Principal’s Address – Term 2 Week 1 2020

Dear parents/carers,

Welcome back to Term 2, an extraordinary start to the term for sure. We have started the term with approximately 50% attendance and we look forward to welcoming more students back in the coming weeks.


We have had the majority of our teaching staff return following the break. We do, however,

have a few teachers that are on leave, these staff are listed below:

Teaching Staff on Leave             Replacement Staff Member

Yvonne Thomas (Kindy)              Miss Elena Roberts

Anne Farrell (Art)                          Mrs Jessica Battle

Lisa Van Der Wielen (Yr 6)          Mrs Jo Barnes (Thursday and Friday)


It really has been such a joy to watch our students return to school and we are very proud of

them for showing such resilience and kindness to their peers. The staff too, have greatly

appreciated being back with their students and we are running our school as normal as is



I want to reassure all parents/carers that we have an extensive cleaning regime and I thank

our cleaning staff for the excellent job they are doing. I also thank parents for following our

request to drop your children at the gates. It has been very helpful. The students at school

are very well-settled in classes, which is wonderful to see. Students have also continued to

follow social distancing, where practical, and have been following good hygiene practices,

washing their hands and sanitising many times a day. Our year 6 students have commented

on this in their writing today, I have quoted some of their text below:


“I feel safe being back at school knowing our cleaners are doing their very and absolute best to keep our school as healthy as it could ever be.” Mia M Yr 6

Please also enjoy snippets from the letters written to me today which very much reflect how

happy and settled our students are.


Dear Ms Bates,

I’m so glad to be back at school. At home I missed school so I am back at school. I

love school it is the best school ever because I love learning. I enjoy school more

than home. I love my teachers. Teachers are the best people in school and the

principals too.


Alice LA5

“I love being back at school because I get to see my friends and nice teacher and

make stuff like ANZAC art.” Sophie D LA20


I hope that for our students learning from home are enjoying the work provided by their class teachers.

We also hope that you as parents are feeling supported. At this stage our staff will

continue to make weekly contact with students that are learning from home.


Parents I refer you to the website, under Latest News, resources that have been produced

by The Commissioner for Children and Young People these will be posted in the next few

days and you may find them of interest during such uncertain times.


I wish you all good health and encourage you all to embrace our school values which are

most important in these uncertain times: kindness, resiliency and respect.


We really are all so fortunate to be a part of this wonderful school and community.

Kind regards,

Lynne Bates