Dear Parents and Friends,
It is not long now before our whole school resumes after the remote learning period. I am sure many of you are grateful for your lives to return to a ‘new’ normal. I say ‘new’ normal because I doubt life will ever be exactly the same again, especially in regards to school life!
Your children may have noticed that we have cleaners here each day cleaning high touch points, such as the toilets, tables, benches, door handles and even the playgrounds. This happens three times over each day. The teachers have been graciously encouraging the children to thank the cleaners. They work very hard to get all this done in such a short space of time.
Our new drop off and pick up procedures seem to be working well. Saying goodbye at the gate and not waiting at the classrooms has, I am sure, been very difficult for some families to get used too. The children have shown tremendous resilience as they have walked independently into the school each morning and waited patiently in the afternoons. Parents, you should be very proud of your children, who have shown they can do this! I would like to thank the teachers for helping at the end of each day with ensuring the children find their way to their parents and thank you to the parents for not lingering or crowding at the gates.
The Casey Council has been working with the school to assist in alleviating the traffic congestion that occurs outside the school gate on Endeavour Drive. They will be installing a ‘Drop Zone’ on Endeavour Drive between the two driveways. This will change the way we dismiss and greet the children. Attached is a notification letter from the City of Casey that outlines the changes to the traffic and parking. The information includes a map. We anticipate that the Drop Zone will begin in approximately 6 six weeks time. We hope that this coincides with the beginning of Term Three. More information will be provided in the weeks ahead with further instructions. For now, we will continue to use the pedestrian gate on Endeavour Drive as normal.
I would like to introduce our crossing lady, Debbie. Debbie is employed by the council to man the pedestrian crossing each morning and afternoon to assist students cross the road safely. Please use this crossing and do not run across the road with your children. It is important that parents model safe road sense for their children.
End of Semester One Reports
At the end of Term Two, your child will bring home their 2020 Semester One report. While remote learning has made the usual reporting methods difficult for report writing, the teachers have worked hard to make judgements regarding the standard of learning for all areas. These reports will focus mainly on the learning that was achieved in Term 1 with teachers using evidence from Term 2 to inform their judgements in the marking of English and Mathematics. Other subject areas will be marked on the work that was achieved in Term One. At the end of the year, reports will return to normal with all subject areas being marked in our usual way.
After the school holidays on Tuesday July 21, we will hold our parent-teacher interviews. At this stage, due to coronavirus restrictions at the school, these will be held via teleconferencing using Google Meet. More information regarding how this will work will be provided closer to the date. This will be a terrific time for students to showcase the learning they have achieved at school in Term 1 and throughout the remote learning period in Term 2.
Our new website is up and running. Please take the time to have a look and view the promotional video on the home page. www.sttcbourne.com.au
Please don’t forget that if you intend to send your pre-school child to Foundation at St Therese’s next year, you need to get your enrolment forms in as soon as possible. Despite the interruptions to the tours and Open Days we have many new families who have already dropped their forms in!
I hope you have a lovely week and I look forward to welcoming the whole school back after the long weekend on Tuesday June 9.
Yours in partnership,
Winter has arrived right on schedule with cold weather to match!! Get those gloves, beanies and scarves out!! With such cold and wet weather, we ask that parents and carers drive carefully outside our school and adhere to speed limits and road rules such as no uturns in front of the school as well as the use of the pedestrian crossing rather than running across the road. This also applies for Mitchell Court drop off and pick up. Please drive to the end of the court to assist with traffic flow.
We look forward to the resumption of all students next Tuesday 9th June 2020. Entering and exiting the school for students will continue in the same manner as we have done so for the past fortnight to ease congestion and gatherings at the gates and to promote social distancing. We have also implemented the use of Exit Cards for the F-2 students this week, ensuring that they are dismissed safely from the appropriate gates, particularly with the increased number of students onsite next week. This week’s trial run has worked well.
If it is inclement weather at the end of the day, students whose family names begin with A-K, will remain in the Main Building near the Foundation classrooms and teachers will bring them to the gates at Endeavour Drive. For those students whose surnames begin with L-Z, they will remain in the Hall, then escorted by teachers to the Mitchell Court Gate. Those students who attend after school care will be supervised and remain under the canteen shelter until they are picked up by Merinda Park Community Centre personnel.
Working with you in partnership
This Sunday, we celebrate another important liturgical event – The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. It is the Church’s official recognition of the Trinity as the three “persons” of the one God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Christians believe that God is revealed to them in three ways – God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit – yet remains one God.
The doctrine remains a mystery that God can be the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit all at the same time. The key to the Christian doctrine attempts to make sense of the experience of God. It demonstrates something of the nature of faith and mystery in Christianity.
Here is a prayer to share.
God bless and stay courageous.
(Religious Education Leader)
Hi to our wonderful school community,
I hope you are all safe and well.
I know that this Covid Crisis has had a major effect on all of our lives. It has been especially difficult for those who have lost their usual form of income. With this in mind we were lucky enough to receive 10 free boxes of food from an organisation called EATUP. We will be getting another delivery on June 3rd. The box will contain :
- 5 Apples
- 7 Bananas
- 4 Mandarines
- 2 loaves of Wonder White Bread
- 500gm packet of Pasta
- 1kg of Potatoes
- 1 Onion
- 1kg of Carrots
- Recess Snacks (when available)
If you would like a box please email me at : firstname.lastname@example.org
I really look forward to hearing from you and warmly invite you to take advantage of this service.
Trish Lloyd, Wellbeing Leader.
Returning to School
Returning to school after so much time at home can be a little overwhelming for many children. Attached is a story that may help ease some of this anxiety.