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Term 2 Week 4 Newsletter

Phase 3 Return to School Starts Monday 25 May

It is with much excitement that we will be welcoming back students to full time face-to-face teaching from next Monday. With over 750 students attending school each day, it has been important that we introduce a few changes to the school day to accommodate appropriate social distancing measures. Please make sure you have read all the communication sent home this week about Phase 3 carefully so that you and your child are ready for next week.

School Attendance from Monday 25 May

All students should be at school on Monday 25 May unless:

  • They have a medical certificate which states that they are unable to return to school due to an ongoing medical condition
  • They are currently unwell.

Students who have a medical certificate to stay at home will be supported to learn from home in line with regular procedures if they are able to. These regular procedures are different to what was offered during the learning from home period. If you require work to be provided to your child whilst they are at home due to an underlying health condition and you have a medical certificate, you should contact your child's Key Teacher before Friday 22 May.

Please note, students who live with a family member in one of the categories identified as being at increased risk by the AHPPC, should attend school unless a medical practitioner advises otherwise in writing. Please email this advice to your child's Key Teacher before Friday 22 May.

If your child is unwell, do not send them to school. If they are unwell at school you or your nominated emergency contact will need to collect them immediately. Please make sure your contact details are up to date.

If a student is absent without a medical reason for more than three days, this will be recorded as an unauthorised absence and followed up by our school Learning and Support Team.

Phase 3 Variation of School Day

During Phase 3, we will be dividing the school into 2 to reduce the number of people at drop off and pick up times as well reduce the number of students in the playground at recess and lunch. The changes to the school day are;

KINDERGARTEN & STAGE 2 - SCHOOL WILL START AT 8.45am & FINISH AT 2.45pm
STAGE 1 & STAGE 3 - SCHOOL WILL START AT 9.15am & FINISH AT 3.15pm

A teacher will be on duty from 8.30am until students start school in the morning and after school from 2.45pm-3.15pm for students waiting for siblings to finish school.

Phase 3 Drop Off Procedures

A reminder that during Phase 3, we ask that parents do not enter school grounds. This includes before and after school. At 8.30am, our team will be at the front of the school supporting students to enter the school grounds and offer hand sanitiser to all students on entry. The Miller St Gate will also reopen from 8.30am-9.15am each morning.

Phase 3 Pick Up Procedures

At the end of the school day, please be aware of the following pick up procedures;

  • If your child is attending Jigsaw, your child should proceed to Jigsaw at 2.45pm or 3.15pm following their usual routine.
  • If your child is in Stage 2 or 3 and going home independently, your child may leave the school grounds at the end of the school day. If your child is in Stage 2, please email your child's Key Teacher if your child is going home independently.
  • If your child is in Kindergarten (2.45pm finish) or Year 2 (3.15pm finish) you will pick your child up from the front of the school. Your child will be waiting for you on the front steps of the school. If walking, please follow the signs and observe social distancing whilst waiting for your child. If driving, use the pick up zone at the front of school. Please continue to use your dashboard sign so that the Anzac Park team is able to quickly identify your child.
  • If your child is in Stage 2 (2.45pm finish) or Year 1 (3.15pm finish) you will pick your child up from the pedestrian gate. Your child will be waiting for you on the Lower Terrace. If walking, please follow the signs and observe social distancing whilst waiting for your child. If driving, use the Kiss and Drop Zone. Please continue to use your dashboard sign so that the Anzac Park team is able to quickly identify your child.
  • Students in Stage 3 are encouraged to work out an appropriate after school pick up location with their parents.
  • If your child who finishes school at 2.45pm has a sibling who finishes at 3.15pm, your child will be supervised in the playground until the bell goes at 3.15pm. At the 3.15pm, they are to join their sibling at the 3.15pm pick up location

Phase 3 Break Times

For students in Kindergarten and Stage 2:

  • Recess 10.45am-11.15am and Lunch 1pm-1.45pm

For students in Stage 1 and Stage 3

  • Lunch 11.15am-12pm and Recess 1.45-2.15pm

Lost Property

Let's work together as a whole school to manage lost property!

  • Label every piece of your child’s school uniform clearly with their name – especially hats and jackets.
  • Remind your child about the importance of putting their clothing in their bag if they take it off.
  • If your child comes home with an item of clothing which does not belong to them, please return it to school with a note so that it can be returned to its rightful owner.
  • All uniform items that are labelled with your child's name will be returned to their class.

Returning Loan Devices

As students return to school next week we ask for all devices (laptop/chrome book) that were loaned out to be returned to the school by Wednesday 27 May. Amy Sackville will have a device sign in desk at the front of the school from Monday to Wednesday between 8:30am-9:15am. Please ensure you return the laptop fully charged with the charger.

National Simultaneous Storytime

The annual National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) event is on Wednesday 27 May 2020 at 11:00am. Next week, students will read Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas by Lucinda Gifford to celebrate National Simultaneous Storytime.

National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. Now in its 20th successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children's book that explores age-appropriate themes, and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Foundation to Year 6. By facilitating NSS we aim to:

  • promote the value of reading and literacy,
  • promote the value and fun of books,
  • promote an Australian writer and publisher,
  • promote storytime activities in public libraries and communities around the country,
  • provide opportunities to involve parents, grandparents, the media and others to participate in and enjoy the occasion.

Premiers Reading Challenge

How is your child going with the Premier's Reading Challenge? Don't forget you can add 10 choice books to your reading record this year to help you complete the challenge while you're learning from home, but you're extra 5 choice books need to be added a little differently. Please go to the support article for more information on how to add your bonus choice books.

https://prcsupport.freshdesk.com/support/solutions/articles/24000054175-how-do-i-add-bonus-choice-books-for-2020-​

Book Club: The next cycle of Scholastic Book Club will occur in the upcoming month. If you are new to Scholastic and would like to purchase books for your child/ren the library will share this information and the new catalogue in the school newsletter as soon as it becomes available.

Thank you to all of the families who have returned library books in the past few weeks. If your child has finished with their library book please ask them to drop their returns in the tub outside the library door. As you would be aware, borrowing of books from the school library is currently suspended until we can insure it is a safe option.

Semester 1 Mountain Top

At Anzac Park we are adapting and taking Mountain Top online this term. This will involve a special opportunity to share learning through a digital platform. A special part of Semester 1 Mountain Top is the transformation of our Bamboo Grove to our Gratitude Grove. This year I would like to transform Gratitude Grove to an online platform. I am asking all families to write a sign and take a picture of themselves sharing what they are grateful for about Anzac Park. It could be a program, an opportunity, a teacher, an experience.... Just remember that it must be related to Anzac Park and be aware that the photo will be shared online as part of our digital Mountain Top event. Please email all photos to anzacpark-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au Many thanks to the 2 families who have so far shared a photo for Gratitude Grove!

Family STEAM Challenge

Our family STEAM challenge is focused on bringing our community together through a friendly design and make family project. The competition will be filmed and shared on our school's Mountain Top website.

Join Anzac Park and enter into our family STEAM challenge. If you have any questions regarding the STEAM challenge, please contact Amy Sackville at amy.rogers9@det.nsw.edu.au

Spotlight on Jade

This term in Jade, we have enjoyed participating in Creative Arts lessons on our golden days. We have been exploring beat, tempo and rhythm in music and have loved creating our own musical pieces. In drama, we have been retelling our favourite Australian stories using the different elements of drama. It has been so much fun collaborating with our friends!

The Canteen is Open!

Healthy Kids will continue the strict health and safety measures that were implemented in Term 1 during the initial COVID-19 outbreak to minimise the risk of exposure to the school community and ensure responsible practices are taking place. The canteen will be providing both recess and lunch orders according to the Phase 3 break times.

Menu changes:

  • As always, we will continue to follow the Healthy School Canteen Strategy offering delicious and healthy items.
  • Initially the range of items has had to be reduced however we will go back to our full menu in the near future
  • Recess and lunch orders will be available

Placing of online orders:

  • No orders will be taken at the canteen counter
  • Parents to continue to use My School Connect

Collecting Orders:

  • Collection of orders will be supervised and social distancing measures will be in place, encouraging students to maintain minimum 1.5m physical distance

Celebrating Birthdays

To ensure the health and safety of students we ask families to not send in food to celebrate their child's birthday. Teachers will recognise student birthdays in their own special way. We thank you in advance for your understanding.

Anzac Pack optional Activewear

Anzac Park unisex activewear pants are available online, these are branded sports activewear pants which can be worn instead of track pants in winter. We negotiated with School Active Sports to supply this high quality option and they will provide a $10 discount in your shopping cart. These items are not available via our uniform supplier (Noone) and will be delivered to your home address.

Congratulations to our Gold Award Recipient!

Tennis Hot Shots Program to resume

As the NSW government are now lifting COVID 19 restrictions, we are happy to advise that we will be re-commencing Hot Shots Tennis in Week 6 of this term (the week commencing Monday 1 June 2020). We will be putting measures in place to ensure the safety of the children and will be following the Guidelines for Community Tennis issued by Tennis NSW.

The following measures will be put into place:

  • Group coaching will be limited to a maximum of 4 players and a coach per court.
  • The children will be walked by the coaches to or from school (rather than using the Hot Shots Bus)
  • Hand sanitiser will be provided at the tennis club.

We will be offering classes before and after school on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Cammeray Tennis Club and on Tuesday afternoons at Wheatleigh St Tennis Centre from Weeks 6-10. We will also be launching our Multisport program at Cammeray Tennis Club from Week 6.

Stuart Thompson 0415 655 121