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

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