Week 1, Term 2 – commencing Wednesday, 29 April
The first few weeks of Term 2
Thank you to everyone for your patience and understanding during this changing situation. Since I wrote to you last week there have been some significant changes.
- We had an excellent response to our survey, so thank you for taking the time to respond. Based on your answers we were expecting about 60% of our children to return. However, we now anticipate about 80% of our children returning due to the relaxation of some of our state’s coronavirus restrictions. This means we will now be able to return to our regular timetable with children being taught by their regular teachers.
- The content of the teaching program at school will be the same as the learning program at home. With the exception of the specialist teachers’ timetable (e.g. art lessons, PE lessons etc), the class teachers will teach their literacy blocks in the morning, numeracy blocks between recess and lunch and other learning areas in the afternoon. The lessons at school will involve teachers actively providing instruction, feedback and supporting individual learning requirements.
We ask you to support our teachers while they teach both the children at school and the children at home. Their workload has been increased so we are providing them with three free teaching periods (150 minutes) per week to tackle the extra work. We don’t have extra staff to provide this time, so we will be showing the children a G rated movie once a week under the supervision of the admin team, to free up these teaching periods. The children will watch a movie together in the undercover area (Kindergarten to Year 2/3 will be one group and then Year 3 – Year 6 will form the other group). This will be done on Thursdays. We hope to have your support with this strategy.
- If your child is unwell or showing signs of illness, they must stay at home. If your child becomes ill during the school day, you will be called and asked to collect your child.
- Please send your child to school with their own labelled drink bottle.
- If you need to collect your child early, please call the office on 9264 7600 to make arrangements.
- Please remember parents are not permitted on the school site
- Please follow the staggered drop off/pick up times and locations (see table below)
|Kindergarten||Pre-primary||Years 1 & 2||Years 3 – 6||Out of School Care|
|Drop off/Pick up area||Gate to ECE area (outside Kindy Room 15) off Ramsden Avenue
|Gate to PP area off Pinedale Street (outside Room 17 Pre-primary classroom)||Undercover area (or enter and leave the school grounds independently or with siblings if parents notify the school)||Children enter and leave school grounds independently (unless there is a request otherwise)||K, P and 1 children escorted to pick up area outside office by school staff. Handover at office|
|Drop off time||8.30 – 8.45am||8.30 – 8.45am||8.15 – 8.30am||8am – 8.30am||8.30am|
|Pick up time||2.15- 2.30pm||2.15 – 2.30pm||2.30 – 2.45pm||2.45pm||2.45pm|
Kindy Applications for 2021
Application forms for Kindy in 2021 are available to download from the Millen website. Please complete the form and either email it back to firstname.lastname@example.org or print it out and leave in the school mailbox (next to the driveway entrance on Etwell Street).
Deadline for applications is Friday 24th July
Wednesday, 29 April – Term 2 begins
- Learning at Home with Millen PS commences for families choosing to keep their children at home
- Classes resume for the children returning to school
Friday, 1 May – Weekly summary/reflection shared on Connect for the children learning at home
Monday, 4 May – Week 2 Learning at Home with Millen PS weekly programs shared on Connect
Wednesday, 6 May – Class teachers will check-in with the children and families learning at home
Thursday, 7 May – Specialist teachers share their weekly Learning at Home programs on Connect
Friday, 8 May – Weekly summary/reflection shared on Connect for the children learning at home