The end of week 8, three weeks to go and there have been many changes in Victoria. Based on these changes we have updates for our community based on the new Department of Education guidelines. We have also been able to confirm our plans for our end of year celebrations and the Year 6 graduation.
SCHOOL CAPTAINS FOR 2021 – on Tuesday our wonderful year 5 students who wished to apply for school captain in 2021 gave their speeches to our year 4 – 6 students and teachers. Every year we hear from our amazing students on why they wish to lead our school. Unfortunately, not everyone can be successful however, there are many different opportunities available to our students.
We had a slight change in our process this year and this information was sent to our year 5 families and the students;
With the upcoming 2021 School and House Captain nominations, we wanted to provide parents with information about the process for this year. Students were notified last year, and have been reminded recently, that the captains for this year will be chosen entirely based on merit, rather than based on gender. All Grade 5 students will have the opportunity to nominate themselves for either (or both) roles and present a speech, and all Grade 4 and 5 students will vote, along with the staff.
After our voting process I am pleased to announce our school captains for 2021 are:
SCHOOL CAPTAINS – Milly McMaster and Sam Fuller
SCHOOL VICE-CAPTAINS – Zoe Preedy and Scarlet Nicholls.
Congratulations to everyone who nominated and presented speeches. Our House Captain speeches take place next week.
END OF YEAR CELEBRATIONS – with the easing of restrictions over the last few weeks we have been able to confirm our end of year student celebrations. We hope that these celebration days will make a wonderful end of the year celebrations for our students.
- Prep and the JLU – will be going to the movies to see the new Trolls movie on Monday 14th
- MLU – will be going to Super World on Thursday 17th
- SLU – will be going to Adventure Park on Thursday 3rd
GRADUATION – we were ready to send the note home yesterday and then Wednesday night new guidelines from the Department of Education were released. Based on these new guidelines we are pleased to announce that two adults per student will be able to attend a portion of the Graduation night, ensuring social distancing and COVID-19 safe measures are used. More information will be sent out to the Year 6 families.
START OF DAY / END OF DAY – We are no longer required to undertake staggered start and finish times. The school day will begin at 9am and conclude at 3.30pm for every student. As part of the new guidelines, parents are permitted to enter the school grounds for no longer than 15mins. This means that parents are permitted to walk their child to the classroom and meet them after school within the school grounds if they wish. This all must be done keeping in line with social distancing protocols. Parents are not permitted to enter the classrooms.
To assist in us ensure we are keeping our school as safe as possible we will continue to lock the gates during the school day. The gates will be unlocked at 8.45am and will be locked again just after 9am. They will be opened at 3.20pm and locked again at 3.45pm. Over the weekends and Summer holidays the gates in the school will be unlocked to enable our community to use the school grounds.
Parents are permitted into school buildings if you have a pre-arranged appointment to see your child’s classroom teacher – this is to ensure that we continue to comply with indoor gathering limits.
When indoors, the wearing of face masks, physical distancing and practising hand hygiene will all be measures that remain in place for all adult visitors on site and our staff. To support contact tracing, we must continue to keep a record of all visitors who attend on site for more than 15 minutes.
TRANSITION SESSIONS (WHOLE SCHOOL) – We have been working extremely hard with our teachers to plan a transition program that will ensure our students feel comfortable moving into 2021. We will be holding the following transition sessions for our students at school.
- Friday 27th November – students will have lunch in their learning community space and with the group of teachers that will be in their area (except those teachers from other schools who will not begin until 2021).
- Friday 4th December – students will spend 11.30am – 1.30pm in their new learning community with the group of teachers that will be in their area (except those teachers from other schools who will not begin until 2021). They will find out their classroom teacher and class on this day.
- Friday 11th December – students will spend 9am – 11am in their new class groups and be introduced to their 2021 teacher. All 2021 teachers will be in attendance on this day.
BOOK LISTS – Your child’s booklist for 2021 is now available online through WINC via the link below. Your access key is: 6WU8S.
There will be no hard copies distributed this year. Please order promptly to ensure delivery via Australia Post.
DRINKING TAPS – In line with the new guidelines our drinking taps will be able to once again be used by our students. As we had removed the handles these will be replaced next week and the water system flushed before being used again.
STUDENT CARD GIVING / GIFT GIVING – To ensure the safety of all of our students we have made the decision to ask parents not to send any food gifts with their children to share. Cards, gifts (if they wish or as part of a ‘Secret Santa’ organised by a teacher) are allowed, we just ask that no food is given to students. Thank you for your support.