Principal's Report - 10th June 2020


It is pleasing to see children settling back into their learning routine at Mareeba State School once again after the disruptions created by COVID-19 restrictions.  At Mareeba SS, re-establishing normal routines for students at school is important and we know how critical a regular, familiar routine is for children.  Increased cleaning and sanitation measures remain in place to ensure our school is a clean and tidy learning environment for our children.   This week we welcomed the return of Instrumental Music to the school.  Students who participate in Instrumental Music will resume regular lessons at the school each week.  I look forward to the sounds the lunchtime orchestra produces as students rehearse.

Mareeba State School has an outstanding prep programme in operation, led by a team of wonderful, local teachers.   Prep enrolments for 2021 are now open for children turning 5 by June 30 next year. Information packages are available from the school office, our website, or our school Facebook site.  From next term, we will be hosting a series of parent information sessions, including a virtual tour of our prep facilities, which are the best in Mareeba!  I encourage families who may be considering enrolling their child into Prep next year to visit the school and discuss your child’s learning needs with our wonderful team.

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Even though cases of Coronavirus are very low in Queensland, precautions are still in place to ensure a safe and healthy community.  Social distancing remains a requirement for all adults in the community.  For this reason, school will remain closed to parents and adults for the time being.  This means that all parents and guardians must remain outside of the school gates and fences at all times, and must maintain a social distance of 1.5m between other people.  The office is open, and appointments can be made with your child’s teacher, however we remind families that it is an expectation that you visit the school office first when entering the school facilities.  We also remind families to use the main administration gate in Constance Street when visiting the office.

A reminder to families that if your child is unwell they must stay home until they are feeling better.   Children who arrive at school clearly unwell will be sent home.  I encourage families to contact the school office to discuss this matter further if they have questions or concerns.

With the disruptions to the regular school routine created by COVID-19, the school has made the decision to delay semester 1 reporting.   Traditionally, Mareeba State School issues end of semester report cards at the end of Term 2.  This semester, report cards will be issued in the middle of Term 3.  This unique approach allows our staff to continue teaching and assessing right up to the end of Term 2, and provides students with additional opportunities to demonstrate their Semester 1 knowledge.   Further information regarding report cards will be provided to families early next term.

I encourage families to maintain regular contact with their child’s teacher.  Even though there are restrictions placed on adults entering the school grounds, it is important that communication avenues remain open between families and the school.  If your child is having difficulties at school, or you are concerned about a matter, or you just need to discuss a concern, families are always welcome to contact the school office to make an appointment with a member of our school team.

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Last reviewed 10 June 2020
Last updated 10 June 2020