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Posted: September 16, 2021

Thank you and a couple of reminders
I just wanted to give a huge shout out to our Year 1 parents for your understanding and agility over the last week. We appreciate your support in helping us align with CHP guidelines, enabling us to reopen to Year 1 students yesterday. Your diligence in ensuring children weren’t socialising with each other, in order to help break the train of transmission, was greatly appreciated. 

I know it is unfortunate that our Year 2 classes are now in remote learning mode for the next few days but as we have learned over the last 18 months, the precautionary measures placed on us are meant to protect our community at large. Thank you in advance to our Year 2 families for your support over the next week.

Additionally, I’d like to thank the Year 1 and 2 teams and the specialists for their flexibility this week to ensure continuity of learning as well as special measures at school to help keep everyone safe and healthy. 

Smart Watches in Primary
As these watches have similar functions to a mobile phone such as cameras and the capacity to send and receive calls, they are not allowed to be worn by primary students during school time. As these are valuable items, the school advises they be kept at home. If you want your child to wear the watches to and from school, please be aware that they will need to be placed in their school bag for the whole school day just as they would be asked to leave mobile phones in their school bags. The school is not responsible for any damage or lost smartwatches or mobile phones.

Toys at School
There have been a few queries recently regarding toys in school. I’ve also noticed a few stuffed bunnies hopping through the school gates in the morning and felt it was a good time to remind us as a community about toys at school. 

Many of our students bus in and bring small items to entertain themselves on the bus to and from school. Some students bring in small toys to engage with during break or playtimes and to make connections with others. 

I would like to bring some clarity around ‘Toys at School’.

  • Children are allowed to bring in small toys to entertain themselves on the bus or during specified times of the day (morning break/lunch recess, after they have eaten).
  • At all other times, items MUST remain in the child’s school bag.
  • The school holds no liability for any items lost or misplaced while at school. The sole responsibility for a missing item lies with the child.
  • No toys electronic toys or in the form of weapons (eg toy guns/knives) are permitted.
  • There should be no trading or exchanging of toys/cards. For the time being, cards in ANY form are prohibited. We will revisit this later in the term. 
  • If asked to put items away, then items need to be put away.
  • If a child asks you to bring in an item that is treasured and highly valued by them, that you know will devastate them if lost, please discourage bringing the item to school. 

Thank you for your continued help and support.

Kind regards,

Josh Blue
Head of Primary