"That they may all be one, as you Father, are in me and I am in you"
At the time of writing this newsletter I am still no clearer as to what a return to school date looks like for the students at St Pat’s, as soon as I have any information we will be immediately in contact with parents. Hopefully we can get the students together onsite at some stage in Term 4.
Below I have included a letter that Rosa Mitchell has written to all parents regarding her role at St Pat’s next year. On behalf of everyone I congratulate Rosa on the huge effort she has put in over the years as Deputy, she has impacted an enormous amount of families over that time and it has involved a large amount of personal sacrifice. The wonderful news for us is that we are not losing Rosa at St Pat’s and her expertise can now be used within the classroom.
I am quite excited to share a decision I made some time ago, but first I want to put you in the picture.
I started teaching back in 1981 and within a couple of years I held leadership roles. For the last 20 years I have had the privilege of supporting two schools in a Deputy role and in an Acting Principal capacity.
At the end of this year, I will complete my 5th Deputy Principal contract at St Patrick’s which represents almost 50% of my career.
Over last year’s Christmas break (which seems like a life time ago and a world away), I decided that I did not want this contract renewed as the call of the classroom was absolutely screaming out to me to return to my roots, and return to why I got into teaching in the first place.
Hence early term one, I spoke to Mr Dell’Oro about my intention to return to the classroom, where I look forward to reconnect with students and their families in a more dynamic way.
Whilst I am leaving the deputy role, I will remain at St Patrick’s in a teaching capacity, hence I look forward to teaching some of your children in 2021.
As always, I thank you for your support over the years and I look forward to renewing this relationship in a different but equally important capacity.
Rosa’s position is advertised internally amongst the staff and will be appointed within the next few weeks. We will announce to parents who that successful candidate is, along with the other new 2021 school leaders, when they are finalised.
If parents have any genuine requests for grade selection next year that they please put that in writing and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday the 9th of October (end of Week One Term Four). Requests forwarded after this date will not be considered. Please note that whilst this is a request, and it will be taken into consideration, it is not a guarantee.
Who is teaching where next year has not been decided yet so please do not request teachers. At St Pat’s we work collaboratively together to ensure that they same content is delivered at each level regardless of the teacher.
Tightened Criteria Continues for Onsite Attendance due to Stage 4 Restrictions
Under Stage 4 Restrictions there are a very limited number of students that are eligible to be onsite. This is so that staff numbers at school are at a minimum to ensure their safety and wellbeing. The majority of staff will be working from home. The Intention Form with the criteria was sent out to families yesterday and those that meet the criteria need to return the form by 12.00pm tomorrow (Friday 11th). Parents are required to provide their Permitted Worker Permit to support their application.
2021 Foundation (Prep) Enrolments
We are now taking 2021 Foundation enrolments. If you need enrolment forms, or know of someone else who does, can you please request them at email@example.com
Unfortunately during this pandemic we cannot take tours or hold large gatherings, however, we are holding meetings over the phone with those that inquire.
2021 Foundation (Prep) Information Night Tuesday 6th October 7.00pm and Transition Dates
Our Foundation Information Night will be a Google Meet on Tuesday the 6th of October at 7.00pm. At this meeting we will run through the procedures that need to be in place between now and next year. The invite to the meet will be sent to all enrolled families via email. If any parents are unable to access a Google Meet please phone the school on 5943-9000 and we will organise a time for a phone conversation.
We will be providing four transition dates for the children this year. The dates and times are as follows;
- Monday 19th October – 9.30-10.30am.
- Tuesday 27th October – 9.30-10.30am.
- Wednesday 11th November 9.30-11.00am.
- Thursday 19th November – 9.30-11.30am.
At the School Education Board meeting last night the decision was made due to COVID-19 to postpone the school fete until Term 4 2021 so it has a better chance of going ahead.
Learning Pack Courier Distribution - September 18th
Learning Packs will continue to be distributed to parents in both an electronic and hard copy format, our next delivery will be Friday, September the 18th. We ask that parents are patient with the delivery of the packs as the courier has 296 families that they need to get around to. A reminder that the distribution of the packs will be contactless and they will be left at your front door. These packs will be delivered as an insurance in case school does not resume onsite in Term 4 and they will be for Weeks One and Two of Term 4.
A big thanks again to all of the staff for their efforts preparing the Learning Packs. It is very much appreciated.
Remote Learning Procedures
Below are the major points regarding what we are implementing;
- We are governed under the direction of the State Government. Stage 4 Restrictions mean that the majority of our children will learn remotely.
- Parents need to contact the school if your child is unwell and not attending remotely.
- Teachers will communicate with all families at least once per week. Parents are welcome to contact teachers electronically at any time during the hours of 8.30am-4.00pm. All staff emails are listed in the Remote Learning Handbook that has previously been emailed to parents. Classroom enquiries are to be emailed to the teachers.
- The Office will not be physically open, please call 5943-9000 or email enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of the Office staff will get back to you.
- The students will be participating in video’s and Google Meets with the teachers. Your child’s classroom teacher will contact you weekly to inform when your meetings are scheduled.
- Learning Packs will be sent by courier to all families on Friday the 18th of September. A reminder that all work is also provided electronically.
- After receiving feedback from parents during the last remote period regarding submitted work tasks we are asking that families submit up to three tasks per week that the children are proud of. It is not an assessment task. This can be as simple as taking a photo of the work and emailing it in.
- All camps and excursions are cancelled for Term Three and we are still awaiting advice regarding the Sacramental Program.
For the very few children that will be attending school the following procedures are in place;
- If you are one of the few families that fit the criteria to allow your child to be onsite during this period you must complete the Intention Form sent out each week regarding your child’s attendance. The form was sent out yesterday and needs to be returned by 12.00pm tomorrow. A Permitted Worker Permit must be provided to support your application.
- All children attending the site will be temperature checked upon arrival and will need to be picked up if they are reading 37.5 and above.
- Children that are sick in any way must stay at home.
- Children need to wear full school uniform and bring snack and lunch as usual.
- Every child must have their own drink bottle, bubble taps are switched off.
- The learning pack sent home must come into the school as the work they will be completing at school is exactly the same as they would be doing remotely.
- Pick up and drop off is from the Church car park only and parents are not to leave their cars.
- Children can attend from 8.45am – 3.10pm.
- The school will be running a skeleton staff so your child will not be supervised by their normal classroom teacher.
- Staff will be wearing masks and PPE at certain times when it is appropriate.
- If families are being tested for COVID the children must remain home until a negative test result is received.
- Out of School Hours Care is available only for the children who meet the criteria to be onsite.
Please contact Fil at the Office if your family circumstances have changed for a confidential discussion regarding your fees.
|Friday - every week||On Site school attendance forms due in for students of permitted workers|
Friday 18th September 2020
Remote Learning packs (for Term 4) - Delivered to families homes via courier. No school pick up!
Tuesday 6th October 2020
Foundation/Prep 2021 information night 7pm via Google Meet.
Monday 19th October 2020
|Foundation/Prep 2021 Transition Day 9.30am - 10.30am|
Tuesday 27th October 2020
|Foundation/Prep 2021 Transition Day 9.30am - 10.30am|
Wednesday 11th November 2020
|Foundation/Prep 2021 Transition Day 9.30am - 11.00am|
Thursday 19th November 2020
|Foundation/Prep 2021 Transition Day 9.30am - 11.30am|
If any families are struggling at this time and would like to reach out for a chat or support please contact Meg Escalante, our Wellbeing officer, via email on email@example.com. You can also see the leaflet below from the Be You website which has contact numbers for you to call.
eSafety’s parent guide to popular apps – NEW parent webinar (1 hour)
As part of Child Protection Week (6 – 11 September 2020) the eSafety Commissioner is inviting parent/carer communities to participate in a webinar “eSafety’s parent guide to popular apps”.
Taking a look at TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube
This live webinar (no cost), focuses on popular apps used by young people. It will include case studies, research, and targeted advice so you can support the young people in your life to have safe, enjoyable online experiences.
- Tuesday 8 September 12:30 pm
- Wednesday 9 September 7:30 pm
- Thursday 10 September 12:30 pm
REGISTER NOW to avoid disappointment!
From the website: raisingchildren.net.au
The Australian Parenting Website
Talking to children about coronavirus (COVID-19)
Your child is probably seeing and hearing a lot about coronavirus (COVID-19) on TV, radio and social media, as well as from other people. Talking with your child about coronavirus (COVID-19) can help your child understand and cope with what’s going on.
Make time to talk
Find the right time to talk with your child. This might be when you and your child are sharing a snack, at bedtime or in the car. When your child is ready to talk, give your child your full attention.
Find out what your child knows
It’s a good idea to start by asking your child what they know about the virus and whether they have any questions. For example, ‘On the news today, they were talking about coronavirus. Have you heard people talking about that? What were they saying?’
Explain coronavirus (COVID-19) in a way your child can understand
- Use a calm, reassuring tone and stick to the facts.
- For younger children, keep it simple and brief. For example, ‘That’s right, some people are getting sick with a germ. It makes them cough and sneeze. The sick people are being looked after well by doctors and hospitals’.
- For older children, offer more detail. For example, ‘The virus spreads through things like sneezing, coughing and touching infected things. That is why good hygiene and hand-washing are really important. They help to protect everyone’.
Tune into your child’s feelings
Some children might not be worried about coronavirus (COVID-19). But some might be frightened, upset or worried. They might be worried about the virus itself or about how it might affect their lives.
Ask your child how they are feeling and listen to what they say. You can also ask your child what they need to feel better. It might be reassuring if you share your own feelings and let your child know what you are doing to cope.
- ‘I can see that you’re worried about grandpa getting really sick. I love how caring you are. If anyone we know gets sick, the hospital will take good care of them. Let's have a big hug to help us feel better.’
- ‘It can be scary not knowing what’s going to happen with the virus. Scientists all over the world are working hard to find a vaccine and treatment. In Australia, we have good hospitals, doctors and nurses who can look after us.’
- ‘It’s OK to be worried about catching coronavirus. I sometimes worry too. Some people are only getting minor symptoms like what you get when you have a cold. If I need some good information, I look at the health department website.’
- ‘It’s disappointing we can’t go to the footy on the weekend. But the doctors say that this will help stop the spread of coronavirus, so this is how we can help. Let’s go outside and kick the ball together.’
Please click on the links below for some wellbeing resources.
Please fill in the attached form if you require your child/ren to attend school next week. Please note this form must be sent in by 12pm Friday with your worker permit.
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