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.firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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.
As we progress through the term the Victorian Government has announced it will extend the RAT testing until the end of Term 1 2022 across all Victorian schools.
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.
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.
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.