.

Ensure you have a labelled water bottle and appropriate packaging/containers and eating utensils (fork/spoon) for your child/ren’s drinks and food.

If your child has medical complexities that could present additional risk, please seek advice from the student’s medical practitioner to support decision-making about whether on-site education is suitable.

Please contact the school if you have any questions, concerns, if any of your circumstances have changed or information requires updating on 9311 4804 or by emailing the school at [email protected].

Thank you again for your continued suppory and we look forward to seeing you soon!.

 

Kind regards,

Nicole Edwardes

Principal