On Thursday July 22 (Week 2, Term 3) there will be a morning tea for the parents and grandparents of Aboriginal students at Randwick Public School. We hope this will be a termly event where students, teachers, parents and grandparents can connect with one another for a chat, coffee and cake. An event reminder will be sent to you via SeeSaw next term and students will be creating beautiful invitation cards to give to you. The morning tea will be from 8:45 - 9:30 am.
I am excited to formally be taking on the role as Relieving Principal while Mrs Allen is on leave. I look forward to meeting the Randwick PS community whether it be through P&C meetings, school events or during morning and afternoon pickup. I have already been made to feel so welcome and cannot wait to get involved in the students’ learning in the classroom and playground.
Year 6 have all worked so hard to bring their performance of Trolls to life this week. Congratulations to the students and teachers who should be commended on their creativity and teamwork displayed on and off stage. The sheer enjoyment was evident on the faces of students, teachers, and audience alike. We are now looking forward to the Year 2 performances of The Lion King on August 3 and 5 (Week 4 next term). Multiple performances must be conducted to comply with the social distancing requirements.
In light of recent local COVID-19 cases please continue to be very vigilant about social distancing and personal hygiene. Staff and students can continue to attend school to work and learn, except for the following reasons:
· They must remain at home if they are unwell, even with the mildest of symptoms. If they are unwell they must receive a negative COVID test and be symptom free before returning to school.
· If they have been to a venue of concern they must comply with the self-isolation and testing requirements as directed by the NSW Health Department. If you attended any of the hot-spot venues identified please contact NSW Health immediately on 1800 943 553.
· It is important that schools and families continue to follow the current COVID-19 guidelines. In particular it is important to highlight the following:
· Students should not attend school if unwell, even with mild symptoms of COVID-19. Any person with any COVID-19 symptoms should be sent home and should not return until they have received a negative test result and are symptom-free. In circumstances where children have other medical reasons for recurrent symptoms a letter from their GP is sufficient to negate the requirement for a negative test.
· Anyone who is unwell with COVID-19 symptoms is strongly encouraged to get tested and self-isolate until a negative result is received.
· All visitors to a school site must be well and symptom free, comply with sign-in arrangements, and the 1.5m physical distancing requirements.
· Visitors to schools should maintain 1.5m distance from other people where practicable. Avoid congestion of groups of visitors in specific areas where possible.
· All visitors to a school site must comply with sign-in arrangements. This includes acknowledging that they will comply with the COVID-19 requirements for visitors, contractors and service providers each time they visit. Visitors must also check in using the Service NSW QR code. Parents and carers who are dropping off or picking up students do not need to sign in or use the Service NSW QR code.
We are still seeking some support from parents who would be interested in assisting our Kindergarten and Year 1 classes with some additional Literacy support in Term 3 and early Term 4. Parents would be required to commit to a full day for all of Term 3 and for the first five weeks of Term 4 – 15 weeks in total. Parents would be working with two classes each day and consistency is important.
The additional support would include listening to students read daily as well as working with students on developing their sight word recognition skills.
A training session will be provided in Week 1 of next term with the program beginning during Week 2.
All volunteers will require a full Working with Children Check from Service NSW and will need to complete all DOE employment forms. In accordance with school protocols, successful applicants would not be placed with their own child’s class.
If interested, please email email@example.com to register and advise your preferred day/days of availability during this period, by Friday 18 June.
Research highlights a clear correlation between student attendance and the achievement of quality academic, socio-economic and health outcomes. This research tells us that students with an attendance rate below 90% are educationally at risk. Above 95% is our expected student attendance. Thank you parents and carers for your support in ensuring that our students attend school unless they are sick.
The students have been working extremely hard to accumulate house points this term. The first semester of our new 6 School Houses has been wonderful!
Next Thursday the winning House for Term 2 will be announced, with the winning house participating in a special House Disco to congratulate them on their hard work and effort this term. The students in grades 2-6 met this week to workshop future ideas and events that can enhance our School House system so that students feel like they are connected and belong.
Nationally Consistent Collection of data (NCCD)
Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). The NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD guidelines (2019). Information provided about students to the Australian Government for the NCCD includes:
year of schooling
category of disability: physical, cognitive, sensory, or social/emotional
level of adjustment provided: support provided within quality differentiated teaching practice, supplementary, substantial or extensive.
This information assists schools to:
formally recognise the supports and adjustments provided to students with disability in schools
consider how they can strengthen the support of students with disability in schools
develop shared practices so that they can review their learning programs in order to improve educational outcomes for students with disability.
Further information regarding NCCD is included in the ‘Parent Fact Sheet’. This process will be completed early in Term 3.
Morning Tea for Aboriginal Parents and Grandparents
On Thursday July 22 (Week 2, Term 3) there will be a morning tea for the parents and grandparents of Aboriginal students at Randwick Public School. We hope this will be a termly event where students, teachers, parents and grandparents can connect with one another for a chat, coffee and cake. An event reminder will be sent to you via SeeSaw next term and students will be creating beautiful invitation cards to give to you. The morning tea will be from 8:45-9:30am.
Enjoy the holidays!
Thank you to everyone for such a wonderful and successful term. I wish you all a safe and restful break and look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 13th July when we return to school for Term 2. Please remember that Monday 12th July is a Staff Development Day.