Thank you for your outstanding support throughout the last two weeks when our school was non-operational and our community was asked to follow the NSW Health Guidelines.
Please don’t underestimate the quality of the response from our school community which was so important to ensure that we kept not only our families but Grafton safe as well.
I am extremely proud of our school and community and we should all be very proud of what we have achieved together. It has been fantastic to have all of our students back at school this week and see their smiling faces, hear their laughter and watch them reconnect with their friends and teachers. We will endeavour to give all of our students as many opportunites as we can for the rest of this term.
Our school remains on Level 3 guidelines which we were on at the end of last term. These guidelines do adjust occasionally and on Monday there was a positive change in how we can organise sport in our school. We are delighted with this change which has allowed us to proceed with our Infants Swimming Program. We all have to be aware that our schools are going to have to operate under these guidelines and if we have any additional positive cases unfortunately we will need to follow a similar process. Earlier this week there was 40 schools in NSW which were either closed for cleaning or non-operational.
Please continue to check the NSW DoE School Updates App or access below the latest ‘Advice for Families’ for Level 3 guidelines – https://education.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/advice-for-families/level-3-schools
I will continue to inform our community immediately if there are any major changes to these guidelines.
A reminder the new school Check-in procedures are now in place. There is signage on our external gates highlighting this process. Parents need to use the School Check-in through their Service NSW app and fill in the fields relevant to their visit.
Congratulations to Mrs Deb Rosnell and Mrs Sarah Bathgate who were successful in their applications for the newly established permanent Assistant Principal Curriculum Instruction positions in our school. These positions replace the previous Instructional Leader roles which were temporary positions. I am looking forward to working with Mrs Rosnell and Mrs Bathgate who will be leading professional learning and our curriculum delivery alongside our Assistant Principals and Deputy Principals. We are lucky to have two highly professional and very well regarded teachers appointed to these full time positions. Thank you to the panel who assisted me throughout this process.
Congratulations to the following students who have received their certificates to recognise their achievements. Eli received his for North Coast selection in Rugby Union, Emma for Multicultural Public Speaking and Aidan, Brayden, Ruby and Addison for their excellent skills in Debating.
I would like to inform our communtiy that our canteen supervisor Mrs Lyn Cassematis is retiring next Friday, 5th November. Lyn has provided outstanding service to our school and community for the last 21 years. I would like to thank Lyn for her tireless work supervising two canteens, catering for our many morning teas with amazing food and caring for our students and staff. Lyn always went out of her way to care for our students and she will be sorely missed. We all wish her a long and happy retirement and I know she is looking forward to spending more time with her family and travelling.
Mrs Rae-Ann Finlay will be replacing Lyn for the rest of this term. The canteen supervisor position will be advertised shortly.