Principal’s Post 22 October 2020
With the State Government’s recent announcement of Western Australia remaining in Phase 4 for the rest of this school year, the following decisions have been made in regard to upcoming school events. All of these decisions have been made with careful consideration and the students (and staff) health and best interests in mind. Each decision has also been checked with the Department of Education’s COVID team to ensure we are up-to-date and meeting the current regulations. In other words, we are trying to ensure students do not miss out on the opportunities as well as adhering to guidelines. .
9th November – Year 6 School Camp
Parents/Caregivers are to drop and run. Parents/Caregivers should feel free to help the kids with their bags to the classroom, but do not hang around school waiting for them to leave. As soon as you have dropped their bags, give them a kiss (in front of their friends to embarrass them) and then we respectfully ask you to leave school grounds.
13th November – NAIDOC Incursion
No parents/caregivers to attend – The same situation as the Book Week Dress Up Parade, their will be too many people in the undercover area at one time. We respectfully ask parents/caregivers to not attend.
27th November – Swimming Carnival
Two parents/caregivers per competitor will be allow to attend. At the Bayswater Waves there will be a designated seating area for parents/caregivers, and we ask that there is zero contact with students during and immediately after the carnival.
11th December – Colour Run
No parents/caregivers to attend (kind of). As this will be out on the oval and in the open, this was a tricky one. But to have a designated space for students we would have to rope off the oval as we did in the sports carnival. For a one-two hour event, this is a lot of work. So … as a compromise, we would ask that parents/caregivers who want to watch, do so from a vantage point that is not on school grounds. That way, we do not have to consider the two squared metre rule or other COVID Restrictions.
16th December – Year 6 Graduation
Parents/Caregivers to attend. More information will be sent to Year 6 parents in the coming weeks, but at this stage we believe we can offer two chairs per graduand. I have used the term ‘two chairs’ because we do not believe we will be able to have siblings at the event. At this stage, we are trying to establish the seated capacity of the hall. As the hall does not meet the Government’s description for exemption from the two metered square rule, we have to work to their capacity. With 42 Graduands, that is 84 chairs just for parents/caregivers. When you add the dignitaries and teachers who present awards we are closer to the 100 mark (plus our graduating class). This means, younger or older siblings will have to have a seat if you wish them to attend (they cannot sit on your lap). And with just two chairs per graduand, you will have to make a decision who is going to attend. (Just as an aside, to ensure we can get as many parents/caregivers at the event as possible, only staff who are a part of the ceremony will be allowed to attend the event).
17th December – End of Year Assembly
Parents/Caregivers to attend. Weather permitting, we will hold this assembly on the basketball court directly behind the school hall. Graduates will be seated up one end and the rest of the school will be on chairs (but in their same rows as they would for a normal assembly) on the basketball court. We will set out chairs for parents/caregivers to sit behind students. If there is not enough chairs for parents/caregivers, we welcome you to stand to the side or behind the allocated area for parents/caregivers, just not to the side of the student area.
Community Notice Board
I know there is a lot of information to digest here, and I apologise for that. But hopefully you can use this notice as a reference point as we traverse the remainder of Term 4.
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