From the Principal – Term 3

Dear parents/carers,

I do hope you are all enjoying the break and that there have been many opportunities for you to share quality time with your family.

Due to the impact of COVID-19 in Semester 1, we experienced many challenges to our school operations. Furthermore, we appreciate that COVID-19 has had quite a devastating impact upon many of our families. During times of adversity we often discover new things about ourselves, and this has certainly been the case during COVID-19 times, where we have observed all within our school community come together to support one another.

As a result of the operational changes we were required to put in place over the last semester, we noted some very positive outcomes for our students, with greatly increased levels of independence and resilience observed. We also noted increased levels of kindness and compassion for others. You as parents and carers have greatly supported such positive outcomes for your children, and we greatly appreciate your continued support throughout these times.

Furthermore, our teachers have also expressed how much more settled the children are in the mornings; with the day starting smoothly and that those children who find it difficult when their parent/carer leaves the classroom being less anxious.

As we head in to Term 3, we will draw upon the survey results that were collected at the end of last term to make informed decisions. The priority will be on supporting our students well-being and learning, both of which are our core business.

COVID-19 Parent Survey Results

Thank you so much to the 274 families that completed the survey. This number forms well over half of our Campbell families. The results and some of the comments shared are below and have been drawn upon to determine Term 3 operational factors which will support students and families.

The new drop off arrangement is more streamlined and efficient

My son has become more independent as a result and I feel this has been beneficial for him.

Gives kids independence and helps curve anxiety about leaving the classroom

The kids are used to it now, they are more settled and I feel it would be easier for the teachers to get started in the mornings.

It’s so much easier. I find my son is less anxious because he’s not counting down the minutes until I leave the school. It’s more spread out and easier. It’s less chaotic in the morning.

It’s beneficial for various reasons as 1. Parking, 2. In case parents are not well regardless of kids are well (risk of parents transmitting any sickness to anyone), 3. less traffic 4. Kids are more independent. Thanks

 

No more anxiety about me leaving them

Absolutely agree this is the most important reason for keeping it!

Easier for parents not to interrupt the children’s routine and they can learn more and be responsible.

Parents can be a distraction to the students and the teachers.

Without parents and other smaller siblings distracting the children as they settle in to their morning work, it makes it a lot easier for the children and teachers to get settled in.

Kids are not delaying school start time by extended goodbyes with parents. Getting them into routine so much quicker.

 

The highest rankings were given to the first 2 options as listed below:

72 % of parents ranking options 1 and 2 as highest.

  1. Structured opportunities for classroom visits scheduled throughout the term.
  2. Parental help: opportunities in class: eg cooking, reading roster…

 

Term 3

We will continue to review our school’s response to COVID-19 in line with the WA Health Department, the Premier’s Phase Plan and feedback provided through the recent survey.

As such, we would like to maintain many of the existing operational changes for Term 3, until further notice. This will continue to positively impact upon the development of all students’ independence, resiliency and supports a strong focus on student learning and well-being as a priority.

What will this look like?  

  • Parents are encouraged to maintain the student drop off at the gates and allowing their children to enter the school grounds independently
  • Parents who require to drop their children at the classroom can do so but are requested to not enter the classroom and leave as soon as reasonably possible. This allows all children to settle quickly into the morning routines and be responsible for their learning
  • Parents/carers that require communication with teachers are to organise face-to-face meetings at a pre-arranged time or through email or Connect.
  • Continuation of staggered pick–up times. Please note this will be for K and PP only with pick-up time of 2:40 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 2:20 pm on Wednesdays. Siblings will be released early at the request of parents. Please advise your child’s classroom teacher/s if you require this.
  • School administration and educational assistants will continue to meet and greet at drop-off and pick-up areas (Kindy and Pre-primary gate and Comrie Rd, double gates)
  • Student drop-off should occur between 8:15 am and 8:40 am, when the siren goes.
  • All students that arrive before 8:25 am should assemble in the boulevard area where they will be supervised
  • Parents, students and staff will continue to support social distancing
  • Increased levels of cleaning will be maintained
  • Sanitising stations will continue to be set up at entry gates and in classrooms
  • The playgrounds will be cleaned each afternoon
  • Students will not have access to playgrounds after school due to the cleaning regimes

In response to the survey results we will be seeking ways to ensure that parental engagement in schooling is maintained and is of value. Parents/carers will be provided with opportunities throughout the term, at different times, to allow for parents/carers to share in their child’s learning. We will manage this with levels of appropriate social distancing being observed. This may look like open mornings or afternoons and/or parents being rostered on for reading, cooking, maths lessons etc. The Campbell Primary School staff will discuss this on the first day back which is a staff development day. Further information will be provided to parents in the coming weeks through Connect.

Staffing Term 3

I will be on leave for the first 2 weeks of term. Mrs Mandy Ward will be Acting Principal during this time, working Monday to Friday.

Welcome Back

We welcome back Erin McCormick. Mrs McCormick will take the Year 4 class in LA13 for the remainder of the year- Monday to Wednesday. Mrs Slee will be Mrs McCormick’s tandem teacher, working Thursday and Friday in Year 4.

Congratulations

Miss Paige Goodsell has been successful in being merit selected in to the permanent position of Assistant Principal. She will commence in week 3 of Term 3. Miss Goodsell comes to us from Bannister Creek PS.

Mrs Mandy Slee will maintain her position as Assistant Principal for Term 3. She will be in administration from Monday to Wednesday.

I look forward to a very productive term ahead.

 

Kind regards,

Lynne Bates

Principal

16 July, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Term 3

We will continue to review our school’s response to COVID-19 in line with the WA Health Department, the Premier’s Phase Plan and feedback provided through the recent survey.

As such, we would like to maintain many of the existing operational changes for Term 3, until further notice. This will continue to positively impact upon the development of all students’ independence, resiliency and supports a strong focus on student learning and well-being as a priority.

What will this look like?  

  • Parents are encouraged to maintain the student drop off at the gates and allowing their children to enter the school grounds independently
  • Parents who require to drop their children at the classroom can do so but are requested to not enter the classroom and leave as soon as reasonably possible. This allows all children to settle quickly into the morning routines and be responsible for their learning
  • Parents/carers that require communication with teachers are to organise face-to-face meetings at a pre-arranged time or through email or Connect.
  • Continuation of staggered pick–up times. Please note this will be for K and PP only with pick-up time of 2:40 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 2:20 pm on Wednesdays. Siblings will be released early at the request of parents. Please advise your child’s classroom teacher/s if you require this.
  • School administration and educational assistants will continue to meet and greet at drop-off and pick-up areas (Kindy and Pre-primary gate and Comrie Rd, double gates)
  • Student drop-off should occur between 8:15 am and 8:40 am, when the siren goes.
  • All students that arrive before 8:25 am should assemble in the boulevard area where they will be supervised
  • Parents, students and staff will continue to support social distancing
  • Increased levels of cleaning will be maintained
  • Sanitising stations will continue to be set up at entry gates and in classrooms
  • The playgrounds will be cleaned each afternoon
  • Students will not have access to playgrounds after school due to the cleaning regimes

In response to the survey results we will be seeking ways to ensure that parental engagement in schooling is maintained and is of value. Parents/carers will be provided with opportunities throughout the term, at different times, to allow for parents/carers to share in their child’s learning. We will manage this with levels of appropriate social distancing being observed. This may look like open mornings or afternoons and/or parents being rostered on for reading, cooking, maths lessons etc. The Campbell Primary School staff will discuss this on the first day back which is a staff development day. Further information will be provided to parents in the coming weeks through Connect.

Staffing Term 3

I will be on leave for the first 2 weeks of term. Mrs Mandy Ward will be Acting Principal during this time, working Monday to Friday.

Welcome Back

We welcome back Erin McCormick. Mrs McCormick will take the Year 4 class in LA13 for the remainder of the year- Monday to Wednesday. Mrs Slee will be Mrs McCormick’s tandem teacher, working Thursday and Friday in Year 4.

Congratulations

Miss Paige Goodsell has been successful in being merit selected in to the permanent position of Assistant Principal. She will commence in week 3 of Term 3. Miss Goodsell comes to us from Bannister Creek PS.

Mrs Mandy Slee will maintain her position as Assistant Principal for Term 3. She will be in administration from Monday to Wednesday.

I look forward to a very productive term ahead.

 

Kind regards,

Lynne Bates

Principal

16 July, 2020