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Primary Update

Posted: August 20, 2021

This week I had the opportunity to welcome the bravest, the strongest and the smartest back to our learning community. Beginnings of any kind can be wrought with fear, worry and trepidation but like Tigger, students and teachers alike came bounding back into school this week filled with smiles, laughter and excitement.

This week has been such a stark contrast to this same time last year and for that I think we can all be incredibly thankful.

I don’t know what the rest of the year will hold but I do know that positive relationships are at the heart of what we do. This week as we’ve welcomed new and returning staff and students our focus has been on connection, belonging and relationships.

It is easy to forget that there are skills behind making friends, having open and honest communication and being kind and respectful. Our focus over these first few weeks of school and throughout the school year will be driven by the development of these skills and the creation of positive relationships across our learning community.

This also includes our relationships with you, the parents and caregivers, in our learning community. We will be looking at putting together a series of webinars and information sessions across Term 1 so we are all informed and on the same page.

To start us off, on Thursday 2 September 2021 we will be holding our Meet the Teacher Zoom meetings. These Zoom meetings provide you the opportunity to ‘meet’ your child’s teacher and find out more about the Year ahead. The session for Years 1, 3 and 5 will be held from 5-5.30pm and for Years 2, 4, 6 from 5.30-6pm. This is a parent information session and children should not be in attendance. The Zoom Link for the meeting will be shared with you closer to Thursday 2 September.

Two more quick items:

  • The ESF App and the ‘Timetable’ tab: There have been a number of queries regarding the timetable tab on the ESF App. The app format is used across all ESF kindergartens, primary, secondary and through-schools. The timetable feature is something we are currently NOT USING in the primary sector. Over time, as our internal systems migrate from one system to another, we will look at how we might use this option but for now it remains inactive.
  • Collection of students after school: It is expected that children in Years 1-3 are collected by an adult at the end of the school day. Children in Years 4-6 are permitted to leave on their own; however, please ensure your child’s class teacher is aware of how your child is getting home. Please remember children in Years 1 and 2 are dismissed from the lower ground playground onto the foreshore at 3.05pm; Years 3 and 4 through the main school entrance at 3.10pm; and Years 5 and 6 through the main school entrance at 3.15pm.

Thank you all for a positive start to this academic year and I look forward to working with you during the year ahead.

Josh Blue
Head of Primary