2020 May Newsletter
Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome back to Term 2, a very different looking term for everyone. We are excited about working with you and your children to ensure continuity of learning despite the challenges that we all face as a community.
The following advice and return to school has come directly from the Department of Education and the Premier of NSW. We are following this advice from our Department. We understand there may be conflicting advice coming from the media and leaders of our country. Our school is following the guidelines given to us by the Department of Education and using this to guide our plans for the next few weeks. If advice changes, the community will be informed and those actions taken when needed.
PHASE 0 Learning
As communicated last week, we are working on a staged return to school and will continue to provide one program of learning for each grade/stage. We are currently in Phase 0, which will continue for the first two weeks of term. During this time there is supervision at school for students of families who need to send their children and these students will engage in the same learning packages as those at home.
PHASE 1 Learning
Week 3 (from Monday 11 May) is when Phase 1 of the staged return to school will commence. From this time, every student will be rostered to attend school for face-to-face instruction for one day each week. During this phase:
- We will continue with 1 program of learning which will consist of 4 days of remote learning and 1 day of explicit face-to-face instruction.
- Class groupings will be much smaller than normal – approximately 10 – 15 per regular classroom, to assist with social distancing.
- Students will be rostered to attend school for their face-to-face day on one day each week. This will be done alphabetically so that families with more than one child will have all children attending on the same day. Students will then be placed in groups with other students in their grade or stage. Planned days of return are as follows:
Monday: Students with surnames A-F
Tuesday: Students with surnames G-L
Wednesday: Students with surnames M-P
Thursday: Students with surnames Q-Z
Friday: School is open for families of essential workers and those that need it
In determining these groupings and days of attendance, we have had to take into account:
- Spacing in rooms, social distancing and teacher/student ratio
- Teachers working both face to face and remotely with students
- Rostering the staff presence at work or at home, including staff at high risk
- Cleaning within the school spaces and equipment
For families that need to send their children to school each day, our school is still open for those students. However please note during this staged return those students who come to school on days not assigned to them will continue with online learning at school with a separate supervising teacher. They will only engage in face to face learning with the other students on their assigned day as per the surname allocation. This will ensure our school numbers remain at around 25 to 30% across the school and meets set government targets.
As adult-to-adult contact poses the highest risk of transferring the virus, we will be implementing safety measures from the beginning of Term 2 including:
- Limiting face-to-face interactions. We ask that where possible, you speak with us on the phone (9523 5098) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) rather than coming into the office.
- Staff will be limiting their interaction and where possible, communicating electronically rather than face-to-face.
Pick up and drop off procedures from Week 1
As with all public places at the moment, schools have measures in place to ensure social distancing to support the health and safety of staff and community. We have been told to keep minimal adult presence within the school environment. To support this, we ask:
- Before school: Please drop and kiss at the school gate as close to 9:25am as possible. If your child occasionally has separation anxiety, please start to talk to him/her about this new approach to dropping off to help reduce anxiety and prepare them for the change.
- After school: We will be staggering pick up times to minimise large groups congregating. You may enter the playground for pickup at the end of the day, but please maintain social distancing and leave as soon as you can. Students in K-2 will be released from class at 3:15pm and students in 3-6 will be released at 3:25pm. Please come as close to these times as possible.
In order for this return to school to be successful, it is extremely important that we all continue to work together to help keep everyone safe. As always, if your child is sick, has a temperature or even a sniffle, please do not send them to school. Please continue to encourage regular handwashing and the correct procedures for coughing and sneezing.
We thank you for your ongoing support and care. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to support you and your child during this time.
From the commencement of Term 2 we are very pleased to have Miss Amy Page and Ms Cally Richards, who have both been successful through merit selection, formally commence in their executive positions of Assistant Principals Cronulla Public School.
We also welcome back Mr Dean during Term 2 as a support teacher and Mrs Munro returning as an administration officer.
Congratulations to our Student Learning Support Officer Miss Bec who has welcomed a baby boy Henry into the family. Mother and baby are doing well.
The office is now processing refunds for student accounts for cancelled events and activities. Please note the payments are returned as they were received.
Principal’s Commendation Letters for Term 1
In Terms 1 and 3 one student per class is selected to receive a Principal’s Commendation Letter which recognises their effort and achievement for that term.
Congratulations to the following students for receiving a Term 1 Commendation Letter.
- TC – Andy P
- KA – Paisley H
- KC – Layla M-J
- KE – Memphis M
- KL – Marvin V
- 1D – Dallas T
- 1J – Mila H
- 1T – Benjamin S
- 1/2K – Bohdi D
- 2M – Koby H
- 2S – Baze W
- 3D – Nate S
- 3T – Nina P
- 3/4H – Asher K
- 4D – Piper R
- 4M – Bronte H
- 5B – Braxton M
- 5K – Bailey G
- 6A – Evander L
- 6R – Tyla S
- Library – Chloe L
As the weather starts to become cooler it will be necessary to wear school jackets and jumpers.
A timely reminder to ensure all clothing is clearly labelled as it is very easy to misplace items.
Students are currently transitioning into winter uniforms by Monday 11th May.
Tell Them From Me Survey Updates
Students in years 4-6 will be able to still take part in the Tell Them From Me annual student survey. The survey provides schools with valuable feedback on what our students think about school life, how engaged they are with school and the different ways that teachers interact with them. The survey is completed on-line and is run by an independent research company. Staff in schools will not be able to identify individual students from their responses.
Students will now be able to complete their Tell Them From Me Surveys at school when they return one day a week from Week 3.
Learning From Home
Well done to all our students (and parents) in managing your online learning during this time. Following are some examples of students’ creativity at home.
Music Learning from Home
Florence made 3 instruments- a tambourine, guiro and drum! The tambourine and guiro were sent as videos.
3D Learning from Home
Lachlan 3D : Tower of Terror – ride creator
Lorenzo 3D : My Theme Park
Kindergarten Enrolments for 2021
Information regarding children who will start Kindergarten next year is now available. Please call the office to register your child’s name for 2021.
Parents are also requested to complete the Department of Education enrolment form which is available on the school website. The form can be completed and emailed to Cronullaemail@example.com
An information evening is planned for Wednesday 12th August. Further details will be available closer to the date.
Thank you to the P&C for their financial support to fund the extension to the existing playground equipment. The money raised by the community from the Colour Dash in 2018 has been used to offset the purchase and installation cost of three additional sections to the equipment.
The equipment will be in use as soon as we have approval under the present guidelines regarding play equipment.
New Seating from the Community Grant
Anzac Day Report
On Thursday 30th April our student leaders, Captains Zoe, Charlie and Vice Captains Georgia and Caylem, held a virtual Anzac Day assembly with Mr McKimm. Special thank you to the guest speaker Mr Chris Korfias a commando in the army.
Thank you to Mrs Joyce Kable who once again kindly donated the wreath that was laid at the Cenotaph on ANZAC Day.
Virtual Cross Country
Unfortunately, due to Covid 19 our school Cross Country Carnival was not allowed to proceed in its normal format. With a ‘business as usual’ attitude it was decided to put the call out to the school student body to complete their cross country distance from home.
The challenge was well received and congratulations to these students who have sent notification that completed challenge:
|Krystal B||Byron A||Gracie G||Emily L|
|Keanu B||Georgia G||Alex P||Denzel C|
|Issac H||Zak P||Andersen E||Evie T|
|Indiana H||Tane R||Blake S||Eyerus H|
|Maxwell H||Mikayla R||Bonnie R||Georgia P|
|Jett D||Tyler R||Cassidy C||Harrison G|
|Kye D||Kobe W||Freya C||Heidi T|
|Lachie T||Mave W||Joseph G||Henry J|
|Millie T||Layla J||Chloe L||Indigo W|
|Georgia T||Hayden O||Ashton L||Leonardo P|
|Max P||Mia H||Kash L||Brax L|
|Lily H||Mia H||Olivia W||Milosz W|
|Perrin B||Edie D||Meg D||Sophie H|
|Summer R||Taj F||Zali F||Van W|
Well done and keep up with the fitness at home.
Book Week has been postponed and at this stage will be held in Term 4 instead of Term 3 so plenty of time to work on costumes!
National Simultaneous Storytime for K-2
It is on Wednesday the 27th May @11:00am. Details regarding how to participate will be announced shortly.
We have seen some more incredible work from you all at home this week. Keep up the wonderful effort Cronulla Public School. Our Star of the Week is Harrison from 4D. Harrison has been working on some extra-curricular artwork with his family and would like to share his creations with you all. Well done Harrison – these are fantastic.
Our Virtual Creative Arts Gallery will be online in Week 2 so make sure you and your family jump online and check it out https://cpsvirtualartsgallery.weebly.com/. In the gallery you will see all the wonderful work students are doing at home in Music and Visual Arts. Each week we will be showcasing WOW work on the page so keep an eye out. Happy creating boys and girls!
The staff would like to wish all our mothers and carers a very happy Mothers’ Day. We hope you have a lovely day.