La Perouse PS Newsletter
A school for all - Happy, Smart and Proud
Week 8, Term 1, 2020
We are in unchartered waters and appreciate your support at this time. As a school we are implementing every practical option to reduce the possible transmission of COVID-19.
The advice to date, consistent with current guidelines states that children, students and staff who are unwell with any respiratory illness (including a cold) should remain at home until symptoms resolve.
La Perouse PS has put the following measures in place:
- teaching transmission reduction strategies, such as hand washing and cough etiquette.
- social distancing measures including cancelling assemblies, excursions, travel, some events and conferences (Please see specific detail at the bottom of this newsletter.)
- all arts, sports and initiative activities and events will temporarily be ceased until further notice.
In line with current practice if any student becomes unwell we will implement our infection control guidelines and follow the advice provided by NSW Health as appropriate. The Department of Education continues to work closely with NSW Health to monitor and respond to developments and to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff.
Please follow this link for the most up-to-date information regarding Department of Education advice - https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/school-safety/novel-coronavirus#Current1
For more information about the corona virus - https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/coronacast/
CANCELLATION OF PROGRAMS AND EVENTS
Following the advice from NSW Health Chief Health Office, our school is implementing a range of strategies to reduce transmission of COVID-19, including physical distancing and the reduction of non-essential gatherings and events/excursions. Therefore please note that the following events have been cancelled/postponed.
Volunteers and Mentors - these programs have been cancelled until Term 2.
Harmony Day (20/3/2020) - we will not be having the community lunch as advertised and community members including parents are not to attend. we will still have our in school activities that celebrate our diversity and spread the message of harmony.
PSSA (Fridays) - for the immediate future all PSSA games have been cancelled.
Art Gallery of NSW Excursion (25/3/2020) - this year 5 and 6 excursion has been postponed.
Aged Care Home Visits - until further noticed all visits have been cancelled to both Mark Moran and Anglicare Nursing homes.
School Hat Parade (1/4/2020) - is cancelled for 2020
Open Day ( 31/3/2020) - this event for 2021 prospective families is postponed and will now take place in Term 2.
In addition to the above cancellations all staff professional learning and conferences that were to take place off site have also been cancelled.
EXTRA CURRICULAR EVENTS AND PROGRAMS
Thanks to all parents and staff who organised and supported the Clean Up Yarra Bay event as well as our Ride to School Safely Day. These events not only connect students with their community, they strengthen the links between classroom learning and the real world.
This term we have seen a great response with students choosing to take part in DZP dance, choir and coding opportunities. Next term we hope to begin guitar. If you have not yet expressed your interest, please complete this survey- https://forms.gle/DtrpYpMUH8eUD7Mg9
GOAL SETTING / PERSONALISED LEARNING PATHWAY MEETINGS
It is been fantastic to see so many parents and carers come through to set learning goals alongside their children and class teacher. These meetings are a very important aspect to us working in partnership to support your child's growth, development and engagement at school. If you have not yet been able to meet, please call our office or contact your child's teacher to make an appointment. If you'd prefer, we can have the meeting over the phone too.
NAPLAN 2020 - 12–14 May 2020
NAPLAN is a point-in-time assessment that allows parents to see how their child is progressing in literacy and numeracy against the national standard and compared with their peers throughout Australia. In 2020, La Perouse Public School students in years 3 and 5 will be sitting the traditional NAPLAN test, using pencil and paper.
NAPLAN assesses literacy and numeracy skills that students have already learnt through the school curriculum. Teachers will ensure that students are familiar with the test formats and will provide appropriate support and guidance. Excessive preparation is not useful and can lead to unnecessary anxiety. If you have any questions about your child's preparation for NAPLAN, please make a time to speak with your child's teacher. NAPLAN tests are constructed to give students an opportunity to demonstrate skills they have learnt over time through the school curriculum, and NAPLAN test days should be treated as just another routine event on the school calendar. The best way you can help your child prepare for NAPLAN is to reassure them that NAPLAN tests are just one part of their school program, and to advise them to simply do the best they can on the day.
Please find further information by following the links below:
TASK - The After School Klub
If you haven't yet enrolled or would like to find out more, please visit the website at https://www.task-kids.com.au/laperouse.
Lisa Haller | Principal