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Dear parents and carers,

As I write this, term three is almost at an end. There have been weeks when it has felt like the longest term ever and then at other times, the days have moved so quickly.

As parents/carers, you have all worked so hard this term. It has been tough but we know that you have done the best that you can for the children.

Our staff have also worked really hard to continue to provide meaningful learning experiences that can be supported at home.

Hopefully parents/carers will enjoy a break from the home learning routine over the school holidays and teachers will enjoy some down time too.

The first week of term four, 5th – 9th October will be remote learning for all students. Teachers will also be planning for the rest of the term during this week. Each team (P/1; 1/2; 3/4; 5/6) will have a different planning day, just like if we were at school. Your child’s teacher/s will let them know when this will happen as there will not be WebEx meetings on that day.

Our Prep to Year 2 students return on site from the 12th October. We will let you know about staggered starts and end of the day when we have more information from the Department. Please keep an eye on School Stream, social media, our website and your emails.

Parents of students in years 3 to 6 who require on site supervision after the 12th October will be able to apply for this on a weekly basis. The Department of Education and Training, following the advice of the Chief Health Officer, have firm guidelines about this and these are clearly explained on the form attached.

Term four will be a very different term for all of us – we will need to get used to being back at school. Some of our senior students and teachers have not been on site for 17 weeks! We are currently waiting to see what restrictions will be in place for events such as Prep transition, grade 6 orientation day and graduation.

The student free day that was planned for 19th October will be postponed. Students will be either on site (P-2) or remote learning (3-6) on that day. We will let you know the new date for our curriculum day as soon as possible. Teachers also have a Professional Practice Day each term which can usually be taken on a day of choice. To minimise disruption to families and our learning program, there will be a student free day on Monday 2nd November and all teachers will be writing reports on this day.

I would sincerely like to thank all parents, carers and staff for the work that they have put into term three. I know that it has not been easy. I wish you all a safe and happy holiday.

Yours sincerely,

Jean Bentley