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Farewell Term One 2020 – a term with a difference!

Dear CSPS students, parents and carers,
I hope this week has not proven to be too difficult, although I suspect it may have been at the very least, a bit of a trying week. I’m hoping that everyone has been kind and patient and these few days have been an opportunity to begin to get ready for next term if we proceed with online learning. It’s certainly been an interesting week for our staff and for the leaders in our school as we navigate through how to manage this. What I did observe this week was much effort, some discomfort and a great deal of collaboration and team support amongst our staff.
Our teachers and support staff will only be able to contact their children through e-learning platforms and other mechanisms that may be available for the purposes of teaching and learning and supporting our students next term which will be a challenge.
The Department is constantly providing advice around learning and support platforms and the appropriate privacy protection requirements. We will communicate with parents as we receive any further information.
I will only send Flexischools notices through the holidays if there is different and important information for parents.
All our staff hope that our families are able to get a break and that amidst the difficulties so many are facing, that you all have some family time and relaxation as you work out a different kind of holiday for your families.
I know I harp on about the need for kindness and patience but in times of troubles we need this and we need our courage, so I wish that for both the adults and the children in our CSPS community.
Please remember that the school email is being monitored if there is any urgent communication during the holiday period.
I thank our parents and carers for the support, gratitude and enormous effort you are putting in for our children. And I thank the staff for their extraordinary contribution this term and particularly these last few weeks. May there be some well-deserved relaxation for all somewhere in these two weeks ahead. It will be different so please look for the positives and try to be creative, stay home and stay healthy!
A few of our staff put together a little video in recognition of a very strange end of term. Please click on ‘School Holidays’ below.
School will resume for children on 15th April in one way or another!
Kind regards to all,
Gayle, Bianca and CSPS staff

School Holidays

Day 2 of Extended Holiday Break

Dear CSPS students, parents and carers,

Day 2 of ‘holidays’: I wonder how you’re all managing these strange times in which we find ourselves. I am aware that for some there is a lot of creative and physical activity, some work on tasks in the packs, reading and some relaxation going on. However, for others there have been some exceedingly difficult situations to manage. So my message to everyone is to be kind to each other, try to be patient and understand that everyone needs to be just a little bit more tolerant and cooperative than usual.

The teachers and I have found two days without students a bit strange as we work together to towards some consistency in online learning for next term. We are upgrading Seesaw to enable greater flexibility and we were working on our knowledge of the Seesaw functions to enable us all to make the most of these. We’re all going to have a go at videoing messages, learning instructions and generally improving our uploading skills. Thanks to Miss Scarmozzino and Miss Dellulo who gave some of us a lesson in their room where we ensured social distancing and there was much collaboration.

We’ve already been very flexible with some teachers working from home and joining in meetings solving some of the problems arising. It’s also been a time that has enabled us to get a little of the back log cleared!

I thought I’d share some photos from today and you can see Mr Mackay was very serious about social distancing! We were conscious today of getting some exercise too!

Please remember that the school email is being monitored if there are any concerns or queries that we may be able to assist with and teachers are also trying to connect with parents over the course of the week.

Kind regards to all, 

Gayle, Bianca and CSPS Staff

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2020

Term 1: 28 January (school teachers start) to 27 March *
(Year 1-6 students commence 30 January)

Term 2: 14 April to 26 June

Term 3: 13 July to 18 September

Term 4: 5 October to 18 December

* The first day of Term 1 is a student-free day in all government schools to allow for appropriate planning to take place for the arrival of students. Each year government schools are provided with four student-free days for professional development, school planning and administration, curriculum development, and student assessment and reporting purposes. The remaining three student-free days are determined by each individual school, so contact your school for details.