From The Principal – 20 March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

These are certainly interesting times and I wish to thank the community for your ongoing support with the ongoing operating procedures and adjustments being made to school events, in line with strategies to minimise the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).  I trust that you are keeping up to date my communications as they are coming out.  Copies can be found on this website.

I really want to take the time to acknowledge the professionalism of my staff at this time.  They are all dedicated to their jobs and remain focused on providing rich educational programmes, while ensuring the hygiene and health of every child is constantly being monitored.

New advice regarding mass gatherings has been released today which now recommends that for any confined indoor gathering of fewer than 100 people that there be four square metres per person (2m x 2m).  This does not apply to classrooms but will be applied to all other essential meetings held at school.

The family of any student that receives a positive confirmed result for COVID-19, must let the school know immediately, so that every precaution can be taken in response, even if the child/ren were already in self-isolation.  Confidentiality is guaranteed.  In the case of a child being diagnosed the school will be closed temporarily while the school is cleaned by a dedicated team and assessment and tracing of exposure is conducted by the office of the Chief Health Officer. 

NAPLAN

Due to current events, the National Assessment Programme for Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) will not proceed this year across all school in Australia.

Ride2School Day   

It was lovely to see how many children rode their bike or scooter to school with helmets on Friday 13 March for the National Ride2School Day.   A big thank you to all the families who walked or rode with their children that day.  I would like to thank Woolworths supermarket from Warwick Shopping Centre for donating the fruit that was handed out to children.  I also wish to acknowledge and thank Mrs Kirsty Press, our Kindergarten Teacher, for organising this event.  It was so successful we look forward to making it a part of the Glendale PS tradition.

Family Welcome Picnic

I was privileged to be at school on Friday night for the P&C annual community picnic event.  There were three food trucks and a coffee van on site providing meals as well as Nerilee from the canteen who was selling ice creams and drinks.  We had over 200 people present and with so much space everyone was well spaced out around the school. 

National Day against Bullying and Violence – Bullying, No Way!

Today the school is awash with orange as the children and staff came dressing in orange to bring attention to the “Bullying – No Way!” message.  It is an important community message to support and I wish to thank everyone who assisted their children in finding something orange to wear.

 

 

 

Hot Cross Bun orders & Easter Raffle

Please support your P&C in their fundraising efforts by placing an order the Hot Cross Buns and purchasing some tickets in the Easter Raffle which will be drawn on Thursday 9 April.  You can find a link to the orders on FlexiBuzz or on the Glendale PS P&C Facebook page. Orders forms for Hot Cross Buns are also available from the school office.

Regards

Helen Fiebig    

Principal