Changes to Restrictions
With the changes to the restrictions for regional schools announced this morning we will be inviting our Foundation, Year One and Year Two students back onsite on Friday 10 September as well as the students with Authorised Workers for parents and vulnerable students as per the current settings.
One important distinction under these new restrictions is that for students who live in Metro Melbourne who are in Foundation, Year One and Year 2 are currently not allowed to attend school onsite.
I do not have any of the finer details about how these restrictions will work just yet, however, I will send an update email tomorrow once I know more.
Bug Hotels and Bird Boxes
For those families still completing remote learning next week, if you’re looking for something a little different to complete with you family from now until the end of the term, I am inviting you and your children to make a bug hotel for Middle Gully Reserve. This is not a compulsory task, but an opportunity for those who are interested to complete something that will support biodiversity in Middle Gully Reserve. Please see the attached flyer below for inspiration and instructions. Once completed you may wish to find a place for your bug hotel in you own garden, but if you’re out and about for your daily exercise and are walking past the school, please feel free to find a spot in Middle Gully to place your bug hotel. https://supersimple.com/article/bug-hotel/ or https://www.craftionary.net/diy-bug-hotels-material-instructions-to-attract-bugs/
For those parents who are a little more adventurous, if you want to take your building to the next level, I invite you to work on a bird nesting box project with your children. We are trying to encourage greater biodiversity in Middle Gully and by providing suitable nesting boxes. We hope to encourage birds and small animals to take up residence in the space by providing some nice new houses. Feel free to drop your completed nesting box off at the front office before the end of term or in term four and I will arrange for them to be installed.
Please find instruction for the home-made bird boxes at the links below.
General Information about nesting boxes
Grey Shrike Thrush nesting box plans https://www.birdsinbackyards.net/sites/www.birdsinbackyards.net/files/Grey%20Shrike-Thrush_0.pdf
Crimson Rosella nesting box plans
Laughing Kookaburra nesting box plans
International Competitions and Assessments for Schools – (ICAS) – University of NSW testing
The annual ICAS assessment period is approaching and parents and carers of students from Year 3 to Year 6 may register their children to sit a range of assessments to challenge their children. This is an opt in and pay as you go program, and the assessments will be run before school between 8am and 9am in October by me. Please follow the link below to register your child’s interest. Registrations close on September 19. The participating students receive certificates for participation and the various levels of success which will be presented at assembly in celebration of our students who strive for academic success.
Sampai jumpa (until next time)