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Term 2 Week 6

Supporting your child with the Return to School

What we have learned in responding to this pandemic is the social value of schools as communities and now together we are about to embark on the staged transition back to school.

We have included Andrew Fuller’s resource: reflecting on our next transition during COVID-19, as we all adapt (again) back into in-school learning.

Key take aways, from our perspective, are:

  • We have all been through incredible alterations of lifestyles

  • There needs to be a clear understanding that we intend to keep everyone safe – this is a health issue and we are all in this together

  • ‘Limbering up for learning’ will involve rekindling friendships, warm-up our curiosity and stretching our imaginations. We will all need a few practice runs before we feel we can safely regain our full stride

  • Take it slow and make it fun

The well-being of our students will be in the forefront of our minds as we return to school next week. Teachers will be using a range of resources to support their reflection, celebration and understanding of what we have all been going through.

Classroom teachers will share useful tips with you on how to support your child with the return to school via the daily task Compass posts.

In addition, the following resources are recommended by the DET to support this transition from home.

Counselling services

  • Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800 or

  • headspace: 1800 650 890 or

Resources designed for students

  • ReachOut: coping during the coronavirus

  • headspace: How to cope with stress related to Novel Coronavirus

Other resources for support students

  • Be You – COVID19: supporting educators, children and young people

  • ReachOut – Deal with bad world news resource

  • Lifeline – Mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak

  • Beyondblue – Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak

  • World Health Organisation – Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak

  • World Health Organisation – Helping Children cope with stress during the COVID-19 Outbreak

  • Centres for Disease Control – Manage Anxiety and Stress

  • Centres for Disease Control – Helping children cope with Emergencies

Parent Survey

Many thanks to those who completed our survey – we had a fairly even representation from all our grades P-6, which has helped us gain a whole school perspective. Here is some initial data

Greatest Successes included …

Children have become more used to it, continued self-time management

Video teaching, Zoom meetings, Small group learning

Completing tasks independently and at their own pace

Seeing improvement

Maths, Inquiry Assignments, Singing

We have survived another week, this one with no tears.

Getting insight into the way my child learns

Some challenges were centred around …

Pressure felt to complete all tasks each day

Time to access the Specialist program

Parent-Teacher feedback and progress

Getting the right level of chellening work

Standard of work produced

Giving the required time when working full time

Maintaining focus, minimising distraction

2021 Enrolments are Open

Our enrolments for families in 2021 have opened, unfortunately due to current circumstances we have had to postpone our advertised School Tours until Term 3. Feel free to download the enrolment form which is available on our website and email it to

All enquires welcome via email - or by phoning the office on 9591 0888.

TheirCare will be open on Monday the 25th of May 2020 from 7:00am to 6:15pm (Pupil Free Day). Breakfast and afternoon tea will be provided, but please make sure that you pack a morning snack and lunch. Bookings for the Pupil Free Day, Monday the 25th of May 2020, need to be done through the TheirCare Parent Portal”.


Hope you enjoy the amazing iNewsletter that the wonderful Benita has sourced for our school whilst she worked from home. Personally we think she deserves a pay rise. (This is what happens when Bev and Kim don't proof read it)

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