Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope that you are all well and into some good routines if you are at home with the children.
Is school open?
Yes, it remains open for Term 1 and Term 2 at this stage. Next week is the last week of Term 1 with school remaining open until Thursday 9 April for children whose parents work or who need to send them to school. Parents are still being encouraged by the government to keep children at home. Next week there is no expectation for staff to be conducting face to face teaching with the children present and they will be supervised by staff and engaging in work packages or online learning that their teacher has set. Next week is being dedicated to training all the staff to prepare for the move to online learning for the start of Term 2, which starts on Wednesday 29 April.
For Term 2, I expect the small number of children at school will continue to be supervised in small groups and working online with the same work as the rest of their class has been set who are at home. They will be supported and supervised by teachers of the similar year levels.
I feel very optimistic that the fantastic staff here are well ahead in their planning and preparation for remote teaching. I want to thank them for their collaboration and cooperation in assisting each other with the technical issues and changing methods of teaching.
By now I hope that you have attempted to sign into SeeSaw and have been in contact with your child’s teacher. There was a technical hitch this week and each child was issued with a new log on code. If you are experiencing any difficulties logging in or accessing the lessons there are video tutorials and answers to the most frequently asked questions are on our website here. If needed, please ring the school and someone will help you. I have been so excited to see some of the work and news that children have been sharing back with their teachers and classmates through SeeSaw.
Staff will continue to mark the roll in Term 2 and will be indicating that children are in an educational activity when they are engaging in learning. If we are not hearing from a family or school work is not being attempted at all, those children will be shown as absent.
For the staff, those children attending school and those at home, please make and wear an Easter hat on Thursday 9 April. We hope that everyone can take photos and share them to their teacher through SeeSaw.
I heard today, from the P&C representative Mrs Dransfield, that the Year 6 graduation shirts have been delivered. They will be available from the front office after Monday for collection. For any child who hasn’t paid for their shirt, payment will be required for it to be collected. I would like to thank the P&C for their ongoing support with ordering and getting the shirts made.
On Tuesday 7 April, we will be ringing the families up who have expressed an interest to loan a computer device from the school to use for online learning. We have approximately 40 Macbook Air laptops and a few older iPads to lend out. If you are interested in loaning a device, you will need your own internet at home. Each family will be required to sign a load agreement prior to taking a device home. It is our goal to assist as many families as possible to access online learning for their child. If you wish to be considered for a loan device please contact me through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the school on 9447 4199.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.