Notices & Events
News & Notices
Dear Parents and Carers,
We will miss our wonderful Year 6 leaders sending us off on holidays from the oval in the sunshine today. Despite the challenges of this term, they have continued to demonstrate strong leadership skills through the production of these weekly assemblies that the CSPS community has looked forward to tuning into every week! Today, they gave us a fabulous, engaging and fun wrap up of the learning in each grade during remote learning for our last whole school online assembly for the term. Congratulations and a big thank you to our Term 3 School Leaders!
Our classroom teachers will email all parents with the Term 4 Week 1 weekly schedule on Friday 2nd October.
Our Year 3-6 weekly schedules will have some changes to the Google Meets. Please read through updated Google Meet schedule carefully for the change of times and attendance requirements.
Any important school communication will be sent via Flexischools during the holidays, if required.
At this time of Rosh Hashanah, I wish everyone who celebrates it, a truly good New Year!
Indeed, may everyone in our community enjoy family, special meals and some sweet treats as we look forward with optimism to warmer months and better times ahead.
Warm regards to all
Gayle, Bianca and CSPS staff
Dear CSPS Families and Carers,
With the Victorian Government having released its plan for easing coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, I thought I would touch base just so that we are all of the same understanding about what is planned for schools including CSPS, at this stage.
The announcement didn’t include my own personal wishes for the beginning of Term 4, however, I am hopeful that it won’t be too long until we do have all our children back on site. We all just need to hold on for a bit longer and use those strategies at our disposal to remain as positive as possible. I can only imagine the impact of the last few months on families and I know that the sooner all children are back at school, the sooner parents will be able to move forward and try to resume some semblance of normality. Again, I stress that if families are in need of wellbeing or practical support, I encourage you to make contact with us at school either by phone or email.
Our staff has been meeting in teams this week to discuss what this now means for us and the best way to move forward with the transition back to on-site learning next term, taking into account their knowledge and experience of this situation to date and the wide variety of feedback from our parents.
What we know from the latest announcement that applies to our school:
- We are to continue to provide remote and flexible learning for the remainder of Term 3 which finishes on 18 September
- Vacation care may operate during the school holidays but only for students who are eligible for on-site supervision at school in Term 3 – See newsletter for TeamKids information
- First week of Term 4 (5-9 October), remote and flexible learning will continue for all students at CSPS
- On-site supervision for children of permitted workers and vulnerable students will continue to be provided as per Term 3
- Monday 12 October – Students in Prep to Year 2 return to full-time on-site schooling. (The existing remote learning program will not continue for these year levels.)
- Remote and flexible learning will continue for all students in Years 3 to 6, other than for children of permitted workers and vulnerable students who will continue to be supervised as per Term 3 arrangements. (A date for the return of these year levels to face-to-face learning will be subject to further health advice.)
- During the staged return, outside school hours care will be available to students attending for on-site learning and supervision and progressively for the relevant year levels returning to on-site learning
- School staff will attend school at times when they are delivering on-site learning (P-2 from 12 Oct) or supervision of other students eligible to attend on-site supervision. At all other times, staff are to continue to work remotely where possible
- These changes as we know them remain subject to the advice of Victoria’s Chief Health Officer so this information may change
This will clearly continue to require the flexibility, adaptability and resilience that has been demonstrated by our community, although I know this situation has tested many of us.
Further information or changes will be sent as soon as possible after it comes to hand.
I wish everyone in our community the strength and resolve to continue to manage this situation in the best way possible for yourselves and your families, as we are doing here at school, and I look forward to the earliest return of all our students and staff to on-site teaching and learning.
Dear Caulfield South families,
I’d like to thank our community for all your feedback as we try to manage this difficult time of remote and flexible learning as well as possible. I realise the change in the weekly schedule is not ideal for all but I know there are many families and staff who are appreciative of this focus on specialist subjects and wellbeing activities on Wednesdays.
Thank you to Lauren (who is providing our Wellness Wednesday activities), we are thrilled to share with you that Caulfield South will soon have its own Spoonville Community. In fact it has already begun to emerge! If you aren’t familiar with this craze, it started in the English Village of Winnersh during the COVID pandemic and has appeared all over the world and now made its way to Melbourne.
It’s so simple for you to get involved. Make a wooden spoon person, or if you prefer, decorate a rock or stick. Plant it in the garden, which will be along the school fence near the junior playground. A sign has been erected and some Spoonville residents are already appearing, so you will know exactly where to plant your ‘Spoonvillian’. This will be the focus of our Wellness Wednesday activity this week so you may want to get your craft materials out in readiness for tomorrow.
We ask that you please be sure to use minimal plastic items when decorating. All items need to be secured well to avoid littering. We’d love our village to be as sustainable as possible.
We can’t wait to see our little village growing over the next few weeks. Feel free to create more than one person if you’d like and don’t forget to come and see how the village is growing on your daily walks.
Thank you to our Parents’ Association for their support of wellbeing in our community which is so essential at this time.
Take care and stay safe,
Gayle, Bianca and CSPS staff
Dear CSPS families,
We encourage all parents to please make the time to read this full flexi-message.
100 Days of School
Here we are at the 100th day of school for our Prep children (with almost a 50-50 split of at school and remote learning) so what a year 2020 has been for our newest CSPS students; for us all!! Congratulations to our Prep families and teachers who have tried so hard to stay connected, have fun and learn lots in this year with such a difference. There have been some wonderful celebrations and so there should be, although I’m a bit worried about the aging of our Prep teachers from certain videos I’ve seen; this year has taken its toll! The wonders of technology! Thanks to our teachers and parents for making today a special day for our Preps.
Five Weeks into Term 3
We’re at the halfway mark of the term ‘and miles to go (before we sleep)’ to quote Robert Frost, one of my favourite poets, or weeks to go till we’re all hopefully back together at school.
The complexities of this time continue and therefore this continues to be a time of more emotional stress and pressure than I’ve had to deal with previously with the vast range of both family circumstances and student academic and social/emotional capabilities. Thank you so much to those parents who are trying to make the most of the flexible learning opportunities and understanding the pressures and workload involved in trying to cater for that range. The positive vibe and gratitude coming back to us all is overwhelming and I’m very grateful for those who have managed, under their own demands and life pressures, to keep that coming. Our Leading Teacher Andy McKibbin who, as the role title suggests, is responsible for leading teaching and learning and curriculum development at CSPS, with the support of a dedicated leadership team and our CSPS teachers, has written an account for our community about some of the reflections, research, learning and decision-making over the last two terms as we’ve approached and navigated this time of remote teaching and learning.
Throughout the transition into remote and flexible learning this year, schools around the world have searched for the best methods to engage students and support learning in this new and challenging context.
At Caulfield South Primary School, we have continually revised our remote learning program throughout this period, making continual adjustments as we learn along the way. One of the main challenges has been for us to find the right balance between ‘live’ teaching (via Google Meets) and ‘flexible’ teaching (via Seesaw and other offline tasks). We are aware that some parents feel very strongly that the school should move to a model with much more live teaching and less flexible teaching. It is our firm belief that the predominantly flexible learning program offered at CSPS, supported by regular live class meets and small group lessons, is the best fit for our school and its community.
One of the main challenges of the remote period is that each family’s circumstances are different. In each class there are some students who complete their work first thing in the morning, others who do bits and pieces throughout the day and others who work mainly in the afternoon. Families have used this flexibility to find the best fit for their own work and care arrangements. It also allows families to share devices and internet bandwidth. This flexibility allows students to work at different speeds and for teachers to offer optional extras to students who are in a position to complete them. A live teaching schedule, where students are expected to be online for large parts of the day, would significantly reduce this flexibility.
Any online teaching is full of technical and other challenges that impact student learning, including students:
- missing out on learning
- regularly experiencing dropouts, audio issues, glitches and other problems that limit their access to learning
- entering into the lesson half way through, or suddenly disappearing
- losing resources
- being interrupted by family members
All of these factors reduce the effectiveness of live teaching, not only for these students, but also for the rest of the children in the session. Student engagement is severely impacted by these interruptions and technical difficulties.
Live teaching remains important to maintain relationships and connections, for teachers to probe and extend understandings, and for students to hear the thinking of other students. We value the contribution that these sessions make to our learning program, however, after our experience during remote learning, considering student and parent feedback, discussions with staff and principals of other primary school settings and reading some of the expert opinions available, we feel strongly that the predominantly flexible learning program better supports the educational needs of the majority our students and the day to day arrangements of the majority of our families.
There is no perfect solution to remote learning and we acknowledge the immense challenges that some families and students are experiencing, and teachers endeavour to make adjustment to accommodate for the diverse learning needs.
We thank you for your ongoing support during this extremely difficult time and value your feedback as an important part of our decision-making. A family survey will follow directly after this notice and we would really appreciate you all taking the time to complete the short Google questionnaire.
In Bianca’s Assistant Principal role, wellbeing is paramount and we have tried to emphasise this in all our communications. Bianca has included two flyers which parents may find helpful as they steer their children and families through these uncertain and challenging times.
Stay healthy and above all take care of your own wellbeing and that of your families.
Gayle, Bianca and CSPS staff
Dear Parents and Carers,
As you are all no doubt aware, we are headed into very strict procedures to minimise the movement of people around the community in order to try and reduce the spread of COVID-19. As this is a health crisis rather than an educational issue, the key focus is to restrict travel and movement for as many people as possible and this will include our teachers and parents to the best of our ability.
Remote Learning for all Students – Minimal Exceptions
Our CSPS teachers will continue to provide a remote teaching and learning program for all students and only those students who must be at school according to the new criteria set by the government, will attend on site. This will mean that both parents meet the criteria for permitted workers. Premier Andrews spoke about this today and in the next day or two we will have further detailed clarification. In the meantime, it is clear that many children who have attended CSPS so far this term or last term will now be supervised from home. Please contact the school via email if this creates a need for a loan device to access online learning.
The school will contact parents whose children must be offered on-site supervision to discuss this option. This will include those students with a disability who are deemed vulnerable using the department criteria.
Staff who can Work from Home Must Work from Home
All teachers will work from home this time and are not permitted on site except where this is essential. This will be to support us in maintaining a safe environment and ensure the safe running of the school and staff directly engaged in the supervision of students who must be on site.
Expectation of Minimal People on School Sites
The tighter restrictions than the first two periods of remote and flexible learning will see schools returning to an absolute minimum of students and staff on site.
Curriculum Day Tomorrow Tuesday 4th August
As stated by the Department of Education, tomorrow is a state-wide Curriculum Day. (TeamKids will provide a program to support those families whose children have been attending on-site this term.) This day will give an opportunity for our staff will be engaged in online planning for the remainder of the term and it will be done off-site for most staff. This will mean any scheduled Google Meets will be postponed. Please look for communication from the teachers for rescheduling meets. Otherwise, our scheduled learning program for tomorrow will still be available online, however, this is optional. Teachers will be ‘offline’ for the day so feedback will not be provided on work posted tomorrow. Teachers will meet firstly as a whole staff online in the morning, to discuss some of the detail required for ongoing organisation of the school and curriculum delivery. Year level teams will then meet for more specific year level curriculum planning both for the short and longer term, as well as to engage in discussion around managing authentic and reliable assessment for the term. New staffing arrangements will also be necessary to comply with the changed criteria around those staff permitted to be on-site due to personal and family health circumstances and willingness to attend on-site supervision.
New Request Forms Required to be Completed for On-site Supervision
Parents who wish to have their child considered for on-site supervision under the new tighter criteria, please complete a new form (attached) to cover any days from Wednesday to Friday this week. Completion of a form is a request only and does not guarantee access to on-site supervision for your child. Parents will be contacted via email if attendance needs meet the set criteria and attendance is approved. If further clarification is required, parents will be contacted. Only those parents who meet the strict criteria will be permitted to send their children to school for supervision. This process will be completed to ensure, to the best of our ability, that we are being fair and equitable to our school community and the community at large and that we are following the spirit of the stricter guidelines in our attempt to support the State Government efforts to reduce the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19 in Victoria.
I reiterate that we will endeavour to support our students and families where we possibly can or help to arrange support that may be available. We will do this within the current government restrictions and guidelines, and we are endeavouring to apply these as fairly and equitably as possible.
My very best wishes and warmest regards to all at this exceedingly difficult time for us all to navigate. Try to stay healhy and take great care.
Dear Parents, Carers, Students and Staff
It has been with great disappointment that I’ve listened to the news generally for so many months but especially over the last several days when I was hoping that things would begin to turn around and we might feel a little more optimistic.
Earlier today, the Victorian Government announced that, on the advice of the Victorian Chief Health Officer, regional and rural Victoria will move to Stage 3 restrictions and metropolitan Melbourne will move to Stage 4 restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
These requirements apply to all schools across the government, Catholic and independent sectors and across all metropolitan Melbourne and rural and regional Victoria.
The changes to schools’ operations will come into effect from Wednesday 5 August, following a student free day on Tuesday 4 August, and are likely to apply until the end of Term 3.
As outlined in the Chief Health Officer’s advice on Friday, schools remain safe places for staff and students who must attend on site – but these steps are critical measures to reduce the movement of students and families across the state.
There are implications for our school, and for families in our school community.
A summary of what the changes mean for our school is below.
METROPOLITAN MELBOURNE (CSPS)
PREP TO YEAR 10
- Prep to Year 10 students will continue with remote and flexible learning.
- The criteria for students that can attend on-site has changed as follows:
- children whose parents are permitted workers. The Victorian Government will provide further advice about this over the coming days and this will be communicated to parents as soon as I receive further information. At this stage, we only know there will be changes and these will impact families in our community who have been sending children to school during this current period of remote learning
- vulnerable children in out of home care, children known to child protection and other agencies and children the school identifies as vulnerable
- children with a disability who also fit one of the above two categories.
- Monday 3 August will be a ‘normal’ day of school under current arrangements, and we will endeavour to ensure students attending on-site learning take all their necessary learning materials home.
- Tuesday 4 August will be a student-free day across Victoria to enable teachers, especially in rural and regional Victoria, to prepare for flexible and remote learning. This applies to Caulfield South PS.
- Wednesday 5 August will be the first day of new arrangements for schools across Victoria.
- This is a day ahead of the statewide introduction of the Stage 3 restrictions in rural and regional Victoria but will provide for a smooth transition and will enable as much continuity of learning as possible.
- We will ensure sufficient staff are available for necessary on-site supervision for those children who must be on-site according to the new criteria.
- Staff not required for on-site supervision will work from home.
- New criteria will apply to staff required to attend on site also
I will provide an update as soon as possible about any further arrangements regarding how this will impact our school community.
I thank everyone in our community for your understanding and support. Once again, I encourage you all to take time to think through the new conditions calmly and know some things are beyond our control. Please focus on those things you can control and look for the positives and seek help where needed.
I will try to be available to speak to any parents who are in need and wish to discuss family circumstances. We will endeavour to support our students and families where we possibly can or help to arrange support that may be available. We will do this within the current government restrictions and guidelines, and these will be applied as fairly and equitably as possible.
My very best wishes and warmest regards to all,
Caulfield South PS
Dear CSPS Parents and Carers,
Our first school correspondence regarding coronavirus COVID19 was sent out to our community in mid-March and I’m sure no one imagined what lay ahead for us all. Here we are now, about to embark on a second round of remote learning and we’ve had a big week here at school preparing for this and no doubt it’s been a big week for many of you. The variety of ways people are reacting and managing at this time is so broad and sometimes unexpected. Therefore, I want to remind everyone of the need to be mindful of those around you and being kind to them but also to be kind to yourselves. This prolonged pressure we are all under may impact in some unpredictable ways, so please take great care, share your concerns and feelings with those you trust and try to support one another. If you need to talk to us at school, please call or email so that we may be able to support and remember that we have parents in our community who have offered to help families in need in a variety of ways. So please ask for help if you need it. There are others who care and want to support our community. There are just a few more details below to help us manage successfully next week. We also ask that if you haven’t read all the correspondence sent out this week, that you please do that over the weekend. You will soon be receiving class-specific information from your child’s teacher, if you haven’t already received that.
It’s been said a number of times to us this week that, “Together, we can do this!” And we believe we can! So here we go again next week…
Stay well and safe everyone.
Many thanks and warm regards,
Gayle, Bianca and CSPS Staff
In line with DET guidelines, CSPS is required to accurately record and submit student attendance data daily to the Department of Education. This attendance data must include students who are present on-site at school and students who are engaging in the remote and flexible learning program from home.
In line with this, classroom teachers will be uploading a roll call activity each morning on Seesaw or Google Classroom. Students who are learning from home must submit a response by 9:30am each day and they will then be marked ‘present’ on our records. Thank you in advance for assisting us in this matter.
Students attending on-site for supervision:
- Basketball court gates will be opened between 8:50am and 9:00am each morning
- Once students enter the grounds, they will be temperature checked and hand sanitiser will be applied
- Students will be dismissed from the basketball court gates at 3:30pm each day
- Parents wishing to collect their child early, must collect them from the office foyer by prior arrangement with the office staff
On-site supervision will be provided during the period of remote learning only for students in the following categories: where parents are unable to work from home and when no other arrangements can be made, children with disabilities and vulnerable children. It is a requirement that a request for supervision form for these children is submitted every week and this should be received by the school by 10am on the Thursday prior to the week care is requested. This must be adhered to so the school has reasonable time to arrange staffing and ensure duty of care for our children. Late applications after this time will therefore not be accepted. We thank parents and carers for your cooperation in this matter.
Dear Parents and Carers,
With a return to remote learning, the staff are appreciating having time this week to plan and organise the learning program for the coming weeks. It is a challenging situation we are in but we have the benefit of the reflections from both staff and parents on our last experience and these have been used this week to help improve the learning program and make it as productive as we can for our students. We are very grateful for the training our teachers received today that was organised by one of our CSPS parents, Royi Dankner, as we endeavour to improve our use of online platforms for direct teaching. Parents will receive details from classroom teachers about some changes as we try to cater in the most effective way for the diverse learning needs of our students. I particularly want to acknowledge the efforts of our teachers this week and their focus on continued improvement of teaching and learning, even in such unsettled times. And the support from our education support team this week has been invaluable. Please see below for arrangements for collection of student resources.
We hope our students and families are managing this time well, staying resilient and keeping healthy.
Warm regards to all,
Gayle and Bianca
Re: CSPS Arrangements to collect necessary resources for remote learning
We have organised times for you to come and pick up the necessary resources to support remote learning on this Friday 17th July. Staff will be placed around the school in order to support you through this process.
- Please be prepared and bring along an empty school bag or similar to place items into.
- Anyone entering the school will be asked to apply hand sanitiser and continue to practice social distancing.
- If you are unable to collect at these times we would encourage you to make arrangements with other school parents to pick up items on your behalf and drop them off at your door.
Year Prep – 2 students and only one accompanying parent are to enter via the basketball gate. They do not need to go to their child’s classroom as all resources will be distributed from the basketball courts.
Year 3 – 6 students are to enter via the basketball courts on Bundeera Rd and continue to walk straight to their classrooms to collect their resources and belongings required for remote learning. Parents will not be permitted to enter the school grounds with these students and may wait for their child outside the school.
Years Prep – 6 collection times:
9:00 am – 9:30 am Surnames beginning with A – K
9:30 am – 10:00 am Surnames beginning with L – Z
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Surnames beginning with A – K
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Surnames beginning with L – Z
Dear Parents and Carers,
I greatly appreciate your support as we continue to navigate our way through these challenging times.
Further to the communication sent on Friday, please see the information below which includes the most recent advice regarding government schools for Term 3.
Based on advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, Victorian Government schools in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will have specific arrangements in place for Week 1 of Term 3 as outlined below. Schools will then move to remote and flexible learning for students in Prep to Year 10 from the start of Week 2.
It is very important to note that the advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer is that schools can continue to operate. The Victorian Chief Health Officer has also provided advice about the health measures that should be taken by staff and students, and we will be following these at CSPS.
The purpose of the arrangements outlined is to reduce the number of students, parents and guardians moving across metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
It is, however, also important that face-to-face teaching be maintained for some students and in our school, this is required to support families where parents and carers are unable work from home and no other arrangements can be made to supervise children as well as to support vulnerable students who need the support that on-site provision enables.
To provide further assurance, our school, along with all other government schools in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, will be conducting temperature checks of all students at the start of the day. If your child is in attendance at school and does have a temperature, you will be asked to take them home from school.
The arrangements as set out by the government and Department of Education are detailed below.
This Week: Monday 13 – Friday 17 July
Students in Years 11 and 12, students in Year 10 undertaking VCE or VCAL studies, and students enrolled in specialist schools, will return to school on Monday 13 July.
Monday 13 – Friday 17 July are pupil free days for students Prep to Year 10. These pupil-free days will enable our staff to prepare for the change to remote and flexible learning from Monday 20 July.
At CSPS, we are providing an on-site supervision program for eligible students during this week. This program is available for students where parents/carers cannot work from home and no other arrangements can be made and for vulnerable students and students with disabilities.
If you need this support program and have not done so, parents should complete the attached form and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible so that suitable arrangements are in place for student supervision and duty of care.
These same arrangements will be in place across schools in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.
From Monday 20 July on
From Monday 20 July, our school will be moving to remote and flexible learning. This will be for all students apart from the following students who are able to attend school for on-site supervision, whilst they will also undertake the remote learning program:
- children of parents/carers who cannot make suitable arrangements to supervise children at home, including children of teachers in government schools who are required to return to work on-site
- vulnerable students
- students with disabilities who choose to attend on site.
We will follow similar arrangements to those we put in place for remote and flexible learning in Term 2.
Our teachers and support staff have done much reflection on our previous experience of remote and flexible learning and this week, they are planning for how best to continue now that we find ourselves back in this position. It is certainly not what staff expected to be doing in Term 3 however, together our teams will do their level best to implement an engaging and effective teaching and learning program for our students, taking into account the learning from Term 2 experience.
The Department has a range of options for parents and carers to continue to support your children in their learning, available at the Learning from Home website education.vic.gov.au/homelearning.
The latest information about coronavirus (COVID-19) and schools is on the Department of Education and Training website: education.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
The Victorian Chief Health Officer has confirmed that the use of face masks or coverings by adults or children is not recommended in schools at this time. As has always been the case, students who wish to wear face masks in school and in going to and from school may do so.
And, importantly, a reminder that if you, your child, or a family member develops symptoms of a fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of smell or taste, you should get tested at a coronavirus (COVID-19) testing facility and stay home.
This is vital to help keep our school community safe.
If you would like health information from the Department of Health and Human Services, you can visit dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
As happened previously, parents who require a loan device from school should email email@example.com with this request and we will advise by return email when these devices will be available for collection later this week.
If there is anything the school or teachers should be aware of, particularly in relation to wellbeing issues, I encourage parents to contact me or our Assistant Principal, Bianca Kotsonas so we may be able to support families or arrange appropriate support where possible.
I thank you for your ongoing patience, kindness and understanding and I will continue to communicate with you as we receive further information.
Please stay home where possible, stay safe and healthy and take care of each other.
Warm regards to all,
First Aid News
Calendar of School Events
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.