|Wednesday 1 December||Production filming.|
|Monday 6 December||Year 6 Farewell|
|Tuesday 7 December||Class Parties|
|Wednesday 13 December||Gold Day Pending Covid restrictions.|
|Thursday 16 December||Final School Day of 2021|
Dear Parent / Carer,
Welcome back everyone! It is so lovely to see all of our students and teachers back onsite this week. That is, however without our lovely Mrs Milligan. During the COVID-19 home schooling period Mrs Milligan let her class know that she was expecting a baby in December of this year. Everyone is very excited to welcome a Jamberoo Public School baby. As the pandemic continued and the home schooling period lengthened, Mrs Milligan made the decision to begin her maternity leave a little earlier than anticipated, to keep her growing family safe. We are very sad to say this early goodbye to Mrs Milligan, but totally understand her extra care for her precious cargo. We do however expect pictures and regular updates.
To fill Mrs Milligan's position for the remainder of 2021, I would like introduce Mrs Kirby. Mrs Kirby has been a valued casual member of staff this year and has taught Year 2 Cooinda over this time. She was able to spend some time with Mrs Milligan to ensure a smooth transition to our school.
On other staffing news, earlier in the school year, we began the process to fill a permanent teacher role. This position was filled via the transfer system and we were excited to welcome Miss Brooke Peterson to our team. She will not be taking up this position until 2023 as she herself is expecting a baby as well and will be on Maternity leave.
Last Wednesday we held our very first Live Virtual Kindergarten Information session. In our zoom we had a panel of P&C and staff to help our new parents prepare their children for school. At this stage we are unable to welcome our 2022 Kindergarten students on site, but we are hopeful that this can occur soon. Thanks to all who attended and to Mr Ross for his behind the scenes organisation of the event.
Teachers are currently writing your child's school report. These reports will look a little different, due to the extended home schooling period. These reports will not include grades A-E. Teachers will comment on work achieved at school and at home. The reporting timeline is the same and therefore families will receive reports before the end of the school year.
Students are expected to attend school from their designation return to school date unless they are unwell or have even with mild symptoms of COVID-19. Any person with any COVID-19 symptoms must be sent home and not return to school unless:
- they have isolated for 10 days, when no medical certificate is available
- they have a negative COVID-19 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. Find your local testing clinics.
We are excited to see many other elements, such as sport begin to return for our children, although the most significant element is that cohorts are still unable to mix.
For us at Jamberoo this means that we have three cohorts:
Cohort #1 - Kindergarten and Year 1
Cohort #2 - Years 2 and 3
Cohort #3 - Years 4, 5 & 6
To exit the school in the afternoon Cohort #1 should use the top gate near the administration and Cohorts #2 and #3 the bottom gate closest to the church. We are very sorry for the inconvenience that this causes, but must operate under our COVID safe guideline. We are receiving regular advice about the end of year activities, but I am happy to state that the Year 6 farewell will be able to proceed for year 6 students only. We are hopeful for some further reduction of restrictions to allow parents to enter for the final stage of the evening to see the cake and video. Lets all keep our fingers crossed for this important information.
Thank you for understanding how incredibly difficult this time is and having the extra responsibility of keeping our cohorts separate means teachers are doing double the amount of duties they have done previously. Thank you teachers!
Ms Greta Lewis