Healesville Primary School

NEWSLETTER

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Term 2 - Week 8 - Thursday June 4, 2020

From the Principal's Desk…

As a whole school we are very excited that everyone will be back next Tuesday 9th June. It has been an interesting term two and one that we will never forget. Schools need students and it has been so nice to hear their voices, hear their laughter and see them running around. I have loved going into the junior grades and I think they were almost as happy as I was.


Thank you to our parents for your hard work during remote learning – it has been trying on many levels and I hope that this never has to happen again.


Thank you to the staff for all of your hard work on creating stimulating and engaging remote learning environments – an incredibly tough gig and you did it extremely well.


Thank you to all of our support staff who maintained contact with students and families, delivered work packs and were always willing to lend a hand or an ear.


If you have one of our loan devices could you please ensure the device and charger are returned with your child on Tuesday.


On Tuesday we welcome back all of our grade three to grade six students and we realise the drop off zone is about to get a whole lot busier. With this in mind we could like to trial the following for next week. If our plans do not work we will need to make changes.


We would like all parents to drop off and pick up their children as per normal, in that if your child walks to school they should, if they walk to the fire station at the end of the day they should. If you pick your children up around the corner at your normal designated spot that should happen. Some parents pick up their students at the 3/4 playground area and this is also fine. All of our staff will be on duty around the school to safe guard our students. We will have staff in High Street near the 3/4 playground, at our drop off zone and along the road in View Street. Please use the crossings as always and remember to practice SOCIAL DISTANCING.


What we are going to do which is different is have a walking bus down to the church car park. Sharyn Borg will walk students down to the church at the end of the day. She will leave school at 3:20pm and should get to the church around 3:35pm. If we have a lot of families interested in this we will utilise more staff.


We will continue to make our way to the school exits from 3:20pm every day as we realise that pick up may take a bit longer than usual. Parents please discuss your plans for the end of the day with your child so they know exactly where to meet you; if they are to go to after school care, if they are catching the bus to HHS or if you want them to walk to the church with Sharyn. If you are interested in the walking bus to the church please dojo your child’s teacher so that we can keep a record of this. We do not want any child left behind. Again if you are meeting your child at the end of the day to walk with them – please practice SOCIAL DISTANCING with other adults.


Thank you for your understanding regarding 'not entering the school'. We are still under the guidelines from the department – staff and essential service providers (ie – cleaners) are the only adults allowed on site at the moment. So you will still need to say farewell in the car at drop off.


Semester One Reports

Due to Covid19 the Education Department has made significant changes to the reporting guidelines for semester one reports. We have elected to follow these guidelines. Teachers will be providing a hard copy written report, unfortunately we can not use the format on our Sentral system and portal. These reports will be coming home on the last day of term (Friday 26th June). The reports will cover, Literacy, Numeracy, Digital Technologies and Remote Learning.


There will not be face to face parent teacher interviews this term. However if you would like to discuss your child's learning with the teacher, you can request a phone interview with them directly.


Tracey Robertson-Smith

Principal

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Monday 8 June

Queens Birthday Public Holiday


Tuesday 9 June

Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5 and Grade 6 students return to school


Friday 26 June

Last day Term 2


Monday 12 July

First Day Term 3


Tuesday 21 July

PREP 2021 OPEN NIGHT 6.30 pm - 7.30 pm


Tuesday 4th August

WHOLE SCHOOL PHOTO DAY


Wednesday 5 August

Session 1: Storytime - All children due to commence school in 2021 welcome. 2.45 pm - 3.20 pm in School Library


Wednesday 12 August

Session 2: Storytime - All children due to commence school in 2021 welcome. 2.45 pm - 3.20 pm in School Library


Wednesday 19 August

Session 3: Storytime - All children due to commence school in 2021 welcome. 2.45 pm - 3.20 pm in School Library


Wednesday 26 August

Session 4: Storytime - All children due to commence school in 2021 welcome. 2.45 pm - 3.20 pm in School Library


COMING IN TERM 4 - Prep Transition Afternoons

EXTRACT FROM PARLIAMENTARY DEBATES - 18 MAR 2020

Cindy McLeish MP gave our school a mention in Parliament on 18th March 2020.


'Members Statement

ASSEMBLY


INDIGENOUS CULTURAL PROGRAMS

Mc McLEISH (Eildon) - It was a first for me some 15 months ago when the students at Eildon Primary School performed a Torres Strait Islander dance for me, which surprisingly was not unlike the haka. it was another first on 6 March when the students at Healesville Primary School sang a song in Woiwurrung language when I attended to present new Australian and Aboriginal flags and to participate in their leadership assembly. it was fabulous to see nearly all of the students proudly partake in the song, and it will not be long before the preps are on board too. Kudos to Wurundjeri educator Brooke Wandin, the teacher, who is also dedicated to keeping the language alive. i would like to commend school captains Charli L and Archer K for leading an engaging and entertaining assembly, and to congratulate all the captains who took part. I was pleased to present the Aboriginal flag to the school's appointed Indigenous representatives, Chloe M and Lachie H.'

Stars of the Week

3/4B: Dylan O


3/4K: Ruby C- a fantastic effort throughout at home learning, completed all of her set work and been an active member of the Google chat. Great Effort!!



5/6H: Georgia W - for being an awesome online learner and always being keen to learn and share her work and life in our time of isolation. Tyler V - for being a consistent online learner and continuing to share his work and contribute to webex sessions, even though we never saw his face.


5/6S: Brodie O. - Brodie has worked hard at school over the past 2 weeks to complete her online learning work at school.


5/6W: Joseph J, Roby G & Monique W - for their very clever creative writing.


ART - Tyrone M -1/2G - Egg Carton Pirate Ship

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LINKS FOR THE PARENT PORTAL - TO REGISTER & LOG IN

Please use this link to REGISTER for the portal:

(please note, you will need your access key to link your child. This is available to established HPS parents in the email that we sent out to families on 30 July 2019). New families will have received their emails Thursday 30th January 2020.

https://sentral.hps.vic.edu.au/portal/register


You only need to register ONCE.

Once you've registered use the following link as your usual login.


Please use this link to LOGON to the portal:

(once you have registered).

https://sentral.hps.vic.edu.au/portal2/#!/login

OSHCCP - Camp Australia

Exciting activities in OSHC this week.


We thank you for all your continued support and patience through these challenging times. We understand Outside School Hours Care is vital for many parents that are not able to work from home, so that you can continue to provide essential work for the nation.


Our OSHC service is open and operating for those that need our care, and will provide your children with much-needed familiarity and continuity through our engaging programs that have an increased focus on hygiene and social distancing.


Having spent the day in a classroom, children need the opportunity and space to explore their own interests and unleash their imaginations – whether that be trying new sports, craft, cooking and much, much more. With activities appropriate for all ages, here is what we have planned for the week ahead:

Monday

Make an Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander flag


Tuesday

Creating animals with Aboriginal inspired designs.


Wednesday

Use natural materials to create an Australian landscape


Thursday

Scratch out shapes and patterns on Australian animals


Friday

Cooking children’s choice



It’s FREE to Register. (and if you want to use OSHC, you first need to register).

Register at pp.campaustralia.com.au/account/login. Once registered, it’s easy to make and manage your bookings online via our Parent Portal.


Visit our blog for helpful information and fun activities.

New articles are added each week for parents and cover various topics to help families. This month we are focusing on all things COVID-19. We talk about how to adjust to the changes you’ve made in your household, including fun activity ideas to entertain your child at home. Visit the blog here: https://campaustralia.com.au/blog


From Stacey , Ellie and Emmi-lee Camp Australia at Healesville Primary School

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