eNews 20th July 2020

No 2

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Welcome to Term 3

Dear Families,

It is with regret that we welcome back our school community to another period of remote and flexible learning. As per our communications over the past week, our staff has endeavoured to again make this transition for parents, carers and students as smooth as possible.

All students should by now have collected their school books. If you haven’t already done so, please contact the office to arrange an alternative time.

We thank all families for their ongoing support and cooperation during this time. We will continue to provide updates as they become available.

Please read on further about Student Attendance, Temperature Testing, 2021 Prep Enrolment Information Sessions and Tours & Parent / Teacher Interviews.

Timeline

Term 4 2020 Monday 14th December - Reports open at 4pm on Compass

Friday 18th December - Meet the Teacher

Friday 18th December - Last Day of Term 4 Students will be dismissed at 2.30pm


Term 1 2021 

Thursday 28th January - Bookpack Collection between 10.00am - 2.00pm

Thursday 28th January - Prep Testing Commences

Friday 29th January - Prep Testing Continues

Friday 29th January - Year 1 - 6 Students Start

Tuesday 2nd February - Prep Students Start

COVID Update

Compulsory mask wearning commences on Thursday 23rd July. Students however are not required to wear a mask, but may do so if they wish.

Please note that as of tomorrow the front door to the school will be locked. If you need to come into the school for any reason please phone ahead on 9740 8666.

Temperature Testing

We will again adopt a soft start approach in the mornings. We request that students do not arrive before 8.45am, when yard supervision commences.

At 8.50am children will be directed to their classrooms where they will be temperature checked on entry.
Any child who presents with a temperature above 37.5 will be required to be collected by a parent / guardian.

Canteen

The Canteen will be open for business as usual from Wednesday 14th October.
The canteen operates Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for counter sales and lunchorders.
You can now order Recess-Snack and Lunch orders though Qkr!

2021 Prep Enrolment Information Sessions & Tours

Although we had designated new dates for our Prep Information Sessions and Tours, these cannot be conducted at this time.

We held a Zoom Q & A session and we have recorded the formal part of the presentation so that others, who were not able to attend can access the information. We invite parents to contact the office if they would like to know more. We are currently taking enrolments however so that we can commence planning for the 2021 school year.

Below we have uploaded the slideshow from our Virtual Prep 2021 Q & A session.

 

Enrolment packs are available at the office.

You can return your enrolment form directly to the office, via email sunbury.west.ps@education.vic.gov.au or by mail Sunbury West Primary School P.O. Box 285 Sunbury 3429.

Please note: If you know of any potential enrolments, please ask families to contact the school as soon as possible so we can accurately plan for next year.


 

Parent / Teacher Interviews

Parent / Teacher interviews have been postponed until Week 4 so that teachers can provide feedback to parents regarding their child’s transition back to the remote learning environment. All interviews will be conducted via an online platform to minimise the number of adults on-site. 

Bookings for these interviews will open on the 27th July. Information regarding these will be available shortly.

Fundraising

At the end of Term 2 we sent out information regarding the Chocolate Drive. Again, due to the uncertainty of when school will resume normally, this will be postponed until further notice.

School Council President Report July 2020

Hi to everyone in the SWPS community,

Welcome back to Term 3.

After what seemed to be a move toward some degree of normality prior to the holidays, we have now moved back into another lockdown period and a return to learning from home for a majority of SWPS students.

It goes without saying that I wish all of the parents/carers who will again have to manage both working and helping their children at home lots of good luck!

This time I am sure we will all take a different and more measured approach compared to our first experience, I know that we will be in our household. I would also like to continue to thank all school staff for their fantastic and ongoing work in supporting students and their families during the challenging time of both remote learning and the ongoing classroom-based learning. Lastly, on behalf of the SWPS community I would also like to pass on our thanks to all of the frontline workers amongst our parents.

Over the course of the rest of the year I will provide some ongoing updates to our community as future plans and ideas discussed at School Council for Sunbury West are put into place.

I hope everyone is well and continues to stay safe in the weeks and months to come.

Best wishes,

James King

SWPS School Council President

On-Site Attendance

On-site Attendance

We thank families who are doing the right thing to minimise community interaction by providing supervision in the home during the remote learning period.

We also remind parents that to be eligible for on-site supervision, you must meet one of the criteria. Parents who are permitted workers need to forward to the school a legitimate copy of their worker permit.

If ALL ADULTS  supervising your children meet the definition of “permitted worker” as published by the DHHS and ARE NOT WORKING FROM HOME your child/ren will meet the eligibility criteria for on-site attendance.

  • children whose parents are permitted workers and no supervision is available in the home
  • vulnerable children in out of home care, children known to child protection and other agencies and children the school identifies as vulnerable
  • children with a disability who also fit one of the above two categories.

We thank the many parents who have provided copies of their worker permit forms for our records.

Please note as stated by DHHS penalties may apply if  ‘Completing this document with false or misleading information may cause you to be in breach of the Permitted Worker Permit Scheme Directions and liable to penalties up to $19,826.40 (individuals) and $99,132 (bodies corporate)’

We understand that many parents and teachers in our school are having to work from home and provide supervision for their children. It is not looked upon favourably when people flout the rules and compromise the health and safety of other families. We appreciate that the juggle of working from home and supervising learning is difficult and we have arranged our learning program to support flexibility in the home. We are sure that employers are also aware of this challenge.


It is imperative that students are in attendance during remote learning, whether this is off-site or on-site. All teams have protocols in place regarding how attendance will be recorded daily. 

Teachers and leadership staff will continue to make contact with families where remote attendance is a concern. Please note that all students must attend school (actual or remote) by law and that the school will be required to take appropriate action where ongoing disengagement is apparent.

Sunbury West 50th Year Celebrations

In 2021 Sunbury West celebrates its 50th birthday. Although this seems like a while away, we are already in the initial planning stages for this. 

We would like to establish a coordinating committee and are calling upon parents, carers and staff to take charge of the preparations for this special event. If you would like to be part of this historic occasion, please contact the office as soon as possible so that we can get the ball rolling.