Principal's Update - 10

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Connolly Primary School Principal

From our Principal

Dear Parents

After 3 weeks away following knee surgery it was good to be back on Thursday last week. A huge thank you to Mrs Cochrane for stepping into the Principal role along with Mrs Fitzgerald and Mrs Brayshaw.  I would also like to acknowledge Mr. Mike Wills, Principal, Hocking PS for allowing Mrs Brayshaw to join us.

Staffing:

We are in the process of appointing a new Associate Principal to replace Mrs Coyle and I will be in a position next week to announce who that is. We are finalising contracts at the moment. We also made a number of staffing appointments and I hope to finalise one or two more this week.

Interschool Carnival:

Due to unforeseen circumstances the interschool carnival was re-located to Connolly at very short notice. A huge thank you to all involved in making this a very successful day. The weather gods were with us and I was delighted with both the behaviour and sportsmanship of all our students. They were a real credit to our school.

Bali Sister School Fundraiser:

Connolly PS will host an Adopt-A-School Fundraiser on Wednesday this week to raise money for our Bali sister school, SD 2 Buwit, so they can purchase much needed school resources for their students. For a gold coin donation, school staff and students are encouraged to wear their favourite sporting colours.

Students must wear their school uniform pants or skorts on the bottom. We hope you can support this school fundraising event.

Connolly Primary School is a foundation member of the Adopt-A-School Organisation.  In 2005 AdoptASchool became an incorporated Association, managed by executive committees, both in WA and Bali. It was established to facilitate friendships and cultural understanding between teachers and students in WA and Bali.

I visited our previous sister school and they were so grateful for all our donations. They are funded approximately 1% per student compared to WA students.

Covid Update:

From Friday 9 September, public health measures were eased. The isolation period for COVID-19 positive cases and close contacts has reduced from 7 days to 5 days, provided they are free of symptoms at the time they leave isolation. Mask requirements for public and passenger transport have also changed.

People who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate for a minimum of 5 days and can leave isolation if they no longer have symptoms. People who are still symptomatic must remain in isolation until symptoms clear.

Close contacts with no symptoms can continue to attend school and do not have to isolate for the 5 days if they:

  • undertake a daily Rapid Antigen Test (RAT)
  • wear a mask outside the home (Year 7 and above).

Testing for COVID-19 for students who are symptomatic or as a close contact, remains an effective way to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our schools. If you need additional RATs, please contact us. Please let the school know if your child tests positive for COVID-19 or is a close contact.

Masks will no longer be required to be worn on public or passenger transport. Masks are an important measure to reduce transmission and are still encouraged to be worn in crowded indoor settings when people are unable to physically distance. Students and staff can choose to wear a mask at school, at any time.

Please contact the front office if you have any queries about COVID-19 safe measures in our school. Thank you for your continued support of the school community in keeping our school COVID-19 safe.

Public Holiday:

As you will be aware, the Prime Minister has announced a public holiday as a national day of mourning for the late Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday 22 September.

This means that Connolly Primary School will be closed on this day.

It is important to note that the school term officially ends on Friday 23 September and students are expected to attend school on this day. All previous arrangements for the 23rd remain in place and it will be “business as usual.”

I appreciate that this may cause some inconvenience but given the circumstances I appreciate your understanding.

I look forward to welcoming students back in Term 4.

Kind Regards

David