Dear Parents and Caregivers,
As we have all heard tonight, on the update from Mr McGowan, Mindarie has become a considered contact point for the current Delta COVID-19 situation. Two major points have been identified. Originally, The Indian Ocean Brewhouse, and now, Basils Mindarie.
As Mr McGowan announced, The Peel/Perth area will be entering into lock down as of 12:01am tomorrow.
Schools will be open; Mindarie Primary School is open.
We must be vigilant as a community. We must get through this, as a community.
As previously advised, all adults entering our school must enter the school through the main entrance. You must ensure that you sign in through the SafeWA codes at the front of the school.
This evening, we are coordinating staffing. We already know that will have staff away tomorrow. They, like many of you, will be being tested. We will have substitute staff in their place.
Given the lockdown, swimming lessons will not resume. The office staff will be in contact in relation to refunds.
Please contact the office if you require information.
Please remember to update the school if you are not sending your children to school. You can do this through the website at https://mindarieprimary.wa.edu.au/absentee-notification/
Please take care in the coming days.
I am writing to inform you that the Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Sue Ellery MLC, has announced a community consultation to gather the views of local parents, students and community members on secondary education options in the Clarkson, Kinross and Mindarie area.
The Department’s preferred model for secondary students is to provide them with continuous schooling from Year 7 right through to Year 12 – all delivered in one school environment.
This minimises the transition points in a student’s schooling, creating a more seamless secondary education.
Reducing the number of changes that students experience, by having to move from one secondary school to another, is beneficial for their social, emotional and academic development.
· Clarkson Community High School caters for students from Years 7 to 12.
· Kinross College caters for students from Years 7 to 10.
· Mindarie Senior College caters for students in Years 11 and 12.
You are invited to have your say, through an online survey, where you can select one of the following options:
· Kinross College and Mindarie Senior College each extend to become Years 7 to 12 schools with separate local intake area.
· Clarkson Community High School is repurposed and becomes part of North Metropolitan TAFE, Clarkson campus to focus on training for young people.
The online survey and factsheet will be on the Department of Education website at education.wa.edu.au. The survey opens at 9.00am Friday, 27 November 2020 and closes at 5.00pm Friday, 18 December 2020. If you do not have access to the internet, you are welcome to come in to the school and complete the survey. Please contact us on 94071100 to arrange a suitable time.
Community information sessions will be held for each school community as follows:
- Mindarie Senior College – Tuesday 1 December 2020 from 6.00pm to 7.00pm at Mindarie Senior College sports hall, 14 Elliston Parade, Mindarie. If you wish to attend, please register your interest at [email protected].
- Kinross College – Wednesday 2 December 2020 from 6.00pm to 7.00pm at Kinross College performing arts theatre, Falkland Way, Kinross. If you wish to attend, please register your interest at https://www.trybooking.com/BNCNY.
- Clarkson Community High School – Thursday 3 December 2020 from 6.00pm to 7.00pm at Clarkson Community High School gymnasium, 16 Walyunga Boulevard, Clarkson. If you wish to attend, please register your interest at [email protected].
Physical distancing measures will apply at all community information sessions.
Staff will also be consulted as part of this process.
I encourage you to take part in this important process to help inform any decisions about the future of public secondary schooling in the Clarkson, Kinross and Mindarie area.
Ms Barbara Bromley
26 November 2020
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
Last week we were really tested by the weather and it was fantastic to see how resourceful everyone was. Our students are definitely growing in independence with every week that passes. This week the weather promises to be nice – so that is a positive.
Content, Teaching and Feedback
Printed copies of HELP packages, for student continuing ‘Distance Learning’ for weeks three and four were distributed on Friday 8 May and are still available from the office, should you need these copies. Please just phone the office. 9407 1100.
In relation to feedback, teacher will only be providing feedback to students in relation to the task they have requested be uploaded to ‘Seesaw’ for teacher feedback. Please note that in relation to other tasks, parents, siblings or other family members can provide feedback.
Given, as you will see from the numbers below, that teacher have almost full classes, tomorrow will be the last Seesaw message from teachers. If you need any assistance in relation to Distance Learning, please either email or phone your child’s teacher and they will get back to you as soon as they are able to.
Currently we have 669 students at school. This represents an attendance rate of 90%.
The above graph shows the attendance distribution accross the whole of Mindarie Primary School. Year 5 has the lowest and Year 3 the highest.
It is also important to note that generally our school has an attendance rate between 94% to 95% on any given day so we are fairly close to being back to normal. Again, we stress, that as of this point in time, student attendance is governed by parental choice.
This may change after the Premier’s statement next Friday May 15 and we will, of course, provide this update when it is made available to us all.
In information provided by the Department of Education Western Australia, there is a strong statement around parents and teachers communicating electronically. All discussions about student learning and progress should be undertaken via phone or email.
Bikes and Scooters
Please reinforce with your children that at this time, they are not to ride bikes or scooters to school.
This week we will be hosting our first virtual assembly. This is being hosted by the students in TA26 and TA28. We will be giving our Achievement Certificates and following the general assembly format. We know that it will be very memorable. Unfortunately, due to privacy and safety concerns, this will only be available for students who are at school and will not be made available for students at home.
Teachers must be provided with evidence that a student is engaging with distance learning for them to mark a student as an E (this indicates that they are learning off site). This evidence can be either via uploaded work or, if you dont have access to Seesaw, completed HELP Pack and activities to teachers. If teachers do not have this evidence and have no note or explanation as to why, students will be marked with a U (an unexplained absence). These absences will be followed up as they normally are. Parents, if your child is sick or at an appointment, please advise the school of this fact.
Once again, to all members of our community, thank you for the support you show to our staff and our school. We know that times are changing and we look forward to hearing the future directions regarding education from Mr McGowan on Friday.
11 May 2020
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
Firstly, thank you to you all for the trust that you have shown to our staff at Mindarie Primary. Last week the drop off and collecting of children was seamless and this was largely due to the manner in which you approached this. The children all managed really well with the new model and indeed showed themselves to be very resilient and also very responsible. It was lovely seeing older siblings walking younger siblings to class. It was also terrific to see the students amazing awareness of social distancing and their skills at hand washing.
Their classrooms did look very different to the ones that they left during term one, this did not phase the students and they have very quickly settled into this new classroom structure. Feedback from the kindergarten teachers has been that the children love having their own space (desk). We have learnt a lot during the past six weeks and the staff at Mindarie have shown how resourceful and flexible they are.
Today did present a few challenges, around the weather, so we have done some brainstorming around this. We do ask that if possible students do have a raincoat. I am aware that this will not be a popular fashion choice for older students, however with this week’s forecast, it is a sensible one. Otherwise and umbrella is a good idea. The Bunnings umbrellas are an excellent choice, large, durable and cheap!!
Content, Teaching and Feedback
I trust that our students working on ‘Distance Learning’ are finding that the lessons are engaging, relevant to their year level and not too complex. Class teachers are following these lesson plans at school, so all students are accessing the same content. There are pros and cons to both forms of learning. ‘Distance Learning’ is one-to-one or one-to-however many are in the family, ‘Face-to-Face’ is one teacher to however many students are in the class. Teachers are currently preparing the educational content for the next two weeks; weeks three and four.
In relation to feedback through ‘Distance Learning’, teachers will only be providing feedback to students in relation to the tasks they have requested be uploaded to ‘Seesaw’ for teacher feedback. Please note that in relation to other tasks, parents, siblings or other family members can provide feedback that would be beneficial.
Printed Copies of the HELP Packages
Printed copies of HELP packages, for student continuing ‘Distance Learning’ for weeks three and four will be available for parents to collect from outside the office on Friday May 8 between 12.30 pm and 2.30 pm. We ask you to adhere to these times to reduce congestion around the school.
Please, only collect the package from the school if you are continuing ‘Distance Learning” at home.
On numbers, last week we had 52% of our students at school. This week, as of today, we have 69% of our students at school. Some students are absent due to illness; others are still choosing to ‘distance educate’. As the Premier and minister have both said, it is parental choice. This will be reviewed by the Premier and Minister at the end of next week. We will continue to take our direction from them.
As you will all appreciate, these are very tumultuous and strange times for us all, whether at work, at home or working from home. The staff at Mindarie are working hard to deliver a ‘face to face’ teaching program and to also maintain their connection with students learning from home. Please note that it the stance of the Department of Education Western Australia that teaching staff are not required to respond to communications outside of their normal working hours. In addition, teachers and school staff are not required to respond immediately, however they will make every effort to respond within a reasonable time-frame. The school day at Mindarie commences at 8.30am and finishes at 2.45pm. Staff do remain on site for up to one hour after the end of the school day.
Bikes and Scooters
Please reinforce with your children that they are not to ride bikes or scooters to school. Social distancing in the bike cage is almost impossible. Also we do not have the staff to supervise this.
Next week we will be having our first virtual assembly. This is being hosted by the students in TA26 and TA28. We will be giving our Achievement Certificates and following the general assembly format. We know that it will be very memorable. This will be uploaded to Seesaw for our ‘Distance Learners’ to engage with.
Our thanks go to the P&C and especially to Dianna Bagnell for all the work around the Mother’s day stall. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 restrictions, our stall will not go ahead this year. Dianna did give an early shout out about this, just to remind Dad’s and significant others that they will have to source their own gifts. To all our mums, do have a restful Mother’s Day.
Once again, to all members of our community, thank you for the kind support that you show to our staff and our school.
4 May 2020
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
Once again, on behalf of the staff at Mindarie Primary School, I thank you for the support that you are continuing to provide to our school and staff. Teachers and Education Assistants are really appreciating the emails that they are receiving. Please be assured that we are all working really hard to make sure that we can provide you with effective Distant Learning from the commencement of Term Two on April 28, 2020.
Essential Resource Packs
As we posted on Facebook yesterday, the Education Assistants are currently creating Essentials Packs for you to use with your children at home. In these packs you will find tools to help you, such as laminated paper to use as a white board (don’t worry, your children know how to use these), dice, counters and cards for mathematics activities, your child’s pencil case (if it was left at school) and so on. We hope to have these packs ready by mid-way through next week and we will be communicating with you regarding how you can collect these packs. As you will appreciate, these packs are taking time to put together so please be patient and wait to be contacted.
Unfortunately, as of tomorrow, students will no longer be able to use the school playgrounds; senior, junior, early childhood and nature. We will be blocking off these areas. Students in years three through to six will be playing on the grassed area of the senior play area. Pre-Primary to year two students will be playing in the lower yard of the Early childhood area.
End of Term One
Tomorrow is the last official day of Term 1, as Monday to Thursday next week are designated School Development Days. During these days, the staff will be preparing curriculum content for each year level and learning how to deliver this digitally.
As per direction from the Premier of Western Australia, parents and carers are required to keep their children at home from the end of the day on April 3. The school holidays will therefore commence on April 6 and run until April 28.
As Mr Morrison announced today, the federal Government is providing financial support to the Child Care sector. This is to ensure that parents who would normally access vacation care or child care can still do so. The Government is doing this to ensure that this extremely important area is supported. Your normal child care provider will be able to provide you with more information in relation to this.
The Premier and Prime Minister were also very clear around essential workers still being able to access care for their children, and they stressed that if the normal practice was for children to be cared for by Grandparents/ carers that fall into the age group of 60 years old and above, and that these cares were self-isolating, schools would provide supervision for these children.
If you find yourself in this situation please advise the school of this, so that we have some clarity of around the ages and number of children we can expect at school next week.
Parents working from home are expected to have their children at home.
Children attending school from April 6 to 9 are required to wear their school uniform. This is so that we can distinguish them from students attending Keiki.
All gates around the school will be closed next week. Children attending will need to enter via the front gates of the school.
The digital platform we will be using to support our Distance Learning model is Seesaw. We have purchased licenses to allow teachers to use the full suite of options available on Seesaw. If you are not familiar with Seesaw, instructions will be provided next week.
Teachers will also be linking in with their classes using Zoom. We will provide more detail in relation to this in future postings. The feedback teachers have been receiving, via the phone calls that they are making, is that students are missing seeing their class mates, teacher and whole class. Zoom will facilitate this contact.
Students who need to attend school (according to the guidelines outlined above) from the commencement of Term 2, will be using Seesaw in the same way students will be at home to ensure equity across the student population. Teachers will not be teaching these students. The expectation for teachers is that they deliver in one way only.
As previously mentioned, provisions will be made for those families who do not have access to the appropriate technology at home. Mr Gould is currently creating the Mindarie Primary Distance Learning Parent Guidelines. We expect these to be available to parents and families mid-way through next week. In addition, Mr Gould is creating a dedicated section on our website that will be a go to point for all Distance Learning.
Teachers are currently contacting families and they are appreciating this contact and also the information you are providing. This will continue to guide our planning for term two.
With each day, the COVID-19 pandemic is changing our world and how we operate, in ways that we are all finding very confronting, unsettling and unprecedented. As a school, we continue to act upon the regular updates and advice provided by the Federal and State Governments, and the Education and Health Departments. We will continue to keep you informed as things progress.
Once again, thank you so much for your ongoing support during this extraordinary time.
April 2 2020