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A BIG Welcome back to all students on Tuesday!!!

On Tuesday we have everyone back at school. This is simply the BEST news!!
We will have some sense of normality, albeit with a few little changes.
This does mean many more people dropping students off and picking students up from school.
In line with the Education Department guidelines, all parents/carers must follow the COVID-19 ‘Return to School Plan’
It is very important that these guidelines are followed. We have had several complaints from parents/staff about the lack of social distancing demonstrated by some parents.
I feel absolutely dreadful asking parents to move along quickly and preferably NOT come onto the school grounds. But these are the Education Department guidelines and this plan is to ensure we provide the safest possible environment during this time. I ask that we work together to make the most of this situation.
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:
1. School still starts for all children at the same time, 9.00
2. Parents/carers drop children off between 8.30 - 9.00
3. Students in Grade Prep, 1 & 2 finish school at 3.00.
  • Their siblings will finish school at 3.00 too.
  • Parents/carers must pick these children up at this time to minimise numbers of people on the school ground
4. The remaining students in Grade 3,4,5,6 will finish school at 3.15pm
5. Parents/carers are to observe physical distancing measures by not congregating in areas inside or around the school (including the school car park, seating areas etc.)
6. Parents/carers of Grade Prep, One and Two children may need to bring their child to the classroom if he/she is anxious. However, they must limit the time spent in the school and preferable not enter the classrooms.
7. Parents/carers of Grade Three, Four, Five and Six are discouraged from entering the school grounds unless absolutely necessary.

Return to On-Site Schooling

Following advice from the Victorian Government on Tuesday 12 May, some students will be returning to school from Tuesday 26 May.

The Victorian Chief Health Officer has advised that it is safe for Victorian school students and teachers to return to on-site schooling in a two-staged approach:

  • Stage 1 – from Tuesday 26 May

Early years students (Prep to Grade 2) and senior secondary students (Year 11 and 12) undertaking the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL), and all specialist school students will return to on-site schooling. All staff will attend on-site.

 

  • Stage 2 - from Tuesday 9 June

Grade 3 to Year 10 students will return to on-site schooling, subject to health advice.

The Department’s latest advice on can be found at www.education.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

Curriculum Day Learning

Last Friday, the teachers spent the day reflecting, reading, talking and challenging each other, to improve the Teaching and Learning at West.

Prior to the Curriculum day, I interviewed many students about a variety of strategies teachers use when delivering a lesson. The interviews were all recorded and shown at the Curriculum Day. Teachers listened to the children and took their advice very seriously. That same week, teachers also spent time in all classrooms throughout the school, interviewing students and gathering data about the student’s understanding.
We know that “Great Teachers are firstly, Great Learners”, and Friday’s curriculum day, provided yet another opportunity for teachers to learn and bring further clarity to our teaching.

Advice regarding the Coronavirus

Advice regarding the Coronavirus

The Education Department has advised Principals to provide the information included in this newsletter. As you can see, it is relating to travel advice.
The Commonwealth Government has updated travel restrictions this week.
The extension to existing travel restrictions now applies to visitors from Republic of Korea, Iran and mainland China. Visitors who are not Australian citizens or permanent residents, or their dependants, will not be allowed entry into Australia.
The Commonwealth Government has also advised that visitors from Italy will also be subject to enhanced health screening and temperature testing arrangements.
Some of our students and families may be affected by the travel advice, and I’d encourage you to support each other.
Everyone can protect against infections by practising good hand and respiratory hygiene.
Here are some tips that we all can follow:
1. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing with a tissue, or cough into your elbow.
2. Dispose of the tissue into a bin and then wash your hands afterwards.
3. Wash your hands regularly using soap and water, including after using the toilet, and before eating.
Please refer to the Department’s coronavirus web page for the latest advice and information.

Mildura West Podcast – ‘Way Out West’ - Episode 12

Mildura West Grade 6 students have published their first podcast for 2020. We hope you have a listen and subscribe to all our episodes. You can find us on iTunes, Spotify or Google podcasts – just search for “Mildura West”!

Or you can find us here too:

Anchor.fm: http://anchor.fm/mildurawest-podcast

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