At Willoughby Public School we aim to cultivate socially-aware learners who are critical and creative thinkers, within a safe, respectful and responsible learning community.
Welcome back to Term 3 at Willoughby PS. The current lockdown certainly wasn’t the way we had imagined the term would start. I hope you had many opportunities to get outdoors and have family time together throughout the holidays. A walk at the end of the day is wonderful for your wellbeing.
Once again, our teachers have flipped their learning and teaching programs in a short space of time for our students. We dropped our planned professional learning on Monday. All teachers worked together to prepare work ready for distribution on Tuesday July 13. The photocopiers were running hot until 6pm on Monday. Thank you to our families for abiding by the NSW Health directives by not entering the school grounds. I hope the system with the gate numbers 1-6 have helped you to identify the learning pack collection points. We are also using this system as entry / exit points each day. The lockdown is set to continue until July 30th, lets hope by then, we have reduced the impact of COVID significantly and can find our way back to “normal” on Monday August 2.
In a livestream at the end of the holidays, teachers were encouraged by Murat Dizdar, the Deputy Secretary School Performance, to avoid the perfection trap. These are difficult circumstances, and the aim should be to do the best we can. I would extend that advice to our students – and parents. Learning at home, even with Zoom interactivity, can be a lonely process. Some students will thrive in this environment, but others will miss those teacher-student and student-student interactions and relationships more keenly. Parents are juggling their own work while trying to supervise their children. The result may not be perfection, so don’t beat yourselves up. Students learning from home – your job is to show up, ready to work and with the attitude that you can and will do everything possible to learn as much as you can. That is all we ask – nothing more or nothing less than do your best.
Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher if you have concerns about any of the work or are worried about anything. If your circumstances change throughout the week, please send the children to school with their learning pack to continue with their learning.Staff update
A warm Willoughby welcome to Ms Nadia Morcom who has replaced Mrs Winkler as our Learning and Support teacher. Ms Morcom has a wealth of experience and knowledge to support student learning.
Mrs Deborah de Silva has been appointed as librarian replacing Mr Thorn. Mrs de Silva had a part time allocation at WPS and this part time position has been filled by Mrs Pandelas.
Mrs Shane Clements has been appointed to the permanent classroom teacher position on Kindergarten.
We welcome Ms Montana Daniel to Willoughby Public School. Ms Daniel will be teaching class 3LS for the rest of 2021 while Ms Lindley is on leave.
Mrs Blake, Deputy Principal is working Monday and Tuesday for Semester 2. She is very excited and happy to be back at WPS working with the students, teachers and wider community.
Stay safe and let’s hope we can return to school after July 30.
Jennifer Simmonds - Principal