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Newman News Term 2 Week 2: From the Leader of Early Childhood

08 May 2020

It has been so wonderful to see the smiling faces of children back on Marian Campus. Since we commenced Term 2, there have been strong numbers in all Early Childhood classes as the days have continued to pass. This pandemic has brought with it many challenges, but it has also brought lots of cause for celebration and gratitude. I am very grateful for the ongoing support of families as we adapt our processes to meet an ever changing environment, and I am grateful for the excellent work of our staff whose adaptability and flexibility ensured that the students were always at the forefront of all decisions and lessons.

In asking some students across the Marian Campus about their experience of remote teaching and the subsequent return to school, these were some of their responses:

  • “When I was at home my mum helped me with my learning. We got out all my teddies and put them in a very long line. I love being back in Kindy now because I get to play with all my friends, and I get to see all my teachers too.” Odette Taylor, Kindy Blue
  • “I liked how I could do it all by myself and it was nice and quiet when working, but now I get to be back with all my friends and my teachers.” Samantha Glyde, 1 Blue
  • “At home, I liked learning the fun things that my teachers made for us. I liked learning on the iPad. I liked all the new learning each day. Now that I am back at school, I like that I can play more, I like seeing my teachers and my friends also. I like building big structures with my friends.” Savain Herat, Pre Primary Green:

Mothers Day

I extend my very warm wishes to all the mothers and grandmothers in our community. I hope that your celebrations on Sunday are extra special and demonstrate how grateful your children are for the many things you do for them, each and every day.

We hope that you enjoyed the College’s Mothers Day Liturgy this morning, where several students shared with us why their Mum is special. We also enjoyed a beautiful song by the Pre Primary Red students, thanks to the special musical talents of Mrs Simpson. Click here to watch the Liturgy.

Our Marian students took lots of pride in creating special posters, filled with love, which we displayed on the campus fences. These posters were to send Mothers Day wishes to all our Marian families. We hope that this brought a smile to the faces of our Mums and Grandmas, as they drove through drop-off and pick-up today.

Pick-up and Drop-off Procedures

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we fine tune our drive through drop-off and pick-up procedures. We have large amounts of staff on duty before and after school to assist with this process, and we are endeavouring to move traffic as quickly as possible. Please do not get to the pick-up area too early, as this is contributing to the traffic issues. We request that you arrive no earlier than 5 minutes before your child’s designated collection time.

For your reference, the details are as follows:

Class Drop-Off Pick-Up
Pre Kindy From 8.30am
Peebles Rd
2.30pm – 2.45pm
Peebles Rd
Kindy From 8.30am
Peebles Rd
2.45pm – 3.00pm
Peebles Rd
Pre Primary From 8.30am
Peebles Rd
2.45pm – 3.00pm
Peebles Rd
Year 1 From 8.20am
Church Carpark – 1 lane
2.45pm – 3.05pm
Church Carpark – 2 lanes
Year 2 From 8.20am
Church Carpark – 1 lane
2.45pm – 3.05pm
Church Carpark – 2 lanes

College Uniform

Due to difficulties in meeting the high demand of winter uniform items, together with the restrictions placed on the Uniform Shop access, there will be an additional week where students will be able to wear their summer uniform. The wearing of full winter uniform will commence on Monday 18 May. The College has recently updated the uniform requirements, and details can be found here.

Download Uniform Requirements