From the Principal
We are slowly headed back to a new normal here at Kingston and I must say that it has again been a very peaceful time across our school. We often talk about a honeymoon period at the start of the year and this term has been somewhat that. Although peaceful, things are really starting to get busy in the school as we prepare for the many occasions that make term two a busy one, including the onset of winter.
COVID19 Phase Two Restrictions Lifting Next week
As of Monday June 8 parents will once again be permitted onto the school site to drop off and pick up their children.
At this time, we will revert to KISS AND DROP AT THE CLASSROOM DOOR.
Over the last 6 weeks’ teachers and many parents alike have noticed the difference in the independence of their students/children. That is, they can unpack their bags and get ready for the day without the specific assistance of someone doing it for them. This independence in general has had a positive impact on the start of the day in all of our classrooms. It has been quicker and smoother. So, before you rush back to doing everything “school” for your child, please consider their circumstances and independence. As per all of our COVID19 updates and messages, this information may change with little notice.
Student Arrival Time
Our school day officially starts at 8.45am. Generally speaking, students should not arrive at school before 8.30am. At 8.30 our classrooms and gates open. When students arrive at school they must go straight to their classroom and prepare for the day. On days like last Monday when the weather was very poor, we open the gates early for students to shelter in the undercover area. We shut our gates at 8.50am. Of course during poor weather, they will be open for longer. This gives parents and students a bigger window (time) to arrive in order to avoid a downpour. In these cases, we ask parents to take their time to ensure their children arrive at school safely albeit a little late. For those families who have working parents that need to drop their children off early to school, please contact our school office so we can discuss with you, arrangements for the appropriate supervision for your child.
Our teachers are currently busy preparing student reports for parents for term one. This term due to the obvious interruptions to schools, reports will be very different and as such will not contain as much information as we would normally expect. This semester’s reports will not contain an assessment grade for any of the learning areas we cover. Our teachers will write comments of progress in the areas of English and Maths as well as a general comment. Our other learning areas will indicate the topics that were planned for the semester, but in many cases we were unable to get very far into carrying the learning plans forward. During the second half of this term we have asked our teachers to ensure a very strong literacy and numeracy focus in the class room while next semester we plan to get back to our regular plan – act – access cycle. We will however include your child’s specific attendance rate. We know that this will be very low, however it will give you a historical perspective of the attendance impact that this pandemic has had. Please do not be alarmed at this figure as the reasons for absence during COVID19 lockdown were legitimate. However, if you have unexplained absences from this time we will be asking for a response from parents.
Pupil Free Day Change of Date (new date- Monday 17th August)
Our school calendar indicated that our next pupil free day was to be straight after the school holidays on July 20. This date has now changed. We are endeavouring to provide quality professional development for our staff here at Kingston and have been unable to source the presenters and programs on the pre-set date. As such the school board has approved a change of date for our next pupil free day so we can access the programs we need.
The term three Pupil Free Day will be on Monday 17th August. This coincides with week five of term three.
School Board Nominations
Just prior to our world changing, we announced that nominations were open for positions on our school board. Nominations are still open and we are seeking motivated individuals to fill two positions. Our school board meet 6-8 times per year and play a specific role in guiding the school’s general direction. Please follow the attached link for a nomination form. If we have more than two nominations, we will hold a secret ballot.
Students who are unwell.
Over the last few weeks we have had several enquiries from families unsure as to whether they should send their child to school when they are displaying signs and symptoms of an illness. The clear answer, particularly in this hyper vigilant time is No. Stay at home if you are unwell has been the message from all health officials and National and State leaders throughout this time. Our guidelines around this message are no different now than they have been in years past. A couple of common questions that you may have, are listed below.
Q1. What constitutes an unwell child: cough, runny nose, temperature, dizziness, rash?
All of the above are signs the child is unwell and they should stay home.
Q2. Will the school contact the parent immediately if a child presents these symptoms in school? And be asked to take them home?
Yes. If in the opinion of the Principal the child is not well and should not be at school, parents/carers will be called to collect the child and take them home.
Q3. If one child presents as unwell, particularly with a virus, should the other siblings also refrain from attending school?
Siblings should not automatically be kept at home in this instance. They would only stay home if they developed symptoms relating to some illness.
Q4. Does the school have the equipment to undertake temperature checks?
There is no facility or requirement to do this in schools.
Q5. If a child has cold symptoms or other illness, what are the school’s guidelines for the time a child must stay at home to ensure no further infection?
The child should remain home until they are feeling better / symptoms have gone. There are some specific illnesses that have a time prescribed by WA Health.
Q6. Within our current environment is the school seeking more detailed absentee information than a child is sick? (in order to track type of illness and infection rates)
Our attendance system allows us to make a note for the absence reason.
Q7. If there was a serious chest infection circulating throughout the school, do we have the option to choose keep our children at home to avoid infection? Would we be supported with their education requirements even though they were medically well?
The Department guidelines now make it clear that students should be at school unless there are clear medical grounds for them to remain at home. If a child is unwell for a period of time, support would be provided for their education program. Parents would consult with the Principal in these circumstances.
Thank you for ploughing through such a long newsletter this week.
This fortnight our Core Virtue is : Understanding
Understanding is thinking clearly. It is using your mind so that you can see the truth about things. It is paying careful attention and thinking about things in order to see their meaning. Understanding is also having empathy and showing compassion. Understanding gives us the power to think and learn and also to care.
I have an understanding mind. I concentrate and pay attention so that I can think clearly. I have an understanding heart. I have empathy for other people's feelings.
Please order online or place lunch order in an envelope and put in the class lunch basket.
Over the counter sales will commence again tomorrow for both recess and lunch.
Lunch will be delivered to the classroom as per normal. Please find attached the Winter Menu which covers Term 2 and Term 3.
Thank you all for your continued support.
The Canteen team
I would like to say a big thank you to the front office 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 very 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 this week, 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. As from Monday 8th June the uniform shop will re-open at the usual times.
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
Congratulations to all the below students who received merit awards:
Wynter Goodings, Jasmin MacLaughlin, Austin Price, Rayne Brown, Scarlett Hartley, Addyson-Rose Kingsley, Jaxx Casella, Chloe Warren, Isla Tanner, Lachlan Davis, Nahla Hicks, Emily Leeder, Elise Edmunds, Ava Jackson, Abbey Hinchcliffe, Sinead Early, Joey Ward, Kylla Pedrigal, Ruby Jarvis, Dakota Capogreco, Jayden Holmes, Victoria Grinter, Mylee Hallett, Sophie Jenkins, Brandon Mberi, Peyton-Louise Murray, Harper Campaner, Mia Eddy and Kaiden West.
We are now taking Kindy enrolments for 2021. Please either come into the front office to collect an application form or download it from the school website. We require a Birth Certificate, Immunisation records, (from MyGov). We also require proof of address e.g. utility bill, unless you have other children enrolled in our school.
Applications close on Friday 24th July 2020.