Welcome to 2022!
It’s fabulous to be the Principal at Duncraig Primary School. I have been welcomed so warmly by students, staff and the parents who I have managed to meet so far. As many of you know already, I have spent the past three and a bit years as Principal of Moora Primary School. Although a very different context, the key outcomes remain the same – supporting our students to achieve the best outcomes; ensuring they are safe, happy and resilient, and supporting staff to maintain high levels of efficacy.
2022 has already thrown us some curve balls, thanks to COVID. Unfortunately, we must cancel our planned Parent Information Evening on the 15th February, and parents are now unable to enter classrooms. We are tweaking our processes as we go – case conferences with individual parents will be held via phone, our assemblies will only involve certain cohorts of students without any parent involvement and, of course, masks will be the norm for quite some time. I appreciate that parents may feel anxious about COVID and how it may affect their children’s schooling, however, I can assure you that it is very important that we endeavour to create “normal” learning environments and continue to celebrate success – wherever possible.
As I embark on my leadership journey at Duncraig Primary School, it is very important that I acknowledge the hard work done by Ms Lyn Dawson and Ms Leah Clegg in leading the school in 2021. I look forward to following in their footsteps.
Third Party App Permissions
In order for your child to access some of the online learning resources, for example Mathletics, the Department of Education requires your permission. The form also includes our Device Usage Agreement, Photo Permissions and the Online User Agreement. The E-Form will take around 5 minutes to complete. Could you please complete this E-Form at your earliest convenience. You can find this document on the Connect Notices.
Swimming lessons commence next week for Year 5 and 6 students at Mullaloo Beach. The swimming lessons will run for two weeks. Swimming forms and money is due now. If your child is not attending swimming lessons, they will be supervised back at school and a work package will be provided.
The following information comes from the Department of Education.
“Adults, including parents and carers, must wear a mask on school sites in regions where a mask mandate is in place, even when outdoors unless physical distancing can be maintained. Exemptions and exceptions continue to apply.
Parents and carers are not allowed in the classroom, including to volunteer. Meetings between parents or carers are to be held over telephone or electronically, where practicable.
Parents and carers remain able to volunteer in roles outside of the classroom that are essential for the operations of the school, including the canteen and uniform shop and for drop-off/pick-ups in outdoor settings only.
Gatherings of parents on school sites are to be avoided.”
Please don’t be offended if you are asked to put on a mask or are supplied with one whilst you are on the school site. Our first priority is to keep everyone safe and this means following Department of Education and Health guidelines.
Class Information for Parents
Due to our Parent Information evening being cancelled, class teachers will be sending out classroom information next week through Connect. In addition to this, Term Overviews will be available and Specialist Teachers will include information about their Learning Area and their expectations of students.
P & C Meeting
Our first P&C Meeting will be an AGM on Thursday 24 February. I am looking forward to meeting many parents at this meeting and discussing the direction of our school, grounds, and special projects.