Return to school advice – 12th May 2020

Following advice from the Victorian Government on Tuesday 12 May, some students will be returning to school from Tuesday 26 May.    The Victorian Government announced  Monday 25 May will be a pupil-free day.

The Victorian Chief Health Officer has advised that it is safe for Victorian school students and teachers to return to on-site schooling in a two-staged approach:

  • Stage 1 – from Tuesday 26 May

Early years students (Prep to Grade 2) and senior secondary students (Year 11 and 12) undertaking the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL), and all specialist school students will return to on-site schooling. All staff will attend on-site.

  • Stage 2 – from Tuesday 9 June

Grade 3 to Year 10 students will return to on-site schooling, subject to health advice.

The Department’s latest advice on can be found at www.education.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

We would like to thank our community for taking extreme measures throughout the end of term 1 and start of term 2 in ensuring Victoria has maintained low infection rates of Covid-19. There will still be restrictions in place and school may not look ‘normal’ during the phased return, but we are excited by these developments and look forward to providing a safe and supportive learning environment for everyone. If you have any specific concerns, please contact the school and we will work with you and your individual circumstances. We are incredibly proud of our community and cannot thank you enough for the support you have provided our school.

Remote Learning from Home – Term 2, 2020

The message from our Premier, Deputy Premier and Victorian Chief Health Officer is clear: All children who can learn from home, must learn from home.

On-site school attendance is available as a last resort where parents and carers are not able to put in place arrangements to supervise children at home.

On-Site Remote Learning applications MUST be submitted and approved before a student will be granted access to on-site supervision.

‘Our commitment to Child Safety’

Grovedale Primary School is committed to safety and wellbeing of all children and young people.  This will be the primary focus of our care and decision-making.

Grovedale Primary School has zero tolerance for child abuse.

Grovedale Primary School is committed to providing a child safe environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives.  Particular attention will be paid to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, as well as the safety of children with a disability.

Every person involved in Grovedale Primary School has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role he/she plays individually and collectivelyt to ensure that the wellbeing and saftey of all children and young people is at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make.

‘A Path to Success’

Grovedale Primary School is situated in the Grovedale East-Marshall area, seven kilometres from the city centre with an enrolment of approximately 250 students across 11 classes. The school has served the Grovedale community since 1855 and has been located on the current site since 1865.

The school currently operates two Foundation (prep) classes, four Year 1/2 classes, three Year 3/4 classes and three Year 5/6 classes. Students participate in Specialist Learning Areas of Digital Technologies, Health & Physical Education, The Arts and Languages (Italian) for one hour per week. They also have an active break and fruit snack at 10AM, participate in sport for an hour a week with their cohort i.e. all preps or all Year 3/4 students and spend an hour with their class learning social and emotional skills using the Be You Framework (formerly Kidsmatter), The Resilience Project and Respectful Relationships resources. Core classroom learning focusses upon literacy, numeracy and inquiry based learning units which are consistently implemented across learning teams, but differentiated for each class/student on a needs basis. Applications, such as, SeeSaw are utilised to share student learning goals and progress with families and create a digital portfolio of student work samples throughout the year.

The school is the centre of community activity, with many parents making contact when driving their children to and from school. This results in a fairly close-knit school community with a high level of parental involvement in school programs and activities. There is strong community support in the school with parents involved in all areas of school management and operations.

Grovedale Primary School is a school which has a strong knowledgeable staff who support the needs of all students in a collaborative manner. Our school follows the School Wide Positive Behaviour Support framework and the values of RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY and SAFETY form the backbone of our strong wellbeing program.

‘A school that offers a dynamic learning environment with a small school feel’

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