Principal's Update 22nd June 2020

From Helen Hatherly

My family and friends keep asking me about school and what it has been like leading a school during a pandemic. I always respond with a conversation about the challenges, the desire to keep everyone safe and healthy and the comfort that I see on a daily basis with parents, staff and students looking out for each other. I usually finish the conversation feeling fortunate that I work in special education where working together in a strong team is second nature to us all, feeling grateful being surrounded by a caring community and feeling renewed by a firm belief that we will all get through this together.

I have received some enquiries from parents about when things at school will go back to normal. Our lives at this stage are getting used to being disrupted and this was highlighted on Saturday with the change in restrictions. There are likely to be other changes that will have an effect on how schools manage this next stage. Unless you receive notification during the holidays we will continue to for the first week back at school with the current arrangements regarding the start and end of the school day. Please remember there is no capacity for late arrivals or early release for appointments throughout the day as the gates will only be manned at 9.15am and at 2.30pm. Alternative arrangements will need to be made regarding allied health appointments.

During the holidays we will use Flexibuzz, email and the school website to alert families of any changes. Please note it is your responsibility to monitor the communications from school in order to stay informed.  Please do not hesitate to contact the school via email during the holidays if you require support or have any questions.

Thank you to everyone for playing your part in keeping our Ashwood community safe. May you all have the strength during the holidays to take care of yourselves and of each other. Use this challenging and disruptive time to be supportive and kind to each other – and yourself!