FROM THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL
Firstly, thank you to all parents and caregivers for your questions and queries regarding the current situation we all find ourselves in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. These are certainly uncharted waters for us all and each and every day we are receiving new information which is coming at us quite rapidly, which is much like ‘drinking water from a fire hydrant’. The patience and understanding that the Ashby community is displaying at the moment is wonderful and we as a school ask that this patience please continues. We are receiving updates from DET and will share all necessary information with you as it comes to hand.
We are continuing to explicitly discuss and teach our students the importance of personal hygiene and what this looks like in practice here at Ashby. This includes, however, is not limited to;
- The washing of hands with soap frequently and properly,
- Using the hand sanitiser that is located in learning spaces,
- Coughing and or sneezing into tissues and or the upper sleeve/elbow area,
- Avoiding all physical contact,
- And ensuring that students are practising social distancing where possible - that does not impact upon teaching and learning programs.
On the back of what has been outlined above, and after having had further discussions this morning as a staff and leadership team, we have made the difficult decision to CANCEL and or POSTPONE all future gatherings that we have deemed to be non-essential. This is also in line with recent DET information to cancel all school camps and excursions. As a school we will NOT BE PROCEEDING with the following events and or gatherings;
- APS Cross Country (Thursday 19th March)
- APS Movie Night (Friday Evening 20th March)
- Harmony Day Celebrations (Monday 23rd March)
- End of Term Whole School Assembly (Friday 27th March)
- All Students House Related Activities (Ongoing)
- Local Library Visitations (Ongoing)
We understand very clearly that there has been a lot of planning and effort that has gone towards the creation of certain events and or activities however we have a responsibility to limit contact where we can without directly impacting teaching and learning programs in classrooms. Please note that if you are opting to keep your child at home at any stage over the next week period, please be aware that teachers are still identifying ways in which we can support students learning at home, therefore, we will not be providing structured work for students to complete at home at this current point in time.
A little under a fortnight ago, we held our first ‘TransPARENTcy’ afternoon which was very well received by students and their parents/caregivers. It was tremendous to see students sharing their learning and being able to articulate what their learning goals are, how they know if they have achieved a learning goal, and also show clear evidence to their teacher (and guardian) that a learning goal has been met. We are looking to certainly build the capacity of our students to be able to share their learning journey with others and to be clear about the goals that have been set and what it is they as learners need to do to be able to achieve them. Our next ‘transparency’ session is scheduled for the 8th May and hopefully, we can open our doors and run this very worthy program.
A reminder that our amazing JSC is still proceeding with their termly fundraiser for Term 1. All students are encouraged to ‘Dress up as an Animal Day’ for the last day of Term 1, with all gold coin donations going to support Wildlife Victoria. Students may wear Casual Dress if they do not wish to dress up like an animal. The disco however associated with the event will unfortunately not proceed. Thank you to Amanda Heitmann and her work with the JSC in organising these events and fundraisers to support very worthwhile organisations.
Until further notice, next Friday 27th March is our final day of term with the school day concluding at 2:15 pm.
As always we please ask that our wonderful APS community please keep an eye over the school during the term break as best possible. If anyone witnesses people misusing or mistreating our school grounds, please call 000 and report this to the police immediately.
Finally being the last newsletter for the term, I wish all families a safe and supportive term break. Please look after one another and, at this stage, we will see you all at the beginning of Term 2 for another great term of teaching and learning.
Ashby Primary School
1-7 Waratah Street, Geelong West, 3219