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As we approach the end of Week 3, we are all waiting to hear what the next phase of schooling will look like. Over the past three weeks we have seen our attendance grow to almost 90% with only two or three students away in most classes. Staff have been given extra time to ensure that they can stay in contact with those choosing to continue to work from home so hopefully we have been able to provide adequate support.  As per the Premier’s announcement during the school holidays, there will be a review into the state of play for schools and an update is expected before the end of this week.

Over the next few weeks we will be able to make clear what the process will be for Semester One reports. Assessment has been impacted by the reduced attendance, but we are hopeful that we will be able to provide a clear picture as to how the students have progressed over the semester. It is not expected that we will have enough data to provide a level of achievement on the 5-point scale or grades. Clearly, all going well, Semester 2 Reports will be able to provide a lot more information.

I would like to again thank the school community for their support. Pick-up and drop-offs are going relatively smoothly and parents have been very respectful of not entering school grounds. We don’t know how much longer this will be for, but we do appreciate your understanding. What we have noticed is the increased resilience in many of our students as they have very capably made their way to and from their classrooms and have independently prepared themselves for the school day.

This Friday, Room 10 will hold the first assembly of the term in a very different format. A small number of classes will be in the undercover area as the audience and we will stream into the other classes. This will allow us to still adhere to social distancing, while celebrating the achievements of those who deserve recognition. Again, there is a lot of trial and error in what we do so we will continue to adjust our methods until we find the best way to do things.


Congratulations to Rachael Bolton, who was elected as the P&C President at the AGM on Wednesday 29 April. Rachael replaces Kylie Eaton who made the decision to step down. Rachael will be supported by Nicole Airay who is remaining on as Vice-President, Elissa Mansell as the Treasurer and Debbie Parkinson who replaces Emma-Jo Broadley as the Secretary.

I would like to formally acknowledge Kylie and Emma-Jo as the outgoing President and Secretary for their efforts over the past few years. They have worked tirelessly to support the school and provided many activities and events including the School Fair in 2018 that raised almost $35,000. They have led the P&C that has made significant contributions to the school environment including the upgrades to the Keene Undercover Area, the STEM Outdoor Classroom and the Primary Science Lab. They leave the P&C in a fantastic place both physically and financially for Rachael and her team to build upon.


For the foreseeable future, Mrs Byrne is only able to work mornings in Room 11. Mrs Dunning has been appointed to work in the afternoons and will cover the Science, HASS and Health curriculum. Mrs Byrne will continue to cover the Literacy and Numeracy and is the teacher responsible for the class. There has been a substantial handover and admin will continue to support both staff to ensure a seamless handover.

Matthew Snell

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