Principal’s Message Term 3 return

Dear Families

I hope you have all had a safe, healthy and happy two weeks. We look forward to welcoming everyone back on Monday. A special first time welcome to our six new students and their families.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for responding so promptly to the survey in the last week of Term 2. I will share some more detailed information from the survey with you next week. For the time being however, I wanted to confirm that we will continue the pick-up and drop arrangements that have been in place since Term 2. I have included a copy of the most relevant graph, for your information.

I would like to reassure you that the different pick-up and drop-off arrangements do not reflect a change in the way in which we think about our school community.

Many schools in our state and beyond, manage pick-up and drop-off arrangements in this way (for a range of reasons), and maintain extremely strong relationships with their families and school communities. I have no reason to believe that we would be any different, and the future is in our hands.

While Perth and WA remain in good health, we will move forward with the planning that was in place for Term 3 prior to the COVID-19 measures. With a few tweaks here and there,
we are looking forward to resuming choir, orchestra, athletics club before school, school banking and volunteers in the canteen and classrooms. We will send home more information about
these things early next week. I will also be in touch re assemblies and an opportunity for families to visit classrooms; and we are planning for our regular Faction Athletics Carnival, and
(hopefully) an interschool carnival to follow.  … and I’m confident that the P & C will be ready to roll out one or two cake stalls sooner rather than later 😉

This term we will also celebrate Science Week. Science Week and Book Week occur so closely together on the calendar, that several years ago we decided to alternate which would be
the focus for the year. This year we focus on Science Week, and we are excited about the 2020 theme Deep Blue: innovations for the future of our oceans.

We are incredibly fortunate to be in a position where our students can return to school on Monday. We will continue to hold very high expectations around health and hygiene.
The State Government has extended funding for additional cleaning, and we will continue to prioritise positive health practices for staff and students. Families are asked to continue
to do their part by keeping children at home if they are unwell.

Finally, Mrs Knowles will be on Long Service Leave for the first five weeks of this term. We trust that she will have a wonderful time in the much warmer, northern part of WA.
Mrs Joanne Dixon will undertake the Deputy Principal role in her absence.

Best wishes for the remainder of your weekend. I look forward to seeing you next week.

Elizabeth J