What a great start to 2021. Students are settling in really well, particularly our new Preps. Thank you to our Grade 4 Big Buddies who are helping their Prep buddies out each day. It is great to see their leadership and kindness.
Some new advice this morning regarding COVID-19. Staff (when not teaching) and visitors are required to wear masks when indoors at Mansfield Primary School.
A few things from me this week...
Welcome New Staff
Welcome to our new staff for 2021. Jess Miller is teaching Prep B, Emilie Wilson is teaching 5A, Marylaure Farnault is teaching French on Mondays and Tuesdays, Kathryn Hewitt is teaching Physical Education on Fridays and Dean Bush is our new Assistant Principal in charge of Teaching and Learning. It is great to have them all on board. If you see someone in the yard with a staff badge on who you don’t recognise, please introduce yourself.
Welcome New Families
Welcome to our new families, it is great to see your kids making friends and settling into Mansfield Primary School. The New Families Pizza Night is a great chance for new families to meet each other. If you are a new family to MPS please come to the Shade Tree at 5:30pm on Wednesday March 3rd and join us for some pizza and a chat.
Parent Teacher Meet and Greet – Week 4
This is a great opportunity to meet your child’s teacher, have a chat with them and set up for a great year. Meetings are 10min each and are held at your child’s classroom. Teachers will be asking ‘What do you want me to know about your child?’ Instructions on how to book will be sent out on Monday 8th February. If you need any help booking a meeting time, please contact the front office.
Yesterday afternoon staff were involved in some professional learning around communication with families. The values that I would like all staff and families to base their communication on are:
· Be kind, everyone is doing their best.
· Communicate early and often
· In person is best, then phone, then email.
One piece of communication that families appreciated from remote learning was weekly messages letting you know what is happening in your child’s class each week. We will continue to send these out in 2021. All teachers will be sending out a message on a Friday apart from the 5/6 teachers who will send it out on Monday. This is because our 5 and 6 teachers plan together on a Monday.
Tutor Learning Initiative
The Department of Education has funded a Tutor Learning Program across Victorian government schools. This will allow us to employ two teachers for Semester 1 to support those students whose learning has been significantly impacted by remote learning in 2020.
Thank you to the families and staff who helped us with the huge job of moving our library over to the Nobian during the holidays. Mr Steele and 6C now have a classroom and we are hoping to have the new library up and running in the next couple of weeks. A special mention to Narelle Stevenson and Elspeth Wagstaff who have been working with Robyn Robinson to get everything working as smoothly as possible when we open the new library.
Arriving at School
Please be aware that Students are not able to be at school prior to 8:30am. Staff are on Yard Duty from 8:30am until the start of school. Students who arrive earlier than this will be asked to wait in the office until 8:30am and parents will be called as a reminder.
COVID-19: Assemblies, Social Distancing and Drop Off/Pick Up
School assemblies can go ahead but only with staff and students at this stage. Adults need to be aware of social distancing when at school. Keeping 1.5m apart, not shaking hands or hugging and staying away if you are unwell will help us limit any potential spreading. Families are allowed on site for drop off and pick up this term. If you are coming to school for any reason other than pick up or drop off, we need you to sign in at the front office.
Like always, please get in touch with us with any questions or concerns. You can call or email your classroom teacher, call the front office or email me: email@example.com
Have a lovely weekend.