Principal's Update - 5

Enriching our students lives through learning

Connolly Primary School Principal

From our Principal

Dear Parents

A Happy Mother’s Day to all mums.  Your children assure me they were on their best behaviour!

Covid Update:

The number of student cases is thank fully slowing but please do not send your child to school if they are unwell.

Whilst student case numbers are declining staff numbers are increasing. We have not yet reached a critical point but we are not far off.  We will make sure every class has a teacher but like today we have had to collapse two specialist classes.

We ask for your patience as we are managing as best we can. We will try to ensure continuity but to compound the problem we now have relief staff or their children contracting Covid.  Today we have 13 relief staff in school.

Rapid Antigen Tests:

The WA Government are providing every child with 20 RATs so if you are unsure as to whether to send your child to school or not you are able to test them. We are making sure that access to RATs is not a barrier for any family wanting to test and check their children before school.

We are expecting delivery of theses tests this week.  RAT tests cannot be given to primary school students to bring home. These will need to be provided to the parent/carer. Once we have received them I will send out distribution details.

Premier’s Reading Challenge:

The Premier’s Reading Challenge aims to develop WA students’ literacy skills and fuel their imagination and was officially launched last Thursday.

The challenge will run from Thursday 5 May to Friday 9 September and is open to all students from Kindergarten to Year 10.

The theme of this year’s challenge is ‘Reading can take you anywhere.’

By encouraging students to register and participate, we give them the opportunity to discover the joys of exploring wonderful stories and magical journeys through books.

Prizes which include a family holiday for the winner in each of the four-year group categories, are available for students who read the most books, as well as those who have shown a significant improvement in their reading habits.

Weekly prizes are also on offer and will include prizes suitable for regional locations.

Alton Walley will narrate a series of weekly Storytime sessions for Kindergarten and Primary students from Wednesday, 25 May 2022 which will be broadcast via the Premier’s Reading Challenge Facebook page.

Further information can be found at:

https://www.premiersreadingchallenge.wa.edu.au/

NAPLAN:

Our Year 3 and Year 5 students started their NAPLAN testing today with a Writing test. We wish them well.

P&C:

Our next P&C meeting will be held on Wednesday 18th May at 7:00 pm in the staffroom. Please note the new start time.

Class Letters:

We have been disrupted by Covid but all class letters should be emailed out this week.

Assembly:

We held our first class assembly last week and a huge thank you to Jarrah 1 and Ms Munro. The students did a wonderful job especially as I gave Ms Munro 5 days’ notice that I wanted it Face to Face rather than online! The students performed a poem they had been using as part of their Talk for Writing work in class. Well done Jarrah 1!

Mother’s Day Stall:

I would like to say a huge thank you to both the P&C and the gardening club for their outstanding effort last week. The children were so excited and there was an excellent range of items for them to buy.

Regards

David Womersley

Principal