St Anne’s newsletter: Jan 31, 2020

Jan 31, 2020 | St Anne's News

The start of the school year has quickly come around! We have had a fantastic, and HOT (!), start to our school year and as I visited each classroom throughout the first day, it has been great to see all of our students’ smiling faces and hearing about their holiday adventures. The bushfires have impacted many of our families, either directly or indirectly and our teachers are providing opportunities for our students to share their stories and if any school families are in need of support, please contact the School.

Our first school day of 2020 began with a morning tea with parents, followed by our Welcome Assembly where we officially welcomed our new students to Gippsland Grammar. Each student received a certificate and a St Anne’s school badge. The badge is a symbol of being a part of our great school Community and, like all of our students, I know our new students will wear their badge with pride.

Our new students are:
Year 2: Frankie Balfour, Ari Garg, Oliver Dihood and Nina Wassermann
Year 3: Asher Hunter, Rory McMillan, Hannah O’Donnell and Zeb Burns
Year 4: Charlotte Biram, Jack Pownall-Lee, Rishit Shee and Andre Wassermann
Year 5: Jadyn Gomez, Darcee Young and Oscar Wilkins
Year 6: Spencer Boughton, Kate Edgar, Ben O’Donnell and Alvin Sae-chew

We are going to start the year with a focus on having ‘high expectations’ for ourselves and others. This will include:

  • Students regularly challenging themselves when learning
  • Everyone consistently treating others with respect
  • Students demonstrating pride for our uniform and school grounds

Our teachers have already started their discussions with students about what ‘high expectations’ looks like.

Below is the most recent information from the Department of Education and Training with regards to Coronavirus in schools:

It is recommended that parents of students should ensure that any student who has been exposed to any confirmed cases of coronavirus, or after leaving the Hubei Province, is isolated at home and should not attend school for 14 days. This same advice applies to any staff who have returned or are returning from Hubei province. The Chief Health Officer’s current advice is that staff and students do not need to be isolated at home if they have recently travelled in other parts of China or other countries and are not showing any symptoms of the virus. If you think a student or staff member is showing relevant symptoms, please ask the student’s parents or the staff member to call the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to discuss further actions on 1300 651 160.

On Thursday we officially started Digital Technology lessons in our newly furnished room. Mr Evan Lamb engaged our students in their learning through using a ‘Makey Makey.’ Students were creating electrical currents through fruit and other items, coding and immersing themselves in technology.

Unfortunately it has taken much longer than expected to complete our demolition of the old Year 3 & 4 buildings. We currently have a fence surrounding the earthworks, and work will begin soon on our new adventure playground. The playground has been funded largely by our active Parents & Friends group.

All Transition and Foundation parents are invited to attend our Transition and Foundation Morning Tea on Friday February 7 from 8.30-9am in the foyer of the Lorna Sparrow Hall (next door to the ELC building). The aim of the Morning Tea is to continue to build strong connections within our School Community.

This is the day our Foundation and Year 6 students will be presented with their special badges. The connection between Foundation students and their Year 6 buddies is a significant relationship that we will continue to foster. All parents are warmly invited to join us for our first Fellowship of the year.

Following feedback from our School Community, this year we will hold our important Family Welcome Picnic and Parent Information Evening on the same evening.

Our annual St Anne’s Family picnic will be held from 4.30-5.30pm at the grassed area near the Hall. Families are asked to bring their own picnic food. This is an excellent opportunity for everyone to catch up after the summer break, and for new families to meet others. Please note that all children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult and that this is an alcohol-free event. We hope that as many parents as possible will be able to join us for this family event.

Following the picnic, the Parent Information Evening is an opportunity to hear from your child’s teacher about the year ahead, including information about routines and expectations, as well as some suggestions on how to support your child during the school year.  We will be providing supervision for our students in the playground while parents are attending the information sessions.

Information Evening

  • 5.30-6pm Specialist Program Information (in the Library)
  • 6-6.30pm Foundation to Year 2 (in classrooms)
  • 6.30-7pm Years 3 to 6 (in classrooms)

Have a great weekend,
Jie Van Berkel
Head of St Anne’s Campus

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