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James Merlino - Return to School Message

Student return informaiton
Parent return informaiton
Thank you

Dear parents and carers,

Thank you for all your support during these past few weeks of remote and flexible learning.

Following advice from the Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has advised that schools can begin a phased return to on-site schooling.

In the first stage, students in Prep, Grade 1 and Grade 2, senior secondary (Year 11 and 12 VCAL and VCE) students and all students in specialist schools will return to school from Tuesday 26 May.

Year 10 students undertaking VCE studies, including VCE VET studies, should also attend school for those classes where practicable. If this is not possible for your child/children, our teachers will make sure the work provided to students attending at school is also provided to your child/children.

To support all school staff to prepare for this transition, Monday 25 May will be a pupil-free day.

In the second stage of our return to on-site schooling, all other year levels will return to school from Tuesday 9 June.

For those students who cannot be supervised at home and vulnerable children, the existing model of on-site schooling will remain in place during the two-week period from Tuesday 26 May to Tuesday 9 June. The current process that we are using to enable parents and carers to indicate the days or part-days for which on-site schooling is required will continue for this two-week period.

All other students in these grades and year levels will continue learning from home until Tuesday 9 June.

Once a year level has returned, all students will be expected to attend school as normal. This means if you choose to keep your child/children home after their year level has returned to on-site schooling, we can no longer support their learning from home.

This does not apply to children who need to be absent for health or medical reasons. For those families, please contact us so we can make an appropriate plan.

This same approach is being taken by all government schools in Victoria.

To support the health and wellbeing of all our students and staff, our school will continue an enhanced cleaning routine and will encourage frequent hand washing.

If your child is ill or is feeling unwell, they must not attend school. They must remain home and seek medical advice.

While the Chief Health Officer has advised that students will not be required to maintain physical distancing at school, there will be a number of important changes to our school operations. This will apply until further notice. I will provide more detail about our local school context as soon as possible, but it is important to note that changes will include:

  • There will be adjusted arrangements for drop off and pick up, including staggered school start and finish times;
  • restrictions on access to the school site for anyone other than immediate school staff and students;
  • the way we conduct parent-teacher meetings and interviews

We understand that some families may feel anxious about this move back to classroom teaching and learning. I can assure you that this decision has been taken on the basis of the best health advice available to our state.

More information about the return to school and coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on the Department’s website, which will continue to be updated: Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice

Thank you for your continued support and patience during this time. We look forward to welcoming our students back to the classroom.

Kind Regards,
Roma McKinnon

Letter to Parents

Dear school community,

Welcome back to learning at home in Term 2

We are complying with the Victorian Government and the Department of Education’s recommendations in all we do to keep children and staff safe.

As the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the majority of students and teachers will stay at home and work at home. The message was clear “if you can learn at home, you must learn at home”.

“As we act to slow the spread of coronavirus, the message to students and parents of government schools is clear: all children who can learn at home must learn from home – with exceptions only in extremely limited circumstances.”

Sending your child/children to school is not a choice. A parent/carer will need to justify that they cannot provide care and supervision at home and cannot make other arrangements.

Parents who do not work or work from home are not eligible to send their children to school.

An application form must be completed.

By learning at home we all help to slow the spread of coronavirus.

We understand that your children will be experiencing high levels of anxiety due to the sudden change in their world.

Like you, our staff are also living this experience and are navigating a complex professional change whilst managing their own family lives.

The Department of Education have clearly said that our staff are not compelled to work on site so the majority of our staff are working at home. “If you can work from home, work from home”.

Rostered staff only are permitted on site.

Thank you to our parents who have already contacted their child’s classroom teacher by Seesaw. Your child’s teacher will contact your children on Wednesday.

All children will be learning at home on Seesaw. Your child’s teacher will provide you with information about learning at home.

Children of Essential Workers are to contact their child’s classroom teacher and are required to fill in an attendance form.

This specifically is for children who are not able to be supervised at home, and for whom no other arrangements can be made.

Leadership will be contacting those families on Tuesday 14/4 to discuss arrangements.

Supervision at school is a last resort.

We understand that learning at home will bring with it some challenges but we know that your child’s classroom teachers will be there to help you with any problems that may arise.

We appreciate that there will be some of you who are not only managing your child’s learning but also working from home yourself and we know that establishing a successful routine may take some time.

For all current information please continue to visit this page.

Our weekly newsletter will also provide you with up to date information about learning at home.

Kind Regards,
Roma McKinnon and Staff at River Gum Primary School

Dear school community,

We hope that you are going well over the school holiday break, and that your family is staying safe.

On Tuesday 7th April, the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced that students will be educated from home from when Term Two begins next Wednesday, 15th April, to help ensure that physical distancing will help slow the spread of coronavirus.

As the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the majority of students and teachers will stay at home and work at home. The message was clear “if you can learn at home, you must learn at home”.

“As we act to slow the spread of coronavirus, the message to students and parents of government schools is clear: all children who can learn at home must learn from home – with exceptions only in extremely limited circumstances.”

However, the school will make arrangements for students of parents who must work and provide essential services for our community.

All children will be learning together using the “River Gum Primary School learning at home guide”.

Please contact your child’s classroom teacher on See Saw between 9am and 3pm if you are an Essential services worker so that we can organize your child’s learning at school.

We understand that learning at home will bring with it some challenges but we know that your child’s classroom teachers will be there to help you with any problems that may arise. Your child’s teacher will contact you on See Saw on Wednesday 15th April.

We appreciate that there will be some of you who are not only managing your child’s learning but also working from home yourself and we know that establishing a successful routine may take some time.

We will help all families for learning at home beginning on Wednesday 15th April.

We will provide you with more detail next Wednesday about accessing your child’s learning at home guide on See Saw. Your child’s teacher will provide you with information about learning at home.

Looking forward to ‘being in touch’ again after the school holidays on Wednesday 15th April.

Kind Regards,
Roma McKinnnon

This afternoon the Victorian Government announced additional steps to combat the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), including bringing forward the school holidays in Victoria to commence from Tuesday 24 March.

All staff will use the next four days for planning and preparation for the likely transition to flexible and remote learning.

We are aware of the need for clarification around many issues. More information for schools and early childhood services will be provided as soon as possible tomorrow.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is without precedent in living memory, and it is taking us into the most challenging of times – as individuals, in our communities and as a society.

Thank you for your continued outstanding efforts during this time.

About River Gum Primary School

River Gum is a Primary School located in Hampton Park, between Dandenong and Cranbourne. The school caters for a wide range of social, economic and cultural backgrounds.

At River Gum Primary School students own their learning and teachers use their pedagogical knowledge to personalise learning. We value community, relationships and reflection.


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Statement of Commitment to Child Safety

River Gum 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. River Gum Primary School has zero tolerance for child abuse. River Gum 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 River Gum Primary School has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role he/she plays individually and collectively to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of all children and young people is at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make.

Newsletter

Principals Message

As the Principal at River Gum Primary School, I am proud of our school community and its commitment to providing high quality learning approaches for our students. When considering options for your child’s schooling, I encourage you to make an appointment to visit our school and see our fantastic learning programs we offer for our students.

River Gum’s motto ‘Together we can for every child, every day, in every classroom’ highlights a student focused culture of 21st Century learning. Our school is located in Hampton Park, a suburb in Melbourne’s south-eastern growth corridor approximately 10 kilometres from Dandenong. The school caters for a wide range of social, economic and cultural backgrounds.

At River Gum Primary School, students own their learning and our teachers use their pedagogical knowledge to personalise learning. We value community relationships and reflection. Our core business is to improve student learning outcomes with a focus on Literacy and Numeracy. Students at River Gum use “rich tasks” and “open ended investigations” to provide developmentally appropriate learning activities that value and respect the individuality and the different learning styles of each child.

Our Arts program located in the River Gum Performing Arts Centre and Digital Technologies program shape the kind of inspiring learning our students’ experience. The Arts and Digital Technologies programs utilise multi-literacies and captivate our young learners in communicating their thoughts and interests; it develops critical literacy skills and makes learning relevant.

In our school we develop partnerships for learning between the community, school and staff. We have a sport complex comprising of a gymnasium, running track and sporting oval. Our School Council recognises community partnerships for learning through our partnership with Chisholm Institute who operate our play group, the Women’s Friendship Café The Smith Family and The Ardoch Foundation.

The teaching and learning environment is supportive and productive through building positive relationships through knowing each student. Our school community is both friendly and welcoming.

So please come along to see our vision for learning in action!

Contact the general office on 97991216 to organise a personal tour with our executive leadership team and our student leaders.

Roma McKinnon, Principal

School Council

The school council has particular functions in setting and monitoring the school’s direction.

School councils have three main responsibilities:
  • finance: overseeing the development of the school’s annual budget and ensuring proper records are kept of the school’s financial operation
  • strategic planning: participating in the development and monitoring of the school strategic plan
  • policy development and review: developing, reviewing and updating policies that reflect a school’s values and support the school’s broad direction outlined in its strategic plan.
Other key functions of school councils include:
  • raising funds for school related purposes
  • maintaining school grounds and facilities
  • entering into contracts
  • reporting annually to the school community and the Department
  • creating interest in the school in the wider community
  • representing and taking the views of the community into account
  • regulating and facilitating after-hours use of school premises and grounds
  • operating a children’s service at the school.

School Council Members

Ben Goetjens, President
Nicole Miles, Vice President
Lynn Fields, Treasurer
Michelle Delceppo, Parent Member
Sanja Dinek, Parent Member
Vicky Methven, Community Member
Naema Mikheal, Parent Member
Jade Pantic, Parent Member
Roma McKinnon, Principal
Robyn Trzeciak, Assistant Principal
Philip O'Reilly, Assistant Principal
Kerrie Ford, Business Manager
Lyn Hempel, Wellbeing Leader