Week 10 Newsletter – 7th April 2022
End of Term Update
We hope this finds you well.
A reminder that school finishes at 1pm tomorrow, please make the necessary arrangements to pick your child up or be home earlier to receive them at the earlier bus arrival time.
Department of Education have extended the rapid antigen test (RAT) screening program for the first 4 weeks of Term 2, the recommendation for Special Schools is to test 5 days a week due to a higher risk of severe illness for medically vulnerable children. If families would like more RAT tests, please contact the office and we will arrange for them to be sent home.
Current COVID safe practices will remain in place for this time across the school.
The school break will also see some major building and grounds projects undertaken. The removal of two old relocatable classrooms will occur in preparation for the commencement of our Capital Building Works project. The removal of the portable buildings may have an impact on the front carpark and parking spaces. Please be aware of this when we return to school.
There will also be upgrades to the concrete in the front carpark as well as extra landscaping in the form of new turf installation.
Wishing all families, a relaxing break and a wonderful Easter.
See you all in Term 2 which commences on Tuesday April 26th.
Positive Climate for Learning
It is hard to believe that Term 1 2022, is the first full term we have all been back onsite for school in 2 years. And what a joy it has been to see your child’s smiling face, their engagement in learning, building relationships with staff and peers as well as enjoying the social interactions that are fostered in the school environment. It has also been wonderful to have our parent and guardian community starting to come together again, to reconnect, unite and we look forward to building on this further next term. Keep your eye out for the Term 2 Community Calendar and be sure to mark these dates in your calendar, we would love to see as many new and familiar faces either via WebEx or very excitingly, back onsite!
When I left for Maternity Leave at the end of 2020, our school did not reflect what a school should be. The school grounds were empty, learning was all completed virtually and the connection between school and home was not the same. Returning this year, at buses I see our students smiling as they enter the school grounds, classrooms are filled with learning, laughter, engagement and connection, and we are now finally allowed to welcome our wider community back onsite to rebuild what has been lost these past two years. We missed each and every one of our students, and we missed you. Transition back to school has been seamless for many of our students as they continue to amaze us with their resilience, however this is not the case for all. If you are having trouble re-establishing routines to support your child to get to school or experience new challenges in regards to attendance then please read the attached article “School is better when you are here” and don’t hesitate to reach out to myself or the classroom teacher for support.
Enjoy your school holidays and we will see you all in Term 2!
Assistant Principal, Positive Climate for Learning
With the April 2022 School Holidays approaching, here are some some activities you can do
- SeaLife have some animal videos and live streams via their Facebook page. For more information please click here
- Junior Rangers offer several activities which you can print off at home and outdoor ideas to keep you entertained. Click here to access
PSD & Enrolment News
Enrolments – I continue to welcome families for tours for enrolment for their children for both this year and next. It’s great when families are proactive in relation to 2023 as it gives them plenty of time to find about schools, what each offers and which educational setting will best suit their child’s needs. The most delightful comment I received this week was when I took a parent into the Sensory Garden – she said something along the lines of ‘Oh I felt an immediate sense of calm when I walked through the gate. Thank you.’ If you know of anyone who is considering enrolment for their young person in a special setting please encourage them to give the school a call.
The focus for Education Week 2022 (22nd – 28th May) is the celebration of 150 years of Public Education in Victoria. During the week we will offer activities to celebrate this incredible milestone. We hope to host a Biggest Morning Tea around this time also. More details next term and much closer to the time.
Saide Cameron, Whole School Events Co-ordinator
Family events at Sunshine SDS
We’re very excited to be meeting in person again and we’re looking to seeing our families more and having you involved in our school activities. We’re looking to start a second-hand uniform shop, get a garden set up to grow some food our children can eat at school, and meet together to learn more about school and support each other in our journey as parents of kids with additional needs.
The calendar is below so you can write the dates in your diary now!
For more information contact:
Natasha Godfrey – chaplain [email protected]
Asha Afogi – African Community Worker [email protected]
Important Dates – Term 1
Thursday 7th April – Career Expo
Friday 8th April – Last Day Term 1pm Dismissal
Important Dates – Term 2
Monday 25th April – ANZAC Day Public Holiday
Tuesday 26th April – First Day Term 2