Over the last few days I have been watching the developments and responses to the COVID19 virus with growing alarm, something I am sure we are all doing. The Department of Education is taking a very proactive approach to dealing with the virus and developing situation and is sending out regular if not daily updates, so that I am able to make sure we are looking after the health and wellbeing of our students and staff. The latest advice is at the end of the newsletter from the Department of Health. But the summary is as follows:
Must isolate for 14 days prior to attending School
Can attend school, but self-monitor
Republic of Korea
All other countries
How can I protect myself and others against COVID-19?
- Frequently washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or using an alcohol-based hand gel
- Refraining from touching mouth and nose
- If coughing or sneezing, covering your nose and mouth with a paper tissue or flexed elbow.
- Dispose of the tissue immediately after use and perform hand hygiene and
- Avoiding close contact with anyone if you, or they, have a cold or flu-like symptoms (maintain a distance of at least 1 metre).
How is COVID-19 spread?
COVID-19 is most likely to spread from person-to-person through:
- direct close contact with a person while they are infectious;
- close contact with a person with a confirmed infection who coughs or sneezes; or
- touching objects or surfaces (such as door handles or tables) contaminated from a cough or sneeze from a person with a confirmed infection, and then touching your mouth or face.
Most infections are only transmitted by people when they have symptoms. These can include fever, a cough, sore throat, tiredness and shortness of breath.
What will happen if we have to close the school.
If a WA school has to close due to a confirmed case, it will be on advice from the WA Health Department’s Chief Health Officer.
The Chief Health Officer may, if there has been a positive COVID-19 test result in our school community, close the school temporarily while assessment and tracing of exposure is conducted. A thorough school clean will then be carried out to make the school safe for the return of students and staff.
If in the event, we have been instructed to close the school by the WA Health Department’s Chief Health Officer you will receive a message through Class Dojo from me or if you are not on Class Dojo a text message from the school mobile which is 0474846755. Please add this number to your contacts to you know it is the school mobile.
As or rather when the information changes I will make sure I let you all know.
We have received a couple of phone calls over the last few days asking about testing. This is the advice we have been given.
Important information about COVID-19 Testing from the WA Chief Health Officer, Dr Andrew Robertson
“Employers should not send their staff or students to be tested for COVID-19 to either COVID Clinics or GPs unless they are currently experiencing symptoms and meet the testing criteria.
To be eligible for testing people must:
- be currently experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough or sore throat AND have
- returned from overseas travel in the last 14 days
- OR be currently experiencing symptoms, and be a contact of a confirmed case
- OR be currently experiencing symptoms and believe they have been in close contact with a person infected with COVID-19.
There is no point testing someone if they do not have symptoms. This uses valuable resources – personal protective equipment and pathology testing supplies – that are in short supply world-wide and need to be used responsibly for those patients who meet the criteria.
Employers should not send their staff to COVID Clinics or GPs for medical clearances or certificates. We implore Western Australians to be vigilant, but not alarmed.”
Additional COVID-19 information, including FAQs is available at https://healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/A_E/Coronavirus
On a cheerier note we have had a wonderful start to the term. All the students are going really well and we have seen some wonderful pieces of work from all the classes.
On Thursday last week, myself, Sandy McNeill, Deb Brown, Jinane Haouchar and Peta Cunningham (The Design Team) attended a training day with a company called No Tosh. No Tosh are helping us develop our School Improvement Plan and our School Business Plan for the next three years. We will be looking for your input. From Monday when you drop off or pick up your child from their classroom one of the members of the class team will be asking you to answer three questions?
- What do you think makes Cloverdale Education Support Centre unique?
- Looking at the future vision/direction of Cloverdale ESC for our students, families and staff. What are the things you feel we need to keep on doing/having etc.?
- Looking at the future vision/direction of Cloverdale ESC for our students, families and staff. What are they things we need to add -what is missing?
These will be recorded on post it notes and added to our ‘incubator hub’ wall – which is the old kitchen. If you would like to come and have a look at the wall you are very welcome after school on Monday or Tuesday next week. If you do not drop off or pick up will we will be sending a paper survey home to you so that you can answer the questions. We will also be looking at interviewing some of you over the next couple of weeks so don’t be too surprised if a member of the Design Team catches you at drop off or pick up, calls you or emails you asking to interview you. It will only be for 5 minutes and there are no wrong or right answers to the questions you are being asked.
When we have a final result we will be letting you all know what we have found out and what we will be doing.
The students have also been involved and they are taking photos of things that are important to them.
A couple of weeks ago we had our first open Board Meeting and we were able to welcome some new Parent Representatives to the Board; Angelo Forte, Michelle Gabo and Jane Ebert have joined Kellie Oliver, Bianca Landis and Sarah Turnbull as the School Board Parent Representatives.
Our School Board Chair is still Travis Nightingale and our Vice School Board Chair is Bianca Landis. The Community Representatives are Jenny Mehta, Jenny Williams, Jo Gordon and Monika Steiner and the P&C Representative is Heather Dillon.
Since the last newsletter we have been joined by a couple of new students: Sehajveer has joined us in Pink Room and Jayden is back with us in Purple Room. They and their families are very well known to the Cloverdale ESC family.
Finally, we are running another parent’s information session on 1,2,3, Magic Behaviour Management and Emotional Coaching on Friday 3rd April straight after Pink and Green Classes Assembly item. Please come along and hear about the approach and how it can be used at home.
What a busy start to the year! The Aqua room is a hive of activity with students settling wonderfully into classroom routines. A major focus we have implemented in our classroom apart from our daily curriculum-based learning is how to become waste wise. Every Tuesday the Aqua students embark on their recycling journey visiting all classrooms within Cloverdale Education Support Centre including the administration buildings and the library to collect paper and cardboard recyclable materials. Our next step is to look into co-mingled recycling in readiness for the Cash for Can/Bottles program this year through the waster organization. Further information on this will follow in the next few weeks.
For the assembly item, Aqua students practices frequently with a lot of enthusiasm and did a wonderful job in their assembly item along with their colleagues from Purple room. Well done to you all. We are very proud of each and every one of you.
One of the great opportunities has been streaming the students into different groups to learn a subject in another class. This means that each students has the opportunity to learnt Humanities and Social Sciences in Purple room with Mrs Derby, Measurement and Geometry in Orange room with Mrs Williams and Science with Mrs Haouchar. This has been a very enriching experience for students as they transition into different classes and mingle with other peers. They have been thoroughly enjoying this.
Aqua staff and students are grateful to have a fabulous new Interactive Smartboard installed in week 2. We have been enjoying using it to learn a variety of concepts and skills in the various learning areas.
Our favourite time of the week is Thursday during Music Rocks where staff get to enjoy watching the students practice a variety of musical instruments to a song of their choice. The students are always excited to see Music Rocks on their Visual Timetable!
We have been working on our Art display for Harmony Day and even started looking into Easter Art. Please feel free to come by to the Wet Area in Teaching Block 2 and enjoy viewing our fabulous Art displays. Thank you to the wonderful Aqua Support Staff members Mrs Higgs and Miss K for their ideas, resources, time and enthusiasm.
We have all had a fantastic start to the year and we look forward to the year ahead!
What a fantastic term we have had so far. In Purple Room we have been reading books and learning all about Australian animals and the Australian outback. Test our knowledge and ask us some questions – we all know lots of facts.
We performed an amazing assembly item last Friday and all the teachers were so proud of how we danced. We have also been fantastic at Music Rocks – and have been busy showing off all our talent to Mr Kurt.
All the staff and students are looking forward to enjoying the rest of this term.
Hello and Welcome to 2020. you probably have seen me around the school and asked yourself who is this person?
My name is David Ward and have been given the privilege of the role of Chaplain at the Cloverdale Education Support Centre. So what is a Chaplain? This means I'm the support for the students, their families and staff of the centre. if you would like to know more, come and have morning tea and a chat with me after the Assembly on the 20th March.
in our society, I know the rent and bills are going up and it can be a hard time. I have been given the privilege of services from Foodbank and access. If you need help, please come and have a chat on the 20th March and we can have chat about this service.
In the words of famous Cookie Monster.
" Today me will live in the moment unless it's unpleasant in which case me will eat a cookie".
Thanks and look forward to meeting you all.
Cloverdale School Dental Clinic information
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 a Bachelor of Oral Health Final year placement clinic during university semesters. An experienced tutor oversees all check-ups and procedures.
It is not compulsory to enrol with the School Dental Service, if your children are having regular dental check-ups and treatment with their private family dentist, consider withdrawing from the school service. This will enable us to service those that are unable to access private dentistry. If circumstances change, you are welcome to re-enrol at any time.
If your address has changed/changes, please call us, as we send appointments to your home address, we also require current mobile phone numbers to send out text message reminders.
If your child has a toothache, please phone us on 9479 7222 between 8am-4pm, if you have an emergency outside of work hours, please contact your family dentist or the Emergency Service on 1800 098 818.
Cloverdale Dental Therapy Centre Staff
180 Fisher St (Clinic access through Gate 5 off Hendra St)
Ph: 9479 7222