It has been a unique and challenging start to term 3 and on behalf of all staff, we hope that everyone in the school community is keeping well during this time. It has been fantastic to see students return to school today and re-connect with their classmates and teachers.
Our online attendance was quite high during the lockdown period and I would like to congratulate our students who were working from home; your efforts to complete tasks and send them into your teacher was very impressive. Thank you to all parents and carers; we know during this time a significant effort was required to support your child’s home learning whilst balancing other responsibilities. I would also like to acknowledge the efforts of our staff, teachers and SSOs, who worked very hard to manage the home learning experience and support the children who attended school. Whilst all staff did their best to ensure home learning was delivered effectively, we acknowledge that there will be areas for us to work on if this situation arises again. Please feel free to provide any feedback via the eform in Skoolbag.
As was communicated yesterday, there are a number of expectations and restrictions in place and these have been provided again in the newsletter. If you have any queries about this information, please contact the school.
Nationally Consistent Collection of Data: Students with disability.
An important focus for staff at the beginning of this term is their engagement with the Nationally Consistent Collection of data of students with disability. Annually, all approved authorities for schools in Australia participate in the mandated Nationally Consistence Collection of Data (NCCD) on school students with a disability. Information is collected about students with disability across Australia in a consistent, reliable and systematic way around the student’s disability category and the level of adjustment provided. This process provides information to inform improved practices within South Australia and nationally, to support the participation of all students with disability in education on the same basis as those without disability. The NCCD is also used as the basis for determining national funding for students with disability.
The Department for Education has released new mandatory notification training which is available for staff and volunteers. It is called Responding to Risks of Harm, Abuse and Neglect - Education and Care (RRHAN-EC). There are 2 approved courses for RRHAN-EC:
· Fundamental online course
· Masterclass facilitator-led online workshop
Both of the above courses can be accessed via the Department’s website. The Fundamental course is a 2-hour online course that covers essential knowledge and is suitable for volunteers. All volunteers must update their current mandatory notification certificate with this new training by 31 December 2021. The new certificate will have an expiry date of 31 December 2024.
Term 3 reminders:
· Pets on school grounds: thank you for your support in regards to our request for no pets to be brought on school grounds throughout the day, including at morning bell and dismissal times.
· Student arrival at school: the first yard duty of the day commences at 8.30am, students should not be on school grounds prior to this time.
· Traffic and parking: all parents/carers are requested to remain vigilant of pedestrians when driving to and from school, particularly with the onset of wet weather and its implications for driver visibility. All parents/carers are encouraged to speak to their children about safe pedestrian habits also, including the importance of using the designated crossing areas.