COVID-19 UPDATE SUMMARY
A summary of recent changes to Covid guidelines, commencing this term is as follows:
- Saturday School for Community Languages will return to face-to-face learning.
- Interschool activities can take place where there is a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place.
- Singing and chanting with strict restrictions.
- Playing wind instruments with strict restrictions
- School formals, dances and graduations with a COVID-19 Safety Plan
- Excursions and day camps with strict restrictions
- Kindergarten orientation
- Year 7 transitions to high school
Parent access to the school is still restricted to Canteen volunteers and Uniform shop volunteers only. Full details of the updates can be found here
In addition to the above changes we would like to remind families of these on-going guidelines:
- Parents must only enter the school grounds to go directly to the office in the event of their child being a late arrival or early leaver or for afternoon collection in your child’s designated pick up area
- Vigilance in ensuring students and staff do not attend school or work if they are unwell
- Students who are absent or sent home from school with flu like symptoms must be tested for COVID-19
- Students and staff must not return to school/work until they return a negative COVID-19 result
- Schools must sight the negative COVID-19 test result prior to the student or staff member returning to school. This must be emailed to email@example.com BEFORE 9.00am on the day the student returns to school.
- Absence explanations must be detailed and not just list unwell/sick
YEAR 6 CAMP
We have booked the Adventureland Outdoor education camp at Forster for our year 6 students in week 8 of this term. Students will depart school on Wednesday 2nd December returning on Friday 4th December. More information will be sent home via Operoo early next week. Until then feel free to look at camp website here
SELECTIVE HIGH SCHOOLS 2022
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 11 March 2021.
If you would like to have your child considered for Year 7 selective high school entry in 2022, you need to apply on the internet using a valid email address (not the student’s email address).
Detailed instructions on how to apply online will be available in late September 2020 at https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/selective-high-schools-and-opportunity-classes/year-7.
The application website opens at that link on 13 October 2020 and closes on 16 November 2020. You must apply before the closing date.
There are no paper application forms. If you do not have internet access, you could apply at a public library. If you have a disability that prevents you from using a computer, you can contact the Team for assistance after 13 October 2020.
You must submit only ONE application for each student.
Our new artificial turf futsal field was installed over the break and is already getting a great workout by the kids. Thanks to the P and C for leading this upgrade to our playground and for providing significant funding. Thank you also to the OOSH for their significant financial contribution also.
Please support the P and C fundraising activities as it is their work that allows to upgrade facilities such as these for the kids.
PARTY DAYS END OF YEAR
Party day will look a little different this year. Our Party day is scheduled for Monday 14th December. Students will all remain on the school site and will participate in a number of activities including.
- Giant inflatables
- Silent Disco
- Water play
- Secret Santa
- Water fights
- Colour Run
Cost of the is day will be $5 per child. More details will be sent home soon
Our kindergarten orientation day has been cleared to go ahead. Orientation will take place on Wednesday 11th November. Families enrolling children into Kindergarten in 2021 will receive a letter outlining the day.
There will be more information supplied as to how this day needs to run but it will be great to meet all our new kindy’s in person!
KHS YEAR 6 – 7 ORIENTATION
Year 6 are off to high school. At this stage students attending Kotara High School will be traveling by bus on Monday 16th November to Kotara High School for their first orientation day. There will be more details provided as soon as they come to hand. This orientation is only for students who have been accepted in to Kotara High.
Merewether and Lambton High Schools are yet to release dates for their orientations.
Unfortunately, we are still not able to plans for and run a Presentation Day assembly. We also believe this restriction is unlikely to change in the near future. As such, we will be planning a virtual Presentation Day. Each stage will participate in a separate assembly and this will be screened via ZOOM. The relevant links will be sent home prior to the event.
Presentation Day is scheduled for Thursday 10th December 2020.
In the past, parents of students who are entering in to year 3 have been asked to purchase a Chromebook. There is a significant back order on Chromebooks.
As such, year 3 students in 2021 will not be required to purchase Chromebooks.
STAGE 2 SPORT
Year 3: Students will be participating in Tennis at District Park Tennis Court to work on their skills for 5 weeks from Friday 30th October. Children will walk to the courts.
Year 4 – Students will be concentrating on their hockey skills at Newcastle District Hockey Centre for 5 weeks. Children will walk to the centre. A mouthguard will be required – these can be purchased from the chemist for approx. $10.00. Cost of the activity will be $10.00.
BOOK WEEK REMINDER
On 21st October we will celebrate Book Week. Students will be asked to come dressed in the theme “Curious Creatures and Wild Minds” The best dressed students in each year will be awarded prizes. A book week parade will be held and parents will be able to access this via zoom. Details will be sent home to parents via See Saw.
Just a reminder that students are not permitted to bring birthday treats to school. Birthdays are celebrated in other ways at school and cupcakes, lollies or chocolates can be enjoyed at home.
Since returning to school this term there have been significant ongoing issues that school staff are dedicating valuable teaching and learning time to managing due to the inappropriate use of the social media platform TIK TOK. Common Sense Media recommends that TIK TOK is only used by children 15 and above. Whilst TIK TOK asks that users are 13 and above. It is a natural part of development to negotiate relationships and learn conflict resolution. The use of TIK TOK is having a direct negative effect on an increased number of students at our school. Teachers primary job is to teach children, not manage their inappropriate use of social media platforms which they should not be accessing. Please consider removing you child from this platform.
More information on appropriate use of TIK TOK can be found on Common Sense Media – Parents’ Ultimate Guide to TikTok
Is TikTok safe? How does it work? And can I do a duet with my kid? Everything you need to know about this popular musical singing and sharing app. Advice from Common Sense Media editors.
NEWCASTLE PERMANENT MATHS COMPETITION WINNERS
Well done to Lachlan Morris and Enzo Lim. Both students took out awards, Enzo earning the District Award in the Year 6 division and Lachlan earning the District Award in the Year 5 division. This is an excellent achievement!
KIDS NEWS WINNER
Year 6 student Callan Petersen has been awarded a “Highly Commended” in the Year 5-6 category of this years Kids News short story for his story – A Book and Its Pages. There were 2400 entries so this is an amazing result by an extremely talented writer. Well Done Callan!
Enjoy the weekend.