eNews 5th November 2021

Issue 17

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Sunsmart

Principal's Report

Latest news from Mr Whitworth....

In the coming weeks, all students across the school will be asked to trace an outline of their hand and to write the name of a learning buddy on each finger, in preparation for our teachers to begin to build the new classes for next year. Learning buddies have been identified as those students within the classroom who support each other’s learning; they may help you when you are working on an activity so that you have a better understanding, or they may give you some ideas for how you may enhance your work as well as being someone that you interact well with during group activities. During these discussions in the classroom, we emphasise that learning buddies may be different to the students who you consider to be your close friends, as sometimes our good friends can distract us from our learning. The differences between the learning needs and social connectedness will be a key part of the classroom discussions over the next several weeks. We encourage families to facilitate discussions at home as to whom the most suitable learning buddies may be for your child/ren.

As we begin to draft our new classes for 2022, there are several factors that will be carefully considered. In each new class, teachers will aim to ensure that there is a balance of academic capabilities, social competencies, behavioural traits & special needs, so that the classes at each level have an almost identical profile. In addition to these factors, our teachers also take into account each child’s nominated learning buddies to ensure that every child is matched to at least one of their nominated learning buddies. (Please note that the learning buddies are not listed in any preferential order and it is explained to all students that they could be placed with any one of these 5 nominated buddies). As you can appreciate this is a very complex undertaking, especially in light of our total school enrolment of 200 students.

To this end, please be assured that all of these factors are carefully considered. Like you, we want to ensure that we establish the best learning opportunities for all of our students in 2022 (particularly in light of the disruptions over the last 24 months as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic). Given the rigour in this process, we ask that parents refrain from requesting friendship groupings and teacher preferences, unless there are extenuating circumstances that we may not be aware of which may potentially impact on a child’s placement.

If you believe that extenuating circumstances exist in regards to your child’s placement in 2022, please provide these details via email at Wayne.whitworth@education.vic.gov.au

 

Cheers

Wayne Whitworth




Principal

Wellbeing

School Wide Positive Behaviour Support.....

Our Behaviour Matrix is a document that outlines our school expectations, routines and behaviours in line with our four school values. It was created with input from staff and students. Matrices are displayed in all classroom and non-classroom settings within our school – the yard, hallways, exit doors, toilets and learning environments. Staff use this as a tool for prompting and redirecting student behaviour and acknowledging specific behaviours. If you have any questions or feedback in relation to the Behaviour Matrix, please contact Mrs Read.

Please click on the link below to view the SWPBS Matrix:

TPS Matrix

The Week in Photos

Students in Foundation doing Spring activities
Grade 1/2s showing off their Lego construction in STEM....




Students in Foundation share their spring collages.



Chloe and Adaline were happy to show their collages.



Zach and Evie enjoyed making the spring scene.



Lego construction in STEM



Pheonix, Toby, Henry and Kyden enjoying being back in STEM.



Mr Whitworth getting into the Halloween spirit!!!



On Thursday Colleen, one of our visiting teachers, brought some 3 day old kittens to school with her. Colleen is a carer for Australian Animal Rescue. 



Tiny babies!!!



Mrs Beagley was given the opportunity to help with the feeds :) :)

Bizarre Bazaar

Grade 5/6s need your help.... The Grade 5/6s are requesting a bit of assistance from the school community. They have been busy researching and designing items to produce and sell for their Bizarre Bazaar. The following items would be greatly appreciated. A box will be left at the office for any donations, thank you.

  • Jars of all shapes and sizes
  • Cardboard Boxes
  • Craft Materials (Ribbons, buttons, balloons)
  • Food Dyes
  • Anything else that could be great to make things out of!


 

              

Family Wellbeing with Sonia

Upon our return to onsite learning some students may be experiencing increased anxiety....


Hi all,

It is excellent to see students return to school for the 4th term. However, I have had a few parent’s contact me regarding their children having some difficulties with anxiety. With the past 18 months of living in these unprecedented times, children are experiencing many types of emotions. To help families further understand, Anglicare has arranged an online Managing Anxiety workshop for next Wednesday at 1-2.30pm. Please the information on the flyer and don’t hesitate to contact me if you require any further details.

 

Thanks,

Sonia


What's Happening

Lunch Orders Return
Grade 6 2022 Uniforms
Rosebud Library....

Information Regarding Covid

Information as set out by the Department of Education Operations Manual.....


Free rapid antigen tests

Free rapid antigen tests will be sent home on a fortnighlty basis with your children, it is strongly recommended for both students and staff that you test twice weekly. If you return a positive test please notify the school.

 

The department will supply the tests to our school – you do not need to buy your own.

Students and staff will do the tests at home; they only need to report their result if it is COVID-positive. They must report a COVID-positive result to: * the school by phone as well as registering and completing an online form at Parent covid portal;(please click on the link for access) and record that they will be absent while in 7-day isolation.The school will let the rest of the  community know there has been a positive case onsite and that they should monitor for symptoms *  the Department of Health via the COVID-19 Positive Rapid Antigen Test Self-Reporting Form or call centre on 1800 675 398. 

 

Information about how to do a test and how to read RAT results, including a how-to video translated into 33 languages, is available online. 
Video link

Vaccination requirements

Parents and carers must have had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine or have a valid medical exception (with limited exceptions) to enter school buildings.

All staff working in schools need to be fully vaccinated or have a verified medical exception. 

COVID-19 vaccinations for students are not required for them to attend school but vaccination for students is highly encouraged. For more information on how to book a vaccination, including important information about vaccination for children aged 5 to 11, visit Vaccination information for children and teenagers. 

Ventilation

We will also make sure that classrooms are well ventilated by opening windows and doors, to minimise the risk of infection. Air purifiers have been installed across the school, these are turned on every morning and continue to run through out the day, these will be used around the school as an added safety measure.

Vital COVIDSafe steps

Hand hygiene, mask wearing, and social distancing will continue wherever possible in Term 1. 

Staffing our school

I know many of you will have questions about what happens if your child’s teacher gets COVID-19. We will be able to bring in extra teachers and other staff if we need them, and we will be doing everything that we can to make sure our school stays safe and open.

Thank you
Wayne Whitworth

Principal