SCHOOL NEWSLETTER 2 JULY 2020

SCHOOL NEWS / NOTES / COMMUNICATION

This will be the last paper copy of the newsletter sent home to all families. Throughout the term we have encouraged parents to use Facebook, the school Connect program and app, and the NEW school website.

We will be using all 3 of these forms of communication in the future, to relay messages to our families and the community.

  • The school website has a section dedicated solely to Latest News, and items will appear on here as they would in a newsletter. As you browse the website you will also see information and celebrations of our school.
  • The Connect program has an easy to install app for all smart phones, Connect Now – where you will receive a notification as posts are put up, and this will be used by the whole school, and by individual teachers. This program is only visible to parents of enrolled students at East Waikiki.

Facebook will be used to supplement the Website and Connect, and we encourage friends and family to join our page to keep up with school information, celebrations and reminders.

NEW SCHOOL TIMES TRIAL TERM 3 AND 4

Moving forward, the school council has announced the trial of new school times starting in term 3, Tuesday 21 July. These are :

Gates open for students to enter at 8.15am. Students are expected to go straight to their class and wait outside. As always, no games or equipment should be played with before school. Teachers will open classroom doors at 8.20am, for students to enter and get set up for the day.

School Starts at 8.30am The gates will open, and School finishes at 2.30pm. Students who are not picked up immediately will be waiting outside their classrooms. Admin staff will be on duty around the school after school.

REPORTING TO PARENTS

With the regular attendance of many students being lower over this time, the breadth and depth of the curriculum covered throughout Semester 1 has been reduced.  For this reason, schools were not required to include grades on Semester 1 reports.  While learning area written comments have not been provided, attitude, behaviour and effort and an ongoing total comment, has been written by class teachers.

Schooling is once again returning to normal and our students are engaging in the regular curriculum, in their usual classroom environment.  Semester 2 reports will reflect this and therefore provide the usual, more detailed information on your child’s progress and achievement. Thank you for your continued support and encouragement as we work together to provide the best learning opportunities for our students.

BREAKFAST CLUB

What a fabulous turnout we had this morning at Breakfast Club. The children were excited to chat and have breakfast together. The menu included Weet-bix, toast and warm milo.

A huge thank you to the staff that volunteered their time this morning to help the children.

Breakfast Club will continue next term on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8am entering via the gate near the Deputy Principals office.

ONLY school students are able to attend. Sorry, no parents or younger siblings.

Staff look forward to students joining us next term for Breakfast. Have a lovely holiday.  Mrs Hill

PARKING

All schools have insufficient car bays, this has always been the case here and will continue to be the case and is beyond our control. What we as individuals do in response to this fact is in our control, as is demonstrated by the vast majority of parents and carers who do use practices that are respectful and minimize the risk of harm to children. Please avoid:

•Parking in areas that are not designated car parking areas causing a visibility problem for students leaving the school and putting them at risk of harm.
•Dropping students off in the middle of the road causing visibility issues and putting children in physically unsafe situations.
•Double parking in the streets. Again this causes unnecessary congestion, decreases visibility, causes unnecessary stress and most importantly, again puts our children at risk of physical harm. 

I don’t think we truly have any parent who would consciously put the health of any child at risk but I do think not everyone truly appreciates the potential consequences of the actions they take.

Peter Glendenning PRINCIPAL