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Dear Parents and Caregivers.
Welcome back to a new term at Osborne. I am delighted to have been asked to continue as Principal for this term and I look forward to working with our community once again.
There has been a great deal of work going on at the school over the holidays, with new storage sheds, a new water bore and a new slide being installed over the past two weeks. As I write this piece, it means that we have some large skip bins outside some buildings, but I think we are sensible enough as a school to not let things get in the way of our learning and enjoyment.
I hope that Covid has not had too big an effect on your lives over the past few weeks. I know we had several families who were impacted, either as positive cases or as household close contacts, myself included. While we will continue to experience cases in the community, the major changes to operations announced by the state government this week will see life at Osborne beginning to resemble normality once more. The changes kick in from 12.01 AM on Friday 29 April, so school on Friday and beyond will see the following:
• Students and staff are no longer required to wear masks, unless they choose to, or are asymptomatic household contacts.
• We can welcome parents back to our classrooms
• We can hold assemblies and school events without restriction
• P&C and Board meetings can happen in-person
• Parent-Teacher meetings can happen in-person
• Breakfast Club can go back to its usual place in the Art Room.
This is a big step forward, and will be a source of both excitement and fear about what comes next. If you or your child wish to continue to wear a mask, that is OK. I know that some staff will continue to wear them out of a desire to protect themselves and their families, as well as each other.
We hope that this change helps people to feel safe at school. Another key measure in providing a safe environment at school is dealing with rare incidents of violence. This is a red line for me. In line with the Education Department’s stance on violence in schools, any deliberate act of physical violence will be investigated and met with strong consequences, including a period of suspension. I think it is important to set out this strong boundary with the expectation that our students are sensible enough to resolve their disagreements without resorting to physical violence. Students and staff have the right to feel safe in school, and I hope this goes some way to reassuring you that I am committed to supporting this aim.
Now that I am able to meet with all staff in person, we will formulate a plan for class assemblies throughout the year. We will put this information to the community as soon as we possibly can.
There will also be a calendar of events which can now take place, including those organised by our hard-working P&C. It is with sadness that I have to inform you that two of our most senior members of the P&C are stepping down from their positions. I would like to thank Amanda Dyson and Liliya Prokopenko for their dedication and commitment to the success of the Osborne P&C. This all means that we are seeking new members for the P&C, and the AGM is being held next Tuesday, May 3, at 7pm in the School Library. More details are available through the P&C’s social media channels, and it would be great to see you there if you can make it.
Finally, I would like to thank Ms Pittard for her work throughout Term 1. She will be embarking on a period of leave during Term 2, and Mr Sutcliffe will be spending some time in an acting role as Deputy Principal, with Mrs Brown taking the Year 6 class on Mondays and Tuesdays.
I look forward to a happy and productive term working with you all, and thank you for your continued support of our school. Please feel free to contact me with any concerns you may have or if you would like to contribute in any way to the life of our school.
Kindest Regards,
Andrew Knight