Principal News: Welcome back to Term 4!

Welcome back to term 4. I hope you all had a lovely school break. It was lovely to see the students return on Monday and share their holiday adventures.

This busy term will start with Placement Committee meeting to go through the referrals for 2021. This process will be finalised over the next few weeks. Our Year 3s will also be preparing to exit back to their mainstream school for year 4. Parents will be involved in exit case conferences over the next couple of weeks.

Our School Improvement Team, school staff and school board will continue their work on setting our improvement agenda for the next few years and develop our new Business Plan 2021-2023.

Later on in the term, we will be having assemblies to congratulate the students who will be leaving us to go to mainstream next year. Due to COVID-19 restrictions this may look a bit different from previous years. More information will come as it becomes available.

DLD Awareness Day

Friday 16th of October is a day aimed at raising awareness internationally for Developmental Language Disorder (DLD). Raising Awareness of Developmental Language Disorder (RADLD) is an international organisation helping to increase awareness of this hidden, but common condition. This year’s campaign is ‘DLD – See Me’ and families, teachers, speech pathologists and other professionals are joining to make DLD visible to the world, because no one should feel invisible. This is a big part of the reason for our schools’ existence, so we encourage you to spread the word.

Below, are some of the ways that you can get involved on social media to support the campaign!

WHAT SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS CAN I USE?

USING TWITTER HASHTAGS AND @ – IMPORTANT INFORMATION!

  • Use #devlangdis all year around to discuss DLD
  • Use #DLDSeeMe to promote DLD Awareness Day and your activities
  • Add to your tweets @someone: target an organisation, individual or celebrity that you think needs to know about DLD or DLD Awareness

SHARE THE RADLD FILMS!

  • Developmental Language Disorder: The Consensus Explained:  bit.ly/DLDconsensusfilm
  • DLD 1-2-3 film: This is the award winning film from our DLD Awareness Day in 2017.
  • You can share previous RADLD films too! Select your favourite from www.youtube.com/RADLD

I look forward to a great Term 4!

Kind regards

Vivienne Doig
Principal

 

 

 

Principal News: Term 3 Update

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Thank you to everyone’s understanding and support this term as we have navigated our new COVID-19 normal. It has been lovely to see some things being able to proceed with some adjustments, such as assemblies and sports carnivals. We have also been very busy with our Individual Education Plan Review meetings and teachers have been updating your child’s plan. This will be discussed with you this week or early next term. All staff and students are looking forward to a very well deserved holiday.  I wish all our staff and families a fun and restful 2 weeks break. We look forward to students returning on Monday 12th October for Term 4.

P&C Bunnings Sausage Sizzle

Our P&C have been very fortunate to arrange a Bunnings Sausage Sizzle on this long weekend for Sunday 27th September at the Bunnings O’Connor. Please pop in to say hi and buy a Sausage Sizzle to support our P&C and our students. I would like to thank the P&C, parents and staff who are supporting this event and giving up their weekend to raise funds for our school. Thank you.

Term 4 COVID-19 Procedures

Due to the WA Government maintaining the Phase 4 of COVID-19 restrictions, we move into Term 4 with no further changes. Cleaning throughout the day will also continue all term. Further details will be provided if the government releases further information around the easing of restrictions.  We thank you for your support around this.

Have a wonderful break and stay safe. We look forward to seeing you all back for a wonderful Term 4.

Kind regards

Vivienne Doig
Principal

Principal News: Term 3 Welcome

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Welcome back to Term 3. I hope you all managed to have a restful school break. It was wonderful to see our students return yesterday so happy and engaged in their learning.

Staff School Development Day

Our staff have started off their term with a full day of informative and practical professional learning on Monday. Our focus areas included:

  • Oral Language and Curriculum Integration
  • Explicit synthetic phonics review of practice
  • Enhancing teacher expertise through evidence informed professional learning

I would like to thank all the staff for their dedication to their continued professional learning to provide the best teaching and learning for our students.

School Planning Day

Our next School Development Day is scheduled for Monday 30th November (Term 4). Please put this date in your diaries, as this is a pupil free day. This is a day that we have set aside for all of our staff to review 2020 in line with our Business Plan, and develop our school improvement and Business Plan for 2021.

COVID-19 Procedures

Due to the WA Government maintaining the Phase 4 of COVID-19 restrictions, we move into Term 3 with some changes. You will hear more soon about assemblies, incursions, excursions, sports carnivals etc. returning as the term progresses. I’m sure the children are very excited about these things returning to normal.

Due to the need for physical distancing of 2m² and good hygiene practices being required for the foreseeable future, unfortunately some practices will remain in place. Based on sizes of our host schools and numbers of students the following will continue to be in place until further notice.

  • If you would like to meet with your child’s teacher, please continue to make an appointment with them.
  • All parents from all sites are able to pick their child up at the classroom.
  • Willagee site parents are able to drop off their children at the classroom if desired.
  • Beeliar and Bull Creek site parents are requested to continue to drop their child off at the designated drop-off areas (same as in Term 2, e.g. gates).

Please let us know if you need further clarification on anything.

We are looking forward to a wonderful Term 3.

Kind regards

Vivienne Doig
Principal

Principal News: End of Term 2 Update

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Thank you to everyone for your support through a very unusual term. It has been wonderful to see the independence and confidence grow in our students as the term progressed.

This week it has been very positive as our state has moved into the WA Government Phase 4 of COVID-19 restrictions. This has allowed for some things to feel like they are returning to normal. However, as physical distancing of 2m² and hygiene practices were still required, and being so close to the end of term, we did not make any further changes as a school. Although increased hygiene practices will continue in Term 3 where we will likely be in Phase 5, it looks like Physical Distancing will no longer be required. This means that more things will be re-started e.g. assemblies, incursions, excursions etc.  This also means that parents will be able to move more freely around the school to drop off and pick up your children at the classroom.

However, I do encourage you to continue, if you wish, to drop your child off at the gates in the mornings. We have noticed as a school, along with our host schools, and widely reported across the state, the increased independence and morning engagement levels of our students so far this term. It would be great to continue this great work. Parents have also reported the increased time they have in the mornings by not having to take their child into the classrooms each day. Therefore, please let your child’s teacher know if you would like someone to be available at the gate to welcome your child each morning next term. I also encourage you to make an appointment with your child’s teacher if you would like to speak to them about something. This will assist with the smooth transitions each morning.

Teachers have been busy this term with Individual Education Plan review meetings and preparing your child’s school report. Your child’s report will be emailed to you (via a link) at the end of term. Teachers will also be making arrangements with you soon to make an appointment to discuss your child’s report. These meetings will take place in first two weeks of next term. I’m sure you will join me in thanking all our teachers for their continued professionalism and dedication in ensuring our students’ learning has continued this semester with transitions between disruptions being seamless.

I would like to wish you all a lovely school break. If you are travelling around our state on holiday, please do so safely. We are all looking forward to a well-rested break and a safe return of our students on Tuesday 21st July for Term 3.

Take care and stay well!

Kind regards

Vivienne Doig
Principal