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From the Principal

18.06.20

Dear Parents and Carers,

This week the SA Minister of Education made the announcement around the lifting of restrictions for schools in South Australia.  While physical distancing requirements remain in place all adults must continue to follow the density and physical distancing guidelines outlined by SA Health:

  • no more than 1 person per 4-square metres in an enclosed space
  • maintain a minimum social distance of 1.5 metres.

A reminder that the AHPPC does not believe that it is appropriate or practical for students and children to maintain physical distancing requirements in classrooms.

This will mean from Monday 20 July 2020, the start of term 3, the following listed activities can resume:

  • parents, volunteers, school support and other service providers may again enter school  grounds, however classrooms will remain adult free at morning drop off and after school pick up. 
  • All external service providers and volunteers must complete the site access forms when signing in on entry.
  • school assemblies 
  • camps and excursions 
  • all school sport competitions, sports days and carnivals, including inter-school competitions (but the use of change rooms and shower facilities is not permitted)
  • inter-school choirs and performing art activities
  • playgroups and occasional care
  • larger face-to-face professional learning activities for staff

Please note:  these activities can occur providing government health advice and physical distancing requirements are strictly followed.

Requirements that remain in place:

  • It is important that students and staff stay home if they are unwell.
  • Physical contact (even between students) must be limited.  Non-physical greetings should be encouraged. 
  • Parents must continue to physical distance, including at school pick up and drop off.

For the remainder of this term we will keep our current restrictions in place especially with our drop off and pick up arrangements.  The school will continue to dismiss students earlier each day so we can manage the student traffic flow.

I would ask that you follow all the road rules around our school, especially as you enter into Birkinshaw Avenue.  If you using the Birkinshaw Avenue pick up, please remember not to bank up around the corner into Magill Road and wait as this is a solid yellow line and has resulted in cars blocking the entry into the Avenue.  If you see there is a line up in the kiss and drop zone (the broken yellow line) can you please drive on and travel around the block and return when the traffic reduces.  Currently it is a relatively short period of time school pick up is taking to be completed and our main focus is the safety of all.  The council inspectors will be present over the next few weeks so I encourage you to be patient and follow the rules.

Reports

Midyear reports will be going home in the last week of this term.  The report is an opportunity for teachers to provide parents and carers a reflection on student achievement for this semester.  Students will receive the report in a sealed envelope and I encourage you to sit down with your child to share and discuss the report.  It is important time for students and families to review and reflect on their learning and set goals for the next semester.

Personal School Tours

I have started my personal school tours again and it has been a joy to show off our wonderful school to potential families.  The teachers and students are enjoying the opportunity to engage and interact with visitors, which has been a real highlight.  During this term we have put together a short promotional video of the school about who we are and what our school has to offer.  The video highlights our 4 pillars of the school; faith, learning, community and opportunity.  We have also produced a shorter version on our website for families to see and I would encourage you to take a look:  http://www.stjotran.catholic.edu.au/enrolment  

I would like to thank all our families for their support during this term.  It has been a very challenging time which is certainly not over.  We must continue to remain focused and make sure we follow the guidelines set out by the government and health department.  We have certainly done a good job so far.

Kind regards

Adrian Grbin