Albion Primary School E-News

26th June 2020

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Thank you

On behalf of the school community, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff of Albion Primary School. The dedication the staff members have shown to your children has been outstanding. I could not ask for a more commited staff. I hope they all have a very well earned break.

I am hopeful that school will return to 'business as usual' at the start of term three, but with the current situation, it is looking less likely. The Department of Education and Training, as per advice from the Chief Health Officer, will provide operational guidelines for the start of term three. Once they are known, I then have to make a school plan, taking into considersation the local school context. As soon as I know anything that impacts students and families, I will let you know.

Until then, thank you again to the Albion staff and to the entire school community for your support, consideration and care at this time.

I hope you all have a restful break.
Please stay safe over this holiday period.  

Adrienne Williamson
Principal.

End of term 2:30pm dismissal

Just a reminder to everyone that school finishes next Friday for the end of term three at 2:30pm (there will be no specialist Google Meet that afternoon). 

I am sure everyone is looking forward to a break. Even though we will not be able do too much, a break from computers and school work will be very welcome.

Week one of term 4 is still remote learning for everyone. Work packs can be collected on Monday 5th October.

From 12th October, Prep - Year 2 students will be able to return to onsite learning (providing COVID transmission numbers stay low).

At this stage, it is unknown when year 3 - 6 students will return onsite. They will continue with remote learning during term 4 until further notice.



Building Works Update

We have moved into the new facilities and while there is still a lot to do, all areas are up and running. Within Block A, there is a new entrance to the school, a new foyer, interview room and offices, a new First Aid room, new staffroom, an amubulant toilet and a meeting room for teachers. 

Students are beginning to come through the new area and we look forward to parents being able to see it as soon as possible. Following are some more photos of some of these spaces.


Main Entrance


Main office


Interview Room



Staffroom


Over the holidays, some of the defects in the new area will be addressed. The rest of the corridor in Block A (original building) is being patched and painted to match the new area. The lino is also being replaced to match. Some repairs to the windows around Block A are being addressed.
There will also be some plumbing works, rekeying of padlocks and other works.

School Report Viewing

The semester one report, whilst very different to previous reports, was handed out to students yesterday (Thursday 25th June). Parents are able to access their child's report through the Compass portal on the school's website or via the Compass App if you have installed it.



 

Reports can be viewed from your child's profile page.

Letters about how to access Compass were sent home with one of the work packs during remote learning. If you did not receive a letter, or cannot access Compass, please email the school - albion.ps@education.vic.gov.au

 

 

Triple P - Positive Parenting Program

Families can access free expert parenting advice through the online
Triple P – Positive Parenting Program.



The program is relevant to families with children between 2 and 16 years and provides strategies to deal with specific challenges, such as building children’s resilience and dealing with conflict.

There are courses specifically for parents of toddlers to tweens, and for parents of pre-teens to teens.

It gives parents strategies to:

  • raise happy, confident kids
  • manage misbehaviour so everyone in the family enjoys life more
  • set rules and routines that everyone respects and follows
  • encourage positive behaviour
  • take care of themselves as a parent
  • feel confident they’re doing the right thing.

Sign up to the Triple P program via their website.


Coronavirus Advice

Stage 4 restrictions came into effect on 2nd August and has impacted how schools are able to operate. 

Most staff are working from home more often and only very few students are onsite whose parent/s are permitted workers and where no other arrangements can be made.


All students, whether at home or onsite, are working remotely, doing the work that has been provided by their classroom teacher and specialist teachers.

Please do everything you can to stay safe. That means staying at home and following the rules:

  • A curfew is in place between the hours of 8pm until 5am. This means you must be at your home during these hours. The only reasons to leave home between 8pm and 5am will be work, medical care and caregiving.

  • The four reasons that you can leave home remain, but further limitations are now in place for:
    • shopping for food or other essential items 
    • exercise (applies to outdoor exercise, and with only one other person) 
    • permitted work
    • Caregiving, for compassionate reasons or to seek medical treatment also remains a permitted reason to leave home.

There are rules that apply with the above. You can find more information on the link below.

As much as you can, you must stay at home. When you leave home, you must use a face covering, unless you have a lawful reason for not doing so.

https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/stage-4-restrictions-covid-19

School Dental

School Dental forms were sent home with students. The full details about the program are included on the forms, including who qualifies for free dental service. If you would like your child to utilise this service, please complete and return the form by the end of today at 2:30pm. (You may still be able to hand in the form at the start of term three.) 

As a part of this program, all children at school participated in an oral hygiene presentation last Monday. Hopefully they are all cleaning their teeth well.

If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact Mrs Turner at school by calling 9311 1325 or email albion.ps@education.vic.gov.au

Community News

Sunshine United Cricket Club have been using the school's oval to play U11 home matches for many years. They are having a session on Monday 19th October. Click on link below for further details.

Sunshine United Cricket Club




Brimbank Libraries have some great supports for students.
Click on the link below for information.

Brimbank Library Kids Online Resources




In the current environment we are all dealing with our own personal challenges in our own unique ways. Please remember that support is always available if you are facing difficulties. A list of support services are listed below. Also, click on the link for Emergency Relief Services.


Emergency Relief Services