Newsletter

No. 5

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Principal's News

Dear parents, carers and friends of BCSS

The recent upswing of the number of COVID 19 cases in the Melbourne metropolitan area is a stark reminder of our need to continue to be vigilant in maintaining the preventative measures we have initiated. We have been very lucky in our area, as we have very few (if any) active cases.

In order to keep our school a safe and healthy environment for all, we are constantly reviewing our guidelines to make sure we are doing everything possible to prevent the virus entering our school. With this in mind we have further developed our security around this issue.

From now on, if any student has been into the ‘Lock Down Zone’ we ask that you inform the school. All students and staff that have been in the Lock Down Zone will be temperature checked for two weeks after they have returned from the Melbourne Metropolitan Area. It is imperative that we take every precaution we can to prevent this virus entering our community and our school. I thank you for your cooperation in this regard.

The students have really adapted to the “new normal’ and have taken responsibility for their personal hygiene and care around this issue. It is wonderful to see how responsible they are when they arrive in the morning and go straight to the hygiene station and school nurse Ange to sanitise their hands and if necessary have their temperature checked.

It has been a great start to the term with lots of activities already in place. The school is abuzz with activity and the sound of children learning and having fun. Music to our ears.

I encourage you to keep checking in on our Facebook page and our website where you will be seeing lots of photos of your children working and playing at school.

Until next time.

Keep warm and take care.

Rob

Vice Principal Chat with Caroline

Dear parents and carers,

It’s been a great start to the term and we’ve seen some really positive conversations about being at school.  I’ve got Blair, Natalie, Riley and Jaide in my office to have a chat about how they feel about returning to school.    

Caroline: “What have you enjoyed the most about being back at school?”

Blair: “Everything! Hanging around with Sara and James.

Natalie: “Hanging out with Tyler.  We always chat to each other. We talk to each other on Roblox!”

Jaide: Seeing everyone.  It makes me happy and I like to learn how to do stuff.”

Riley: “Nothing! Because I wanted to stay at home and play on my tablet.  Even though the screen is cracked I can still use it.”

Caroline: “What are your favourite activities that you participate with your class?”

Natalie: “Art! Because it’s really fun to colour and paint.  I really like painting.”

Jaide: “Environmental things. Going outdoors and making hot chocolates.”

Blair: “Mathematics! I just love maths! It makes me smart and it helps me when I play games. 

Caroline: “How do we show how we care for our classmates at school?”

Jaide: “Helping my friends.  I can cheer them up. I like to say jokes to them laugh.”

Natalie:  “I find people and ask “Are you okay?” and I find someone to help them.”

Blair: We care for our mates by keeping them safe.  Also by listening to Middles captains.

Caroline: “Who are the Middles captains?”

Blair: “Me and Hope!!”

Looking forward to speaking with this amazing bunch again.  Have a great weekend everyone and stay safe!

Warm regards,

Caroline

A letter from the admin team

Hello parents, carers, students and families.

It has been lovely to see so many positive, happy faces on the students as they come into the school - it really makes our day.

Thank you so much to the parents and carers who phone in while they wait out the front to have their children collected and those who call to let us know if your child will be away.

We are keeping warm and staying positive and hope you all are too.

From Narelle and Christina in the office.

Important information

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Please contact the school if your child has or will visit any locked down zone.  We will temperature check your child daily upon entry into the school for the following two weeks after their visit into the restricted locked down zone.
We thank you in advance for your support and cooperation.

Room 6 Summersalt session

Some of our senior students have been very fortunate to have access to some great facilites at Summersalt. This space enables our students to be active while keeping dry during the Winter months.

Free entry to Phillip Island Nature Parks

Free entry for regional communities to come and explore the Nature Parks.

From this weekend, Phillip Island Nature Parks are offering free entry for regional communities to come and explore the Nature Parks while they implement their new, temporary opening hours.

This will help to support our local community throughout this challenging time and allow us to showcase the Penguin Parade on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only, and the Koala Conservation Reserve and Churchill Island on Saturdays and Sundays only.

Tickets will be released in two week blocks, and online bookings are required for everyone (including babies), so local and regional community members, and of course Volunteers as well, can jump online from tomorrow (Tuesday 21 July) and book their free tickets at www.penguins.org.au

Numbers will remain limited to 100, and physical distancing and enhanced hygiene measures will continue to be implemented and enforced.

Terms and conditions also apply, and each adult visitor will need to present photo identification (eg. drivers licence) showing their primary place of residence in regional Victoria to gain entry. The offer is subject to change or withdrawal if health advice or travel restrictions change.

Teamwork

Senior students have been out and about enjoying the sunshine, and showing teamwork out in the yard.

Juniors visit the gym

Health and Physical Education

There was excitement in the air when the Junior team set off for their first session at Summersalt Gymnastics for the year! The students were amongst the first to experience a new section of the gym: an amazing ‘bounce’ zone where we all had the chance to jump to our hearts’ content and explore a variety of different surfaces. Even the staff got in on the action and fun.

Photography Class

Jordan captured this beautifully symmetrical image on the rail trail near Wonthaggi on a recent walk during room 6's photography class.

Student Free Day

Friday, August 14 is a Student Free Day.
No school for students.
Staff will be undertaking professional learning.