From the Principal

Dear Families


Coronavirus: We continue to adapt to the changing situation around the virus. Information has been given via the newsletter, Skoolbag App (with email alerts) and hard copies to eldest family members at school. Further information is available via the following the Department of Education and Training (DET) Coronavirus website and DHHS website. I have tried to provide the essential information that is relevant to our school.

We have now added Skoolbag email alerts (the same delivery method as the newsletter is sent), which results in an email going to all families to further inform.

Information was sent on Friday 13th March and Monday 16th March with the latest updates for our community.

Please contact the school with any questions that remain.

Following is a repeat of the main points effecting Chilwell PS, both new and repeated:


 Grade 6 Camp: Adhering to Department of Education and Training guidelines, the Grade 6 camp, scheduled for this week, has been postponed. Nikki Robertson has worked with the camp and has secured dates for later in the year.

Excursions and events: All excursions outside the school are cancelled or postponed. These are decisions of the State bodies or the Education Department.

Cross Country: In line with above guidelines, the Grade 3-6 Cross Country and P-2 Fun Run is postponed until further notice.

Hygiene: For hygiene reasons, we are requesting all children bring a named drink bottle and use these instead of the water bubblers.

Staff Meetings: Staff will not be meeting as a whole body until Term 2 when we will review our meeting organisation. We will be continuing meeting within smaller teams.

Chilwell Fair: The Chilwell Fair is currently postponed. Again, this may change later in the year in consultation with the Chilwell Fair committee, School Council and the school.


Timetable: Our school day looks different with a staggered timetable implemented as a measure to lessen ‘contact’ during all recess and lunch breaks

Years 1,2,3 and 4:      Recess: 10.25-10.55.               Lunch: 1.00-1.50.

Prep, Year 5 and 6:    Recess: 11.00- 11.30.              Lunch: 1.45-2.35.
The Specialist timetable has been revised to cater for these changes.
Lunch order delivery on Friday will be staggered to reflect the lunch times listed above.


Student toilets: are checked regularly for the function and levels of the soap dispensers. Hand sanitisers are also available in classrooms. Students are required to regularly wash their hands using these options, especially prior to eating.


Team Holiday Child Care: This program is independently run by Team Holiday. If school closures occur, this program will not be able to be conducted. Team Holiday will advise all users regarding this service.


Website links to support our families and community:

Department of Education and Training (DET) –

 Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) –


School Closures: At this stage, NO Government school has been informed of a whole of system closure. Staff have met and have discussed how this would look at Chilwell PS in terms of continuing to provide an education for our children. If schools are closed this will mean NO child attending school. As suggested as a family start planning alternative arrangements for the safe care for your children.

I will investigate the  thoughts of Team Holiday in terms of their program operating over the holiday period.

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has advised that all schools should continue to operate as planned for now.

His advice explains that at this time, pre-emptive school closures are not likely to be proportionate or effective as a public health intervention to prevent community transmission of COVID-19.

All frequently asked questions can be found on the Department of Education and Training (DET) Coronavirus website which we aim to be a dynamic and helpful resource to schools. DET will continue to develop guidance around many of the common queries we have as a school and community.

Please get in touch with further feedback, comments and questions.


School Council: Last night our Council met to discuss a range of issues including:

Reports from various sub committees.

The latest effect of the Coronavirus on our school.

Finances and the effect of the Fair being postponed/cancelled.

Election of Office bearers for 2020. I look forward to working with the council to make our school even better.

President; Phil Joyce.

Vice President: Tony Lee.

Treasurer: Daniel Boddington.

Secretary: India Hannam.

Other Representatives:

Parents: Sharon Kelly, David Meade, Elaine Williams

Community: David Villarosa.

Department: Sarah Jeffries, Lisa Harmer and myself.


Report to the Community: Our annual report was discussed at last night’s council meeting. The report will be shared with the community on April 20. Prior to the School Council meeting. Copies will be available via the office and website after the meeting.


Out of School Hours Care: As we are approaching the end of term it is time to make sure that all accounts are back to zero. This zero or positive balance is a requirement for using the service. Could I also thank those families who have continued to have their balances in the positive, this is our preference and it is pleasing to see so many in the positive.


Changes in family details. Please keep us up to date with any changes to the details which we hold. Contact details and emergency contacts are vital when we need to contact families about injuries or illnesses. If we cannot contact you or friends/relatives this causes distress to our children. Skoolbag app can be used to communicate these changes for phone numbers, emergency contacts or email addresses.


Sunsmart. The school policy is to continue the wearing of the school hats until the end of April. This is in line with Anti-Cancer guidelines. The potential for damage to skin etc. continues until this time. Please pack the hats in bags ready for the first day of term 2 at the end of this term.


Gavan Welsh

Principal Chilwell Primary School.


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