Sunshine on our playground! What a beautiful sight! Let us hope we have many more days like these.
I am hoping that all parents received the email yesterday stating our return to face to face learning as of next Monday 11 May. This decision is based on advice from government and medical authorities and will be reviewed if cases of COVID 19 present in our region. Therefore, the remote model of learning will cease. Parents wanting to keep their children at home from 11 May are able to do so but are advised to contact the school and speak with their child’s class teacher to make alternative arrangements for their learning.
As we return to face to face please be aware that Catholic Education advises that we minimise the number of adults coming onto the premises to reduce the possible risk of COVID-19 transmission.
In order to do this :
Please make appointments ahead of time and if possible, telephone or use email as the preferred method of contact with your child’s teacher or staff member.
Drop off arrangements-Parents are asked to say goodbye to their children at the gates and staff will assist students who need support to walk into the weather shed.
Pick Up arrangements-Parents are asked to remain at the gate in the afternoon keeping to social distancing recommendations of 1.5m.
We thank you for your cooperation with these changes. Let us hope and pray that they are not in place for too long.
Staff Update: On another note, we welcome Ms Megan Gould to St Mary’s this Thursday to be the Year 2/3 teacher replacing Ms Courtnee Leigh. Ms Leigh has resigned due to a medical emergency. Please keep Ms Leigh in your thoughts and prayers.
Have a lovely week everyone and enjoy the sunshine, and the rain too!
Council recognises that there will be a mental health cost of this COVID-19 pandemic especially while people are still recovering and healing from the bushfires. In recognising this, Snowy Valleys Council has partnered with Quest for Life to host a free online workshopto provide recovery strategies to build individual and community resilience.
Quest’s nationally acclaimed workshops enable people to regain a sense of control over their lives and actively participate in their own wellbeing. Participants are educated on research into neuroplasticity, epigenetics, meditation, mindfulness and healthy lifestyle factors including nutrition, sleep and exercise.
The Building Resilient Families online workshop provides practical self-help techniques and strategies that complement and support people's daily challenges including those who may be struggling to adapt to working from home with the kids.
This workshop would be beneficial for anyone in our community (including Educators) who would like to learn better strategies in dealing with stress. In particular this workshop would provide benefit to parents of your students.
This workshop will be free for all participants & will take place on Thursday 7 May 2020 from 9.30am to 1.30pm.