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WEEK 2 NEWS - TERM 2

Key dates:

  • Wednesday 29 April – 8 May 2020 Students learning from home where practical.

  • Monday 11 May 2020 (Week 3) - Staged return to school timetable.

  • Students will need their work packs and laptops.

TIMETABLE FOR STAGED RETURN


  • Mondays – Kindergarten and Year 6

  • Tuesdays – Year 3 and Year 2

  • Wednesdays - Year 1 and Year 5 (GIRLS)

  • Thursdays - Year 5 (BOYS) and Year 4


PRINCIPAL REPORT


Dear Parents and Carers,


I hope your transition from holidays to school mode was smooth and that your child has settled back into regular academic routines.


Thank you to all of you for supporting our school community with such a positive start to the term;

  • to parents for picking up work packs from school.

  • for the wonderful job that you are doing on the home front. Your children will continue with their learning because of all that you, under the expert guidance of our teachers, are doing in this area. Always remember though, that this is all new for our children too.

  • The staff have greatly appreciated the many ways that parents and students have been showing your kindness and support for the school.

Students to transition back to the Classroom in Term 2

Next week sees students returning one day per week into school. Please see ‘Key Dates’ at the top of this page for the class arrangements. The staged approach to manage a return to full face-to-face teaching sees students being reintroduced to some face-to-face learning in line with available health advice, the need to maintain smaller class sizes and the number of learning spaces. The plan is phased and flexible, allowing us to slowly bring schools back to normal. Students will attend school one day a week and learn from home on the other days. Importantly, all students who have borrowed laptop equipment over the last month will need to return these back to school on their identified day.


Corona-virus (Covid-19) Prevention Measures

Our school prides itself on our special events where we open our school to the community and we are always overwhelmed by the sheer number of visitors every single time. Unfortunately, one of these special events has unfortunately been cancelled; the Mothers’ Day Morning BBQ.


Other changes include;


  • Whilst we are normally happy for parents to bring cupcakes in for their child’s birthday, at present we also ask that you refrain from bringing any food items to school to be shared.

  • Parents and carers need to drop off and pick up students at the school gates.


Facebook Morning Check In and Story Time reading

I am hoping to stay connected with families by providing regular updates, messages and fun learning activities. Please join us on our Facebook site each Monday. I will be sharing the latest news from the Department of Education with all students and their families.


Learning from home campaign

To help our students currently working from home, the Department has launched a Learning from home campaign called connect better and learn together


The aim of the campaign is to inspire and uplift students, parents and carers, and teachers to feel connected and supported whether students are learning from home or at school.


Students and their parents and carers can continue to access advice, and curriculum-based resources on the Learning from home hub.


ABC TV Education

ABC TV Education has planned a daily schedule of free to air educational programs, from Monday 27 April 2020 to Friday 8 May 2020.


Programs can be accessed via the ABC TV Education broadcast on ABC ME (Channel 23) from 10am-3pm weekdays. Each day commences with programs suitable for lower primary students followed by upper primary and then secondary.


These programs are complemented by student booklets to cover all school ages and a range of subjects. You can download these resources on the Learning from home hub.


NSW Education LIVE

To help Iluka students stay connected when learning from home, NSW Education LIVE will be streamed every school day morning until Friday, 8 May.


Prominent Australians, including Guy Sebastian, TV foodies Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and Manu Feildel, Gardening Australia host Costa Georgiadis, Sydney Swans player Ollie Florent, and the Department’s very own Eddie Woo, have donated their time to help students kick start their day while learning together.


Recordings of all the live streams are available on the website so you can catch up at any time.


Home Learning Packs

The vast majority of our Home Learning Packs for the coming weeks have been collected by parents. These units when completed may be returned to school for marking from Week 3.


Finally,

I would like to again take this opportunity to thank our very supportive staff, students, parents and community for adapting to the numerous changes that are occurring within our school and the wider community as we are enforcing preventative hygiene measures, social distancing and limiting large gatherings.