IMPORTANT DATES!

TERM 3 2020

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

What a whirlwind of a term it has been. Our staff and students have settled back into onsite learning and our term is coming quickly to a conclusion. Our students have demonstrated exceptional resilience during this time as have our staff and we really look forward to our return to school next term.

COVID-19 Updates

As the term draws to a close we are still in limbo with our COVID – 19 restrictions and I did want to take the opportunity to let you know what we know at the moment going forward.

Firstly, I would like to thank all of the parents who have kept their kids away from school even if they are only experiencing minor flu like symptoms. It is a little bit strange as students are staying away from school for things that would not normally be an issue but we are all hopeful that these actions are helping in the fight to slow the spread of COVID – 19. It is wonderful to have landed in a community that are so adaptable and supportive of our greater community during this challenging time. On behalf of myself and the entire staff at RGLPS I would like to thank you all.

We are still yet to receive official word about multiple aspects of our restrictions. Our students are very keen to access outside activities like excursions and interschool sports and we will inform you of all news as soon as it is available. Many schools in our district have opted out of sporting activities for term 3 and we have also decided to run with this approach. At this stage there are too many risks associated with an interschool sport program and given that parts of Macleod and Bundoora are now considered hotspots we will not be running with that program in term 3.

Our students have also expressed a desire to return our school bands program to what it was prior to the Victorian restrictions. Our teachers have really focussed on making sure our students are relaxed and comfortable in their adjusted bands so far this term. In a regular year we have extremely high expectations on our bands with multiple performances and competitions and we have found this to be very successful. However, upon our return it has been our aim to reduce the pressure a little. We do understand that the lack of competition and performance to audiences can make it a little more difficult for students to self-motivate and we are finding other ways to challenge our students. Students are being exposed to more pieces than usual and sight reading has become a key area of challenge.

At this stage our intermediate and senior bands will continue to have split sessions, keeping us in line with DET recommendations and ultimately giving us confidence that we are not putting our young people in any risky situations. Once a green light is provided we will revert back to full bands. We all look forward to this time.

We will also maintain our staggered recess and lunch times at the beginning of term 3. We know our students would prefer it if their friends were all outside with them during recess and lunch time however, we are advised to split play times to reduce different cohorts mixing with each other. The staggered finish to our school day will also remain until further notice.

Parent Survey

A very big thank you to all of the families that have responded to our RGLPS Community Feedback Survey. As you know we posted this survey to see if we could utilise our community knowledge and feedback to support us on our improvement journey. We have not received as many responses as we would have liked and we do want to give everyone ample opportunity to voice feedback. For this reason we will keep the survey open until we return to school on the 13th of July. If you would like to give your feedback please access the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KK57QDG

Remote Learning Review

Remote learning was a different experience for all involved. Our staff have spent a little time reflecting on the experience as we want to capture the successes and continue with them during onsite learning. As with all things we are very keen to have all of our stakeholders join us in our reflection and we have developed 2 question surveys for our parents and students. We would love to hear from you about your remote learning experience. If you would like to spend a few minutes catching the successes it would be greatly appreciated. The following links are for students and parents.

Parent Link

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TCYHNS9

 

Student Link

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TCQHS9K

Thanks

A great big thanks to our staff and students for a wonderful if not odd term 2. We all hope that normalcy returns in term 3 and hope that everyone has a well earned break.

Kirrily Lamers

Principal

STUDENTS OF THE TERM

SUSTAINABILITY

DEAF FACILITY

Thank you to all our Deaf Facility families for their support and engagement over this challenging term.  A big thank you to our teachers of the deaf for their amazing support and the extra work they did to ensure accessibility and curriculum adjustments over this time.  We’re so fortunate to have such wonderful support with our families, school and deaf facility.

External Therapists

Rosanna Golf Links Primary School are still following recommendations from the Department of Education and Training (DET) regarding visitors onsite during this time of restrictions.  This means, we are not facilitating external therapy sessions onsite at the moment.  If these sessions are a priority for you, we encourage families to arrange therapy services outside of school hours, or at the start of the school day/end of the school day and drop off your child late/pick them up early, to minimise disruption to their schooling.   When restrictions ease, we plan to return to allowing therapists onsite as we did previously.  Apologies for any inconvenience caused during this time of restriction.

Hearing Australia

Hearing Australia will continue to service Rosanna Golf Links Primary School Deaf Facility on a monthly basis, continuing the timetable published earlier in the year.  If your child has specific needs from Cathy (Hearing Australia Audiologist) please notify your child’s teacher of the deaf, or Thom Jackson.

Individual Learning Plans

As previously reported in our school newsletter, we will not be publishing Individual Learning Plans (IL) at the end of this semester.  As there was limited time to work on these goals in Term One and during remote learning, these goals will not be reported against.  The Semester Two ILP will revise the current goals, report on goals achieved, continue current goals, where appropriate, and establish new goals.

Morning Routine

From the start of Term Three, we are slightly changing our morning routine for our Deaf Facility students.  Instead of listening checks within the classroom, we will be completing our listening checks in the Deaf Facility from 8:50am.  Please ensure your child is at school prior to 8:50am (where possible) to go straight to the Deaf Facility (do not pass go, do not collect $200) to get their listening checked and to ensure their devices are connecting and working properly.  Thank you for your cooperation.

THREE-WAY CONFERENCES 2020 

RGLPS will hold Three Way Conferences on Wednesday 22nd July, 2020 between 9am and 6:45pm. At this point, we anticipate Three Way Conferences will be held on WebEx due to current COVID-19 restrictions. Further information will be forthcoming at the start of next term.

Three Way Conferences are a fantastic opportunity for you to discuss and celebrate learning successes with your child and their teacher/s.

Appointments are now available through Compass. Bookings will close on Friday 17th of July at 3.30pm.

Students are required to attend on this day to participate in their scheduled Three-Way Conferences. Participation in the 15 minute Three-Way Conference provides opportunities for reflection, feedback and individual instruction on how the learning journey for each student can be enhanced and extended moving forward. Each classroom teachers will schedule 15 minute conferences with families and students between 9am and 6:45pm.

There will also be a small amount of specialist appointments available on the day. Please note that most specialist teachers work with hundreds of students from across the school and only have capacity for twenty seven conferences. These will be available on a ‘first in, best dressed’ basis. Students will be marked present on the attendance roll upon their participation in scheduled Three Way Conferences.

TheirCare will have limited places available if parents/carers need additional supervision for their children across the day. Please DO NOT send your child to school on this date for any reason other than for their Three Way Conference.

Why 3 Way Conferences?
 They actively involve parents, students and teachers in reflecting on student achievement,
discussing work samples and setting future targets and goals.
 They acknowledge the most important participants in the learning process (student, teacher
and parent).
 They provide a student voice to discussions about performance and targets.
 They place the student at the heart of the assessment and reporting process.
 They strengthen the home-school relationship and allow children to see their parents and
teacher interacting in partnership.
But I still want to speak to my child’s teacher in private…
The Three Way Conference is a valuable opportunity to celebrate student learning achievement and
discuss future learning goals. For this reason, it is important that students are able to participate in
the discussion. However, we understand that sometimes parents and teachers need to discuss
private issues. In this case, parents and teachers may request that the child step out during the
second half of the conference so the adults can discuss matters privately.

TEACHING AND LEARNING

Term Two has been a highly unusual and a challenging period for children, families and our school staff. I hope everyone enjoys a relaxing and safe school holiday break and students can return next term refreshed and ready for learning.

Semester One 2020 Reports

Teachers will recommence regular updates to student progress against our 2020 Essential Learnings in English, Mathematics and specialist areas from the start of term three.

Essential Learning Updates on Continuum

Teachers will recommence regular updates to student progress against our 2020 Essential Learnings in English, Mathematics and specialist areas from the start of term three.

Term Three Team 2020 Newsletters

Term Three Team Newsletters are now available for parents and carers to access. The purpose of the newsletters is to provide an overview of the team learning focus for the upcoming term, as well as important dates and other useful information for parents and carers.

 

Term Three Newsletters are accessible on Compass under School Documentation -> Year level Newsletters -> 2020 -> Term 3.

Student Illness and Absences

All children are expected to attend school unless they are unwell. The school requests that you do not send students to school when they are ill as they run the risk of passing along bugs to classmates and our staff. This is particularly important given the COVID-19 pandemic as we want to limit potential any community transmission and risk.

 

Aside from genuine illness, consistent school attendance is extremely important. Regular absence from school has a significant cumulative effect over many years which impacts learning achievement and progress, student connectedness to school and peers and overall wellbeing. It is important to stress that every year of school is important. The Victorian Curriculum has been designed to be developmental and build on concepts each year. High levels of absenteeism can cause children to miss foundational concepts and have gaps as they proceed on their educational journey. Birthdays and shopping trips are not valid reasons for a child to miss a day of school. Students need to attend school every day possible.

 

RGLPS has a school goal in our 2020 Annual Implementation Plan for student attendance rates to reflect absences of not more than eleven days annually per child. (This excludes long term student illness and extended family holidays). We understand there may be children who have extended illneseses but these are relatively rare. Below is a comparative table that shows the schooling that can be missed over the duration of a child’s years of primary and secondary schooling:

 

Cumulative Absences and Days of School Missed

 

Time

If your child misses…

10 days per year

20 days per year

25 days per year

30 days per year

One school year

10 days

(2 weeks of school)

20 days

(4 weeks of school)

25 days

(half a school term)

30 days

(6 weeks of school)

Prep – Year 6

(7 years)

 

70 days

(equivalent of  ~1.5 school terms)

140 days

(equivalent of nearly 3 school terms)

175 days

(equivalent of 3.5 school terms)

210 days

(equivalent of more than one school year)

Prep – Year 12

(13 years)

 

130 days

(equivalent of ~2.5 school terms)

260 days

(equivalent of more than 1.3 school years)

338 days

(equivalent of 1.7 school years)

390 days

(equivalent of 2 school years)

 

As you can see, the days add up and if students are missing twenty or more days per school year on average, this equates to one – two years of learning time that is lost. Please keep this in mind and only keep students at home if they are genuinely unwell.

ICAS 2020

UNSW International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) are available for 2020 registration. Participation in each test is entirely voluntary and at parent expense. All ICAS tests will be conducted online during 2020.

 

ICAS tests will be offered for the following subjects and year levels on the following dates:

Date

ICAS Test

Eligible Year Levels

Tuesday 18th August 2020

ICAS Science

Year 2-6

Friday 28th August 2020

ICAS Digital Technologies

Year 3-6

Monday 24th August 2020

ICAS English

Year 2-6

Tuesday 1st September 2020

ICAS Mathematics

Year 2-6

Wednesday 3rd September 2020

ICAS Spelling Bee

Year 2-6

* ICAS Writing is unavailable in 2020.

 

The online parent portal is available for parents to register children for ICAS and make an encrypted payment by credit card. Each ICAS costs $15.95. Please create an account and login at https://shop.unswglobal.com.au/pages/pps and use the school access code ASU788.

 

ICAS have moved up the final date for registrations which will now close on Sunday 26th July 2020.

 

Kerron Worsdell

Teaching and Learning Coach

CANTEEN

 

Have a wonderful holiday.

Margaret Groves.

ENTERTAINMENT BOOKS

OSHC NEWS 

Dear Parents

We would just like to thank you for an interesting yet still brilliant term. Thanks for your understanding and support during this unsure time. We hope you all have a safe and restful break and we look forward to what adventures await us next term.

Ps please check and update your term 3 bookings according your needs.  Please also note that we will be running an all-day program on Wednesday the 22nd July, 3-way conference day (week 2 term 3). If you are needing the program, you can now book online or call or email us directly. Please let us know ASAP.

OSHC team =)

OSHC mobile 0408 136 169

Email rosannagolflink@theircare.com.au

LUNCH TIME CLUBS

Unfortunately, we are unable to run lunch time clubs at this time.

COMMUNITY NEWS

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