Week 4 Newsletter – 20th May 2022


Dear Parents/Guardians and families,

It is wonderful that we have returned to near normality with the removal of face masks on site, doors open and face to face parent engagement opportunities increasing. We can’t wait to see you in the school more and more as the term especially for our Biggest Morning Tea during Education Week and as the school year progresses.

Term 2 is always such a busy term however the shorter 9-week term makes it very busy. We have many things to look forward to such as welcoming you in for Education Week and our end of term parent interviews (Student Support Group meetings) also occurring.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership. We look forward to another smooth and enjoyable term ahead.


Professional Practice Days

For Term 2 2022, the Department of Education and Training recommends schools hold their first professional practice day on the same day for all staff, this is to enable the most effective and efficient use of this day, given the current state-wide shortage of replacement of staff. As a result, we have scheduled our professional practice day for Tuesday 14th June.

Students will therefore not be required to attend school on this day


Parent Drop Off

Just a reminder that staff are on duty from 8:50am in the mornings to supervise students. If you are here earlier, please wait with your child in the car or at the gate for staff members to commence duty and receive your child.


COVID Updates

Rapid Antigen Testing (RATs)

There have been changes to the provision of Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) across schools for the remainder of Term 2.

RATs will continue to be distributed to you as they have been throughout this school year for the remainder of this term, we have sent two weeks supply home this week.

However, from Monday 23 May 2022, students will no longer be recommended to undertake RATs 5 days a week in specialist schools.

RATs however will continue to be required by students who are household contacts to attend school (5 negative tests over a 7-day period) or who have symptoms.

The ongoing supply of RATs to families in our school will ensure that parents and carers will have them should they need them if their child is a household contact or has symptoms.

Families must continue to notify the Department of Health and the school if their child returns a positive RAT result. Additionally, you should inform us if any of your children are household contacts.

Thank you also to all families who has got their child vaccinated. Vaccination continues to remain the best way to protect students and staff in our school.

Getting vaccinated is easy and bookings can be done via the coronavirus website. If you have any questions about the vaccines, I encourage you to speak to your GP or a health practitioner.

Thank you again for your ongoing cooperation and support during this time


Education Week

Education Week, 22nd to 28th May (Week 5), is almost upon us presenting our community with the opportunity to celebrate 150 year of Public Education.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to school on Monday 23rd May for the Biggest Morning Tea to help raise money to support cancer research and support for people affected by cancer.

Please join is in the hall from 10:30-11:30am.  Enter via the Mounsey St. gate and park in the Parent carpark or Bus area.

Posters of students enjoying their favourite learning activities will be on display.

To help with the celebration of public education we invite you to share a memory of being a student – send your memory as a message on Seesaw or email to [email protected]


Education Support (ES) Staff Day
Thank you to Monica who attended the soap making session on Monday 16th May to make gifts for our ES staff in celebration of their incredible work, dedication and commitment to our students and school. We are truly grateful for each and every one of our ES staff.


Mother’s/Special Persons Day

We thank you for supporting the virtual stall by purchasing items to treat the special women and people in your lives. It was wonderful to see students boarding buses with their gifts ready to take home in preparation for the day of celebration, we hope you enjoyed your homemade gifts courtesy of our students, the Enterprise program and the Little Shop of Sunshine!


Please take care, stay warm, dry and well.


Nicole Edwardes




NDIS Information Parent Session


Hello Sunshine SDS families,

On Wednesday May 25 between 10 – 12pm we will have the pleasure in welcoming a team of representatives from the NDIS here at school in the PCL hub.

This is a great opportunity to drop in for some morning tea and ask questions regarding your child’s NDIS plan.

The conversations that take place between a member of the NDIS team and yourself are all confidential. They are 1.1 session and there is no time limit, they are happy to stay longer if need.

To get the most out of your time, please bring your NDIS plans with you, in either a hard copy or on your phone.

We will have interpreters available, please let us know if you need a particular language so we are able to cater for your needs in communication.

If you have any queries please contact Dee Defeudis on, 0414 265 484 or email [email protected]



Hôm nay một số thành viên của Cộng đồng Việt Nam chúng ta đã gặp gỡ trực tuyến.

Chúng tôi đã nói về việc sử dụng ứng dụng School Stream để nhận thư và thông tin từ trường. Bạn có thể lấy thông tin School Stream bằng tiếng Việt. Vui lòng xem tài liệu đính kèm để biết hướng dẫn cách cài đặt trên điện thoại và nhận thông báo bằng tiếng Việt.

Tuần tới, chúng tôi sẽ có đại diện của NDIS tại trường vào Thứ Tư ngày 25 tháng 5, từ 10 đến 12 giờ trưa. Chúng tôi sẽ có thông dịch viên nói tiếng Việt. Vui lòng mang theo kế hoạch NDIS của con bạn để bạn có thể hỏi bất kỳ câu hỏi nào mà bạn có thể có về các hỗ trợ NDIS của mình.

Buổi họp Cộng đồng người Việt trực tuyến tiếp theo của chúng tôi sẽ diễn ra vào Thứ Tư tháng Sáu lúc 10:30 sáng




Important Dates – Term 2

Friday 10th June – Report Writing Day – No school for students

Monday 13th June – Queens Birthday Public Holiday – No school

**Tuesday 14th June – Professional Practice Day – Students not required at school

Wednesday 22nd June – Parent Teacher interviews (SSG meetings)

Friday 24th June – Last Day of Term 2 – Early Dismissal 1pm (Please ensure you make the necessary arrangements to be home early for the bus or pick your child up from school at 1pm)

Saturday 25th – Sunday 10th July- School Holidays

Monday 11th July – Students return to school