During 2020 our main educational focus will be to continue to improve our students’ Literacy and Numeracy knowldege and skills. Other goals for 2020 are:
Build a community that continues to learn
Enhance and maintain the wellbeing of all
Build a community that is connected
I would like to express my deep appreciation to each family for your continued support to the school, during what has been a challenging time. Thank you for continuing to support your child/ren's learning. Staff have been incredible in providing remote learning in such a short period of time and we have all missed your children and their energy, humour and joy.
From an academic and welfare perspective, it remains our priority to return to face to face teaching when it is safe to do so. Australia’s Chief Medical Officer has continually informed us that it is safe for children and staff to return to school and for those who are not vulnerable. Health experts advise us that children are infected with COVID-19 at much lower rates than adults.
Following extensive discussion, review of the medical and Catholic Education advice and guidelines the following is the plan for St Francis Xavier School:
- Monday 25th May – Learning Meetings - Times available for families to meet with teachers to discuss your child/ren's learning and well-being needs moving forward - please contact the school or the class teacher to arrange these meetings, which can be Face-2-face, via Zoom or telephone
- Tuesday 26th May – All students may return to school - learning will be face-to-face (5 days a week)
If for any reason there is an increase in the safety concerns for the students and staff before the 25th of May this decision will be reviewed.
As we prepare to have the children return to school for face-to-face teaching, it is essential that measures relating to personal hygiene and the health and safety of all members of our community are known and understood.
The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) guidelines, which aim to establish best practice in relation to health and hygiene at schools during the COVID-19 pandemic, can be found here:
We hope this will give you confidence in your child’s return to school and assist you in supporting the staff as we welcome students back into classrooms.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION for when the children return to school:-
- Increased cleaning schedules to wipe down and disinfect high-touch areas, including classrooms and common spaces, in addition to regular daily cleaning.
- Provision of extra hand sanitiser across the school.
- Provision of extra hand soap for children to wash their hands frequently, particularly before and after fruit break, recess and lunch time.
- Frequent reminders to ensure children are practising good personal hygiene - covering mouths/noses when coughing and sneezing, frequent hand washing, not sharing food or drinks and minimising physical contact
- Bubblers out of use - your child needs to bring a water bottle to school each day
- Sick Bay out of use - No child is to attend school if they are showing any cold or flu-like symptoms. They must remain at home, and stay away from school until they are no longer showing symptoms or have attended a GP who has instructed that they are fit and safe to return.
- If your child, or family members or other close contacts are tested for COVID-19, your child is not to attend school until the results of those tests are known and are negative. Please advise the school if this situation occurs.
- If your child has a medical condition that places them at greater risk from a return to face-to-face teaching at this time, please contact the school so that we can discuss their needs in greater detail and develop an appropriate plan for their circumstances.
- To minimise the possible risk of COVID-19 transmission please make appointments ahead of time and if possible, telephone or use email as the preferred method of contact with your child’s teacher or school.
- DROP OFF and PICK UP - will be through the Grace St gate only.
Strict social distancing measures will be in place, as we want to avoid social clustering.
- There will be no assemblies or large gatherings of students for the remainder of Term 2.
- If your intention is to keep your child at home please contact the school by Friday 22nd May so that we can discuss their needs in greater detail and develop an appropriate learning plan for their circumstances.
After 26th May, if a situation arises where it is deemed not safe by health authorities for students or staff to be onsite, we would be able to move back to our comprehensive remote learning program as required
I again thank you for your ongoing support of our school. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like any further clarification on any of these matters.
This week in Year 3/4 the students have been learning to make up flashcards using Microsoft Team’s classroom. This is a very different way of learning as so many skills are taught in one lesson and then students must practise and practise to really embed their learning. Skills taught included; making a table, using paragraph alignment, colour fonts and different fonts and making a new page in Teams.
As most of you will be aware we have new Facebook page up and running, to assist with communication and to celebrate learning and achievements of members of our school community.
We would like to be able to use photos of your child, work samples from your child and to provide information about your child's successes, celebrations and achievements. We do have permission from all families for this in your child's enrollment forms but as this is a new communication method for our school we would like to provide you with the opportunity to modify or withdraw your consent for use on Facebook if you have any concerns.
If you would like to modify or withdraw your consent for your child's image or information to be used in St Francis Xavier's School closed Facebook page we ask you to put this in writing and send it through to the school.
If you have any suggestions/ ideas for this page please contact Jacinta, Rachael or Nicole, Feedback will be appreciated.
This term Book Club is all online. Any family wishing to order can do so through the normal LOOP database or can send an email to Mrs Elwin and she can order for the family.
The link to this Term’s catalogue is:
Polo Shirts $20.00
School Dress $35.00
Navy Skort $22.00
Navy Shorts $18.00
Sports Shorts $15.00
Sports Polo Shirts $20.00
Track Pants $28.00
Navy Blue Trousers $25.00
Navy Blue Slacks $25.00
Blue LS Shirts $25.00
Polar Fleece Jumpers $30.00
School Hat $15.00
School Tie $10.00
School Beanie $10.00
School Scaves $5.00
School Headband $3.00
School Scrunchie $2.00
Online safety advice during COVID-19
To support families at this time the eSafety Commissioner is providing resources on their COVID-19 page on our website - https://www.esafety.gov.au/key-issues/covid-19 Some of the latest advice for staying safe online include:-
Guidance on how to manage your wellbeing during COVID-19Our COVID-19 booklet provides online safety advice for parents and carers.
The latest information on popular videoconferencing services, games, apps and social media. Get advice on what they are, how they are used and the implications for your privacy and safety.
Free webinars suitable for parents, carers and kids, exploring the latest research and expert advice for using technology safely.
- Early Years resources help families encourage young children to have positive relationships with technology and build their understanding of online safety. https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents/children-under-5
- Family tech agreement is a fun way to talk about online safety and set some rules on how devices are used in the home.