Prestons Post

Term 3, Week 5

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Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to our Week 5 newsletter. I would like to say a huge thank you to all of our families for your support as we navigate our way through these challenging times. The NSW Department of Education on advice from NSW Health have put in place some new guidelines for schools. We thank you for your support as we implement these guidelines to help keep everyone safe.

Student Attendance

Students should be at school unless:

  • they have a medical certificate which states that they are unable to return to school due to an ongoing medical condition and expected timeframe.
  • They are currently unwell

In accordance with advice from NSW Health, parents and carers are reminded NOT to send children to school if they are unwell, even if they have the mildest flu-like symptoms. Schools will make arrangements for students who present as unwell or have flu like symptoms to be sent home.

NSW Health have requested that schools encourage anyone who is unwell or has even mild flu-like symptoms, to arrange to be tested through their local medical practitioner or one of the COVID-19 clinics.

Students and staff with flu like symptoms will need to provide a copy of a negative COVID-19 test result before being permitted to return to school.


We will remain extra vigilance with social distancing and personal hygiene protocols to protect the health and safety of students and staff.

  • Regularly washing hands
  • Avoiding sharing drinks or food
  • Coughing or sneezing into your elbow or a tissue which should be discarded immediately into a bin
  • Using water bottles and not using the bubblers at school.

All students and staff who have visited Victoria must have a permission to enter NSW and are required to comply with health restrictions.

School Activities

  • We are limiting the mixing of student groups during learning. Students will remain with their grade or stage for all learning activities.
  • Singing and choir are no longer permitted at school
  • We are continuing to hold virtual assemblies
  • PSSA and other interschool sport is not permitted to go ahead. We will advise parents shortly of the procedures to reimburse/roll over funds paid for PSSA this year.


Only essential adults are permitted onsite.

All visitors must complete a COVID declaration form and indicate which areas of the school they are visiting.

Kindergarten Transition

Kindergarten transition programs are on hold until further notice. Please still continue to enrol if you have a child starting school next year as we are planning some virtual transition activities.

Social Distancing

We will have students sitting in grade or stage groups for afternoon dismissal. We remind all families of the need to social distance and ask that where ever possible you use our kiss and ride service. This will reduce the amount of adult interaction and help to keep our parents and staff safe. Thank you for supporting us with this as the advice strongly suggests that adults should social distance at all times. If for any reason you are unable to use Kiss and Ride, you must social distance.


We continue to have an additional cleaner onsite at all times, all high touch surfaces are cleaned regularly throughout the day. Soap and hand sanitiser are available in all classrooms and toilets.

Thank you once again for always supporting us to keep everyone safe. We are truly grateful for our amazing community.

Driving and Parking around our School

Please be mindful of our local residents and do not park across or park in driveways. We also ask that you be mindful of not lingering on or around our neighbours property or playing music while waiting to collect your child/children. Again, it is important that all adults practice social distancing.

Have a wonderful week and don't forget to ask your child what they are learning.

Liz Van Der Meulen


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Dates to Remember

2/9/2020 - School Photos

17--22/9/2020 - Book Fair

25/9/2020 - Last day of term

School Photos - Wednesday 2nd September

Say Cheese - MSP Photography

School Photo Day will be held Wednesday 2nd September, 2020.

All payments are to be made online. No cheques or cash will be accepted.

Parents can order online through website. All credit cards are accepted:

Orders will be accepted until: Wednesday 2nd September, 2020.

Orders received after 2nd September will incur an archive fee of $20.00

Photo Packages range from $28.00 to $50.00.

Family envelopes will be available from office.

Student`s who did not receive photo information or envelope can collect paperwork from the office.


Due to current health concerns it would be preferred that payments be made by Eftpos. However,we understand that this is not always possible.

Parent Online Payments (POP)

We will have a new online payment method linked to the schools website to make it easier for you to pay for school related payments.

The POP payment method will go live on 4th September 2020. This is a secure payment page hosted by Westpac.

Expenses such as excursions ,sport, voluntary school contributions and others will be able to be paid using POP.

More information will be sent in the following weeks.

Student Absent Notes

Parents are requested to notify the school of their child's absence on the first day they return to school after their absence.

Notification can be made by sending a signed note to the office, medical certificate, submitting a notification via the Skoolbag App or by telephoning the office.

Absent notification via seesaw will not be accepted.

Stage 3 Child Protection Lessons

As part of the Personal Development/Health/Physical Education curriculum all children will participate in child protection lessons. These lessons will help children to identify dangerous or uncomfortable situations and to seek help from trustworthy adults. Some lessons may involve the naming of parts of the body. The child protection lessons have been developed by the Department of Education and they are an important priority for schools.

If you have any concerns or questions please contact your classroom teacher.

Kindergarten 2021

We are now accepting enrolments for Kindergarten 2021.

Children who turn 5 by the 31st July 2021 are eligible to enrol for Kindergarten 2021.

Enrolment forms can be collected from the administration office.

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Saturday School of Community Languages - Enrolment Applications

Applications are now open for students who wish to enrol in their background language. Saturday School of Community Languages (SSCL) is a NSW Department of Education co-educational secondary school. SSCL operates in centres located at 14 high school sites - 12 located in metropolitan Sydney and one each in Wollongong and Newcastle.

There are no fees charged for enrolment. All applications must be made through the student's own school Principal and meet certain enrolment criteria established by the NSW Department of Education.

Applications should be submitted by 11 December 2020 to ensure students can begin course work at the commencement of the 2021 school year.

For an application form and how to enrol visit our School website.

For enrolment enquiries please contact the SSCL head office on 7814 2115 or email us at

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Meet our wonderful Stage 3 Teachers

PBL Focus Respect all Teachers

Kindergarten - Zaynah

Year 1 - Aaryash

Year 2 - Hamzah

Year 3 - Jana

Year 4 - Husain

Year 5 - Michael

Year 6 - Andrew
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Lost Property

To assist in the return of your childs belongings, if they are misplaced, please ensure all items, jumpers, hats and lunch boxes are labelled with your childs name.

Kinder to Year 2

To assist in the event of toileting accidents and spills, it would be appreciated if parents could keep a change of clothing, including socks and underwear, in their child`s bag. This will help to ensure your child is changed quickly as spare clothing is not always available from the office.

Classroom Chat with 1 Giraffes

1 Giraffes and Tree Frogs have been having a ball practicing their tennis skills! They have been perfecting how they balance the ball on the racquet, their grip and swing! Watch out

you might see them at the Australian Open one day! Fabulous job 1 Giraffes and Tree Frogs!

Classroom Chat with K Koalas

K Koalas have been extremely busy and learning lots over the term. They have participated in a great deal of fun and engaging learning tasks.

In English, K Koalas have been learning about “Dinosaurs”. Kindergarten began the dinosaur unit with a dinosaur dig, where they found many dinosaur bones and fossils. K Koalas have also been completing STEM challenges based on the theme of “Dinosaurs” with Mrs Claydon.

In mathematics, we have been learning about 3 dimensional shapes and patterns. The children have enjoyed creating 3D shapes such as cubes and pyramids and making patterns using concrete material.

K Koalas and Mrs Boyd have been enjoying being at school and learning together.

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