No 9 21st August, 2020


A Word From The Principal

Term 3 is more than halfway and it has gone so quickly. Grade 6 children are preparing for transtion into Secondary School and we are organising transition for our 2021 prep students so, if you haven't enrolled please do so as soon as possible. I have had quite a few people ask me when will the children be coming back to school. I cannot answer that at all. The Department of Education is guided by the Department of Health but I would be prepared to continue with remote learning until the end of term 3. 

As you can see, I finally finished the Where's Wally jigsaw puzzle. It was a very tricky one. You are welcome to pick it up from the Borrow and Share box if you like and give it a go. Now, onto completing my photo albums.

2021 Prep Enroment

Enrolment is open for 2021 Foundation students and transition sessions are well underway. Please contact the office on 9789 3288 for more information.

Information from our KESO

Do you need some support? Please read the following information. Koorie Outreach Support Information Sheet
Koorie Outreach Support

We have babies!

As we know it has been very wet and with the water and the small amount of students at school we have quite a few ducks, plovers, and other bird life making their home on the oval. Imagine our excitement when we saw this group waddle past the classroom window!
As you can tell, Miss Byleveld was very happy. We have eleven baby ducklings at school and they waddle past the junior building every morning.  We have never had baby ducks before and our on-site children have been keeping an eye on them every day. Maybe when you go on your walk take a peek through the oval fence. You just might be lucky.

Webex Meeting Protocols

Dear Parents,

We are so pleased that you and your children are logging into your daily and other Webex meetings but...........


Please be aware of what can be seen in the background of your meeting. In the past few weeks we have had naked toddlers running around and parents in underwear. All children and adults in the house should be completely dressed whilst these meetings are occurring in order to not only save you the embarrassment of what you may accidentally be showing us and other children and adults in the meeting but also, and most importantly, to follow Child Safety protocols and policies. 

Also, students who are attending the meetings should be dressed, not in the pyjamas  and not alone in their bedroom.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding,

Kerryn Riley

2020 review of the Disability Standards for Education 2005

School staff and families are encouraged to provide feedback on the federal standards

Dear staff, parents and carers,

The Disability Standards for Education 2005 are currently being reviewed by the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment.

As part of the 2020 review, an extensive community consultation process is currently underway to seek feedback about whether the standards are effective or if any improvements can be made.

Current, former and prospective students with disability, their families and carers, advocates, educators, and other members of the public are invited to share their experiences, views and ideas to inform the review of the standards.

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, engagement activities will mostly be held online via a dedicated 2020 review Consultation Hub. The hub offers a range of different ways that participants can share their views and ideas, and will be open until 11.59pm on Friday 25 September.

A series of webinars is also available for interested participants to share their experiences and opinions.

The webinars will be fully accessible, and will include Auslan translation and captioning. The webinars are open to the public, and each will have a different theme. These are:

For more information about the upcoming webinars visit the frequently asked questions page.

A discussion paper has been developed with guiding questions to help interested participants have their say.

For more information email engage@thesocialdeck.com

Webinars for Parents and Carers to help build family resilience

Child psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg teaches strategies for managing wellbeing in this free webinar on 25 August.

Dear parents and carers,

On Tuesday 25 August, the Department of Education and Training is presenting a free webinar for parents and carers by renowned child psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, on building family resilience during coronavirus (COVID-19).

Parents and carers play a vital role in helping children feel safe through uncertain times.

Dr Carr-Gregg’s webinar is aptly named Managing the Coronacoaster – Tips for building resilient families in the coronavirus era.

In this webinar, Dr Carr-Gregg provides tools and strategies for parents and carers to help manage the lockdown and remote learning. Topics include:

  • your supportive role
  • setting the emotional tone
  • focusing on what you can control
  • how to deal with disappointment
  • further resources and where to get help.

Dr Carr-Gregg’s presentation will run for 45 minutes. This will be followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer session in which parents and carers can ask Dr Carr-Gregg questions.

Webinar details

  • When: Tuesday 25 August
  • Time: 7:30pm
  • Duration: 45-minute presentation followed by 15-minute questions and answers session
  • Format: online via Webex
  • Cost: free

How to register

To register and for more information visit the Managing the Coronacoaster – Tips for building resilient families in the coronavirus era eventbrite page.

Supporting Your Child Through Transition

The Mornington Youth Services team are hosting a free series of online events supporting your child through transition during COVID 19. Take a look.

2021 Grade 6 Uniform

It is time for our grade 5 children to begin thinking about their grade 6 uniform. Could all parents please keep an eye out for information concerning grade 6 uniforms that will be sent to you soon. Mr Hurford and Miss Smith will work with the grade 5 children to select a design.