Principal’s Update – welcome back

Welcome back to all our students who returned this week.

Student attendance in public schools became compulsory again as of Monday this week unless a student has a relevant medical condition. We have had an average attendance of 95% which has been fantastic. The students are full of enthusiasm and have shown great independence arriving at school. The staggered start and finish times to the school day continue to run smoothly. This is in part due to our wonderful parents who have been so supportive and also the fantastic support of our school staff. This system will continue to run until further advice has been received from the Department of Education.

Term 2 usually sees a lot of action in the physical education arena with lightning carnivals and interschool events. However, these have all had to be cancelled due to COVID-19. School photos were also scheduled for Term 2. These have now been rescheduled for Term 4.

We are unable to confirm as yet whether the events normally scheduled for Term 3 will go ahead. It will all depend on what COVID-19 restrictions are issued at the time.

Whilst our assemblies are not going ahead we are still presenting our merit award winners with their certificates. Last week Mrs Stewart and I were lucky to visit classes and present them. As you can see in the photos below they are very happy students.

Towards the end of Term 2 parent interviews are normally held to coincide with Semester 1 reporting. These have been cancelled due to COVID-19. Direction from the Department of Education is that Semester 1 reporting will indicate student progress. This means there will be no grades allocated. Teachers will report on how each student is progressing towards the end of year achievement standard.

Please be aware that we are now calling for Kindergarten enrolments for 2021. I would encourage the school community to remind those who have Kindergarten aged children to enrol by 24 July 2020.

Lyn Dawson

Principal