Dear parents and carers,
Zone Carnival Success
Congratulations to all our students for their outstanding efforts and behaviour at the Balmain Zone Carnival, and thanks to Ms Mitchell and Ms Barnfield for their organisation and supervision of our team.
Ms Mitchell has written a more complete report which will be published later, but I’d like to especially congratulate Madison Chantler, who is the 12 years Girls Age Champion for Balmain Zone, and Zara Bortolin, who came second in the same age group.
Easing of COVID Restrictions
As NSW continues our excellent record of zero community transmission of COVID-19, the NSW Department of Education has made the welcome decision to ease a range of restrictions in public schools. You can read them in detail on the Education website here →
Some key points to be aware of:
Students and staff with COVID symptoms should still not attend school, and parents are still expected to have children tested for COVID-19 prior to returning.
Singing and dancing are permitted in classrooms with no limit on numbers, and all ensembles and bands are permitted.
School performances, concerts and presentations are permitted with audience with COVID safety plan in place. Excursions, camps, orientation programs and school events can proceed (with COVID safety plans where needed).
Visitors to school sites
Parents are permitted on site, provided they check in to Service NSW app and sign in at office, to:
- Drop off and pick up children (does not require visitor sign in or check in)
- Attend meetings and volunteer in scheduled programs
- Participate in community or school events /assemblies, with physical distancing requirements met
- Attend sporting or arts events held offsite, in line with external venue’s COVID-safety plans.
Parents are permitted to come on site to drop off and pick up children from Monday, with 1.5m physical distancing strictly observed. While we welcome the opportunity for parents to return to the school site, I also provide the following observations and requests on behalf of our staff and students.
Morning drop offs:
The children have been very settled and calm with fewer adults in the playground in the morning, particularly children who find separating from parents difficult.
Classes have been getting into their rooms calmly and quickly, learning activities are starting promptly and in a settled way, and children have had more space to play in the mornings.
If parents do need to come into the school for any reason they are of course welcome to, but if children can continue to be dropped at the gate where possible, it does assist in starting the school day in a calm, efficient and settled way.
Dogs on the school grounds:
Not having dogs in the playground has been highly beneficial for a calm and settled start and finish to the school day for our students. If you do bring a dog when walking your child to school, we respectfully request that you drop your child off at the gate. This is also in line with department policy regarding dogs on school grounds.
Should a parent need to come onto the school site with a dog, they must ensure that the dog is calm and well socialised, is on a lead and kept under your control at all times. The COLA area, basketball court and oval gate will be designated as a ‘dog-free zone’, to support children and community members who prefer not to interact with dogs on school grounds.
Afternoon pick ups:
Children will continue to be collected at their assigned gates next week while we plan assigned pickup areas within the school grounds. This will allow us to ensure physical distancing of 1.5m between adults can be observed. We anticipate new pick up procedures will be communicated next week, to start on Monday 15th March.
Selective High School Test
Year 6 students who have registered to sit the Selective HS test are reminded that the test is scheduled for Thursday 11 March, from 9:00 – 1:30 at Fort St HS. Students are expected to return to school after the completion of the test.
International Women’s Day
Monday 8th March is International Women’s Day. The theme this year is Choose To Challenge. We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.
From challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge.
Until next week,