Dear Parents and Carers
Thank you for all your help and support over the COVID period as we moving into Phase 3, it is definitely a time to celebrate and reflect. Over the last three months’ things have changed beyond recognition and in ways we could not have envisaged before. I am working with the staff at school to try and identify what has really worked, is working and what didn’t work, also what we need to have in place if ever we have to face this again.
I would also like to gather your ideas and suggestions and have put together a very quick survey to try and gather these ideas. The link is below if you would like to do the survey electronically and a paper copy will be sent home on Monday.
Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KXWZD2R
Moving into phase 3 we need to change again some of the ways we are working. One of these is the drop off and pick up. You are now allowed on site to drop off and pick up your child and for pre-arranged meetings, but there is a limit of 100 people with physical distancing of 2 metres and good hygiene practices.
Due to the sizes of our classrooms and with the number of adults who are already in the room you will not be allowed into the classrooms unless this has been prearranged. We are going to maintain the gates that you have been using to drop off and pick your child and these gates will be continued to be manned by school staff. This will allow you to still drop your child off at the gate and pick them up. If you wish to take your child to the classroom that will be absolutely fine, but I am aware that a lot of you have felt that the dropping at the gate has really worked for your child as it gives them a clear boundary between home and school. If there are any problems, please let your child’s teacher know through Classdojo.
We will be continuing with staggered start and finish times, lessons will start at 8.45am the gates will be opened and manned from 8.30am. If you arrive after 9am you will need to take your child to Admin 1 and sign them in. Finish time will be at 2.45pm unless you have previously arranged for your child to be picked up earlier. All the students who are picked up will be brought to the designated gate at this time and we will be releasing them to you. The Primary School finish time will continue to be 2.50pm and 3pm so we are trying to reduce the number of adults both on site and at the gate.
Pink and Green - Gate 4
Blue, Aqua and Orange - Gate 5
Yellow, Silver and Purple - Gate 6
We will also be maintaining our staggered break times to reduce the contract between the Primary School staff and our staff.
Some other news some of you may be aware that we have a Chaplin on site his name is David Ward and he is with us every alternate Fridays. David’s role is to support the wellbeing and pastoral care of our students and this is a non-religious role. We will have a referral process for student who would benefit from having some support specifically about their wellbeing and you will be informed if a referral has been made by a member of staff. You are also able to ask for some support for your child from the Chaplin if you feel it will help. The Primary School has a very similar process with their Chaplin.
Again thank you for your support and if you have any questions about what Phase 3 means please do not hesitate in contacting me.
We are having so much fun learning about Fairy Tales. Our very clever students have been engaging in some STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) activities relating to our Fairy Tale of the week.
We have made beds for Goldilocks that were “just right”, built bridges for the Billy Goats to escape the Troll, built houses to withstand the Big Bad Wolf from the Three Pigs story and designed and created amazing Gingerbread Men! Phew! So much hard work while having fun!
In weeks five to seven, we have Miss Kira Charleston working in our room. She has shared some Aboriginal stories and art with us. Ms Higgs from Aqua room also did some really interesting Aboriginal art with us too. Thank you for your help.
School holiday Cloverdale School Dental Clinic information
Located at the Cloverdale Primary School, 180 Fisher St Cloverdale, please enter via gate 5 on Hendra St. Phone 9479 7222
Cloverdale Dental Clinic is open from 8am – 4pm Monday to Friday.
We are a free service and cater for school age children/teens from Kindy & Pre-Primary from the year they turn 5 to the end of year 11 or their 17th Birthday, whichever occurs first.
We are open, seeing patients and following the up to date health department covid 19 measures.
We will be open during the July 2020 school holidays too.
Should you have an emergency outside the above working hours contact your family dentist or the emergency service on 1800 098 818
One of the city’s current priority areas in the Multicultural Action Plan is Recognise, Celebrate and Respond. The main goal is to celebrate our unique cultural, linguistic diversity to increase awareness and understanding, encourage cultural exchange and promote diversity.
World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development which is held each year and celebrates the richness of the world’s cultures and the essential role of intercultural dialogue has been held earlier this month. Learn more about this significant day here https://tinyurl.com/yazggm68
The city is currently running an online competition to promote this significant day.
Here are the competition details;
Cultural Diversity World Day Online Cook Off
In celebration of World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development on 21 May, we’re holding a competition to share recipes from around the globe. The 5 winners will get the chance to cook their special recipe at the commercial kitchen in the Belmont Hub, with a special guest, which is due to open later this year.
If you live in the City of Belmont and wish to enter, click here to complete the form to give details and a photo of the recipe, how it fits into your cultural heritage or background and why it’s special to you. Once the competition closes on 15 June 2020, entries will then be taken to a public vote on the City’s engagement platform, Belmont Connect.
Please contact Linda Abu Lashin on 9477 7447 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information on this.
LAUREN WRIGHT ~ ADMINISTRATION OFFICER COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT