Feeling Fine in Week 9
Assembly: Thank you to all of the parents and community members that attended our final assembly of the term. We hope that you enjoyed the performances as much the students enjoyed playing for you.
Staff Development Day: Monday 12 July will be a school development day. Schools provide opportunities for staff and school leaders to improve their skills and professional capacity to deliver key curriculum priorities and school strategic directions. Parents and carers should not send their children to school on school development days. The students first day back next term will be Tuesday July 13.
Parent Teacher Interviews: Thank you to all of the parents that were able to take the time to meet with your child's teacher, the feedback I have received has been extremely positive. I would especially like to thank those parents in 5/6 that were able to be so flexible with the cancellations that occured last week.
Reports: Reports have gone home today, if you have any questions please feel free to get in contact with your child's teacher to arrange a follow up. I strongly suggest that you take the time to sit down with your child and go through their report, in particular the future directions section for students in Years 1 - 6.
Attendance: Education for your child is important and regular attendance at school is essential for your child to achieve their educational best and increase their career and life options. When your child attends school every day, learning becomes easier and your child will build and maintain friendships with other children. If a student misses as little as 8 days in a school term, by the end of primary school they’ll have missed over a year of school. On occasion, your child may need to be absent from school. Justified reasons for student absences may include being sick, or having an infectious disease, having an unavoidable medical appointment, being required to attend a recognised religious holiday, exceptional or urgent family circumstance (e.g. attending a funeral).
Soccer: Our soccer team had another win in the Small Schools Knockout this week! The team ran away with the game 9-0 and from all reports the game was played in great spirits. Our next game will be against Laguna Public School in Term 3. Well done to the team and their coach Mr P!
Kiss and Drop: Please remember the Kiss and Drop zone provides parents and carers with a safe environment to drop off and collect their children from school by car. These areas, always on the school side of the road, provide convenience for drivers and improve children’s safety. Parents and carers are able to legally drop off or pick up their children within a two-minute timeframe. Please ensure you do not use the Kiss and Drop zone as a spot to park your car for longer than two minutes and always approach the space with care as there are children about. I would also like to remind all parents that smoking within 4m of the school grounds is not permitted.
Covid: In accordance with advice from NSW Health, parents and carers are reminded NOT to send children to school if they are unwell, even if they have the mildest flu-like symptoms. Students who do not undertake a COVID-19 test will not be permitted to return to school for a 10-day period. Additionally, they must be symptom-free for at least 3 days prior to returning to school.
Upcoming Events: Week 10 brings a variety of events to the school. On Monday we have the athletics carnival, please ensure that your child is at school prior to the bus leaving at 8.30am. On Tuesday we are having a pyjama day, there is no cost for the event. Thursday brings the Cardboard Box Arcade. The cost will be $5 per students or $10 per family. On Friday we will be having our Family Fun Friday, parents are invited to join our students to play a variety of sports and have some fun with their children. Please remember at all of these events that it is an expectation that you only approach students that directly link to the reason you have decided to go to the event.
New Teacher: I am pleased to announce our K-2 teacher for the remainder of the year will be Mrs Rachel Cameron. Mrs Cameron is bringing a wealth of experience to the class and has a particularly keen interest in phonological awareness and learning through engaging hands on games. Mrs Cameron will be with K-2 Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with Mrs Storey and Mrs Mitchell continuing their usual schedule. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the parents for their patience during this time, I hope you can appreciate the importance placed on choosing the right teacher for your children’s learning for the remainder of the year.
Long Service Leave: I will be taking some leave in Term 3 from Tuesday 13 July - Monday 19 July, during this time Mrs Rootes will relieve as principal and Mrs Mendham will be taking the 3/4 class.
Trial Bell Times in Term 3: After consultation and surveying of parents, teachers and community members, the decision has been made to change the bell times in Term 3 on a trial basis. The bell times in Term 3 will be as follows:
8.25am – 8.55 am Morning Play
8.55 am – 11am Morning Learning Session
11am – 11.10am Eating Time (Lunch)
11.10 am – 11.30am Play
11.30am – 1pm Middle Learning Session
1pm – 1.10pm Eating Time (Recess)
1.10pm – 1.30pm Play
1.30pm – 2.40 pm Afternoon Learning Session
2.40pm – 2.55pm Home
Any child that is unable to be picked up at 2.40pm or requires to be picked up by After Hours School Care will participate in a fundamental movement skills program on the playground at the Northern Rd Gate until the student’s parent has arrived to pick their child up. Students do not miss out on learning fundamental movement skills by going home at 2.40pm, the program will be on top of what they are already doing in their weekly PE lessons. At no stage will a child be left unsupervised. If a student has not been picked up by 3pm, the student will be taken to the office where their parent will be contacted. There will be a teacher at both the Jamison St gate and Northern Rd gate until all students have been collected by their parents. Students will not be marked absent if they are picked up by their parent at 2.40pm as this is now the official finishing time of school for the term.
Thank you to all of the parents that participated in the consultation and surveying of this process. With 92.3% of parents stating they agree with the change of bell time idea, I can see that we are building a cohesive community that is moving forward with student learning and achievement as the focal point.
I hope you have a safe and enjoyable holiday, we are looking forward to seeing everyone back at school on Tuesday 13 July.