Year 2 has been doing an excellent job and putting their 'best foot forward' when learning from home.
Welcome back to school for what has certainly been an interesting start to Term 3!
Greater Sydney schools will continue learning from home until at least 30 July.
Some students when learning from home will thrive in their learning environment, whilst others will miss the close personal interactions that school brings them. You as parents are juggling your own work whilst trying to look after your children as well. The result may not be perfection, so don’t beat yourselves up. Just take each day as it comes and do your best. All we ask is that students approach each school day with a positive attitude and mindset that allows them to do everything that is in their power to keep learning as much as they can. We recommend music, exercise and laughter are used to ensure we all keep positive and happy.
I want to sincerely thank our parent community for their home-schooling efforts. I know how difficult it has been to juggle working and learning from home. We are thrilled with the work that you are managing to get your children to do. Please don’t stress if you can’t complete all the work. Be kind to yourself. All efforts are appreciated. Thank you for the support we have been receiving through emails and Seesaw– your kind words and support are greatly appreciated. Teachers are also juggling planning work, providing feedback, attending ZOOM staff meetings, engaging in professional learning, communicating with colleagues, running ZOOM class sessions, supervising students onsite and learning to navigate new online platforms.
Thank you to those parents who were able to join us for our online P&C meeting on Monday evening. It was an opportunity to clarify our current learning arrangements and we really appreciated your valuable questions. If the current learning from home situation continues beyond 30 July we will liaise with the P&C to host another opportunity to further support parents as best we can.
I am pleased to see so many parents communicating via class and grade based WhatsApp channels. This mode of communication is a great source of emotional support for the parent community. However, your children’s classroom teacher remains the best point of contact regarding the individual learning needs of your child. If you have any questions or concerns please address these with your class teacher directly.
This message has come from the Department of Education:
Parents must keep children - of all ages, across primary and secondary schooling and early childcare - home if they can. Students will be supported to learn from home. Schools and early childhood education and care services, including Out Of School Hours Care services are open for any child that needs it. Thank you for your support. We are directed to have only minimal staff onsite each day. The main purpose of Home Learning is to reduce mobility of people in the community.
Advice to Families: https://education.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/advice-for-families
If you are looking for additional work or ideas, feel free to access the Learning From Home Hub. It offers packages for parents and links to ABC Education programs. https://education.nsw.gov.au/teaching-and-learning/learning-from-home/learning-at-home
Cybersafety whilst learning from home
For tips about being cybersafe please see the link below: https://education.nsw.gov.au/parents-and-carers/wellbeing/technology/cyber-safety
This term we welcome back Mrs Balusi Nunez. Mrs Nunez will be teaching 2N with Miss Thompson.
This term we also welcome back from leave Mrs Michelle Amestoy who will be joining us each Monday.
Congratulations to Mrs Zora Lombardo who was successful in gaining an Assistant Principal Learning Support position at Ashbury Public School. Mrs Lombardo will continue to run our Learning Support program on Monday and Tuesday. We welcome Miss Samantha Berman who will take Learning Support on Wednesday and Thursday.
This year students in Years 3-6 have been participating in the Premier’s Spelling Bee. Congratulations to Luke G from 4O and Marcus S from 6B for taking out the Stage 2 and Stage 3 competitions. They did a tremendous job spelling some very difficult words. Well done to all of our finalists from Years 3-6 who participated in the competition.
Our Year 6 Game Changer team were one of 12 teams in our region to be accepted into the final heats of the program. Game changer is a team-based design thinking challenge that centres around problem solving. Congratulations to Mikolaj S, Alex P, David N, Anthony J and Pramin G. The Game Changer Challenge is a Design Thinking competition run by the Department of Education. Design thinking is a human-centred approach to solving complex problems. Empathy and collaboration are at the heart of design thinking. The RPS team was selected from nearly 400 submissions from across the state to participate in this year's Game Changer Challenge Regional North Virtual Heats in August. Thank you to Miss Worthington and Miss Hughes-Clapp for coordinating this program.