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WEEKLY UPDATE

 
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Welcome back to Eumundi for the 2020 school year. A particularly warm welcome to all new families and staff members who have joined us this year - I am sure that you will enjoy your time with us in the Noosa Hinterland. As a school community we look forward to meeting you all throughout the year and working with you to provide a quality educational experience for your child.

Prior to updating everyone on a number of exciting new developments for this year I would like to sincerely acknowledge the unprecedented bushfire crisis down south , the dedicated work of our volunteer firefighters and local animal welfare / RSPCA staff who have worked tirelessly to ensure the safety and wellbeing of others. Our thoughts are with those families who may have been affected directly by the bushfire crisis or who have friends or relatives down south. We wish those affected a speedy recovery from the disaster.

To commence the school year we have a number of significant changes to communicate to all parents to start the year.

FACILITIES

Demolition work of the toilet blocks and undercover area to make way for our new building has commenced and is due to be completed prior to next week. Parents and students will notice a significant area of the school has been fenced off to ensure the safety of staff, students and visitors to the school. Please do not enter this area for any reason. This is a totally restricted / hard hat area only.

Due to the location of the new build, parents and students will notice that access and pathways to a variety of buildings / areas within the school have changed. In particular, access to the oval is restricted to an entry point via the new demountable toilet block located on the southern side of the oval. Access to the Administration block / Year 1 and 2 classes / Front area of the school is easiest via the Caplick Way entry gates. Access to C Block classrooms and associated Year 5 and 6 demountables is best via the Napier Road Carpark. Prep classroom access is as previous years. To relieve some of these access issues a new pathway is being built to link the front of the school with C Block which should be completed for next week. For a copy of 2020 draft classroom allocations please see the attached map.

LUNCHTIME PLAY / EATING AREAS AND TOILETS

Unfortunately our oval space will be reduced for a number of months this year whilst the new building takes shape. To ensure that the oval is not overcrowded and provide our students with a range of play and eating areas the following changes have been put into place:

1.       Year 1 and 2 students will play in the Front area of the school only during Term 1. The Library will also be available to students in these year levels during morning tea time to reduce congestion in this area.

2.       Year 3 and 4 students will eat outside of their classrooms in C Block. This area will also be available for handball, games and other activities during playtime along with the oval.

3.       Year 5 and 6 students will eat their lunch in their normal area and also be able to access the oval, C Block space and areas around the demountables.

4.       In addition to these changes we are also opening up the Basketball court / grass area as a supervised play space in 2020. Students from a variety of year levels will be able to access this space during lunchtimes.

5.       A temporary toilet block has been placed on the oval for students from Years 3- 6 to use during construction and a number of portable toilets are being placed next to the Library for students from Year 1 and 2 to use during school time. Students will also be able to access the toilet in the Library if needed.

TUCKSHOP/UNIFORM SHOP

Plans and preparations are underway to install our new canteen facility whilst the build is taking place. Please be advised that the Tuckshop will NOT be open for the first two weeks of school at this stage. Parents will need to provide their child/ren with a healthy lunch including fruit / vegetables during this time. Apologies for any inconvenience here.

The Uniform shop has been temporarily relocated to A Block (Upper Classroom) for the first few weeks of Term 1. This is the older building opposite the Administration block.

Opening Hours

Thursday January 23rd               7.00am – 3.00pm

Friday January 24th                        10.00am – 6.00pm

SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM

Please note that our classroom for students with special needs has been relocated to the Arthouse (demountable at the front of the school on Caplick Way). Meetings with parents and teachers for special needs students will take place in this building until further notice.

PARENT COMMUNICATION

With so much going on at the school for the first few weeks we have decided to change our method of communication to parents for Term 1. Details of this change are below.

Week 1 to 3        E-mail, website or Social Media communication to parents

Week 4               Newsmundi

Week 5 to 7        E-mail, website or Social Media communication to parents

Week 8               Newsmundi

Week 9 and 10    E-mail, website or Social Media communication to parents

It is anticipated that this change in communication will enable the school to promptly inform parents of changes to routine due to the building progress or alert parents to issues relating to access for drop off or pick up due to construction materials or machinery being delivered for the build.

On behalf of all of us at the school we are really looking forward to another great, but at times possibly challenging, year due to the construction of our new building. I thank everyone in advance for your patience and understanding as the build progresses and ask that if you have any questions or concerns for the start of the year that you call the office on 5472 6333 or e-mail admin@eumundiss.eq.edu.au .

Kind regards

Mick

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Last reviewed 23 March 2020
Last updated 23 March 2020