It is hard to believe that we are already at the end of Term 1. Our first term in 2021 has been such a successful and busy one. It is always wonderful to see so many happy smiling faces in classrooms and on the playground every day.
Kindergarten’s first term
Congratulations to our Kindergarten students and their parents. The first term of school is always challenging and with the continuing COVID restrictions our Kindy students became very independent quickly. Thank you to the parents for trusting us to support your little ones in the momentous transition to primary school.
Year 6 Canberra
Our Year 6 students swapped rainy Sydney for rainy Canberra early last week. They represented the school with the normal Randwick pride, visiting the National Mint, Old Parliament House, the Museum of Democracy and of course Parliament House. We would like to thank Ms Bell, Mr Bendersky, Mr Pozarik, Ms Laurendet, Mr Palmer & Ms Sten for leaving their families for the 3 nights and 2 days, so that the students can have this enrichment opportunity. Without their passion and dedication, our students would not have been able to attend.
Our Year 3 & 5 students participated in some NAPLAN practice tests this week. It was a chance for us to test our wifi, iPads and keyboards along with students’ earphones, as well as allow teachers and students to become familiar with the online platform. Everything was very positive! We are also very fortunate to employ a Technology Support Officer two days a week who ensures that our systems and hardware are all working.
SRC 000 Fundraiser
What a success it was! The students looked fantastic yesterday in their tribute outfits to our emergency workers. Quite a fitting day as so many of them have been helping and supporting the community through the recent flooding. The students raised $1000! This will be sent to the cafe at the Children’s Hospital so that the local fire, police, ambulance and doctors and nurses will be able to enjoy a hot drink.
Our first term of our new 6 School Houses has been wonderful! The students were excited to hear of the winner Term 1 House.
Congratulations to the Wombats! They were awarded the School House cup and enjoyed some extra time playing together after Break 2 today.
We look forward to developing and improving our School House system so that students feel like they are connected and belong.
ANZAC Day Assembly
On Friday 23 April, the school will hold our annual ANZAC Day Assembly at 9:15am in the hall. K-4 students will participate in the live stream from their classroom, with Year 5 and 6 in the hall so that we have the ability to welcome representatives and guests. We will listen to some of the main messages about living in peace and the importance of remembering those who have fallen in battle. Parents are most welcome to join us for the service however we are currently limited to 100 guests.
Randwick City Council
The Council has planned to undertake the construction of a raised intersection at the intersection of Frances St and The Avenue, Randwick from Thursday 8th April to Monday 12th April. The objective of the project is to improve the access between Alison Park and Randwick Public School by upgrading and reconfiguring the crossings.
Please be mindful of these changes when we return next term and let us keep our surrounding streets as safe, so that we can keep our children safe.
We were delighted to welcome back parents into the classroom and look forward to this happening more and more throughout the year!
During the holidays, please keep up to date with Public Health Alerts, particularly with the new restrictions around the Tweed, Ballina, Byron Shires, Lismore City, as well as Greater Brisbane.
Please monitor the NSW Health website for locations of concern over the coming days as changes may be made with new sites and locations added.
Finally at the end of this term we have a number of staff who are saying farewell to Randwick.
Sam Sale (1S teacher) is going on to Maternity leave to have her first baby. Congratulations Sam! Natalie Westren who has been working with 2H over the last couple of weeks while Mr Hammond has shoulder surgery will be taking on 1S for the remainder of the year.
Bausi Nunez (2N teacher) is taking leave in Term 2 and Isabella Thompson, a familiar face will be stepping in for the term. Welcome Isabella!
Simon Pillidge (4P teacher) has been offered the position as Relieving Assistant Principal at Penshurst West PS. Simon’s calm and professional presence will be missed greatly. Morgan O’Dean who previously completed his practicum at Randwick will take over 4P next term.
Quetzal Bell (Stage 3 Assistant Principal) is taking up a Relieving Assistant Principal position at Eastlakes Public School. Eastlakes will be very fortunate to gain a leader of Quetzal's calibre with her vast knowledge in curriculum, assessment and welfare to support their students. After a comprehensive employment panel, Peter Lavender, from Bondi Public School will join our team, leading Stage 3 from Term 2.
Enjoy the holidays!
Thank you to everyone for such a wonderful and successful first term. We wish you all a safe and restful break and we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 20th April when we return for Term 2.
Rachael Chisholm & Lauren Sten