Newsletter 4

 

 

 

 

Principal Update

Dear Families,

Welcome back to a very different Term Two. Firstly, I would like to thank all the Balga families for their support and patience throughout these challenging times. One of the characteristics I love about this community, is the way you trust us to do the right thing for your children, and allow the staff to focus on their core business of caring and developing the students.

We appreciate the fact that there has been a significant amount of communication delivered to the community about the recent adjustments and we thank you for keeping up to date with these guidelines.

It is important to acknowledge how impressive the students have been throughout these challenges and how they have demonstrated true resilience by adapting to new learning environments. However, the school was not the same without them. The entire staff genuinely missed them and commented on how much joy the children bring to a school each day.

Reporting
Students will still receive a report this semester, however they will be different. We have been directed by the Department that grades (A, B, C, D, E) will not be included in the Semester Two’s report. Further information about how the reports will be structured will be communicated to you once a decision has been made.

Pick up and drop off
Thank you for supporting the school’s new pick up and drop off arrangements and ensuring that parents/guardians do not enter the grounds. This will continue until further notice.

Kindy & Pre Primary – Kindy gates, Walderton Avenue.

All other students – Wittering Crescent gate.     

Cleaning & Hygiene
Balga PS and the Department have implemented a number of initiatives to meet the hygiene requirements set out by the Chief Medical Officer. One of those measures has been employing a full time cleaner who will focus on cleaning high contact areas like playgrounds, play equipment and bathrooms throughout the day.  

Kind regards,

Mike Wills


Deputy’s Desk

Dear parents and caregivers,

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during these uncertain times. Balga Primary School is open for students to attend and learn in class and we respect your views if you want to keep your child(ren) at home. Our teachers are focusing on their classroom teaching as directed by the Department of Education. On top of their face-to-face classroom teaching, teachers will also be providing work packages to cater for students staying at home. Work packages will be ready each Thursday at noon and parents can collect them anytime by phoning the school (9253 4500) when they arrive at the main gate on Fernhurst Cres. Once these packages are completed, they should be returned to the school, ideally when you collect the next work package.

The online home learning through Seesaw will not be updated as teachers will be focusing on classroom teaching. Please collect the work packages if your child or children are staying at home. You can access online ideas from our website’s ‘At Home Learning’ tab (balgaps.wa.edu.au) to supplement the work packages.  

It is important for us to know that your child is completing work at home if they are not attending school. As parents, you may want to communicate with your child’s teacher through the family Seesaw application, letting them know that your child has completed the work or posting pictures of the completed activities. You can also call the school on 9253 4500 and keep us updated. Finally, the work packages need to be returned to school so the teachers can assess the work and record that your child is completing educational activities out of the school. If we do not receive any evidence of your child attempting work packages, they will be recorded as such. Please contact the school if you have any questions or concerns, we’re here to help.

Regards,

Anthony Chiappalone


ANZAC Day this year was like no other ANZAC Day in our students’ lives.  Instead of the usual dawn services and school assemblies, it was a solitary experience with families waking up early together, standing at the end of their driveways with candles or torches and listening to The Last Post on our local radio stations.  Some of us also honoured our veterans and service men and women with a minute’s silence as we remembered the sacrifices they made for their country and the generations to come.

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; 
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”

What each of us did in our own way, was to collectively honour the memory of those who fought to preserve the lifestyle we all enjoy today.

Lest We Forget.


Mother’s Day – Year 2 

Students have completed a poem and self-guided drawing to show their appreciation and love for their mothers. We laminated it so they can treasure it for years to come.  

 


Requirements Lists

In addition to the Requirements Lists which are essential for each student’s year of education, we also ask that everyone brings in their additional items. These are found on page 2 of the Requirements List under “Parents to Supply”. These include tissues, hand soap and paper towels. If your child has not already brought their additional items in to class, please do so at your earliest convenience. The school has a small budget with many thanks to those who have paid their Voluntary Contributions for the year, but our students do require additional supplies, especially through the Winter months.

Please click on the below link to view Balga Primary School’s Requirements Lists by year group:
http://balgaps.wa.edu.au/requirements-lists/

Thank you again, these are very much appreciated contributions to the success our students’ day-to-day schooling. 


Canteen – New Term 2 Menu

Our canteen services are up & running again for Term 2. Please click the below link to be redirected to our website to view our latest menu with some yummy additions:
http://balgaps.wa.edu.au/information/canteen/


Our Health Minister has confirmed that our lovely state of Western Australia has had ZERO new cases of COVID-19 for a whole week!!  Well done everyone, we have all done exceptionally well with social distancing and following our new restrictions which have greatly helped in keeping COVID-19 to a minimum in Western Australia.  If we keep up the good work, hopefully we can return to our “normal” day-to-day lives very soon.


PDF Links:

Link to Term 2 Planner 2020