COVID-19 Updates

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​ A Message from the Associate Principal - Primary School

The final term of the year is a crazy time in schools. End of year reporting, class allocations, timetabling, budgets and planning for next year swamp us at a time when our energies are low or we feel we are running on empty. School families are also feeling the pressure, with the end of the year coming to a close and the busyness of what happens at the end of the School year.

This term, despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, we have still managed to fit in successfully our Year 3, Year 5 and Year 6 camps and many other co-curricular events. In talking with several of my Primary Principal colleagues in both the Education Department and private schools, many of them cancelled all extracurricular events such as camps, so I am extremely pleased that most of our planned events have still occurred despite some restrictions.

We were delighted that all our students who participated in the Academic All Stars contest had a great time and came away with the winning school team trophy on aggregate score as well as 3rd placed team overall. We were represented by students from Year 4 to Year 6.

Today, Primary students from Years 4 to 6 have represented the School at the NIPSSA Cricket Carnival held at Seacrest. Five teams participated in this carnival and have been trained by their Coach, Mr Atish Patel during Co-Curricular this term.

On Tuesday 24###sup/sup### November we will have our annual ‘Moving on Up Day’ where students will go with their current class to the next year level classroom. Please note that we are still finalising our 2021 classes. It takes considerable time to ensure that we get this right. We understand that this is a most contentious issue; however, we work very hard to seek out what is best for each child, understanding their individual needs and the relationships they have with their peers and the staff they will have in the new year.

Next Saturday week, the First Lego League Team Regional Competition will be held at St. Stephens School, Carramar. Nine students from Year 5 will participate and have been highly focussed on all things robotics and very creative in their entry. I look forward to joining them on the day and seeing how successful they can be when put under the spotlight to fulfil all the requirements and expectation of the day.

All students in Years 1, 3 and 5 have been working hard with their Edu Dance Hip Hop lessons and are very keen to showcase and ‘strut their stuff’ at their performance on Monday 30###sup/sup### November at 2:15 – 2:45pm. We unfortunately can only accommodate two guests per family from Years 1, 3 and 5 due to the COVID-19 sanctions.

Sadly, we will have our very last Playgroup of the year on Wednesday 2nd December, but we look forward to this starting again during Term 1, 2020. We have enjoyed the opportunity to open Playgroup up to our local community and to provide a safe, friendly environment that fulfils some needs of our little ones. We have enjoyed welcoming very new parents, and grandparents along with our School community families to this morning each week.

We are very much looking forward to our Annual Christmas Nativity and Carols on Thursday 3rd December. All our students from Kindy to Year 2 take part in this event, telling the story of Jesus’s birth all dressed up in their nativity costumes. This year we will have two food trucks and a coffee/cooldrink van organised by our P and F. Please join us in the Primary School oval from 5:00 – 7:00pm to enjoy this special event. A reminder too, that our Nature Play on the Primary Oval will be out of bounds due to the total revamp of this area in readiness for the start of next year.

Unfortunately, with the COVID-19 restrictions, our Primary School Presentation Assembly finale this year will be only for Year 3 to Year 6 students and only parents of the award recipients. This will be held in the School Gym to support the number ratio required for the given space we have.

Likewise, with our Year 6 Graduation, although this will be held as by tradition in the Allan Shaw Centre, we will have a limit of four guests per Year 6 child and this is inclusive of any siblings attending. Year 5 students will also attend this event.

You may have noticed work has already begun on the remodelling of our Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden, and our Indigenous Space. The development of our new Nature Playground begins on Monday 30###sup/sup### November. This is really very exciting, and all will be ready for the start of the new year. You will be able to watch this space over the holidays as it will slowly reveal itself.

Lastly, if you have not as yet but would still like to donate items to put into our Hamper collection for families in the community that we would like to help, this opportunity will be available for another two weeks.

As things start to speed up during this ‘silly season’, I am reminded when world-class marathon runners ‘hit the wall’ and they feel like they cannot go on. Instead of focusing on their exhaustion and how tired they are feeling and going into the ‘survival shuffle’, marathon runners lift their head and pick up the pace. I believe this is a vital mind set for all of us, our children, my staff and our parent community and in schools at this time of the year. By picking up the pace, you are really saying to yourself that you are not just going to finish, you are going to finish strong! And because of this and despite our time of uncertainty, our aim will be just this! We have had a huge lesson this year in being resilient and staying positive despite what might be going on around us with what the world is dealing with currently with all things COVID. It is vital therefore, that we finish the year with the patience and calm manner that we started the year and be for ever grateful for what we have. 

With my best wishes,

Mr Roderick Wood

Associate Principal Primary School