From the Principal
I trust that you have enjoyed the beautiful weather during the Easter break and that you are feeling refreshed for what looks to be a fairly challenging term ahead.
In relation to schooling for this term, the latest advice from the Director of Schools is as follows: "While schools will be open, parents and carers are encouraged to continue to keep their children at home to contain the spread of coronavirus. Our schools will continue to provide supervision of learning for those children who don’t have alternative options and young people with additional vulnerabilities. If for any reason a child attends, they and their parents/carers will be made to feel welcome."
Throughout the next two weeks, I will be working at the school every day. My role will be to work with those students who come to school. While they are at school, the students will work independently on the home learning tasks that their teachers have assigned. I will monitor their progress and offer feedback on their work. My time will also be taken up as a co-teacher in the Zoom lessons for each of the classes. Therefore, the students must come prepared with their login details for Seesaw (Kindergarten to Year 3) and Microsoft Teams (Years 4 to 6). There will be no face-to-face teaching during the next two weeks.
As the focus for the next two weeks will be on learning from home, the remainder of the teaching staff will be facilitating online learning programs from home. During the next two weeks, there will be one other staff member working in the school office each day. The Premier has indicated that, beginning on 11th May, there are plans for students to return gradually to school. At this stage, we do not know what this will look like at St Patrick’s, but it will become clear throughout the next two weeks. I will keep you posted.
I thank you for your patience during these difficult times.
ANZAC DAY ON THE DRIVEWAY
Many St Patrick’s families observed ANZAC on their driveways at dawn on ANZAC Day. Such a shame that COVID-19 spoiled the 'party' for our war veterans, but lovely that so many people honoured them in such a personal way. Here is the Fitzgerald family paying their respects to those who served our country in conflict.