20 March 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
There is no doubt that it has been a very interesting couple of weeks. The uncertainty around COVID-19 has made many of us feel unsettled and understandably worried.
Yesterday afternoon I took part in a VC with all Principals in the Diocese and the CSO Leadership Team. The directive from the Government is simple. Schools will remain open until the Easter Holidays with the plan that we will reopen at the beginning of Term 2 as expected. We will continue to receive daily advice in relation to any changes.
I can assure you that we are doing everything we can to help to flatten the peak of the spread of this virus and I would like to thank those parents who have kept their children at home if they are sick. Every little bit helps at the moment and it is a true community effort. If you didn’t see my last email we have taken the following precautionary measures.
All classrooms and bathrooms have posters on handwashing and hygiene on display.
- Students have had explicit lessons on hand washing.
- Students are being encouraged to sneeze into their elbow or a tissue. Dispose of the tissue straight away and then wash their hands.
- Staff and students have been asked to stay at home if they are unwell. Students and staff who show signs of being unwell during the day will be sent home.
We are required to cancel any non-essential large gatherings, including:
- School assemblies (this includes our morning and Friday assembly).
- Open days, open classrooms or school information sessions
- Whole school masses and liturgies e.g. St Patrick’s and St Joseph’s Day, Holy Week, ANZAC Day. We will look at ways to celebrate these events at a later time.
- Whole school and inter-school sporting events
- Art, drama and theatre events.
We are required to implement:
- Regular and enhanced cleaning for high-touch surfaces such as handrails and door knobs, laptops and desks.
- Increased ventilation in classrooms.
- Use the outdoor environment/setting where possible.
Support good hygiene practices
Students are encouraged to wash their hands prior to breaks, lunch, and where appropriate, prior to entering the classroom.
Staff are supervising hand sanitation, particularly for younger students.
Scheduled hand washing breaks occur throughout the day.
Students will be spread out through the playground during eating time to support social distancing requirements.
There is the possibility that we will need to make further adjustments as time goes on, but this is where we are for now. All parents are able to access the most up to date information on the with daily updates at 4pm.
Welcome to Kyron Lewis and his family who join us from Holy Name in Forster. Kyron has joined our Year 4 class.
Last week Arabella trialled for the Diocesean Cricket Team. We are very pleased to congratulate her on her success in being named in that team. She will now trial for the Polding Team next term.
School Fete Cancelled
As you would have seen we have sadly had to cancel our school fete. This is in response to crowd restrictions and advice from Catholic Schools NSW, due to COVID-19.
I would like to thank our P&F, Elise, Ann, Anna, Alison and Heidi for all of the hard work they have put into organising both the fete last year which was postponed due to the fires and this fete. Our school community truly appreciates the time and effort you put into planning and organising what would have been a great community event. I would also like to thank everyone that was prepared to volunteer or donated goods for this day.
I am pleased to say that our Easter Raffle will go ahead and will be drawn on the 9th of April. Any families who have pre-paid for fete hands will be refunded as soon as possible. It would be great if we could sell some more tickets, so if you need another book to sell, please contact Mary.
We will have another event later in the year and this will be discussed once we know where things are and social distancing precautions are relaxed.
Creative Arts Days
During Catholic Schools Week 11 of our students spent 2 days at St Clare’s for the Manning Region Creative Arts Days. These days involve students from all of our Regional Catholic Schools and are a great way for our students to spend some time working with other students. The students enjoyed, Visual Arts, Instrumental Music, Drama and Choral and worked over the two days to put on a performance as their finale.
Have a wonderful fortnight.
Making Jesus Real – Values of the week
Week 8 – W.E.S.T – Welcoming,
Encouringing, Sorry, Thank you
Week 9 – Stewards of Creation – Be Water Wise
Prime Minister Award
‘ Being a steward of creation’, ‘trying your best’, ‘speaking with kindness’ and ‘ being a responsible learner’ are some of the qualities that teachers consider when awarding ‘Prime Minister’ at our weekly assembly. It is an acknowledgement of the student’s efforts and they have the privilege of wearing the badge with honour, of suggesting a focus the school can work on, award Gotchas to other students at lunch time as well as earning Gotchas for themselves. Congratulations to Sam Raison (Week 7), Rani Bushell (Week 8).
As part of our MJR system ,we acknowledge that the following students, Jesse Hill has reached 100 Gotchas and Nate Bell and Molly Pattison have reached 200 Gotchas , Well Done.
What’s happening in Year 2
Year 2 have had a busy start to the school year.
In Religion, students have been learning about many of the teachings of Jesus and His miracles. Students have been studying parables and how these stories convey a deep underlying meaning.
In English, students have been focusing on improving their reading and recount writing. They are learning to add descriptive adjectives to their writing and to use their phonemic awareness knowledge to spell challenging words.
The students have enjoyed Math classes recently. We are learning to skip count to multiply and use groupings to divide. We recently used chocolate M&M’s as “a hands on task” to engage the kids. They did not get to eat all the chocolate but were very appreciative of what they did get!
Our class is looking forward to the Easter period and assisting in conducting the ANZAC liturgy in Week 11.
Year 2 Teacher
School Calendar of Events
Thurs 9 April
Last day of Term 1
Term 2 Commences Monday 27th April, 2020
Term 3 Roster
Mon 23 Mar
Candy Pattison/Narelle Barry
Mon 30 Mar
Candy Pattison/Help wanted
Fri 3 April
Ann McDermott/Peter Macmillan
Happy Birthday Wishes!
Matilda Robinson, Hallie Forbes and Colebee Hollis turn 6; Kaii Macmillan turns 7; Yasmin Gaudry-Cabaleiro and Catilin Watters turn 10; Jett Bliss and Indianna Macmillan turn 11.