Please find attached a letter from Dr Putrino together with a nomination form, for parents wishing to nominate to be a part of the school board in 2020. The closing date for nominations is 4pm Monday 6 April.
Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Dr Putrino on 6274 0300.
In response to COVID – 19, staff are working diligently to monitor the situation on a daily basis and are acting on advice to take any necessary precautions for our students and staff. The current focus is on minimizing and preventing transmission and making sure our school is prepared for a possible school closure.
We follow the direction of the Department of Education, that takes advice from the Chief Health Officer regarding our operations. To this date we have taken the following actions on this advice:
Cancelled all Assemblies
Cancelled all meetings and gatherings
Enacted the social distance rule in all classrooms
Encouraged improved hand washing practices
NAPLAN has been cancelled.
Interim Parent report night has been cancelled; however, we are thinking of alternatives.
For years 7 to 10 we are postponing/modifying assessments.
We have closed the Gym and Library to avoid large gatherings of students.
We have plenty of soap in all toilets and in some classrooms and we are seeking both hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes through a shortage.
We are promoting mental health and attempting where appropriate to hold classes outdoors. (Weather permitting)
From Monday, 30 March to Friday, 3 April all children who attend school will be taught as normal.
The following week (6 to 9 April) staff will prepare teaching programs for Term 2.
During this time (6 to 9 April), students who attend school will be supervised.
It was announced that parents could choose to keep their children at home without legal follow-up. This can occur under certain conditions and be marked as a Reasonable absence if:
Students are self-isolated due to Dept. of Health advice.
Families are keeping their child home due to increased risk related to family members who are in a higher risk category. (Diabetes, compromised immune system etc)
Students with a reason deemed as acceptable other than an absence due to suspension, cultural absence, illness and family holiday.
Families keeping their children home due to a perceived risk that they are safer at home than in a school setting due to possible transmission of the virus
For students at home seeking to do some schoolwork the Department of Education’s new Learning at home website, located at www.education.wa.edu.au learning-at-home, provides resources, activities information to help children and young people continue to learn while at home.
If the absence does not meet the above criteria it will be recorded as an unauthorized absence. Parents who choose to withdraw their children please understand that, although the school may provide some work for the students through Connect, we are unable to offer an extensive program as our priority is to students in our classrooms.
As the COVID – 19 situation evolves, we are working hard with all students to minimize and prevent transmission of the virus. We urge all parents to support the school in our efforts to make the school a safe place for everyone.
We will continue to keep you updated. Thank you for your support and understanding.
Please find attached a letter from Dr Putrino together with a nomination form, for parents wishing to nominate to be a part of the school board in 2020. The closing date for nominations is Friday 20 March 2020.
The NAPLAN Online assessment window is open from Tuesday 12 May till Friday 22 May 2020.
Why do students do NAPLAN?
The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) assesses literacy and numeracy skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life. Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 participate in the annual NAPLAN tests in reading, writing, conventions of language (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.
The assessment provides parents and schools with an understanding of how individual students are performing at the time of the tests. NAPLAN is just one aspect of a school’s assessment and reporting process – it does not replace ongoing assessments made by teachers about student performance. NAPLAN also provides schools, education authorities and governments with information about how education programs are working and whether young Australians are achieving important educational outcomes in literacy and numeracy.
Please see attached Parent Information Brochure on NAPLAN 2020.
Your child will be taught by experienced teachers with specialist knowledge who will develop their talents and help them reach their full potential.
Each specialised program is delivered via 4 hours of tuition per week. These programs equip your student with in-depth knowledge and skills to pursue a career in these areas. They will enjoy a rich learning environment that is challenging and stimulating.
Applications are now open and close on Thursday 9 April 2020, for students starting Year 7 in 2021.
Each specialist program is delivered via 4 hours of tuition per week. These programs equip your child with in-depth knowledge and skills to pursue a career in these areas.
The Department of Education is working with WA Health to monitor and respond to the unfolding international novel coronavirus to take the necessary precautions for students and staff.
Update – Travellers from China
From Saturday (1 February) foreign travellers who have left or passed through mainlaind China will be denied entry to Australia for two weeks.
Australian citizens, permanent residents and members of their immediate families will be exempt from the ban but are asked to self-isolate for 14 days from their date of departure from China.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has advised Australians not to travel to China. For the latest travel information visit smarttraveller.gov.au
Update – Students who have returned from mainland China (not just Hubei Province)
As of Saturday (1 February 2020), all students arriving out of mainland China (not just Hubei Province) must self-isolate in their home for 14 days after leaving China, other than for seeking medical assistance. They are not able to attend school, school events, day care centres or residential colleges. This also applies to parents/carers, contractors, visitors and volunteers on school sites and at school events.
The 14 day exclusion is a precaution to ensure the safest possible environment for children. After 14 days, if the student has no symptoms they may attend school.
Parents/carers should notify their school that the student will be away for the exclusion period, and confirm the date in which they were last in mainland China.
Students in close contact with a person who has a confirmed case of coronovirus
If a student has been informed by Public Health authorities they are a close contact of a confirmed case of the novel coronavirus, irrespective of whether they have developed symptoms, they cannot attend school, school events, day care centres or residential colleges until their local public health unit informs them that it is safe for them to do so. This also applies to parents/carers, contractors, visitors and volunteers on school sites and at school events.
Parents/carers should notify their school, and evidence from the public health authority is required for the student to return to school.
The WA Department of Health has more information on the virus including factsheets for parents in English and Mandarin and access to a helpline 1800 300 243