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