Some important changes will occur at Mundaring Primary School from next Monday, 8th June 2020 as a result of the continuing relaxation of restrictions due to COVID-19.
I would firstly like to thank all parents for your support over the past few months through what has been a most challenging period. From a starting point of fear and confusion related to this totally unknown and virulent threat, through a time of much reduced student attendance and insecurity, onto a new term where many of you took on the challenge of the Learning At Home with your children and most recently to a full return to school albeit with a parent ban on entering the school site, your support for your children and the school staff has been absolutely amazing, thank you so much for this, it has made my job far easier. I am therefore very happy to confirm that following the Premier’s decision to further ease restrictions, many aspects of life at MPS will return to ‘normal’ from next week on, including the following.Parents/Carers on School GroundsFrom Monday 8th June, parents and carers will be able to enter the school grounds for purposes of student drop off and pick up, while complying with appropriate physical distancing guidelines. I would add however that to further reduce the risk to teachers and others, I ask parents to complete the drop-off and pickup at the classroom door and not to enter the classroom itself. I have been impressed over recent weeks to see children really step up and take responsibility for looking out for younger siblings and friends, as well as their own well-being. Staff members have also commented on the increased levels of independence displayed by our students and how they rose up and met the challenge. It was also really encouraging to see our students growing in confidence as they walked onto school grounds each day. Even students who may have found this step hard in the past grew in confidence. From a self-esteem and resilience point of view these have been very positive outcomes.From Monday of course, parents are also allowed to enter the school grounds to visit the front office as required and meet with teachers for pre-arranged parent/teacher meetings or case conferences, but again I ask that this be only with prior arrangement via e-mail or telephone.Assemblies/Sporting EventsWith new rules relating to gatherings of up to 100 people inside and 300 people outside, we are able to once again consider how we can hold assemblies and larger community events. For a school of our size this may still be manageable for a number of events and we are therefore planning our options.At this point I can confirm that we will be able to hold an assembly in Week 9 (Friday 26th June) which will be hosted by the Year 3 students in Room 6. Depending on the weather, this may occur inside the undercover area or on the new lawn area outside and may even occur later in the day than usual. We will also be planning to ‘return to normal programming’ in Term 3, including catching up with assemblies we have missed earlier in Semester One.Please keep an eye on our website and app for confirmation of these events and other new updates.
Paul LarkinPrincipalKey Links
Department of Education Website - The DOE COVID-19 site is regularly updated with education specific information.Department of Health Website - Up to date information on all things related to COVID-19 can be found at this important site.Video Clip - This terrific YouTube clip from Dr Chris Blyth, Head of Infectious Diseases at Perth Children's Hospital, has really good Perth specific information for all parents.This information will be updated as and when new data is provided by the Department of Education and Department of Health.