Dear Parents and Community Members,
As we have just experienced the longest winter day, may the sun coming back a little bit more every day help to chase away the winter blues. We certainly notice that our students miss being able to run and play on rainy days, although the rain is welcomed and needed.
The School Board met last week and continue to support the school in financial management and in an advisory role. Their time, freely given, is greatly appreciated.
Each year, our wonderful P&F work hard to support school events and provide opportunities for community building. They provide funds each year for teachers to purchase additional resources for their class. The Early Years teachers recently purchased a ‘Mud Kitchen’ which is encouraging some wonderful creative play. We thank our P&F for providing for these additional resources which support student learning and engagement.
Congratulations to our newly elected Faction Leaders.
Columba: Isla Bolton and Max Humble
Finnegan: Jasmine Elliot and Riley Vardaro
Thomas: Indi Buswell and Riley O’Rourke
Kaya: Michaela Williamson and Corey Gibbs
Year 4 Assembly
We are very excited to be having our first Assembly since the school re-opened. This Friday, 26 June, the Year 4 class will be presenting their class Assembly. Due to restrictions on numbers for gatherings, we request that only Year 4 parents (and grandparents!) attend at 8.50am, along with our 6 students. There will be a second performance at 10.00am for the younger students. Merit Certificates will not be presented at this Assembly and will re-start next term. A note will be sent home with Year 4 students today to enable us to plan to keep our numbers within the ‘100’ guidelines.
Next Friday, 3 July, reports will be available through SEQTA. You will receive an email letting you know when reports are available to view. Please make sure you have signed up to receive your child’s report through SEQTA. In the changeover to the new CEWA Administration system, all past SEQTA Engage parents User Names and passwords have lost their link. To ensure that you receive reports for Semester One, a new link will be sent to you this week. Please follow the directions given to set up your new User Name and Password for your account to receive the reports. Some people have already signed up, thanks for this.
Please celebrate progress with your child and talk about their achievements with them. If you have any concerns, please make an appointment with the classroom teacher.
Car park survey
Please complete a survey about our car park procedures to enable planning for Term 3. Please click the link to access the short survey. The survey is anonymous, no names or emails are linked to the Form.
Term 3 Calendar
The Term 3 calendar is available via the attached link. Please keep this as a guide to keep you informed about some exciting events which will be happening next term including Book Week assembly, class assemblies, Father’s Day Breakfast, Open Morning, Year 6 Camp and so much more! There are pupil free days on Monday 20 July (Week 1) and Friday 21 August (Week 5), please note these dates in your diary, but please check Newsletters for updates as things may change, depending on COVID-19 restrictions.
Please ensure your child is in full, formal winter uniform, including jumpers or vests, for School Photos. Pre-primary students wear sports uniform, and Kindy students should wear their school shirt if they have one.
Family photos will be taken from 7.45am.
The schedule is as follows, but may change, depending on how things go on the day:
Pre-Kindy photos will be on another date, to be advised.
Our School Photos will be taken on:
Tuesday 30th June 2020
Class Photos/Portraits: Every Student will have their photo taken, whether they are purchasing photos or not.
- The school has chosen to use the online ordering system. Your child has been given an online ordering instruction slip and a unique student shootkey.
- Log onto www.msp.com.au and follow the prompts to place your order.
- If you lose your shootkey the school office will have a copy to quote back to you.
- The expiry date for online ordering is the 10.07.2020. Any orders received after this date will incur a $30.00 archive fee. You can email your order request through to firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office on 08 9240 8000
- Envelopes can be obtained from the school office.
- Family photos are taken on photo day, before school, from 7.45am.
- Please ensure that your family envelope and payment are handed to the Photographers on photo day.
- If you do not have the correct money we will provide any change needed when photos are delivered to school.
- Family photos cannot be ordered online.
Please Note: Individuals and Family Photos are not available to view online
School fees payments are due by 26 June. Reminder statements have been emailed. If you haven’t commenced any repayments and are experiencing difficulties, please contact me to arrange a confidential chat. Thank you.
Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum (KS:CPC)
The KS:CPC teaches all children from a young age, in an age-appropriate way, to:
- recognise abuse and tell a trusted adult about it
- understand what is appropriate and inappropriate touching; and
- understand ways of keeping themselves safe.
Teachers who deliver the curriculum must complete a training course. Please click here for a Parent Tip Sheet referring to Focus Area 2 of the Child Protection Curriculum. In each newsletter, there will be a link to a Parent Tip Sheet, and we will be holding a Parent Information meeting on Tuesday 1 September at 5.30pm as a refresher for interested parents who would like to know a little more about the Keeping Safe program.
There are many areas in the curriculum where the topic of racism, social justice, human rights and Catholic Social Teachings can be raised. In the Keeping Safe Child Protection Curriculum, Focus Area 2 addresses the topics of: Identity and Relationships
- Exploring identity
- Exploring relationships
- Healthy and unhealthy relationships
Power in Relationships
- The language of safety
- Understanding bullying
- Dealing with bullying behaviour
- Fair and unfair
- Exploring power
- Positive and abusive use of power
Resources that can support these topics and discussions:
* Early Years and Primary School Global Storybooks focusing on cultural diversity
Important Health Alert
At this time of the year, many students develop coughs and colds and it is possible that the doctor will recommend a COVID-19 test. The Health Department rules are that anyone taking a COVID-19 test must remain in isolation at home until the test results are given. Hopefully, this will be negative result.
In the unlikely event that a student or parent tests positive for COVID-19, it is important to immediately inform the school as we would need to enact our COVID-19 Six-Step Action Plan. A positive case would mean the school would close for a number of days and extensive professional cleaning would be arranged.
As always, it is important to keep sick children at home.
The attached form will be coming home with students today:
Please complete the form and send it back by Friday so we can assess the needs of our families and investigate ordering more school vests. Please note that vests are an optional part of our school uniform. Thank you.
Device Planning Process
If you would like to be involved in a Device Planning Team, consisting of Staff, Students and Parents, please save the date for a meeting on Thursday 2 July 3.15-4.15pm in the school hall. Students from Years 3-6 are invited to be part of the Team, and all parents are welcome too. We will be discussing our current IT status, challenges and possible plans for future devices. We welcome the input of parents and students to support our planning as some of the devices that we currently use are coming to the end of their life.
Several students have been waiting for parents to collect them at the back of the oval in the afternoons. Unfortunately, this area is unsupervised and is therefore a concern for us as a school, exercising our duty of care for students until they are collected by parents. After school, supervision is provided at the In-car pick-up area, between Fr Wayne’s house and the Old Dardanup Convent. If, for any reason, parents are delayed and are not able to collect students by 3.20pm, students come to the undercover area where office staff and teachers are nearby to continue to supervise. From a school point of view, for safety of all our students, I request that they go to the supervised area in the afternoons, rather than wait in unsupervised areas. Thank you for your cooperation.
From time to time, parents call the school to change afternoon pick-up arrangements and we are happy to pass on messages to students. However, when there is only one person in the office and calls to deliver messages are coming late into the afternoon, it is very difficult for office staff to effectively deliver these messages. Starting this week, we will implement a messaging system where students will receive paper messages delivered to classes via the class ‘note-basket’ that is collected by each class at 2.45pm. Please make sure you contact the office before 2.45pm if you would like a message delivered to your child about afternoon pick-up changes. Use of the school diary is the best way to ensure your child knows how they are getting home each day.
Term 3 commences for students on Tuesday 21 July. Please note there is a Pupil Free Day on Monday 20 July.
This is the last newsletter for the term. Thank you for a busy term filled with lots of learning and fun. Enjoy the holidays with your families.
May God bless you
Mrs Angela Hegney
Faction Fun Day
The Pre Kindergarten, Kindergarten and Pre primary students were excited to see a new mud kitchen for them to play with. They have had so much fun cooking yummy gourmet dishes, serving people in the café and of course cleaning the kitchen afterwards! It is lovely to observe the imagination, creativity, language and mathematical skills that evolve through play. Special thanks for the P&F for funding the purchase of our mud kitchen through teacher ‘Wish Lists’.