The Principals Desk

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

Welcome to week 6. It has been a very busy start to the year with over 140 new students starting across 4 campuses and the establishment of a new year one class at Quinns Beach Primary School. The term is flying by with teachers and speech pathologists assessing and preparing for grid marking and goal setting. These documents will come home at the end of term. As part of the formal reporting process, at the end of term 2 the goals will be rated and sent home with a comment about progress. The grids will be remarked during term 3 and sent home prior to case conferences for kindy and pre-primary. At the end of term 4, the goals will be rated and sent home as the final report for the year. At this time parents of year 1 students will be offered an exit interview. When the information comes home, if you have any questions, please contact your class teacher. Kindergarten teachers and speech pathologists will meet with Kindy parents at the end of this term or early in term 2 to discuss each child’s language and the programs that will target identified needs.

Our new teachers have settled in very well and are a valuable addition to our team. All classes have completed their parent meetings and have overviewed how they run their classes. If you have any questions or concerns, please raise them with your class teacher or give the deputy that manages your site a call. Sometimes parents email with positive comments and teachers always appreciate this feedback.

There will be parent workshops later this term. I urge as many parents as possible to attend. The sessions will be run by our speech pathologists and provide you with valuable information about how you can support your child’s language development. You are very lucky to be able to access this level of information. We will also be running a parent workshop on reading (later this year). Look out for this one.

The Book Sharing program for parents of pre-primary students has begun at Poseidon and Padbury. We will run one for Quinns Beach next term. This is a great training program for parents.

With the Corona Virus (COVID-19), we receive regular updates from central office (linked to the Health Department). When there is a change in information, we will send this to parents (as we did on Monday March 9). The important thing to remember is that we have not had any community based transmission at this point in time in Western Australia. It is about being prepared, not alarmed.

Remind your children about basic hygiene and to regularly wash their hands (after toileting, before eating) for 20 seconds with soup and water. Also, encourage them to not touch their faces (not easy to do). The other aspect is to self-isolate if you have returned from Mainland China, Iran or the Republic of Korea. If you have been to Italy, children can still attend school but self-monitoring is important. Other countries (moderate risk) that involve self-monitoring include Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore and Thailand.

Importantly, if your child has any flu like symptoms (even at the mild end) we ask that they are kept at home. If they come to school, we will be calling you to collect them.

Ms Shelley Blakers