Our focus in these first few weeks is on introducing the classroom routines and establishing the ‘Expectations & Behaviours’ for the year. Our teachers have also been establishing strong relationships with their students and a positive environment and I have certainly seen that in operation. It was also wonderful to see our new students across the school being cared for by their new peers and we extend a special welcome to them.
On Wednesday, we also welcomed our 90 new Prep students who were full of enthusiasm and energy. We saw a couple of tears but I am sure those mothers recovered later. During February, our Prep staff will be conducting literacy and numeracy assessments on Wednesdays with their new students in preparation for the year ahead so the Prep children will not be attending school on Wednesdays during February.
A new requirement regarding student absence commenced this term. All Victorian government schools must contact parents/carers as soon as practicable on the same day of an unexplained student absence. Our school will continue to utilise COMPASS to record all absences but parents must explain any absence, late arrival or early dismissal. A letter was sent home last year explaining how the new SMS system for alerting parents about absences will operate at The Basin Primary School at the commencement of Term 3. Please ensure our office has your current mobile phone number.