|5th November||PUPIL FREE DAY 10th November|
|10th November||Preschool Transition 8:50am-11:05am|
|17th November||Preschool Transition 8:50am-12pm|
|19th November||Science Alive- rescheduled|
|24th November||Preschool Transition 8:50am -1:30pm|
|22nd - 24th November||Year 6 Aquatics Camp|
|24th - 26th November||Year 7 Aquatics Camp|
|30th November||Year 6 Graduation|
|1st December||Preschool Transition 8:50am-2:30pm|
|2nd - 3rd December||Year 4/5 Pt Hughes Camp|
|7th December||Year 7 Graduation|
The hot topic of conversation last week was definitely the hailstorm on Thursday. This is a photo taken of the oval straight after the storm passed. Fortunately there was only minor leaks in the classrooms. The admin block carpet is a bit water logged, and some staff have hailstorm damage to their cars. Compared to others in the community we were very lucky.
We welcomed back Rhiannon Hall at the beginning of the term, she has resumed her position in the year 2/3 class sharing with Sarah Cameron. We also welcomed Sokhan Greenwood into the position of Deputy Principal.
Class Planning 2022
As mentioned in the last newsletter we are preparing for the 2022 school year. We will soon begin allocating students to new classes so it is very important we have accurate numbers for students continuing at Angaston Primary School. If you are NOT returning to the school next year (this is not including year 6 & 7 students moving onto high school in 2022) please contact the front office ASAP. We have a number of enrolment enquiries at the moment so any additional information from current families will support us to identify exactly how many students will be returning and therefore how many classes we will need.
Teachers and leadership will begin student placements for the 2022 year based on the needs of the child. If there is anything you would like us to consider when placing your child in a class for 2022 please email me at the school on email@example.com or phone 85642215.
Transition to NHS
Year 6 & 7 students have already participated in an online meeting with Nuriootpa High School staff this term. Transition for students accessing the unit and special class has also begun. Additional transition for mainstream students has been organised to take place as required.
Transition From Kindergarten
We hosted two Information afternoons in week 2 for parents of 2022 Reception students. Students will begin their formal visits in week 5 with parents invited to an informal coffee morning and an opportunity to complete their WWCC and RRHAN-EC.
Pupil Free Day
Pupil Free Day will be held on Friday 5th November. Staff will be analysing whole school data trends regarding NAPLAN, PAT Reading and PAT Maths. This will support the writing of our new site improvement cycle beginning 2022 in terms of goals and challenges of practice. We will also spend some time reviewing our current site improvement priorities.
Parents, volunteers and visitors are welcome in schools and preschools providing COVID safe measures are in place and followed. All parents, visitors and volunteers are required to COVID-Safe check in when entering the school grounds. Masks are not required outdoors if adults can physical distance. This is consistent with community mask use requirements. We continue to discourage parents from entering classrooms as physical distancing is a challenge. If you need to speak with the classroom teacher please send a message and arrange a time to meet. If urgent please contact the front office.
Events held within school can now go ahead provided that:
- recommended density and physical distancing requirements are able to be met by all attending adults.
- masks are available and recommended for all adults (who are not staff and not performing) when indoors.
- all attendees COVID-Safe check in.
- appropriate hygiene provisions (e.g. sanitiser stations) are in place.
We will begin recreational swimming in the school pool week 5 of this term. Teachers will send home notes to families with scheduled swimming times and the need for volunteers. Fingers crossed we get some warm weather before week 5. Recreational swimming occurs after lunch if the temperature is 23 degrees or above. We do not swim if it is above 36 degrees. Students must wear a rash vest or t-shirt when swimming.
The recent parent survey raised a number of concerns about the use of SKoolbag to distribute whole school information. Comments received from parents mentioned that the app is unreliable and surely there is something else that can be used. This was discussed at Governing Council on Tuesday evening and a survey will be sent home to each family within the next couple of weeks to gauge preferences for communication heading into 2022.
It is going to be a very busy last few weeks of term with camps, graduations, transition, excursions, sports, report writing, class placement etc.
Sometimes sitting and doing nothing is the best something you can do! Karen Salmansohn
Lynda Fitzpatrick- Brown