The Weekly Wrap – Term 3 Week 8 – 2020

Thank you for taking the time to read through this week’s weekly wrap to keep up to date with school happenings.

Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to all dads, grandpas, uncles and important males in your child/ren’s lives, we hope they were treated to a special day. Thank you again to the Parent / Community Fundraising Team for organising the Father’s Day gift bags. 

Special Mention – Tournament of Minds

Special mention to our three Tournament of Minds teams who have been working on solutions to their long term problems. Due to the COVID-19 situation, teams are unable to present their solutions live at Flinders University. Instead they are videoing their presentations to a panel of judges. 

Good luck and well done to the senior school students who spent time at school on Saturday afternoon practising and filming their submissions.

Thank you to Miss Grant for once again expertly facilitating the teams and for her after-hours commitment to supporting these students. Great support from families too.

For over twenty years, Craigburn has entered teams into the annual Tournament of Minds competition held in September at Flinders University. Tournament of Minds (TOM) is a problem solving challenge for teams of students from both primary and secondary years. They are required to solve demanding, open-ended challenges in Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) and The Arts.

Parent Engagement Survey

The Department has developed a new school parent engagement survey that will go live on Monday 7 September 2020. The survey, coordinated centrally by the Department, replaces the parent questions in the National Schools Opinion Survey which are typically sent to families (via the news blog) in mid-late Term 4. 

Please note:

  • Parents / carers will be sent a link (unique to our school) via email or SMS on Monday 7 September directly from the survey tool. The survey link will also be shared via our news blog.
  • The survey will be open for 3 weeks and will close on Friday 25 September.
  • Data collected from survey responses will be provided to principals in October.

This is a good opportunity for us to gain valuable insights into the engagement of parents in their child/ren’s learning.

School Uniform 

We will be undertaking a formal review of our school’s dress code based on the relevant departmental education regulation, which provides the right for the Governing Council to review a school Dress Code Policy. This review process will include community consultation involving students, staff and families. Key elements of the review will include: Development considerations, Consultation process, Design requirements, Student population, Costs of dress code, Communication to parents, Exemption, Implementation, Enforcement and non-compliance, and Review.

In the meantime, we strongly encourage and remind students / families to comply with the existing dress code which enables students to develop a sense of identity, belonging and pride in their school. Thank you to all of the students who are wearing our school uniform with pride. 

This also includes the wearing of hats (legionnaire / broad-brimmed) as per our SunSmart policy. This is when the UV Index is 3+ at recess / lunch times. Please ensure hats are labelled. Thank you.

Please contact the front office who will be able to direct you to our school uniform supplier and / or second hand uniform shop. School hats can be purchased at school.

Traffic / Parking

Thank you to the far majority of school parents and friends who are cognisant of local traffic and parking regulations, especially in relation to the drop off / pick up zones. Unfortunately, from time to time, congestion builds up when motorists stop on Murrays Hill Rd waiting to enter the pick up zone. 

Again, we respectfully ask families and friends to be extra mindful of adhering to traffic regulation in the best interest of safety for our students / families and local residents. School staff are not in the position, nor are responsible for moving traffic on. Please note, council rangers and traffic police visit schools at dismissal times.

To Note / Reminders

  • Ongoing reminder to keep up to date with school related COVID-19 practices. We appreciate families and friends continuing to take note of this information and acting accordingly. 
  • School opens at 8.30am – students should not be on school grounds prior to this time unless supervised by a parent / carer. Similarly, after school, students should not be staying on grounds after school unless accompanied by an adult (eg sports practice).
  • A School Closure has been scheduled for Friday 6th November. 
  • Sports Day has been rescheduled for Thursday 5th November. Parent involvement will be determined by the advice from SA Health closer to the time.
  • To support our planning for 2021, we would like students / families who will be not at Craigburn in 2021 to contact the school via phone 8270 4144 or email dl.1226.admin@schools.sa.edu.au This does not include any current Year 7 students. Thank you.

RUOK Day

This Thursday is 10 September is RUOK Day – an important day and time to check in with each other and start an RUOK? conversation using these four steps:

  1. Ask R U OK?
  2. Listen
  3. Encourage action
  4. Check in

Some great community resources for here.

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Best wishes to all for the week ahead.

Kind regards – Paul, Rob and Nicky.