Principal News: Welcome to Term 2

We have had a magnificent start to Term 2! Although slightly different than usual, it has been wonderful to see so many of our students return to school very happy and eager to learn. Our students who are learning at home have done a great job in engaging in their learning. Thank you to all families for supporting your children through these different modes of learning during these different times. Our teachers have done an amazing job at ensuring the teaching and learning of all our students at school and at home.

The attendance so far has been gradually increasing since we started last week.

Wednesday 29th April: 56%
Thursday 30th April: 60%
Friday 1st May: 59.5%
Monday 4th May: 69.5%
Tuesday 5th May: 70.5%
Wednesday 6th May: 70.1%

Thank you to all our families for such a smooth start to the term. This would not have been possible without your support in the practices we have had to put into place to keep our students and staff safe. Our staff are extremely grateful for your support.

In an effort to get back to relative normality, we ran a virtual assembly for our students at our Willagee site this morning. Students remained in their classes but the Administration teams from both Caralee CS and our school, along with the School Councillors from Caralee streamed the assembly via WebEx and Microsoft Teams. TED made an appearance too, which was lovely for the students to see. This was an opportunity for us to recognise those students for making great choices so far this term and to receive a merit award or TED certificate. We will look at continuing this format in the coming weeks.

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There have been no major announcements from the Department or Government this week regarding COVID-19 changes. However, there is likely to be an update on Friday so I will keep you informed on anything that may affect us.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you are unsure of anything or if we can help and support you in any way.

Take care and stay well!

Kind regards

Vivienne Doig
Principal

Principal News: Term 2 Update

Dear Parents/Carers

I hope you are enjoying this lovely weekend. Thank you to all the parents who have completed the survey on your intentions for your child attending school in the first few weeks of term. If you have not yet completed the survey, can you please do so as soon as possible so we can ensure we can plan as effectively as possible. https://www.schoolsurvey.edu.au/s/FLDCAttendanceT2

I just wanted to take this opportunity to let you know of a few things prior to school starting on Wednesday. As you can understand, these are unprecedented times that call for some unprecedented procedures.

The State Government has given parents a choice about whether their children return to school for face-to-face teaching or learning at home. This is a personal decision that is influenced by your family’s unique circumstances and we will support you in the decisions that are best for your family. Learning at home or school will begin on Wednesday 29th April. Here are a few important details:

  • Classroom teachers will be in touch with families learning at home on Tuesday afternoon via SeeSaw to give you the Learning at Home guidelines for the class.
  • Students who attend school will be taught a face-to-face program with their classroom teacher.
  • For those students who are learning at home, contact by school will be made each week by phone and/or online.
  • Parents are asked to drop their child/children at the school gate. Staff will be available to collect your child at these drop off locations and take them to class at the start of each day (from 8.30am).
  • Staff will take your child to the same pick up location at the end of each day. Please do not enter the school grounds. Specific details are below.
  • Cleaners will be in the school to regularly clean all hard surfaces and playground equipment throughout each day.
  • All staff will maintain strict hygiene requirements in their class (eg. handwashing routines, regular use of hand sanitiser).
  • Please provide your child with recess, lunch and a drink bottle of water. The canteen is not available until further notice.
  • If your child has any complex medical needs, please seek medical advice regarding attendance at school.
  • If your child is unwell/sick, it is essential that you keep them at home. Any children that are unwell at school will be isolated from their class and parents/carers contacted to collect them from the school immediately. I thank you for your understanding in this matter. Keeping our students and staff safe and well is our priority.
  • If your child catches the bus to and from school, please make sure you contact the bus service to ensure they are aware of your intentions during the first three weeks of the term. The bus service will not permit any child who is unwell to travel on the bus.

Student Drop off and Pick up
To ensure that physical distancing between adults is in place at schools, parents are requested to drop off and pick up their children at school gates. This is based on advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC). Please do not enter the school grounds. As we are 2 schools located on the same site, we will nominate drop off and pick up areas to
maximise physical distancing. We thank you for your patience around this. We will keep you updated of any changes to this plan should they occur. Please read the specific site information below.

Student Drop off and Pick up (Bull Creek site – Bull Creek PS)

  • Specific details of designated areas for Bull Creek PS site will be provided on Tuesday 28th April.
  • We have staff rostered on from 8.30am to collect your child from the designated area.
  • Please make arrangements with your child’s teacher if you require your child to be dropped off before 8.30am or after 8.50am and/or picked up before 2.50pm.

Student Drop off and Pick up (Beeliar site – Beeliar PS)

  • Specific details of designated areas for Beeliar PS site will be provided on Tuesday 28th April.
  • We have staff rostered on from 8.30am to collect your child from the designated area.
  • Please make arrangements with your child’s teacher if you require your child to be dropped off before 8.30am or after 8.50am and/or picked up before 2.50pm.

Student Drop off and Pick up (Willagee site – Caralee CS)

  • A Block students to enter/exit through the small gate on Winnacott Street (Location on map below)
  • C Clock students to enter/exit through the main school Administration entrance on Winnacott Street (Location on map below)
  • Please make arrangements with your child’s teacher if you require your child to be dropped off before 8.30am or after 8.50am and/or picked up before 2.50pm.

Thank you for all your support. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Your sincerely

Vivienne Doig
Principal

Principal News: COVID-19 Update

Dear Parents/Carers

I am writing to you during the school holidays to let you know about the arrangements for our school for Term 2, as advised by the Department of Education, and what it will mean for you and your children.

These are unprecedented times and therefore, we will need to do some things differently in schools over the coming weeks, to maintain learning and to keep your children and our staff safe.

I understand this may be an uncertain and difficult period for you and your family.  That is why the State Government has given parents a choice about whether their children return to school for face-to-face teaching or learn from home.  It is a personal decision influenced by each family’s circumstances.

To assist with your decision making, please note the following:

  • Monday 27 April is a public holiday;
  • Tuesday 28 April will be a pupil free day. There will be no students at school as staff will be using this day for preparation;
  • From Wednesday 29 April, school is open for all students whose parents/carers choose to send them;
  • Students who attend school will be taught a face-to-face program and timetable;
  • For those children learning from home, this will be through online or hard copy packages provided to you from school.  Details of how to undertake and return the work will accompany the packages;
  • For those students who are learning from home, contact by school will be made each week by phone and/or online;
  • Parents are asked to drop their child/children at the school gate, please do not enter the school grounds.

The State Government is providing $43 million in additional funding to expand school cleaning, in line with the health advice.  Cleaners will work throughout the day to ensure all high-use areas, such as benchtops, desks, doorknobs, taps and hand rails, are regularly cleaned and surfaces disinfected.  Our playgrounds will be open and play equipment will be cleaned before school and after each break.

These arrangements will be in place and reviewed ahead of Week 4 commencing 18 May.  As always, State Government decisions will be based on the best health advice.

We want all families and children to feel supported and informed during this time.  I thank you for your partnership as we navigate this together.

Your sincerely

Vivienne Doig
Principal

Principal News: End of Term 1 Update

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank our school community for the support they have given to our students and staff during this unprecedented term. Our staff have been busy developing and delivering your child’s home learning package to support their learning at home. The teaching and learning of our students continues to remain our top priority.

During the last couple of weeks, our staff have been having regular video conferences via Webex with groups of teachers in phases of learning to practice using the platform, as well as facilitate collaboration and connectedness. Some teachers have used Webex to have their IEP meetings with families. This will develop further in Term 2 to include video conferencing with students at home. The Department of Education deemed this week as “pupil free” to enable all staff to prepare for distance learning for term 2.  This week, we have been having many professional learning meetings in small phase of learning groups (face to face and via video conferencing to facilitate social distancing protocols) to run through our whole school plan for distance learning and provide information and support for our whole school distance education delivery platform of SeeSaw and video conferencing platform of Webex. Staff are now preparing their Home Learning Guidelines that will be finalised at the start of term 2 and sent to parents. In addition to this, staff are working on the following:

  • Professional Learning on Seesaw
  • Professional Learning on Webex
  • Professional Learning on relevant technologies as required (eg. Office 365)
  • Collaboration with peers and phase of learning teams
  • Planning for first 2 weeks of term 2 through distance learning – use of online & paper mediums

The most recent restrictions have included the closure of all playgrounds and play equipment, canteens and uniform shops. Each week, we get updates from the Department of Education on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and we adapt to what has been advised/directed. Principals have also been having regular video conferences with Lisa Rodgers, the Director General (DG), to give us further updates and support. I will keep you up to date over the holidays if any new information comes to light.

We are still waiting on direction from the Department of Education as to what exactly Term 2 is going to look like, but so far we have been told to prepare for distance learning. This obviously will be impacted by what is advised by the Department of Health. Therefore, at this stage, we are working on the premise that distance learning is imminent. However, a lot can happen in 2 weeks so I’m sure there will be further directives provided closer to the end of the school holidays. The Department are in the process of developing a lot of support for schools by providing resources to facilitate distance learning. Many Department staff have been redirected to different positions and departments to enable this to occur and build strength and capacity in this area. This will continue over the school holidays and beyond in preparation for term 2. The Department of Education have also been busy adding and developing the “Learning at Home” website (https://www.education.wa.edu.au/learning-at-home) to support families with resources and advice on learning at home.

Term 2 Staffing

We have a few staff changes for term 2. We wish Jennie Dawson farewell for Term 2 as she takes her well-deserved long service leave. Although this is not going to look like what she had initially planned, she is looking forward to having the time at home with her family and being more involved in her children’s distance learning. We will miss Jennie’s knowledge and expertise immensely during this time, but we wish her well and good health for Term 2 and will look forward to welcoming her back for the start of term 3. Georgie Sounness, Deputy Principal of Outreach, will take 2 days long service leave each week. Due to this leave, we are increasing the Support Officer Speech and Language working hours in Outreach to maintain their service in Georgie’s absence. Nichola Middlemiss will increase her Deputy Principal hours to full time and we welcome Fleur Aris to the Executive Leadership Team as Deputy Principal 4 days per week for the term. She will continue in A1 as teacher for 1 day per week, as well as support our new teacher, Natalie Chiari who will be the main classroom teacher in A1.  We welcome Natalie to our staff for the term.

I hope you all have a lovely Easter and school break with your family. Take care and stay well!

Kind regards

Vivienne Doig
Principal