Term 1 holidays

No. 6, 2022

From Mrs W.

It is hard to believe that we have already completed a whole term of schooling. Term 1 2022 was the first term in several years that we haven't had to go to remote learning.

We have several projects that we have applied for grants for as well as waiting for funds to be released to start projects. We are still waiting for the outdoor learning funds which have been promised by the VSBA. The contractor has been appointed however, we are not permitted to even start the shire council approval without the funds. The seating for the new learning area has arrived so I'll be using my 'flat pack' skills during the holidays to put them together.

I have applied for a grant from Landcare to assist in remaking our kitchen garden. The money would be used to purchase a garden tank, soil to fill it, and seedlings to plant it out. I will find out early next term if we are successful or not.

I have emailed each of the school councillors regarding a quote to have all of the concrete area images repainted as well as getting the rebound wall painted. If this quote is approved, the areas to be painted will be pressure washed as another of my holiday jobs. The company will fully colour the images which will brighten the play areas of the school.

During the holidays, the school will be sprayed for spiders and paper wasps. Both inside and outside will be sprayed for spiders.

Don't forget that term 2 starts on Tuesday 26th April due to the day before being ANZAC Day.

School Tours

School tours for prospective families of Foundation and other year-level students for 2023 will be held on both May 3 and 4 at 11.45 am and again at 2.15 pm as well as on May 5th at 5 pm. 

Dhurringile Primary School invites all community members to come and have a look at the school.

Mini COVID vaccination clinic

Dhurringile PS will be holding a free mini COVID vaccination clinic on May the 5th at the school. Note the change of date from what was originally advertised. This clinic is open to the community to either book or walk-in. Further details and bookings can be made to Lisa on 0418 383 064.

Athletic Sports 4th April

Beautiful sunny weather, plenty of assistance, and students enjoying themselves makes for a perfect school day. And that's exactly what we had at our combined Outer Shepparton schools' annual athletics sports day yesterday, April 4th, 2022. A huge thank you to the families and Greater Shepparton Secondary College students who came along and assisted in running the long jump for Dhurringile PS.

Visitors to Schools Vaccination Requirements

All parents, carers, and other visitors attending schools, including for drop off and pick up must adhere to physical distancing, density limits, face mask requirements, and practise respiratory etiquette and good hand hygiene.

Parents, carers and other adult visitors (excluding students who visit a school to complete a secondary school subject) who enter school buildings must have had 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine or have a valid medical exception with the following limited exceptions:

  • when attending to administer medical treatment to their own child when the treatment cannot be administered by the school
  • when attending to collect their child who is unwell and cannot leave the school building unaccompanied by their parent/carer
  • when attending for a momentary period that does not involve any sustained contact with staff or students, for example, to collect a completed art project or similar.

Parents, carers and other adult visitors not performing work need to be able to show evidence of vaccination when entering a school building. This would include activities such as tours and kindergarten transition.

Parents, carers and other adult visitors attending school sites for drop-off and pick-up who do not enter school buildings do not need to comply with vaccination requirements.

Parents, carers and other adult visitors attending a gathering at school, such as a fete, school play or other school ceremony, whether indoors or outdoors, need to be able to show evidence of vaccination on arrival.

When parents and carers do not meet vaccination requirements, the school should hold meetings and other discussions (such as Student Support Group meetings) virtually.

Extension of RAT screening program

The Victorian Government has announced it is extending the RAT screening program for the first 4 weeks of Term 2. Thank you to all students and families who have played their role in regularly testing – we know that hasn’t been easy.

Your work has seen COVID-19 cases being picked up at the earliest opportunity, meaning less cases in our school and more time in the classroom for our students.

The testing recommendations will remain the same next Term for students and staff with:

  • Mainstream schools – recommended to test at home twice a week
  • Specialist schools – recommended to test 5 days a week at home due to the higher risk of severe illness for medically vulnerable children.

As we approach winter and flu season, the vaccination of children aged 5 to 11 and booster shots for students 16+ remains the best way to ensure protection for students and staff. The Easter break is a good opportunity to get your child vaccinated ahead of this, with many options across GPs, pharmacies and the state run vaccination clinics.

If you have any concerns or worries about getting your child vaccinated, please get in contact with your GP or another health professional who can answer your concerns.

Student COVID test portal

The student COVID test portal is designed to record a student’s positive COVID-19 test result and allows parents or carers to set up an account, add a child to that account then submit their COVID-19 test result into the system.

The portal can be accessed at Student COVID test portal. Further information for families about testing positive can be found at  Checklist for COVID cases.