Good Afternoon Parents/Carers,
Winter has officially arrived or ‘Makuru’ in the Noongar six seasons which is the coldest and wettest time of the year in the south-west. You may have noticed our new ‘Welcome to Goolamrup’ signs around the school that acknowledge our traditional owners. As today is the last day of reconciliation week for 2022 it is a timely reminder to consider what we are doing as a society to close to the gap between Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal Australians.
School Changes to Vaccination Mandates
The WA government announced that from 10 June 2022, the mandatory vaccination policy would be updated in line with health advice. This means that staff in schools and residential facilities will no longer need to be vaccinated.
The triple dose vaccination requirements only remain in place for those working in healthcare and health support, workers in residential aged care, and workers in residential disability settings.
The change also means that parents and carers who regularly visit, volunteers, third party providers and contractors are not required to be vaccinated to enter a school or residential facility.
It is also important to remember that the removal of the vaccine mandate does not mean the pandemic is over. We continue to follow health advice and COVID-19 safe protocols, such as staying home when sick, wearing a mask as required, taking a daily RAT when identified as a close contact, and having good hand hygiene. I encourage you to visit the HealthyWA website for further information about COVID-19.
Teachers are very busy completing their semester reports which will go home on Tuesday 28 June. Most children will receive their grades and a comment in mathematics, English and an overall general comment that outlines their attitude, behaviour and effort. However, there may be some students who due to low attendance may have been unable to be assessed.
The School Board are our governing body and do a fantastic job of working alongside us with our school improvement agenda. The Board is made up of school staff, parents/carers and community members who all have a common purpose in wanting the best environment for our students. Our next meeting will be on 16 August from 4pm-6pm in the library. This meeting will be open to the public, we encourage you to come along and get a firsthand look at how we operate. You may even decide to nominate for a position on the Board.
Year 6 Camp
I can confirm the 2022 Year 6 camp will proceed next term on 2-5 August at Woodman’s Point as planned. We are so excited to provide this opportunity to our students who we know will have an amazing time. Year 6 parents will receive a communication next week outlining the costs and detailed information.
We have finished our NAPLAN testing for another year. All students in Year 3 & 5 did themselves proud with their resilience and perseverance. Due to the higher levels of absenteeism across the state we were provided with an extra week to catch students up. The results of the testing will be sent home in Term 3.
Can you please ensure that your children wear school jackets and jumpers? Our new designs look fantastic and promote the school in a positive light. If you don’t have a school jacket or jumper please send your child in a plain blue one without name brands etc.
Our out of hours school care provider has started operating onsite at KPS. It is a great opportunity for your children to have a structured day care experience without having to leave the school grounds. Please contact them directly with them for more information on 9473 8402 or 9473 8407.