Attendance, Winter Solstice, National Refugee Week and more: Term 2 | Week 8

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From the principal's desk
‘There are no seven wonders in the eyes of a child. There are seven million’ - Walt Streightiff
Perhaps there are more than seven million wonders in our Community Garden
Bouncing back and easing restrictions In reflecting on how we best rebound from the partial school closures of recent months, my mind moves to attendance. Many of our students spent a significant amount of time away from school throughout the latter half of Term One, and the beginning of Term Two. More now than ever, attending school for our students is very important. This of course, must be balanced with the World’s experience at present with COVID. If your child is unwell, they must stay at home and this is not a time to soldier on. However, if your child is well and school is open, they must attend. Our teachers work very hard to make learning engaging, and given remote learning has been suspended across the state, being at school is the only way to captivate those seven million wonders. If your child is sick, please inform the school so that all absences can be explained. We will always call after two days, as is policy, to check in if you have forgotten. Last week principals received updated information about easing restrictions. From next term, we are able to start welcoming some volunteers back into schools under strict guidelines, such as religion teachers and our AFL coaches. We can also resume small, short meetings as a staff. I am hoping it is not too long before we can start holding assemblies and the like again. Despite these pleasing advancements broadly across society, we must also remain vigilant and not become complacent. This is particularly true of times like school pickup, where I ask that adults continue to observe social distancing requirements and minimise time here onsite.  In line with these easing restrictions, we can start to look at resuming community functions such as our PandC meetings again soon. I am in negotiations with our PandC to get started again, and we will be looking to have our first meeting in some time early in Term Three. If we cannot meet in person, we will look to host virtually via Zoom. I will keep our community updated with this information, and very much look forward to catching up.   Have a great week. Kind regards,  Kieren Corbyn (Principal) 
The week that was
Click the link above to see all of the activities at Lake Heights Public School that took place last week. While you are there, watch our other videos from the past.
Winter solstice
The shortest day of the year, well, the day with the least daylight hours, will soon be upon us. The date for June Solstice varies between June 20 and June 22, depending on the year, and the local time zone. This occurs when the Sun is directly overhead of the Tropic of Cancer.  Winter Solstice in New South Wales this year is on Sunday, 21 June 2020 at 7:43 am. Looking forward to lighter evenings from then on.
The year of welcome
This week from Sunday June 14 to Saturday June 20 is Refugee Week. This year, celebrating the Year of Welcome is online. It is Australia’s annual activity to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and celebrate the positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society. Originally celebrated in 1986, Refugee Week coincides with World Refugee Day (20 June).
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