From the Principal
Before and After School Clubs
It has been pleasing to see some after school clubs for Stage 2 and 3 children starting up this week. Code Camp and Drama clubs have commenced and I know that the children are enthusiastic about this addition to their at-School experience. Some clubs were offered but minimum numbers were not met for these activities; so, they were unable to begin. Registration for Term 3 clubs will be sought later this term. As was the case for this term, announcements will be made via email and text message. Please look out for these messages and take advantage of these before and after school offerings. Remember, also, that a reduced rate for Nangkita applies for children attending our after school care service following an after school club.
I remind School families to make sure you always apply early if you have younger children. We are starting interviews for 2022 soon. While we absolutely prioritise siblings, we can only do this if there is a place available. Please email Amanda at email@example.com if you need any help in applying.
With regard to prospective families, we have recommenced small group open day on-site tours during each fortnight in Term 2, so please take the opportunity to let your friends and family know that they’re welcome to visit in person again. Tours can be booked via our website https://www.isms.nsw.edu.au/enrolment/book-a-tour/.
So many of our prospective families speak of a connection with a past or current student/family of ISMS and the wonderful feedback they’ve heard. Thank you for your positive contributions to our reputation.
Pleasingly, some gradual easing of restrictions continue to affect schools. Most recently, the following key changes have come into effect, as they affect our school:
- There are no restrictions on catering;
- Physical distancing is now recommended rather than required, where practicable;
- A strong focus is to be maintained on accurate record keeping to support contact tracing in case there is an outbreak, given the relaxation on other restrictions;
- There are no restrictions on group work or any school-related activities;
- International excursions remain on hold at this stage given the potential complexities if there was a border closure at short notice.
These changes allow us to return to normal with regard to the children preparing food at School. We are currently, therefore, looking into the required logistics of reinstating the Kids’ Kafe, and will keep families informed of plans in that regard. I remind parents that parent sign-in is not necessary at drop-off and collection times but is necessary at all other times. Children, parents or other visitors should not come to School if they have any COVID-19 symptoms and all should continue to practise good hand hygiene at all times.
ISMS Mobile App
I remind ISMS families about the ISMS mobile app, which can be a very useful tool for the busy parent. Parents can use the ISMS mobile app to report pupil absences, book Before and After School Care in our Elouera and Nangkita rooms, view and book events such as our Parent Education evenings, view term dates and more. The ISMS mobile app is available from the usual app stores – just search ‘Inner Sydney Montessori School’ to download the mobile app onto your phone or other mobile device.
One of the defining features of ISMS is its offering of parent classroom observations. Such observations rarely take place in non-Montessori schools and are an excellent way for parents to see their child at work in their classroom. Much can be gleaned from such observations, including the child’s work habits and choices, their application, independence, persistence, and much more. Parents can also learn much of the nature and dynamics of the class. I urge all parents to contact their child’s Class Director for a mutually agreeable time for parent observation. Observation guidelines are available to help you make the most of the experience.
Traffic and Parking Concerns – Smith Street
I remind all parents and carers of the importance to the safety of our children and community that care is taken around the School in Smith Street, particularly at drop-off and pick-up times. I know that parking is at a premium at these times but I emphasise that it is important for safety, and as a proper example to our children, that all road rules are adhered to, all road and parking signs are closely followed and that courtesy is shown. Please note in particular that the area immediately outside the Kiah gate has a five minute parking limit between 8:15am and 8:45am and between 2:45pm and 3:15pm.