A very warm welcome back to school (and online) to all our students and families. I hope the holidays were enjoyable and that you have all had a chance to rest and relax with your family, although it has been a quieter Easter holiday for us all this year!
We have been living quite intensely these past few weeks. We are in a period of history that is teaching us many things – lessons about our society, our families and ourselves. We have had time to think about who we are, what we’re doing and forcing us to stop and just be still. I had lots of walks during the holidays – as I’m sure you have too and what I am noticing more and more is the number of people quietly moving about, whether singular or in family groups, bike riding or walking the dog. I’ve never said hello to so many people in my neighbourhood! Early on Saturday morning I stood at the end of my driveway with a candle looking over at other people in my street on ANZAC Day remembering those who fought to keep our country safe and free from oppression. It was quite haunting to hear the strains of reveille sounding in the darkness, knowing that we were all together, even though ‘distant’, remembering those from the past and present who continue to keep our country safe, even if these times of COVID-19.
As you will be aware, the state and federal governments have requested students to return to school this term, and it has been wonderful to see more of our students return this term. They have settled in very well this week and have engaged enthusiastically in their online learning experiences. We continue to maintain high standards of hygiene for our students – ensuring students are regularly washing their hands throughout the day and accessing hand sanitizer as they move back into the classrooms after play. Our Playground equipment is cleaned each day. Desks and chairs are cleaned daily as well.
We have many students who are also learning from home, and I have had the opportunity to sit in on lessons and listen to students’ conversations with their teachers. I have also been able to view the learning designed by the teachers for online learning and I am inspired by their creativity and generosity in providing this new format for learning with all our students. It is amazing how we have adapted to connecting in new ways of learning with our students. The students too, have been inspirational in the way they have been so flexible in learning in new ways! I know that you as parents and carers have been very busy at home. I wish to reassure you that the teachers will continue to be connecting and supporting the students with online learning and your support at home has been nothing short of fantastic! Thank you for your great contribution too. We are all in this together!
Many thanks to families who now are using our drop off zones. We are greeting our students each morning and understand this new routine may be difficult for some, but all appears to be moving along smoothly for them at the beginning and end of day.
Any future changes to our school routines will be notified to families as soon as possible.
We are extremely grateful of the outpouring of support from many of you towards the school; it is greatly appreciated. Your words of encouragement continue to lift us up.
All students returning to school are now required to be in their Winter Uniform.
Hats do not have to be worn until Term 4.
Please contact the school office if you have any queries regarding the supply of the school uniform. Parents are requested to advise what item and size of uniform you require and they will be sourced on your behalf if available. Families will be advised when they may collect the uniform from the Front Office..
With best wishes and God’s blessing