Update 7 April 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

I trust everyone is keeping safe and secure at home and getting ready for a special family Easter.

I am confident that the remote teaching next term will give everyone some structure and purpose to the activities the children will be required to do and hopefully make the supervision of the children easier on parents and carers.  Thank you to everyone who was able to keep their children home the past two weeks to enable the staff to get prepared to learn how to use all the features of SeeSaw to deliver teaching and learning online.  To the few parents who are working and need to send your children to school, we welcome them and are happy to have them here.

The teachers have been working creatively and tirelessly to prepare their lessons to go online and to prepare work packages for families who do not have internet access.  I want to thank them for their dedication and hard work.  I am also very excited by the samples of work that have been sent home and what the children and families have already been able to achieve and send back through SeeSaw.  We are well on track for the teaching and learning to be up and running at the start of Term 2.

Term 2 how will remote learning work?

  • Every child is expected to participate in their education, daily, Monday to Friday.
  • By 9am each teacher will put their lessons online on SeeSaw for that day.
  • Work will be matched to the child’s ability and may be different for children within the same year level.
  • Reading, Writing, Spelling/Phonics and Maths should take priority each day in the activities the children complete.
  • Teachers will be marking the work that is being returned.
  • Please support your child in their learning by asking them questions, support the activities and help with understand the instructions, but don’t do it for them.
  • Monitor your child’s attention span and if necessary give small breaks between tasks to help them refocus.
  • The teachers will be trying to make the instructions clear, but if you don’t understand something communicate back as soon as possible so it can be explained.
  • Please advise the teacher if your child is sick for the day, as the roll will still be marked.
  • You will be receiving lessons from the specialist teachers in Music, Art, Indonesian, Engineering, and PE. It is expected that each child will receive and complete one of these lessons each day.
  • All teachers will be at school during the working week and can be contacted via email, SeeSaw or phone between 8:30am and 3pm.
  • If teachers have items for you to collect they will leave them in the canteen/undercover area in an area marked for that class.
  • If the family does not have access to internet at home, then work packages will be made up by the classroom teacher and left for families to collect and return through the undercover/canteen area.

Sunshine In My Pocket

Each teacher will be sending out a copy of a small video through SeeSaw that Ms Tonner has put together, which was expertly filmed by Mrs Duncan and Mr Bishop, of the staff dancing to the song Sunshine In My Pocket.  A copy of this can also be found on the school website.  We hope that this brings a smile to everyone’s face and wanted you to know that we hope you are all doing well.

Loaning of computers

Today the Macbooks and iPads that the school is lending to families who have requested them were available for collection.  SMS were sent to each family on the list yesterday advising them to come and collect a device.  Parents signed a loan agreement before taking a device home.

Library Services

We will be making a selection of library books available through the classroom teachers for children to borrow throughout Term 2.  Teachers will upload a list of the books they have available and children will nominate the titles they are interested in.  Teachers will then leave the books in the collection points in the undercover/canteen area.  Books will be able to be swapped as often as you want.  If you have your child’s library bag at home, please drop it off in your child’s class box so it can be used next term.

Collection of bread tags for recycling

Thank you to the families who have been collecting the bread tags for recycling to save them from landfill.  Yesterday Mrs Timmers and some of the children pictured, counted up what we have received so far.  The total was 4,555.  The class that collected the most was Room 18, Ms Tonner’s K/P class with 1,302.   They were followed closely by Room 3, Mr Johnson’s Year 2 class with 1,062.  Please continue to collect the bread tags and when you have a small collection drop them off at school.

East Hats on Thursday

We may not be able to have the Easter Hat Parade, at school, but I am very keen to see how creative you can be at home.  Please make yourselves a beautiful Easter hat and send through a photo to your teacher.  I will share a selection of photos in my next update.

Year 6 Leaver Shirts

Just a reminder that the Year 6 leaver shirts are now ready for collection for the families that have paid for them.  They can be collected from the front office at school.   Any shirts still to be paid for are to be paid through the P&C.

Mulch for free

If you would like to collect as much free mulch from the school as you like, please do so within the next two weeks.  Mulch has been illegally dumped on the school grounds at the corner of Lampard Street and Enfield Road and we will be paying for its removal prior to the new fences going up.

School Fencing

You will see workman beginning work on fencing the school grounds in the next two weeks if everything goes to schedule.  The fencing will go along the school boundary excluding the oval and basketball courts which will remain open to the public.   I can’t wait for this to go up as we consistently have unknown people sleeping in the school grounds and at times have found drug paraphernalia.

Helen Fiebig