In this issue
2nd - Term 1 begins:
Face to face learning Foundation to year 1.
Remote learning for years 2 to 6
14th – Planned return of face-to-face learning for all year levels
14th – Public Holiday
18th – Police band
Wed 2nd Feb - Tue 8th Feb
Shantae E, Indianna C, Indi S
Wed 9th Feb – Tue 15th Feb
Jye C, Seth C, Hudson M
Please arrive by 8.25am
A Smooth Start to a Complex Year
The demands of providing resources and setting up processes for online learning kept our classroom teachers busy for the first two days of the school year and what they put in place to support parents and students has now been communicated to each parent via the email address they supplied to the school.
The methods of communication, between home and classroom, vary across the school because different platforms offer unique features that may or may not be appropriate for what your child’s teacher may want to achieve. The method, individual teachers settle on using, often relates to the year level they teach and the ICT skills of their students.
Parents who experience issues accessing online learning should initially contact their child’s classroom teacher for support. If the teacher cannot provide a solution, the problem will be passed onto our ICT coordinator or ICT technician. How quickly teachers can respond to parent questions is dependent on the demands they face over the day, as they supervise the children of essential workers who have returned to school and carry out tasks related to delivering the online learning experience for the rest of their class. We appreciate your patience and understanding in relation to solving issues.
Most of our usual beginning of year activities, such as our ‘Acquaintance Night,’ AGM, class camps and Instrumental Music lessons, have been put on hold for the moment. When we reschedule these events the dates and times will be sent out via Skoolbag.
When all students return to school on Monday 14th Feb, Week 3, we will be encouraging students from year 3 up to wear a mask. We are setting the bar high in our expectation that parents will not send their children to school if they are unwell. The Education Department is continuing to work with Professor Spurrier and her team to ensure that the public health measures in educational settings are based on science, and with the safety and wellbeing of South Australians front and centre. The school will continue to provide updates throughout the year.
The redevelopment is progressing on schedule, and we are looking at moving into the buildings at the end of Term 1. It is exciting to see the buildings taking shape and most of the outer cladding is almost complete. The construction consists of two buildings joined by decking. A wonderful feature of the design are the double doors that lead out of each classroom. The area between the new and existing buildings will be landscaped to provide children with room for hard court play and a sandpit set in a natural play space.
We extend a warm welcome to our new students and their families and look forward to successful and enjoyable school experiences for all.
Mark Hansen: Principal Deb Pryor: Deputy Principal
Safety around Schools
We want to ensure the safety of children, pedestrians and motorists around our streets and schools.
Parents and caregivers have a great responsibility to ensure children stay safe in school zones and have a key role in educating children about road safety.
Drivers must slow their vehicle to 25 km/h in a school zone at any time, day or night, when a child is present. A zigzag white line is also usually marked on the road to let drivers know they are approaching a school zone.
You cannot stop within 20m of the approach side or 10m of the departure side of a school crossing. This road rule applies to all pedestrian crossings
Kiss and Drop
These are areas near the school gates for you to drop your child off safely and quickly. The intention is that drivers do not wait in these zones and that they stay in their vehicle so queues are minimised.
School Pedestrian Crossing
The school crossing has white and red stripped posts. The speed restriction of 25 km/h applies at any time when a child is present to slow down to be safe and take care of children.
For safety reasons, please ensure that you and/or your child cross at the school crossing whenever possible.
CANTEEN ROSTER 2022
2022 Term One Program
We are currently planning for programs to commence from the week of 14 February and our Facebook Page will have information as soon as this is clarified https://www.facebook.com/ArdtornishCC/
We expect there to be several morning Baby Playgroups including the multiple birth group on Mondays and are hoping that the all ages Ardtornish Playgroup on Lutyens Avenue will be recommencing following a meeting of interested families on Friday 18 February at 9:30 am - all are welcome to join.
CaFHS will be running an Early Parenting Group on Thursday mornings.
Meanwhile a series of four Saturday groups for men and their young charges (birth to five years & siblings) will commence fortnightly on 19 February. The first is on site but, if necessary, and occasionally, we will move this group off site.
The theme for the first is colour and among other activities, we have some face paints. Now that will be fun…ha! ALWAYS DRESS FOR MESS.
To book… https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/dad-time-tickets-226182045587
Meanwhile Early Years OT still has lengthy waiting list while Relationship Australia’s family mediation and the North East Midwifery services continue to support local families.
Do call or SMS if you would like further information
Regards, John Buckell
Community Development Coordinator
82649828, 0409984495 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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