School News 26/08

I trust that everyone is coping well with the associated challenges of this new remote learning period. It certainly was a ‘snap’ lockdown that led to emergency staff meetings on Saturday afternoon, planning sessions on Sunday, communications to staff, parents and students, preparation of....

I trust that everyone is coping well with the associated challenges of this new remote learning period. It certainly was a ‘snap’ lockdown that led to emergency staff meetings on Saturday afternoon, planning sessions on Sunday, communications to staff, parents and students, preparation of digital devices, and then supervision of essential service worker’s students on Monday. Fortunately the staff were up to the challenge, and after a lot of hard work, everything is running fairly smoothly. I would like to publicly acknowledge and thank all my staff for their commitment and extra effort to ensure our students can continue to have access to quality learning materials during these times. Also, I cannot sufficiently stress how appreciative we are of the parent involvement, as we are well aware many of you are also juggling your own work commitments whilst supporting your kids and their learning. 

NAPLAN – Although we haven’t received our own school’s results, the broader national results have been released. Despite students spending many days in lockdown over the last year, Victoria out performed every other state and territory in both Grade Three and Grade Five results (the year levels that are assessed). To see Victorian students rank number one nationally in Numeracy, Reading, Writing, Spelling and Grammar, certainly highlights the quality of education we are offering.  

Traffic disruptions Monday – Not many parents need to access the school at the moment, but please be aware that the area outside the school will be blocked off next Monday whilst the concrete slab for the new Gymnasium is poured. Any students who do need to be on site will have to be dropped off above the construction site offices and make their way to the Basketball Court via the back of the BER. 

School Council – On Monday night the School Council met and discussed some very important issues. Some of the topics included the promotion of cycling to school, better management of the ‘2 minute parking zones’ outside the front of the school, student’s inappropriate use of iPads, the termination of our present cleaning contract, finance reports, play spaces and staffing updates. Thank you to all School Council members for their contributions, and also a special thanks to the school staff members who attended after not having a weekend break, and then working a 12 hour Monday! 

Have a good upcoming week and let’s hope we are back on site for ‘face to face’ learning next Friday. 

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