Back To School, Assemblies, Chicken Divas, Storytime and more: Term 2 | Week 5

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From the principal's desk
‘It takes a community to raise a child’  -    African Proverb Welcome Back This week is a very important one in the acknowledgement of our history, and in the celebration and recognition of Aboriginal culture in our country. National Sorry Day is on Tuesday, and Reconciliation Week starts on Wednesday. Reconciliation week aligns with the anniversary of the 1967 referendum to amend our Constitution, and also the landmark decision of Mabo in the High Court. I would like to acknowledge the custodians of the land on which our school sits, and pay my respect to those Elders past, present and emerging of the Aboriginal Nations of New South Wales on whose lands I live, learn and work. This week in classes, students will learn about some of these concepts, commemorations and celebrations in line with our curriculum.  It has been lovely to see full classrooms again this morning. As a staff, we have been looking forward to having our children back and recommencing learning in our traditional format. Whilst our classrooms are full, some things are operating a little differently.  Perhaps the biggest change will involve how we go about dropping off and collecting children at school. While the Government’s stance has softened in line with medical expertise in regards to children distancing, it is still the case that all adults remain 1.5m apart from each other and limit interaction time. To this effect, we are asking our community not to enter our classroom hallways and buildings, with the exception of our administration building. We are also asking adults to minimise the time spent onsite to the absolute minimum required to safely deliver and collect students from class. Please observe temporary signage around the school. We will not be holding assemblies or large gatherings indoors and some of our other arrangements such as inter-school sport remain in altered formats. If you have any questions about how things are operating at school, by all means, call our office and I will endeavour to discuss any concerns. We are implementing all of the recommendations of the Department and relevant health authorities to ensure that our school is safe for our students, community and staff. Please remember to pack a drink bottle each day for your child to fill at taps rather than using communal bubblers. Compulsory schooling regulations have been reinstated as normal from this week in NSW. That means that all students must be at school each day unless they are unwell. If they are unwell for any period of time beyond a day, they will require a medical certificate. Please use the normal avenues to inform our school if your child is away sick. Two weeks ago, we trialled our first virtual assembly via Zoom. Despite being back at school, physical indoor assemblies are not proceeding. So, this week we will be holding our second assembly via Zoom. All classes will zoom in, and our community is invited as well. You can join with a registered account at zoom.us, and you will need to enter meeting ID 489 780 7076 and password 137141. We look forward to seeing you there at 2pm on Wednesday afternoon, all are welcome.  Finally, I just wanted to thank our parent body one last time for your support of our school operations over the last few months. I know the pressure it has applied to homes. We are glad to have your children back and thank you for your support. It would be remiss of me not to thank our staff for their monumental pivot into mixed-mode delivery also. Never has this week’s opening quote been truer.  Have a great week  Kieren Corbyn, Principal.
Chicken Divas
You are most welcome to join the Lord Mayor, Bright Spark from Paint the Gong REaD and Billy Backpack from Transition to School on Wednesday 27th May at 11am. You will get to enjoy them reading the book for this year's Simultaneous Storytime "CHICKEN DIVAS". Bight Spark and Billy will get dressed up like the chicken divas for the story – jump on the PAINT THE GONG REaD Facebook page on the day and join in.
Remembering Southern Stars 2019
Click the link above to revisit behind the scenes at Southern Stars 2019 "Come Alive". While you are there, watch our other videos from the past.
In this together
In 2020 Reconciliation Australia marks twenty years of  shaping Australia’s journey towards a more just, equitable and reconciled nation. 2020 also marks the twentieth anniversary of the reconciliation walks of 2000, when people came together to walk on bridges and roads across the nation and show their support for a more reconciled Australia.

There are many ways to celebrate National Reconciliation Week. Here are three simple things you can do:

Task masters
Mobile movie makers
Creative Wollongong invites young Wollongong creatives ages 8-19 years to create a short film using a mobile device. All films submitted must include a banana! The competition is open now and closes midnight, 15 June. The best entries will be screened via the Creative Wollongong Facebook page and at a real live Film Festival. There are two categories: 8-12 years & 13-19 years. Visit the Council website for submission guidelines and more information.
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