Update on COVID-19 as at 23-3-20
From Wednesday 25th March parents will now have the choice as to whether they send their children to school or not. It is now for families to decide what’s best for their child.
Please call, message or email to advise if you are choosing to keep your child home and advise that COVID-19 is the reason. We will use a specific attendance code for this.
If you or family members have been overseas in the past 14 days you must self-isolate. I implore you to always act on the side of caution and keep children away from school if any sign of illness. We are coming into the flu season and this combined with COVID-19 could have serious impact on our most vulnerable people in our community and state as a whole.
At this stage school is still open and teachers are planning for ‘normal’ classroom lessons. However, to support our absent students we will provide Reading Eggs/Eggspress and Mathletics passwords so students can work from home. If you do not have access to a computer or internet at home please contact the school. We are working hard to ensure we are ready to go online and provide work for students at home, but I need to stress that we will not phase into this until schools are in complete shutdown. Teachers are still planning and teaching regular class based learning and are not in the position to also produce work for students at home.
Here is a couple of links to some online sites and podcasts to keep your children’s minds busy whilst at home learning;
If in the event we do close, we are currently working on rolling out Class Dojo across the school as a first step. Many students and parents have had experience with this system in our lower primary classes. This will enable us to not only communicate with students and parents, but provide work through the learning platform.
At school, for those who attend, we will be further increasing our social distancing measures and focus on health and safety of staff and students. As a first step please ensure you are not entering buildings unless absolutely necessary (dropping early childhood students off as an example). You will also notice increased signage around the school as of tomorrow.
As a school we will also be instructing students to wash hands prior to entering the school building at the beginning of each day. Remember that handwashing is one of the biggest defences against the COVID-19 virus. The outside toilets are open in the morning.
Finally, I want to thank you for all your ongoing support through these challenging times.
Regards Michael Park
Due to the hard work of students and staff we have had a bumper crop of apples this year. Students used mathematical and literacy skills to sell apples to the school community. They even baked apple crumble. There were more apples than they could sell and thus packed bags of apples for each student at school, which included an apple crumble recipe, to take home.
The health, safety and wellbeing of our communities and our people is our first priority. Due to the rapidly developing situation with coronavirus, School Banking has been temporarily paused from 20 March 2020 until the start of Term 2. Please don’t bring your deposit book with your weekly banking into school and we will notify you when banking will recommence.
Lessons begin at 9:00am with a teacher commencing duty outside and classroom doors opening at 8:30am. This allows time for students to set up for the first session and to greet teachers before heading outside to play with friends until the morning bell signals the start of school.
The school day ends at 3:00pm. If a student has not been collected by a family member by 3:10pm the class or duty teacher will accompany them to the office from where parents will be contacted. Parents are responsible for their child outside school hours unless they are booked with Lady Gowrie in the afternoon. If using school grounds out of hours it is important to play safely and to be mindful of noise levels as staff members are working nearby.
Schools are required to follow up on unexplained absences and we greatly appreciate notification of absences, by email, through our website or with a phone call on the day to assist us in monitoring attendance. In addition if your child has an appointment, and is therefore late arriving or has an early departure, we require the adult carer to sign the child in or out at the office. Thank you
Students place their order in a brown paper bag with their name, class and lunch items written on the front. The bag is given to the class teacher on Thursday morning for delivery of lunch on Friday. An updated canteen list is attached.
School Banking: Student Banking is on Thursday. Students bring along their Commonwealth Bank Dollarmites accounts and pass in to their class teacher to be banked.