Well, it has been a smooth and calm ‘restart’ to Term 2 with all students back face to face in their classrooms. The students are very keen to get into their daily lessons and play with their friends. Thank you once again for your patience and understanding during this time. Let us pray and hope that learning can proceed as normal over the coming months with no further changes. If you have any school resources e.g. Maths beads, counters, dice, library books and readers, please return them to school for sorting.
Appropriate hygiene measures are still in place at school for students and staff, which are:
· Cough into elbows
· Cover sneezes
· Dispose of tissues responsibly
· Wash hands for 20 seconds using soap and water
· Access the hand sanitiser provided in each classroom
· Bring a water bottle to school (bubblers closed)
· No sharing of food
But, and most importantly, if staff or students have a cold, sore throat or feverstay at homeuntil the symptoms have passed.
High touch areas are being cleaning more frequently by our wonderful school cleaner Coral Membrey. Teachers and classroom teachers are also pitching in by cleaning desks, chairs and chrome books daily. Staff are limiting their gathering in the staffroom during breaks. Playground equipment and eating tables are also being regularly cleaned.
Drop off and Pick Up Arrangements
Thank you to parents who have adapted to the new ‘drop off and pick up area’ at the school gate. For many students this has been an opportunity to establish new independent routines. Parents are encouraged to email the school or phone ahead if they need something from school e.g. uniform. We appreciate your support in these minor, but important changes.
This week we would normally be running NAPLAN for Year 3 and Year 5. Sadly, we will miss that important data this year but St Mary’s will be collecting data on student growth and achievement in many other ways as per usual, e.g. running records, writing samples and PAT Reading and Maths tests. If parents have any concerns regarding their child’s progress do not hesitate to contact classroom teachers for a conversation. We are only a phone call away.
The tradition dates back to the early church and honours the faith of Mary with the action of the Holy Spirit. The Church loves to pray in communion with the Virgin Mary to magnify the great things the Lord has done for her.
Many families pray the Rosary each evening throughout the month of May.
Please keep Mrs Saunderson in your prayers as she is currently on sick leave recovering from pneumonia.
My name is Megan Gould and I have been teaching for six years in the Tumut region. Originally hailing from a farm near West Wyalong, I completed University at CSU in Wagga and afterwards moved across to the hilly country side of Tumut. I've been working full time at Franklin PS before taking leave to pursue my dreams of travelling and teaching in the UK. This was cut short due to COVID-19, but since returning home I have been blessed to have been given the opportunity to work with 2/3 for the remainder of the year. I am looking forward to getting to know everyone and our friendly community of St Mary's Batlow.
St Mary's has a touchless thermometor for checking temperatures. This will not be used every day, it will be used if your child presents to the office feeling unwell. If you do not want staff to take your child's temperature please inform the school.