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Smartlink School App
Parents are reminded that the Smartlink school App will cease operation from Saturday 1st August 2020.
Connect and our school website, in addition to any notes that are sent home, will now be the primary forms of communication to our school community.
From Saturday 1st August 2020, the school App (through Smartlink) will no longer be available. Maintaining the App on both the Android and iOS platforms has become cost prohibitive for the developers and regrettably cannot continue.
Thank you to our school community for your support of our App and trust you understand that its removal is not our decision but is a necessary step for the developers.
Connect and our school website, in addition to any notes that are sent home, will now be the primary forms of communication to our school community.
Thank you for your support.
A reminder that Term 3 commences for students tomorrow, Monday 20th July.
We hope that our school community had an enjoyable holiday.
As an Independent Public School Board, East Beechboro Primary is required to have an effective School Board that is inclusive of community and business/industry representation.
Currently we have up to 2 parent positions vacant.
East Beechboro Primary School has been an Independent Public School since 2011. The school has successfully completed 2 reviews with the Department of Education and will be reviewed sometime in the next 12 months.
The role of the School Board as outlined in the Education Act 1999 is one of assisting the school by overseeing the implementation of the school Business Plan. It is an opportunity for community members to provide additional expertise to assist the school in achieving the best outcomes for our students.
More information about the role and function of the School Board can be found here:
Nominations for parent and community representative positions on our School Board are now open. Training will be available and induction will ensure that new Board members are suitably prepared to fulfil their required governance role.
In making this commitment, prospective Board members should be prepared to:
· Commit to the School’s Ethos and Goals
· Advocate positively for the school
· Contribute to the development of East Beechboro Primary School as an Independent Public School
· Contribute to the work of the School Board
· Undertake confidentiality and demonstrate sensitivity to differing views and have the ability to work in a spirit of cooperation
· Be willing to donate their time and expertise
It is anticipated that 5 meetings will be held each year, with additional committee meetings and/or special meetings held as required.
Nomination forms are to be forwarded by either email, Shayne.Harris@education.wa.edu.au or hand delivered and addressed to Shayne Harris, Principal and marked ‘School Board Membership’. Nominations close on Friday 3 July 2020. Forms are available from the school office or via the school webpage under the ‘School’ tab.
If the number of nominations exceeds the number of positions, then an election will be held after Friday 3 July 2020.
A set of keys was found at the front of the school on Wednesday morning.
If you have misplaced a set, please contact the school office on 6216 1900.
5th June 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE
As we move closer to normality, we do so cautiously and under the strict guidance of government agencies. On Friday 29th May, the Government released Phase 3 of the roadmap to ease COVID-19 restrictions in WA.
The major change for our school is from Monday 8th June, parents/carers will be permitted to enter school grounds to drop off and pick up their children. It must be stressed that entry onto school grounds will be purely for these purposes only. Parents are asked not to enter classrooms and are requested to please leave the school grounds by 8.40am. Parents wanting to meet with teachers or Admin are asked to contact the office (by phone or email) to make an appointment. This process will remain in place until the end of the term and will be reviewed in Term 3.
One of the main positives to have emerged from the changes we have had to put in place is the significant increase in student confidence and independence in all year levels (a sentiment which has been echoed by parents in the majority of the returned survey comments). Please consider continuing to follow our current gate arrangement and encourage your child to go to class on their own to get themselves organised for class. In order to ensure your child/ren meet at the correct gate, please reiterate with them your preferred gate for pick up and drop off. Please try to keep to the agreed gate to avoid confusion and unnecessary congestion. Gates will open in the morning at 8.10am until 8.50am and from 2.35pm until 3.00pm in the afternoon.
We have made many changes to the running of our school due to COVID-19 which has successfully assisted inkeeping our students safe. We have:
To assist us further in ensuring that we are best managing the health and well-being of all members of our community, parents are asked to please understand that if your child is unwell and presenting with symptoms of illness (including cold symptoms), they should not attend school.
We are continually reviewing our operations and any changes we may implement will be based on government advice and the health and well-being of our students and community as a whole. We will be taking a very cautious approach to the easing of restrictions and will consider what our school space allows and what is achievable before making decisions.
I would like to thank those parents who have promptly returned the COVID-19 Community Survey. I appreciate the time taken to write comments which not only provides us with direction but affirms the approaches we have employed during the COVID-19 period.
This has been a disrupted semester but what our school community has proven is that even through adversity, when we work together we can overcome anything and for this, I sincerely thank you.
Shayne Harris - Principal
Mr Harris has been enjoying reading books to our students. He has recorded his story readings and they are available to view on our school website. (Under 'Principal's Message and Greetings on the Vimeo Messages tab).
We hope you enjoy these wonderful stories.
I want to thank you all for your support in what was one of the most unusual starts to a school term we have ever seen. Together, we have been able to make the best of this situation and ensure your child’s safety and continuity of learning.
Today, the State Government announced changes to education based on a review of current arrangements and updated health advice.
As of Monday, 18th May 2020 all students are expected to attend school, except for those students medically referred to learn from home.
This means students are either:
Over the last three weeks we have seen between 85 - 91% of our students return to school, which has been fantastic.
Current health advice states that schools remain safe for staff and students and should remain open. We want to make sure all children get the best education possible, which is why attending school is so important. We are here to make sure all children are learning and there’s no doubt, schools are the best place for them to learn.
For parents with medical advice that their child should not attend school, we will work with you in partnership with the School of Special Educational Needs: Medical and Mental Health to support your child’s learning from home. If you feel your child is in this category, please do not hesitate to contact me and we will work together on next steps.
If your child does not attend school without a medical reason, they will be marked as absent and will not be provided a learning program.
The extra cleaning and hygiene practices implemented at the start of Term 2 will continue and as part of the social distancing measures, we continue to ask parents/carers to drop children at the school gate and not enter the school grounds.
The State Government will continue to make decisions based on the best health advice. Thank you for your continued support as we move forward.
If you have any questions, please call the school on 6216 1900 and speak to a member of Admin.
We have had a relatively smooth start to the term and I thank parents and students for their understanding whilst we implement processes that comply with Government and Department of Education directives.
One of these directives is that parents are not permitted on school grounds. To comply with this, it was decided to have only 2 gates open at the start and end of the school day. This may have made the dropping off and picking up of students challenging.
To ease congestion and to enable students to enter and exit the school grounds promptly, additional gates will be open from Monday 4th May. Please ensure that your child uses the correct gate for entry and exit of the school.
Kindy & Pre-Primary: Gate situated next to Kindy classes (Bray Place)
Pre-Primary: Gate situated next to Kindy classes (Bray Place)
Years 1 & 2: Gate at the front of the school (Brockmill Ave)
Year 3: Gate at the front of the far end of the Junior Playground (Brockmill Ave)
Years 4, 5 & 6: Gate at the back of the school next to the basketball court. (Maguire Ave)
Parents with children in multiple year groups can nominate a specific gate. Please ensure that you communicate clearly with your child which gate this will be. We encourage children to use the same gate each day.
I trust that this process will assist parents during this time.
A map detailing allocated gates is attached to this message.
Parents are reminded that the school will open for Term 2 tomorrow, Wednesday 29th April.
To assist in reducing the spread of viruses and germs and in accordance with government directives, parents and caregivers are asked not to enter the school grounds.
At the start of the school day, students who are capable of going to the undercover area or their classroomsare asked to do so.
Students arriving before 8.30am will be required to meet in the following areas:
· Kindergarten to Year 2 - Undercover area behind the Admin building
· Year 3 to Year 6 - Undercover area near the basketball courts
Students who require to be taken to their class will be met at the gate by a staff member who will escort your
child to class or to the relevant undercover area.
At the end of the school day, these students will be brought back to parents to the same gate where they were
Please note that the only gates that will be open will be the front gate and the gate at the back of the school
next to the basketball court.
These arrangements will be in place and reviewed in the coming weeks. As always, decisions will be based on the best health advice.
If you need to contact the school, please call 6216 1900 or email EastBeechboro.PS@education.wa.edu.au
Thank you for your understanding.
Please ensure that students are provided with a water bottle, recess and lunch as the canteen is closed indefinitely.
Parents wanting to place orders for Uniforms are asked to place these on QuickCliq or an order form and payment can be given to your child which can be brought to the office.
We hope that our school community enjoyed the school holidays.
I am writing to you during the school holidays to let you know about the arrangements for our school for Term 2 and what it will mean for you and your children.
These are unprecedented times and therefore, we will need to do some things differently in schools over the coming weeks, to maintain learning and to keep your children and our staff safe.
I understand this may be an uncertain and difficult period for you and your family. That is why the State Government has given parents a choice about whether their children return to school for face-to-face teaching or learn from home. It is a personal decision influenced by each family’s circumstances.
To assist with your decision making, please note the following:
The State Government is providing $43 million in additional funding to expand school cleaning, in line with the health advice. Cleaners will work throughout the day to ensure all high-use areas, such as benchtops, desks, doorknobs, taps and hand rails, are regularly cleaned and surfaces disinfected. Our playgrounds will be open and play equipment will be cleaned before school and after each break.
We will provide further information on how our school will manage this situation, ahead of school beginning on Wednesday 29 April.
These arrangements will be in place and reviewed ahead of Week 4 commencing 18 May. As always, State Government decisions will be based on the best health advice.
We want all families and children to feel supported and informed during this time. I thank you for your partnership as we navigate this together.
The teachers and staff at East Beechboro Primary have put together video messages for students and families.
These can be found on the school website under the top tab "Vimeo Messages".
We hope that you enjoy these messages.
Take care and keep safe.
Due to the uncertainty that surrounds COVID-19 and the financial implications it has on businesses and the general community, the Executive Committee of the P&C have decided to close the canteen.
This was not an easy decision and it was one that was carefully considered.
The P&C and the school would like to sincerely thank Bec Wright for her service and dedication in managing the canteen. Thank you also to those who volunteered to assist and to parents for supporting the canteen.
Yesterday, the Government made an announcement that affects all public schools in Western Australia.
It was advised that schools will remain open until the end of term (Thursday 9th April), however parents are strongly encouraged to keep their children at home if they have the capacity to do so due to work commitments and the ability for your child to access online resources.
We recognise that there will still be families who need to send their children to school during this period. These families may include:
What this means for East Beechboro Primary School is:
Parents who are considering keeping their child at home are asked to encourage their child to continue their learning at home. We are recommending that students:
Parents are advised that students at East Beechboro who are in good health are most welcome to attend school until the end of term.
This is a constantly changing environment and we will continue to inform parents of changes that may affect our school. Parents are assured that school-aged children will continue to receive an education in Western Australia. It will however be different. A longer-term education model for Term 2 and beyond is currently being investigated. As soon as this information is available, parents will be notified. Please ensure that you keep up to date with all notifications via notes home, the school app and the school website.
I would like to thank our school community for their support of our school.
Notes have been sent home with students in regards to additional measures the school will be implementing to reduce risks of virus transmission.
Parents are advised, that effective immediately:
Thank you for your assistance.
Education Ministers have met today and have decided that NAPLAN will not proceed in 2020.
In the current environment, the decision to cancel testing will assist school leaders, teachers and support staff to focus on the wellbeing of students and the continuity of education, including potential online and remote learning.
Due to the current environment and as precautionary measures, Jump Jam will be cancelled until further notice.
The Commonwealth Bank has also ceased the School Banking program due to the current environment with COVID-19. Parents are still able to make deposits at local branches and via online banking.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Dear Parents and Caregivers
We are certainly in a space of uncertain and unprecedented times. It is without doubt that like myself, your conversations over the weekend with friends and family have been dominated by COVID-19. What does it mean for us as individuals, our families, the community, society and school? In order to keep our community as well as possible, it is important that we work together with this aim.
Following directives from the Director General this morning;
To contain the spread of germs and virus, if you or your child demonstrate any symptoms of being unwell please stay at home and seek appropriate medical advice.
We are all working and living within “unknown territory”, however, we must all work together to ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of all those around us including our families and ourselves.
It is essential that we remain calm in this environment. Parents are assured that they will be kept informed of Department of Education directives that affect our school.
Shayne Harris - Principal
The Department of Education is working closely with the Health Department in regards to Coronavirus (COVID-19). While the Department of Health advises that the risk of transmission of the virus remains low, they are monitoring the situation and the Department of Education are acting on their advice to take any necessary precautions that can be put in place to slow its transmission.
With the goal of reducing the spread of viruses at East Beechboro Primary School and in the community we are encouraging community members to practise rigorous hygiene. The school has implemented additional hygiene practices, including extra anti-bacterial sanitisers in classrooms, explicit instruction on handwashing and posters in toilets outlining effective handwashing techniques.
Good Hygiene Practices
Further information is available on the Department of Health (WA) website at www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/coronavirus or by calling the healthdirect helpline on 1800 020 080.
As information about Coronavirus is constantly being updated we will place updates on our school website. Should we receive any information that directly affects our school, parents will be notified. It is therefore important that we have up-to-date contact details for your children. Please notify the office if your details have changed.
The Australian and Western Australian Governments have recently updated their advice for students travelling from or through Hong Kong. The latest advice is that students who have travelled from or through Hong Kong are no longer asked to stay at home and may return to school. Please keep updated with the latest novel coronavirus advice from the Department of Health.
Advice on returning to schools and early childhood centres (for children returning from China)
As an extra precaution to the advice for returned travellers above, parents of children are asked NOT to send their children to school or childcare if the child has returned from mainland China (excluding Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) within 14 days. Even if they don’t have symptoms, it is advised that they do not attend school or childcare. This is to ensure the safest possible environment for children. Children do not require a medical certificate or clearance but are asked to remain at home until 14 days after leaving mainland China. Please note this advice applies only to children attending school or childcare.
For general or travel related queries about coronavirus please go to the healthdirect website.
For more information, see the fact sheets below or call the Coronavirus Health Information Line, on 1800 020 080.
If you have recently visited Hubei Province, you must isolate yourself for 14 days after you left Hubei Province, other than for seeking medical assistance.
In addition to the above, if you arrived in Australia after 1 February 2020 after travelling to, or transiting through, mainland China (excluding Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) you must isolate yourself at home for 14 days after you left China, other than for seeking medical attention.
It is especially important these returned travellers take special care to avoid sensitive settings such as health care, aged care, child care and school facilities for 14 days following leaving mainland China.
Medical certificates are not required for people who need to self-isolate.
Parents will be notified should there be any further updates.
The Department of Health advise that if a student has been in contact with someone who has contracted the virus, they should seek medical advice and stay away from school until they are clear of symptoms for 14 days.
As an extra precaution, if a student has travelled to or through China or Hong Kong in the past two weeks, parents are asked to keep them away from school for a period of 14 days from the date they returned to Perth.
This is a precaution as the incubation period for this virus can be up to 14 days. After that time, and no symptoms, the student may attend school.
Parents who have concerns about the risks to their children are asked to visit the Department of Health website (ww2.health.wa.gov.au/coronavirus). A fact sheet is available on this site and is attached to this app message.
Check Your Category is "ON" from the Settings Tab.
A new Smartlink App update for all iOS and Apple devices is now available via the App Store app on your device.
Once you have completed the update open the Smartlink app > go to the Settings tab and check your relevant “Category” (year group, classroom, age group) is turned “ON”.
Thanks from the Smartlink Team