Welcome back to Term 4.
I hope that the term break was restful, and provided some respite from the busyness of the school term.
I take this opportunity to wish our Year 12s all the best as they enter this final week of formal classes. We also offer up our prayers for the students who will shortly be sitting their VCAA exams. May they enter this time confident in their preparation, knowing they have the support of their teachers and their families as they navigate the next stages of their learning and work pathways.
School Drop-Offs and Pick-Ups
Following on from my note in the letter sent to all families on Monday 2 October, last week schools received an email from Moonee Valley City Council indicating that the Council has received several complaints from residents regarding illegal parking, overstays in the pink zones and parents arriving too early and queuing and parking in the pink pick-up zones before the bell.
To ensure all road users are safe, particularly our most vulnerable, our children, we have been asked to include the following key road safety messages in our newsletter
Can walking, cycling or scooting to and from school be your first choice?
Our school has a Walking School Bus and Active Path routes. Check the online school map to see the routes available to our school.
On the days that you cannot walk, scoot or cycle……. plan to park a few streets away and walk into the school at pick up and drop off times.
When driving in and around the school zone is your only option, think about the safety of all, especially the children
- Do not double park
- Do not park over driveways
- Do not cause a safety issue in and around the school
- You can only stay in this zone for two minutes. If you overstay this time limit, you could receive an infringement.
- Plan to arrive after the bell rings, not before, as you cannot wait in the pink zone.
More information regarding Safety Around Schools can found below, in this edition of IONA.
Term 4 eSafety Webinars for Parents and Carers
We continue to take a strong and consistent stance regarding poor behaviour in the online space. We are in partnership with parents in setting clear boundaries with regards to expected behaviour. I have included the information below from the Office of the eSafety Commissioner regarding webinars for parents and carers.
Join eSafety’s expert education team for a free live webinar designed for parents and carers.
Topics in Term 4 include:
- Wellbeing and digital technologies (30 minutes)
For parents and carers of young people in secondary school.
- Getting the most out of gaming (45 minutes)
For parents and carers of children aged 7 to 14.
- Navigating online friendships (30 minutes)
For parents and carers of young people in secondary schooI.
- Getting started with social media: TikTok, YouTube, Instagram (30 minutes)
For parents and carers of young people in primary and secondary school.
Use this link to take you to the registration page.