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Rapid Bay Primary School Newsletter

WEEK 9 TERM 2 ISSUE 309 June 25th 2020

Essington Lewis Drive
School No: 0650

Phone: 8598 4062
Mobile: 0447 715 103
Fax: 8598 4116


Jenna McArdle



3rd Friday week 10
Last day of term 2
Casual Day
Gold Coin Donation
2.30pm Finish

20th Monday Week 1
First day of term 3

Dear Families
What a term! No one could have predicted what we have been through, survived and grown stronger from. I hope you are able to find some positives in the experiences we have all endured and choose to focus on them. Staff have had time to debrief and we now will look at how we can harness our learning and then enhance it. I look forward to working with staff, students, parents and the community in the second half of the year as we work towards achieving our goals.
Thank you to all families for the ongoing support and commitment to our school, our family. From providing goodies for staff and kids, dropping your kids off at the gate, following current restrictions and the continuous communication, thank you. We look forward to you being able to return to site for assemblies, visits and volunteering as the restrictions lift in the coming weeks and months.
Thank you to all the kids! You have been amazing, and I have admired how you have all rolled with the changes, supported each other and kept on learning. It is awesome to have most of you back at school, it has been great to see your smiling faces and your enthusiasm for learning.
Thanks to the amazing staff I get to work with each day. Nothing has been too hard, too big or too much for them and at all times they have had the best interests of the kids at the forefront of their minds. Take the coming weeks to rest up and enjoy a well-deserved holiday.
Reports have started to be distributed during interviews this week. If you have not been able to make it to interviews, reports will be going home with students, this Friday.
Farewell – Last week we farewelled our Pre-Service Teachers Bailee Holmes and Jade Cannard, we have loved having them both join our Rapid Bay family. The relationships that they have built with our students and the experiences they have provided in such a short time is remarkable. We look forward to a visit from them next term. On behalf of us all we wish Bailee and Jade the very best, their futures are bright.
Holidays – On the last day of school we will have a casual clothes day for a gold coin donation. All proceeds will go towards Hunter, our adopted tiger. We finish an hour earlier at 2.30pm on Friday 3rd July. Students will be dismissed at 2:30 and the bus will depart at 2:40pm. Enjoy the holidays and hopefully we return to get stuck into some more high quality teaching and learning in term 3.
Covid 19 - As you are aware, restrictions are continually been lifted with Covid 19. We continue to follow the guidelines of the department and keep families up to date with the documented processes. In keeping with the guidelines, we request that any parent/carer who needs to enter the classroom will need to complete a site access form via front office. The Premier has announced step 3 of the COVID-19 roadmap.

Changes to take place from Monday June 29th (Week 10) are as follows:
Physical distancing requirements remain in place
All adults must continue to follow the density and physical distancing guidelines outlined by SA Health:
  • no more than 1 person per 4-square metres in an enclosed space
  • maintain a minimum social distance of 1.5 metres.
  • parents, volunteers, departmental support and other service providers may again enter school grounds. All external service providers and volunteers must complete the site access form on entry.
A reminder that the AHPPC (Australian Health Protection Principal Committee) does not believe that it’s appropriate or practical for students and children to maintain physical distancing requirements in classrooms or corridors.

The following activities can resume providing government health advice and physical distancing requirements are strictly followed:
  • Parents, volunteers, departmental support and other service providers may again enter school grounds. All external service providers and volunteers must complete the site access form on entry
  • Intrastate camps and excursions
  • School sport competitions, sports days and carnivals, including inter-school competitions (use of change rooms and shower facilities is not permitted)
  • Inter-school choirs, bands and other performing art activities
  • School formals, socials and discos
  • Playgroups and occasional care
Requirements that remain in place
  • It’s important that students and staff stay home if they are unwell.
  • Physical contact (even between students) must be limited. Non-physical greetings should be encouraged.
  • School, preschool or early childhood visits to nursing homes cannot recommence.
  • The general public should not access school playgrounds or play equipment.
  • Parents must continue to physical distance, including at school pick up and drop off.
  • Interstate and overseas travel remains on hold.
Vulnerability to COVID-19
Employees and students who are considered vulnerable to COVID-19 should consult their medical practitioner when deciding to return to the workplace or school/preschool.

More information
If you have any questions about managing the impact of COVID-19 in the workplace, please call the department’s COVID-19 Information Line on 8226 2000 (8am to 5pm).

Information is also available on the department’s dedicated EDi COVID-19 pages.
You can also call the government’s coronavirus health information line on 1800 020 080. The line operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

I understand that this is still a challenging time for all of us. If you have any concerns or/and questions please contact me through the front office or by email.

Enjoy the last couple of weeks and have a good break everyone.


News from Governing Council

Rapid Bay Primary School’s Governing Council met on Tuesday, 19 May 2020 starting at 7 pm. We took full advantage of the School’s embracing of new technology and met via ZOOM. This was also to ensure as much compliance as possible with the social distancing restrictions current at that time. Following the resignation of Adrian Dauk as Chairperson, there were the elections (unopposed) of Victoria Wetherby as the new Chairperson and Lucy Williss as the new Deputy Chairperson. Adrian proved himself to be a model of discretion during the Principal Selection Process last year (2019) and showed respectful yet strong stewardship in his time as Chairperson and in other positions on the Council. Adrian and his family had been with the School for 8 ½ years and he and his wife, Holly had been strong contributors to Rapid Bay life. Holly had also been a former student at the School. The Dauk family will be sadly missed but we wish them well. The Council also accepted a resignation from Courtney Turnbull (with regret but we understand the commitment required). The Finance Subcommittee put forward two items in particular – fencing along the side of the School facing the sea and an air-conditioner in the Staff Room. Both items are to be further investigated. The Bus Subcommittee and Playground Subcommittee both resolved to have meetings. The Governing Council will meet again on Tuesday, 23 June 2020 at 7:00 pm. Whether we will meet via ZOOM again or on site is to be announced.

Victoria Wetherby (Governing Council Chairperson)


These art works depict elements of local Rapid Bay history. They will be entered in the Mayor's Art Competition.
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