Important Updates
25/03/2020

Dear Quarry Hill Community,
Last night a mail out was sent to all families with information regarding preparing for remote learning. In the pack there is a cover letter as well as instructions on how to download the applications we will be using. Don't panic if you don't have the internet. Teachers will also provide hard copies of learning materials for children without internet access.  Please keep a look out for it in the post. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call the school on 54433537.

We will try to make schooling from home as easy and as much fun as we can.  We know that families are under stress at the moment, and that this stress and uncertainty will likely increase over time.  Children can always sense when something is not quite right, even when we do our best to hide it!

Now more than ever, we need to live by our values of Kind, Curious and Brave.

There are some really amazing and hugely beneficial things that you can do with your child.  Play games, cook, read books together and laugh. Please find time to laugh!  We all need to feel loved and supported at this time. Snuggle on the couch, watch a movie together and spend time as a family. Reassure your child that everything will be okay, and that this too will pass.

The following is my top 10 list of things that have the potential to be cool if you are working with your child at home:
  1. You won’t have the morning rush to try and coordinate everyone to leave for school on time. Hair braiding and missing lunchbox lids will no longer be stressors in your morning routine.
  2. Your child won’t bring home their uneaten sandwich….again!
  3. You get to spend more time with your family – the ones that love you the most.
  4. You can share a hot chocolate during Maths time, just because you can!
  5. Chores can now be classed as ‘fun activities’.“How many plastic bottles are we putting into the recycling bin?” “Can your sort the socks into pairs? How many pairs altogether?”
  6. You know for sure that your child will love their teacher. :)
  7. You get to play with your child – knowing that the research says it is central to their learning and development.
  8. When you get puffed, you can send your child outside for ‘environmental education’ time.
  9. Head lice might go on holidays too.
  10. And finally, being able to do school work in a princess dress (or whatever takes their fancy). Sometimes it is just the motivation that is needed.

Just remember, it is not all about academic learning. What children will remember most is how they felt throughout this time; the time they spent with their family and the support they were given. 

We are all in this together.

Take care everyone.

Kind regards

Jo

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22/03/2020


Dear Quarry Hill Community,
The Victorian and NSW Governments are beginning a comprehensive shutdown of non-essential services over the next 48 hours in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19.
 
In Victoria, schools will be open on Monday March 23rd but will commence school holidays from Tuesday March 24th
 
Victorians will still be able to go to the supermarket, the bank, the pharmacy and other essential stores, like petrol stations and convenience stores. Freight, logistics and home delivery are also considered essential services and will remain open.
 
I will provide the community with more detail as information comes to hand. 
 
Tomorrow we will draw the Easter Raffle.  Unfortunately we will not be able to hold the pizza lunch.  Tomorrow morning our leadership team will discuss options about refunding money or holding over the pizza lunch until Term 2.  
 
The landscape is changing daily.  I thank you for your understanding.
 
Kind regards
 
Jo

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21/03/2020

Dear Quarry Hill Community,
Late last night, all Victorian school principals received a message from the Minister for Education, James Merlino, informing us that he has approved an additional two pupil-free days.

The first will be on the last day of this term, Friday March 27th, and the second will be on the first day of Term 2,Tuesday April 14th. (Monday April 13th is a public holiday.)

These two days have been granted to allow schools to prepare for the possiblity that we may need to move to more flexible learning arrangements, including remote learning.

The Pupil Free Day on Friday March 27th will impact on the pizza lunch and the Easter Raffle draw.  We will now run both of those activities on Thursday March 26th.

Unless I hear otherwise, our last day for Term 1, Thursday March 26th will finish at 3.30pm. There will not be an assembly. Students will be dismissed from their classrooms.

I apologise for the timing of this message and the inconvenience it may cause.  I thought it important to give families as much lead time as possible to make arrangements.

Please continue good hygiene practices.  Every little bit helps.

Take care everyone.

Kind regards

Jo