Welcome to 2021. We hope everyone had a great break and enjoyed time with family and friends . We have had a fantastic start to the 2021 school year and hopefully this will continue for the remainder.
This year has seen a number of staff changes. We welcome Kathy Baker who has taken up the position of Deputy Principal. Kathy has been an outstanding leader in our community for several years and brings a wealth of experience to this role. Heidi Bevan has taken on the role of Wellbeing Leader for the remainder of 2021. Heidi has had experience in this area as a leader in the past and we look forward to her working with our learners, families and our community.
There have been number of teaching changes as well. We welcome, Melissa Barnes who has been appointed as our Physical Education teacher for 2021 and Cher Zhang who has been appointed for LOTE, teaching Mandarin three days a week.
We would also like to welcome three new SSO’s to our school this year. Liv Bradley has taken on front office duties from Mel Worden. Mel has now become our Office Manager and Personal Assistant to the leadership team. Sara Batool will be working with a reception class 2 days a week and Natalie Wilson has started with us in the area of student support.
We have started the school year with 422 students and expect another five students to start with us shortly.
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all new members to the St Leonards community. This year we start with 62 new Reception children. They have made a terrific start to their school life. We did however, have to break the news to a few of them that yes, they have to come back to school next the next day as they had not finished school yet.
We have had quite a number of new enrolments in the other year levels, and we welcome you to our beautiful school.
COVID 19 is still an issue for us here in South Australia. Our aim is to keep our community members and children as safe as possible. This at times can lead to great deal of frustration from parents and caregivers, especially around entry into classrooms and corridors. Unfortunately, we are unable to maintain social distancing in these areas.
We encourage you to meet with your child's teacher when needed by arranging times via email or phoning the office.
We will be holding our Acquaintance Night on Tuesday 9th February. This year we'll see a slightly different format from the past and it will resemble more of a meet and greet. We encourage children to attend and show parents and caregivers around the school , introducing them to their class teacher as well as their specialist teachers.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions we ask families to follow SA Health guidelines. This means scanning our QR code when you arrive. These are located at all entry points to buildings or in classrooms. We ask that there only be 16 adults per room at any one time.
Families whose surnames that begin with A to J will be able to attend their child's class from 6:00pm to 6:30pm to meet the teacher.
Then the reminder of parents and caregivers from K- Z have priority from 6:30pm to 7:00pm.
Annual General Meeting
All families should have received an invitation to our Annual General Meeting which will be held after our acquaintance night at 7:15pm in the staff room. This will provide an opportunity for community members to hear about the school's achievements during 2020.
Drop Off and Pick Up
School officially starts at 8:45am and finishes at 3:05pm. Please be aware that our duty of care begins at 8:30am and finishes at 3:15pm. Before and after school we have teachers on yard duty at these times .
If you need your child to be at school prior to 8:30am or after 3:15pm out of school hours care (OSHC) is available. Please contact Lou our OSHC Director on 8294 1990 to book.
Pastoral Care Worker
It is with great sadness that I announce our pastoral care worker, Karen Marks will not be taking up her position this year. Karen has been an amazing asset to our school and will be missed by our community. The process for appointing a new pastoral care worker will commence shortly.
By now you would have noticed a number of changes around the school. We have been working with council and other community members to solve issues with traffic management around the school. This is about child safety. Please observe the necessary signage around the school, counsel will be patrolling the areas and issuing fines for noncompliance. We have attached guide to road rules around school for your information. We as adults need to model exceptional behavior to our children. Please don't stop in the middle of the road and pick up your child, please cross at marked crossings and please observe the no parking areas around the school.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Dave Henty-Smith - Principal
Kathy Baker - Deputy Principal
Heidi Bevan - Wellbeing Leader