While the situation regarding COVID-19 continues to evolve, the Department of Education has established plans and a team to support us in schools. It is important that as a school community we apply common sense based on factual information and a practical approach to COVID-19.
As we address the challenges and changing state of the health restrictions/implications in place, we will endeavour to keep you updated.
We hope this provides you with key facts and reassures you.
Who cannot attend school
The Prime Minister has introduced measures on ALL international arrivals into Australia from 9pm on Sunday 15 March requiring them to complete a mandatory 14 day self-isolation upon their arrival.
Students or staff who have been tested for COVID-19 should follow the advice of the WA Department of Health and stay away from school whilst awaiting results.
Students or staff also need to self-quarantine if they have been informed by public health authorities that they have been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus. They must isolate themselves for 14 days after the date of last contact with the confirmed case.
School-based actions to promote health
We are ensuring students are separated at recess and lunch into groups of fewer than 500 students.
Our teachers are being very vigilant with students handwashing before eating and will continue to promote positive hygiene routines.
We are promoting handwashing with signs in all student toilet areas.
Our cleaners are engaging in more rigorous cleaning procedures before and after school.
Home-based actions you can do to support health
We require families to support us by taking the following actions;
If your child is unwell please keep your child at home and let them recover before returning.
If your child presents at school unwell, you will be contacted to collect them.
If your child has a chronic medical condition or immunosuppression and may be at risk of disease, please consider special arrangements and work with your healthcare providers and follow their advice.
Be aware of the COVID-19 symptoms.
Access information from reliable sources (government sites).
Changes to School Activities
School assemblies are cancelled until further notice.
The summer sport carnival for year 5 and 6 students, the year 6 camp and swimming lessons for years PP-4 are cancelled.
Incursions and excursions have been cancelled until further notice.
NAPLAN 2020 will not proceed.
All after and before school clubs are cancelled until further notice. This includes
Year 5 Extension Club
Jump Jam, and
We will continue to review the school calendar of events and advise parents of any further changes.
Our Families and Schools Together (FAST) program will be cancelled.
Temporary School Closure (if required)
Ensure your contact details are up-to-date.
Ensure you have access to Connect notifications (email).
If a WA school has to close due to a confirmed case, it will be on advice from the WA Health Department’s Chief Health Officer.
The Chief Health Officer will, if there has been a positive COVID-19 test result in our school, close our school temporarily while assessment and tracing of exposure is conducted. A thorough school clean will then be carried out to make the school safe for the return of students and staff.
In this situation the Department of Education will work with the school Principal to provide direct advice and support regarding the closure process and communication.
Continuity of Teaching and Learning
Learning in classrooms will continue, as per usual.
We acknowledge that this is an anxious time for all our community members. Please extend kindness and respect to each other, as we interact in our school.
Please ensure your contact details are up-to date.
If your child needs medication, please come to the office and speak to one of the Deputy’s. We are happy for you to come to the school and give your child medication but if you need us to administer it then:
The medicine must be in the original packaging, which indicates the student’s name and required dosage. Please don’t pop pills out of their packaging, rather cut off the number we require and send along with the box.
Please note we do not store paracetamol or ibuprofen for general student use.
Short Term Medication – 2 weeks
Parents must fill in an Administration of Medication form from the front office.
We can assist with medication such as antibiotics that are required 4 times a day (3 times a day can be managed at home.) Paracetamol or ibuprofen for an acute injury.
Long Term Medication
Parents must make a time to meet with me and fill in a Student Health Care Summary and maybe a Management / Emergency Response Plan. We may require a medical plan / letter from the doctor depending on the nature of the health condition.
Changes to dosage must be reflected by a doctor’s letter before we can implement a change at school.
If your child requires on-going or intermittent pain relief of paracetamol or ibuprofen, they too will require a Student Health Care Summary with a doctor’s sign off. We are unable to administer medication at a student’s request.
All medication must come thought the front office, please do not take it to the classroom.
Schools are busy places and play an important place in the community. It is also a place where people meet at times in large numbers.
To comply with Health Department directions, we are asking parents to adopt social distancing practices. Social distancing might mean that you wait in your car before collecting children or not congregate outside classes before and after school. It also may mean that you sanitise your hands before entering the school.
At the end of the school day we request that parents collect their children and leave the school grounds promptly. Until further notice students will not be permitted to play on the playground equipment including the Megatoy and the playground behind the science room after school. This position supports the government’s advice with respect to social distancing.
Please see the link below from the Health Department if you require more information.
Kaya! (Hello!) Each Wednesday in Room 12 we have been very fortunate to work with Mrs Butcher to learn the Noongar Language. So far we have learned greetings, colours, numbers and some body parts. We enjoy fun hands on activities to help us remember the new words and use them throughout the week.
We love learning our spelling words and applying the spelling rules through fun activities. Some of our favourites include play dough, water painting, using smelly textas, sand writing, stamping, memo board writing and bananagram letters.
With Miss Purdy on Thursdays, we have enjoyed reading a picture book then acting out our favourite scenes. We have worked on our confidence and using our oral language skills to entertain the audience. Our favourite books are the “Pig the Pug” series!
You are welcome, wanjoo, to visit us in Room 12 at any time. Boordah wan! (See you later on!)
Measure, Measure, Measure!
Measurement requires students to develop dexterity in the use of a range of measuring instruments, competence in the use of mathematical processes such as counting, and a sound understanding of whole number and decimal number numeration.
We have started to learn what measurement means. So far we have learned how to measure with a ruler, a broken ruler and now we are measuring with a tape measure.
We are getting better at using a range of measuring instruments.
We are also developing an understanding of the language of measurement. For example, short is used to describe length and height. High and low are used to compare heights and sounds.
We had great fun measuring each other.
Thumbs are a little tricky!
Love the way you have used the match stick to measure over one metre.
Can you read your waist measurement?
Now I understand what a hand span is.
Who is the tallest/largest?
Hello big foot!
Tangled tape measure. Let's straighten this one out!
Please be aware that the P&C are working with the school to ensure our children are in a safe and healthy environment. Because of these changes our services may change. Please keep checking Facebook and Connect for any changes in our services over this time.
The canteen may also need to remove some items from the canteen menu due to shortages.
Thank you for your support.
P&C Canteen Staff
As Mother's Day is quite early in term 2 please keep an eye out for order forms in the last week of term 1. We have some lovely gifts for students to select from and will once again have our Mother's Day raffle full of special treats just for her.
Ordering will once again be available via Flexischools and a card payment day will be advised upon.
The P&C are working on a contingency plan for these events should our school be closed during these times. We will inform you all via our Facebook page and if possible via Connect notices.
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Place all your school orders with the Flexischools App
Our school has now introduced a great new online ordering system for Canteen, Events and Fundraising called Flexischools.
Flexischools allows you to place all your school orders online in a matter of seconds, at any time of the day.
Download the Flexischools App
Note: for iPhone and iPad please select ‘Allow’ notifications.
2. Add your School and Group
Click on the search icon, enter your school name, select your school and year group, or groups relevant to you.
Click the ‘Order now’ button located in the bottom right-hand corner of the app; this will open a login screen.
Already a Flexischools user - Enter your details and login. To save your login details select ‘remember me’.
New Flexischools user - Click ‘Register’, enter your email address and follow the instructions in the email to set up your account. Once your account is set up, add new student; search for our school, enter student details and select their class.
Once registered, you can start placing orders immediately. If you have any questions, please contact the Flexischools Customer Service Team on 1300 361 769, or you can contact them via their website.
The Flexischools system is now available and ready to use, so we look forward to seeing your next order online.
If you have any questions about the online services we are introducing, please contact the P&C committee for more information.
Reminder that Bookclub orders are due by 3pm Monday March 23. Extra copies can be found in the library, the front office or via the link below.