Amidst the continual change of circumstances with our world at the moment, our school offered a very pleasant peacefulness for our students as we started term two. By the numbers, started the term with about 50% of our students returning on day one, and as I write this newsletter we are around the 80% attendance at school, with about 15% learning at home. The remaining 5% is something that we will follow up with parents in the coming weeks.
This week, we are again waiting for our next set of protocols, instructions and advice from both the health and education perspectives. However, while we wait, our team here at Kingston has had some time to contemplate a new normal that schools will need to adjust to.
I think it is a little presumptuous to start saying this is how we will look in six months let alone 2 two weeks, however a couple of things that I think will be part of the new normal include things like the 8.30am arrival for students, the lunch and recess eating supervision, kiss and drop at the door, (door not gate), controlled access to the school grounds during the school day and of course general social distancing protocols that apply in our wider community. With regard to distancing at school, we have been very conscious to encourage physical distance whilst remaining socially connected.
I would like to commend our staff this week for the atmosphere that they have moulded as part of our Kingston culture. The peacefulness is as a result of the calm nature and attitude that our staff have had. Looking after each other, remaining positive and of course wanting to get on with what they do best – teach. We also have also felt well supported by our wider school community and really appreciate the sentiment that we have received.
In the coming weeks, I will keep you up to date with how we are responding to the changes and adaptions that we will inevitably need to consider and implement and of course we welcome your thoughts and feedback. Writing this I feel like its sounds like things are already normal, the fact is that they are not, but what we are doing is developing a new normal for our school. This will take quite some time and patience and I look forward to sharing the journey to new normal with you.
This fortnight our Core Virtue is : Caring
Caring is giving love and attention to people and things that matter to you. When you care about people, you help them. When you do a careful job, you give it your very best effort. You treat people and things gently and respectfully.
I care for others and myself. I pay loving attention to the needs of people and animals. I give my best to every job.
We hope all the Mums had a wonderful mothers day.
Please order online or place lunch order in an envelope and put in the class lunch basket.
Recess and lunch will be zero contact and will need to be preordered. No over the counter sales at this stage.
Recess items will be placed in a lunch bag ready for your child to collect from the canteen.
Lunch will be delivered to the classroom as per normal. Any extra items ordered i.e. froyos, ice-creams etc at lunch will be sent with the lunch orders.
We are running a temporary minimised menu until further notice, which you can find below. Thank you for your continued support.
Keep a look out for our Rainbow day coming soon :-)
The Canteen team
Welcome back to Term 2. I would like to say a big thank you to the front office ladies and the canteen ladies for helping to fill orders for the uniform shop.
With the colder weather starting, it's a great time to get those winter jackets or jumpers out. We have full stock for our blue zip jumper.
We have limited stock of the black rain jackets, and unfortunately I haven't been able to find another supplier yet. Fingers crossed I can find one in our price range soon.
Please note the changes to the Uniform Shop
As we are not allowed to have parents on site at the moment, the uniform shop will not be open but the front office can do cash sales or you can still order online. You can order uniforms online at www.quickcliq.com.au and they will be delivered to your child’s classroom.
Please also check that all clothing items especially hats are clearly labelled with your child’s first and last name as this makes it much easier to return items to your child if they end up in lost property.
Karen Davies – Uniform Coordinator
Parents you may have heard from your children that our school cross country will be going ahead. Yes that is correct! As the PE teacher, I am very excited about being able to run a sport based competition at our school in these challenging times. BUT, it will have to run a little differently to previous years due to restrictions.
Closer to the date of the competition (3rd June) we will be putting out some guidelines for parents regarding attendance of the event. As the event date is a while away, restrictions and rules may have changed, hence why we will not be posting any information now.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me (Matt Campbell) either by email or phone.