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From the Principal – Update #14

Dear Parents and Carers,

As Term 1, 2020 comes to an end I wish to acknowledge our parents and community for their support of the staff in our school at this complex and challenging time. Your willingness and patience has been of comfort to us as we prepare for Term 2.

In a short amount of time our staff have had to reinvent what our learning program delivery and school services for Term 2 will look like, and we are very grateful for their commitment to supporting our students.

What we are waiting for now:

  • We do not yet have a clear position from the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) in relation to all of our senior school.
  • We are waiting for further updates from the Education Minister from her joint meeting on Thursday 8th April with other State Ministers.
  • Once we have received this information we will review our planning and communicate our actions to the school community.

Connect engagement:

We have recently surveyed parents around the current access with on-line learning.  It appears that the engagement and capture has been positive with most families having reasonable access. This survey has also enabled us to gauge who requires hard copy work formats that have been prepared using the expected hygiene processes or a  USB with student work, and to plan with more certainty around our distribution of work packages for Term 2.  We will communicate this to parents in week 2 of the School Holiday break with collections occurring from Wednesday 29th April. Detail to follow.

A reminder that to log into the Department of Education Portal, students should use their user name as firstname.surname@student.education.wa.edu.au followed by their usual password, this same process should be used for the Connect log in.  Please consider only using Firefox or Chrome as the preferred browser.

Interim-Report distribution:

This report has been sent to parents and enables you to gauge student engagement for the period that students were at school. This report has been distributed with consideration being given to the fact that students have not attended for all of the term.  It is acknowledged that the half-day attendance although reported has been recorded as a Reasonable Cause.  This report will not be used for any official purpose.  Our mid-year Reporting to Parents will be adjusted with consideration to the advice given by the State Government during Term 2.

Support over the holiday period:

If you require urgent assistance with accessing learning materials or wellbeing support, you can access the following resources:

Learning/Connect:

Health and Wellbeing:

Kids Helpline (24/7) – 1800 55 1800 – https://kidshelpline.com.au/

Lifeline (24/7) – 13 11 14 – https://lifeline.org.au/

Rural link Mental Health Emergency Response Line (after hours only) – 1800 552 002 – https://www.mhc.wa.gov.au/getting-help/helplines/rurallink/

If this contact relates to an emergency, you are in danger, or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 000 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department.

Our Term 2 Start-up:

Monday 27th April – Anzac Day -– Public Holiday in lieu

Tuesday 28th April – Staff Commence: School Development Day

From the start of Term 2 the following staff will be moving into acting roles, namely;

Ben Lagana                 Acting Principal position (Term 2)

Michelle Kimpton       Deputy Principal position (Term 2 and 3)

Verity Page                  Acting HoLA English position (Term 2 and 3)

Our Organisational needs:

The Administration Office will be restricting foot traffic, and the area will only be accessible by appointment

Parents will be informed of work collection processes once we have all survey returns

Wednesday 29th April – The first day of Term 2 curriculum activities

The first 2 weeks of learning resources for student will be released through Connect, Hard Copy or USB resources to be picked up from the school by 1 family member by arrangement (appointments to be advised to parents and confirmed).

Parents are reminded that the following expectations will continue to apply from the beginning of Term 2 unless we receive and update across the break:

  • All public schools will remain open
  • Parents continue to be encouraged to keep their children at home if they are able to do so as outlined by the Premier and Minister for Education and Training.
  • Those who need to send their children to school to maintain employment, children of essential workers and those who require schools to support them overcome particular vulnerabilities, however, may choose to do so.
  • To ensure that all students’ needs are met, staff will be present on school sites.
  • All students will be taught: those attending schools, and those learning at home.
  • Student well-being is a priority.

Travel Advice:

You may have recently received an Australian Government text asking everyone to: Stay home this Easter and help save lives. Only leave for what you really need + exercise, work, medical & care.

The staff at Australind Senior High School would like to wish all students and their families a positive Easter and school holiday break which along with Anzac Day commemorations, will look very different for all of us this year.

Domenic Camera

PRINCIPAL

9th April 2020

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