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COVID-19 UPDATE

The WA Department of Education is introducing proactive measures to limit the impact of COVID-19. Given the broad directions of the WA Department of Education, the following events and activities have been cancelled at this point in time. An attempt to reschedule some of these activities will be made depending on availability of venues and providers.  I am sure that you will understand and support the school’s decisions in the interest of your child and the wider community.

The school has made the decision that the following activities / events will not go ahead;

The Cyberwise Incursion this Friday has been re-structured to cater for smaller groups of children and allow for social distancing measures to be put in place.

The Orchestra is also scheduled to continue at this stage with social distancing measures observed.

The Easter Hat Parade and Harmony Day Activities will be downscaled to allow for smaller groups to parade. We are also investigating the possibility of holding the ANZAC Ceremony ‘in-house’ as a short student only event allowing us to pay our respects.

There will also be no after school activities including Choir and Swim Squad for the remainder of the term.

We have made the decision to cease window sales from the Canteen from Monday so as a result there will be no cash sales available. Recess will still be available for order online.

The P&C AGM will go ahead without the General Meeting that usually follows. This will allow for a quick meeting to elect the Office Bearers for 2020. If you plan to attend, please remember to bring your $1 to sign up as a financial member as this will allow you to vote.

The School Board meeting planned for Tuesday night is investigating the opportunity to meet via teleconference to discuss ongoing plans and preparation in light of the current situation.

Consideration is currently being given to Term 2 activities including Sporting Carnivals and the Year 6 Camp. An announcement on these will be made upon return in Term 2.

Many parents may be wondering how to best talk about this issue with their children and ensure that they remain calm, but informed about what is going to happen. Remember, they listen to everything we say and also hear television and news reports so they have snippets of information, but not necessarily the whole picture.  The attached video outlines some really good points to consider when discussing it with your children.

https://schooltv.me/wellbeing_news/special-report-coronavirus

There are also some materials regarding how to teach children about COVID-19 and the importance of good respiratory hygiene that has been included in this newsletter.

As always, we are guided by advice from both Health and Education Departments and appreciate your ongoing support during this time. We look forward to getting things back on track as soon as we can. The Information for Parents can be found at this link.

SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS

Thank you to those people that have already voted in the School Board Elections. Voting closes this Friday 20 March at 3:30pm. Please complete the Ballot form and place it in the box in the front office.

Information on candidates is attached to this newsletter.

FACTION POINTS

Congratulations to our Faction Winners from last week.

INDIVIDUAL

Luca (Rm 5) – Respect

Lyla (Rm 10) – Excellence

Sami (Rm 11) – Excellence

CLASS

Room 8

OVERALL FACTION

Sanderson

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