From the Principal

Dear Families,

 

Return to School:  Today we welcomed our year 3 and 4 students back to onsite learning for today and tomorrow. This is the roadmap set out by the Government. We are all looking forward to having them join our Prep to 2 students who rejoined the school from last week.

As per previous communication:

Prep – 2: returned last week and will continue to be on site for 5 days per week

3/4: Tuesday and Wednesday this week, BUT Monday and Tuesday next week. (This is a variation due to the Geelong Cup public holiday next Wednesday)

5/6: Thursday and Friday both this week and next week

All return 5 days per week beginning week 4.

 

Geelong Cup Public Holiday:   The city of Greater Geelong has designated next Wednesday October 20 as a public holiday for all Government Schools in Geelong. Our school will be closed and no care may be offered.

 

Masks:  Masks are mandated for adults at all times inside and outside and this will be required at school. Due to the increased incidence of COVID-19 in children, masks are now highly recommended for all Primary Age children.
As per the Government’s announcement on Friday, from Monday October 18th, masks are mandated at school indoors for Grade 3-6 students. We are still awaiting further guidelines about this directive which we will share with you when it is known.
It would be a great idea for Grade 3-6 students to practise wearing masks this week in preparation for next week as this will assist with student and staff safety, however, this will not be mandated until next week.
If your child is wearing a mask, please discuss good mask hygiene and your expectations should your child be wearing a mask.
Teachers are permitted to not wear masks during direct teaching times for essential communication with students.

 

Arrival and Dismissal:  With the increase in children arriving and departing school we will be opening more gates. Please see the map attached to this email.
To comply with density requirements (and to comply with school hours and supervision), we ask that students do not arrive prior to 8:45am. Dismissal for all students during these times will be 3:30pm from the assigned gates.

We ask that parents/carers leave immediately after arrival and dismissal time.
If your child requires care prior to 8:45am, OSHC must be considered.
– Prep students: Huntingdon St
– Grade 1 students: Fairview Avenue gates near the classroom
– Grade 2 students: Huntingdon St near the Junior playground and the ANZAC statue.
– Grade 3-6 Essential Services – Older siblings are to collect younger siblings and exit through any gate that is an agreed gate that you discuss with them. All gates around the oval area will be open to avoid congestion.
The normal P-2 gates will be open as per prior to the lockdown.
To reduce congestion, we ask that only one parent/carer is present for school arrival and dismissal times.
Parents must wear a mask and must social distance at arrival and pick up time.
No parents/carers can come onsite at arrival or dismissal times.
Bikes must enter and exit via Huntingdon St Double gates.
This will be monitored and processes may need to be revised with staggered entries and exit points and times.

 

Staffing:  Sue Nouwen, our aide in year 3 has been selected to a position at Grovedale Secondary College. We wish Sue all the best and thank her for her terrific contribution to our students and school. We are fortunate to report that Elissa Jones has been appointed to the position. Elissa has worked extensively in our school as a relief teacher so the induction / transition to the school and role will be very easy.

Amanda Galluccio has been successful through an interview process in joining our school as a Learning Specialist. I am looking forward to Amanda joining our school and enabling us to tap into her support and knowledge.

 

New Arrival:  Congratulations to Maksim Vithushen in becoming a big brother!

May you and your family be filled with much joy and happiness with the safe arrival of Mikhail.

Wishing you and your family all the very best

 

Absences:  As has been the case throughout the pandemic please call the office on 52212738 to inform us and comply with DHHS guidelines if anyone has been in an exposure site. We all need to look after each other. If your child is unwell and is to be tested, please remember to keep them home until the result of the test is received.

 

Quarantine and Exposure Sites:  If you are in this situation now or in the future due to travel or exposure sites, please contact the school office on 52212738 to inform us and comply with DHHS requirements and guidelines. This is essential to keep us open and safe as we do not wish to become an exposure site in the future.

 

Unwell Students:  Regardless of the symptoms unwell children must not attend school. This is also the case with our staff. The school/ classroom environment is close and involves a lot of interaction. The time left in 2021 is short so we must maximise the learning time without absences due to illness being spread throughout the class / school.

 

Playground:  Obviously due to COVID the start date for the replacement of our 2 playgrounds has been moved. We are scheduled to begin work on November 10. This will present some challenges for us in regard to available space for play but it is something that we have faced before.

 

Gavan Welsh

Principal

 

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