Happy new year to you all. I hope you have had a wonderful start to 2021. We are all looking forward to what will hopefully be a regular old school year this year!
Our first two days this week have centred around establishing student needs via various assessments. This is the first time St Mary’s has begun a school year in this way and we thank you for your patience as we tweak the processes around this. We felt it is important to maximise teacher time in the classroom at the start of the year. This process will allow for teachers to need less time out of the classroom to complete assessments at a very crucial time of year for students.
Students will all commence the 2021 school year on Monday 1 February.
With the easing of COVID restrictions, we are no longer required to stagger our dismissals, therefore, we will revert to having all students finish at the same time (3pm on Mondays and 3:20pm Tuesday-Friday). Parents will also be allowed to enter the school grounds before and after school. We will, however, continue our practice of having students enter the classrooms without their parents. We have found this practice most beneficial for students. It promotes independence and teachers all reported that students settled in so much faster into morning routines. That said, we will be making an exception for the first few days of school for students who may be anxious about coming back to school in new classrooms with new teachers and new classmates. There will be many staff present on the yard at the start of the year, and we will be helping any children needing extra support during this new transition.
After our short assembly on Monday morning, a lovely morning tea will be served in the hall. This is a great opportunity for parents to catch up and also for our new parents to meet. We welcome everyone along.
If you have any questions regarding the next few days, please feel free to contact the school.
Can’t wait to see you all very soon!