Deputies’ News – Term 1 Week 6

East Hamersley News

Teachers have been very busy testing their students in preparation for setting individual educational goals and marking their learning grids. The goals and grids will be sent to you in week 9 in a clear display file titled Reporting Folder. If your child was with us last year and you haven’t returned this to school, could you please do so as soon as possible. A phone conference, in either week 9 or 10, will be organised for all new parents to chat with their child’s teacher to discuss what these all mean. During this conference it will become clear what teachers will be explicitly working on with your child for the next semester. This file needs to be returned to school at the beginning of every term so that new documentation can be added.

I can’t believe that the kindergarten children have been with us for 7 weeks. In that time, they have had a lot of learning and socialising time and I can see that they have all settled and are starting to develop some confidence and independence. They have been practising to write their names, count, learn class rules, develop their language, and socialise appropriately, some of these can be tricky, but they are being persistent. I’m sure they are very tired when they get home at the end of every day especially with this hot weather.

As we have not been able to attend school assemblies due to Covid restrictions, I will be giving out special Award Certificates to acknowledge all the hard work and great behaviour I see in all the LDC classes. So, keep an eye out on Seesaw for photos of these very deserving recipients.

All parents should be receiving regular updates about the Health Department rules and guidelines around Covid restrictions from our principal, Shelley Blakers. If you are not getting these via SMS, then could you please make sure that our school office (94073050) has your most up to date phone/email details.

Deborah Silverlock

Deputy Principal

Padbury Deputy News

The teachers and speech pathologists are busy collecting comprehensive information about each child’s levels in oral language, reading, writing and maths. This information will inform your child’s goals for the semester. Later this term you will receive an individualised goal set which reflects your child’s specific learning needs. These goals will be targeted over semester one.

The Padbury campus will be celebrating Harmony Day on Monday 21st March 2022. Harmony Day is a celebration of our country’s cultural diversity – a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home. An interesting statistic is that nearly half (49%) of Australians were born overseas or have at least one parent who was. The message of Harmony Day is ‘Everyone Belongs’. Orange is the colour chosen to represent Harmony Day. Traditionally, orange signifies social communication and meaningful conversations. Students may come to school wearing something orange on 21st March.

Thank you to parents who have indicated they need to collect their child from school early, due to picking siblings up from other schools. For other students, school officially finishes at 3:00pm and children should be collected at this time.

I would like to remind you about the importance of school attendance and ensuring that your child attends school every day when they are well. Of course, if children are unwell or you have been advised they need to isolate, please keep them at home. Thank you for being vigilant in ensuring children with symptoms stay at home.

Mrs Sarah Arnatt

Deputy Principal- Padbury Campus

Deputies’ News – Term 1 Week 3

East Hamersley Deputy News

Welcome parents/caregivers to the start of 2022, let’s hope that we have a year without too many worries about Covid.  I’d like to thank all the East Hamersley LDC staff for creating nurturing and calm learning environments within their own classes. I have met most of our new parents/families at last year’s new parent meeting or in the playground or by the class doors. I am looking forward to getting to know you all better over the year.

As I have walked around our campus the students seem settled, and I have been met with many enthusiastic smiles and greetings. We are always trying to encourage our students to greet adults and peers in a friendly manner, to use their names (recipient) and to look directly at the person they are speaking to. It would be very helpful if you could also reinforce this at home. I know this can be tricky with the mask ruling but have a go.

The teachers have been busy testing all our new students so that they can plan for their academic success this year. You will all receive your child’s individual learning goals later this term. This will give you a very clear indication of what teachers will be explicitly working on with your child.

As you know we are ready for online learning if the need arises, and I urge you all to make sure you are connected to your classroom teacher via the Seesaw app. I will also be communicating via this platform during the year to keep you updated about general school information.

A reminder that even though we are co-located at the East Hamersley Primary School, our office is based at Padbury and all phone calls need to be directed to that office on 9407 3050. I can assure you that the office staff at Padbury will contact us very promptly to relay any messages.

Mrs Deborah Silverlock

Deputy Principal – East Hamersley

Padbury Deputy News

We welcome all new and returning families to the LDC this year. Students have settled into their new classes well.  Teachers have been busy helping the children learn the rules and routines of the classroom and playground.  It is great to see many smiling faces throughout the school day.

Thank you to parents and caregivers for your support of wearing masks on school grounds and dropping children off at the classroom door in the mornings. Students have handled this very well. Most parents have accessed Seesaw, which is the main platform for classroom communication. The Pre-primary and Year One teachers have been uploading class information (PowerPoints or videos) to Seesaw, as we weren’t able to conduct class meetings in person. Please join Seesaw if you haven’t already done so.

As a school we follow the ‘Crunch & Sip’ program for Pre-primary and Year 1 classes. This is a set break (on top of recess) during the school morning to eat a healthy snack, such as fruit or vegetables, and drink water in the classroom. This promotes healthy eating and gives students the chance to re-fuel to improve concentration in the classroom.

Duncraig Senior High School provides canteen lunches to students at the Padbury site on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. To place your orders, go online to and register an account. If you experience problems, please call Flexischools on 1300 361 769.

Please continue to be vigilant in keeping children home who are unwell. If a child becomes unwell during the school day, we will contact parents to collect them. Thank you in advance for your co-operation.

If, at any time throughout the year, you have questions or need to speak to the teacher about any aspect of your child’s schooling, I encourage you to message the teacher on Seesaw. At this time teachers and speech pathologists can have phone or online meetings.

Mrs Sarah Arnatt

Deputy Principal- Padbury Campus