Kurrajong North News

Term 4, Week 5

Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter! This edition is jam packed with information. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the school on 4567 7291 or e-mail us at kurrajongn-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Principal's Message

WELCOME BACK EVERYONE!


It is such a relief that we are back in classrooms with our students learning together. Thank you for your patience and understanding during what has been an extremely challenging time for a lot of people. It is our hope that we can now focus on delivering seven solid weeks of teaching and learning with a focus on ensuring students' literacy and numeracy skills are soundly where they need to be.


A huge congratulations to Mrs Sewell who announced that she is expecting a bub in March next year. We wish her and her husband Eric all the best on this adventure they are embarking on! Mrs Sewell will be with us for the first few weeks of Term 1 next year before taking leave.


Attendance

It is really important that students are at school as much as possible in the last 7 weeks of this term. However, if your child is showing any symptoms commonly associated with COVID, such as a runny or blocked nose, sore throat, cough or fever, they must stay at home until the following two conditions are met:


  • Their symptoms are no longer present; and
  • They have received a negative COVID test result which has been forwarded to the school.


We understand that this can be a burden, but please be aware that we have people in our community who are at great risk of severe illness should COVID spread through the school. It would also be another disruption to learning should our school need to close for contact tracing as many other have had to do in the last fortnight.


Parents on Site - Vaccination Certification

As we transition to Level 3 restrictions (refer to later in the newsletter for more information), parents will be able to enter the school grounds for particular purposes. If you are coming on site, you will likely be asked to show your digital vaccination certificate on entry. Any adult who is not vaccinated is not currently permitted on school grounds. Please do not take offence to being asked, we are required to do so.


2022 Plans

We are now beginning to make some early plans for next year. It is important that we have current information about who will be attending our school next year.

If your child is not returning to Kurrajong North Public School in 2022, we kindly ask that you notify us at your earliest convenience.

Also, please help us spread the word to families who live in our local area that we are accepting enrolments. Children who turn 5 by 31 July 2022 are eligible to enrol for 2022.


If you have any further questions about any of this information, please contact the school office.

Kind regards,


Mr Adrian Davies

Principal

Downgrade to Level 3 Restrictions

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This week, we learned that all NSW public schools will be downgraded to Level 3 restrictions as of Monday 8 November. This changes some of the things we are permitted to do, so please take note of the following:


What is different


  • Excursions and Incursions are now permitted with cohort separation
  • Fully vaccinated parents and carers are allowed on site once given approval from the school for specific reasons such as essential meetings, school events and
  • P&C meetings can be conducted on the school site
  • We can host our Presentation Day outdoors on our school site with invited parents able to attend
  • The uniform shop is now again available. Please contact Gayle if you wish to purchase items from the school stocks


What is the same


  • Mask wearing for those of Year 7 age and above continues to be a requirement
  • Parents are asked to continue waiting off site or in the marked driveway area for student pick up and drop off
  • Check in using the school QR code if entering school grounds
  • Cohort separation - we are avoiding situations where students in K-2 and 3-6 can co-mingle. At present, there are designated play spaces and designated toilets for each group

Upcoming Events

Given the change in restrictions, a number of school events can now proceed in a COVID-safe manner. Please check the following and put them in your calendar:


Manly Surf School and Shelley Beach Visit

For the last few years, this has been a regular on our calendar. We are please to be able to offer this again.

Date: Friday 19 November

Permission Notes: Coming home Monday 8 November, due Monday 15 November

Cost: $25 for K-2 and $60 for 3-6

Other notes: All students are able to participate in these event regardless of swimming ability. Please complete the waiver form using the instructions on the permission note.


Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair is a fantastic opportunity for students to browse new books and purchase them at a cheaper cost than commercially available. Students will have a chance to browse and make a wish list on Friday 12 November, then parents will have the opportunity to come on site to purchase books with their child. Only one fully vaccinated parent for each student can attend on the nominated date/time as per the schedule below:

Monday 15 November

8.45am K/1 and 1/2

11.40am 5/ 6

2.20pm 3/4/5

Wednesday 17 November

8.45 am 3/4/5 and 5/6

11.40am 1/2

2.20 pm K/1


Kindergarten Orientation

This process will begin next week with our first Orientation Video currently with the editing and production crew being prepared for release on Monday. Two face-to-face sessions will occur at school with one fully vaccinated parent able to attend with each child. While our incumbent Kindy students are doing activities and meeting each other on the day with Mrs Burgess and Mrs Wilson, there will be parent information sessions held in the library run by Mr Davies.

Dates: Friday 3 December and Friday 10 December

Times: 10:00 - 12:00


Year 6 Farewell

We are so happy to be able to host this event to send our fabulous Year 6 cohort off to high school with a bang! The details are as follows:

Date: Thursday 9 December

Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Finer details will be communicated directly to the Year 6 parent group. Please be advised that one fully vaccinated parent for each student will be invited to join the celebration at 7:45pm for cake, speeches, the video and to take photos.

Other Information

Aboriginal Education Project

Each year, schools are provided with funds to support our Aboriginal students and to promote an understanding and appreciation among all staff and students of the richness and diversity of Aboriginal cultures and histories.

Plans are in place to partner with Dalmarri, a local Aboriginal owned company who work with schools to develop and deliver meaningful, engaging programs and workshops with schools. Our aim is to work with all students, but particularly those who are Aboriginal, in designing and producing a mural which will be painted on the first section of our large retaining wall opposite the play equipment.

To start this process, we are inviting parents and other community members to join a zoom meeting with Mr Davies and Trevor from Dalmarri to begin a consultative process about how this program will run and share ideas on what is important. We would love for our Aboriginal parents to be part of this meeting, but also any other parents who wish to make a contribution.

If you are interested, please e-mail the school at kurrajongn-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au and we will share the meeting link with you.

The link to the Dalmarri website is included below should you want to learn more.

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Year 7 Selective High School Application for 2023 (Current Year 5 Students)

Selective high schools cater for academically gifted students with high potential who may otherwise be without sufficient classmates at their own academic standard. Selective high schools help these students to learn by grouping them with students of similar ability and by using specialised teaching methods.


Applications for selective high school placement are considered mainly on the basis of the Selective High School Placement Test results and school assessment scores. The selective High School Placement Test will be held on Thursday 10 March, 2022.


If you would like to have your child considered for Year 7 selective high school entry in 2023, you need to apply via internet using a valid email address (not the student's email address).


Detailed instructions for how to apply online are available at:

https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/selective-high-schools-and-opportunity-classes/year-7/application-process.


The application website opens at that link on 19 October 2021 and closes on 17 November 2021. You must apply before the closing date.



TO APPLY YOU WILL NEED TO REGISTER AND THEN APPLY THROUGH THE HIGH PERFORMING STUDENTS WEBSITE:

https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/selective-high-schools-and-opportunity-classes/year-7

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