7 December 2020

With two weeks to go until the end of 2020, we are busy proof reading reports, managing events and organising next year’s classes and budget.  And of course, the hardest job of all, trying to keep children focussed on school work not on holidays!

To say we are under enrolment pressure would be an understatement. Having started this year with 418 students, we rapidly grew to our current 430 and I anticipate starting 2021 with 450 enrolments.  Of course the world-wide COVID situation has a lot to do with this, and if a vaccine is successful, numbers could ebb just as quickly.

I will write an update the week before school starts next year to explain whatever the situation is. It isn’t possible to predict what will be required of schools, but at this stage, the Education Department has committed to funding continuous cleaning for at least term 1, 2021.

Our new transportable classroom is arriving this Wednesday, which gives us lots of time to furnish and equip it for next year. We are going to use it mainly as a science and technology room for our upper school students.

Personal items lists (aka booklists) for next year are on our website and the deadline for cheaper home delivery is 18 December. Pick-ups need to be ordered by December 11.  Here is the link: book lists 2021

Today our chorale is at the East Fremantle Pioneer luncheon, singing for long-term town residents.  It’s a fantastic opportunity for our students to mix with older people.

Tomorrow our year 3s go to the zoo.

Tickets for year 6 graduation will come home today. COVID restrictions at the Swan Yacht Club allow two adults per child.  It is always a beautiful night at the yacht club, and will be a timely reminder of how fortunate we are to live in Western Australia.

On Friday it’s our P-2 edu-dance concerts. Tickets are on their way home with children.

Many thanks to everyone who has organised events recently – there are a lot. Special thanks to Justin, the DoRKS and the P&C volunteers who ran waterslides day on Friday – it was enjoyed hugely.

It’d be perfect if you could have a look here:  letters and forms to check that you have read and filled in everything that applies to your family.

We have a growing pile of lost property and a long list of overdue library books. Your help in reducing both of these would be brilliant!

Sincere thanks to the family who sent in a plate of cakes for our staff today. Your timing could not have been better and they disappeared in a flash. Lovely.

And, finally, thank you for your support of this blog – there were 2421 hits last week.

Enjoy the week!

Lisa Dentith