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We're back!

As this update reaches you, we find ourselves halfway through our final term of the year. It has been an absolute joy to have the children back onsite as we have returned to most of our regular routines. All our students' wellbeing has been an absolute priority of staff across all classes. We have been very focused on ensuring the return to school has been as positive and supportive as possible. The Victorian Government's return to operations guide has altered some of our approaches, but our students have adapted well and have relished in reconnecting with friends and teachers. Our whole school 'rites of passage' approach to exploring our individual and collective experiences of the pandemic to date has reinforced our shared and unique insights into the challenges we have faced over the past few months. We have a genuine desire to find the silver lining and celebrate our community's success and positives.

One stand-out example for me has been to witness the sheer determination and enthusiasm of our Year 6 students and their teachers to pull together their Year 6 Production.  Each year the 'production' whether a whole school or Year 6, represents a 'rite of passage' for our primary students and, in particular, our Year 6 students.  What began in panning as a whole school production quickly morphed into a Year 6 production following the first lockdown.  Always hopeful we would be able to perform the show to a 'live' audience, we planned accordingly.  Our second wave and subsequent lockdown soon put those plans out of reach.  Being agile and pivoting, again and again, we look forward to sharing with you all our 'filmed' version of The Lion King on the big screen at The Dromana Drive-in on Tuesday 17 November (subject to restrictions).  Despite the challenges, the students have remained resilient and energised, rehearsing at home, in isolation but also together online.  Back at school, despite restrictions around being able to 'sing,' we have been able to set up a recording studio to record the children's voices safely.  Filming of the action has taken place here across the Pridelands of Minimbah!  We also plan to feature all classes in the final feature.  I do hope you will embrace this special presentation and join us at the Dromana Drive-in.

As we approach the latter part of the term, our thoughts do, of course, move to transition for 2021. Our Year 6 students are already well into their program of transition, and for all other students, we will modify our program while ensuring they are ready for the next stage in their schooling. For parents, we will conduct online information sessions.

The PFG will be holding their Term 4 meeting via Zoom from 10.00 am this Wednesday. Please contact your Class Representative for the link if you are interested in attending the meeting.

Please note the following dates in your calendars as they may differ from those previously communicated.

4 November PFG Meeting at 10.00 am via Zoom
12 November 2021 Foundation Parent Information via Zoom (current and new parents), 7.00 pm
17 November The Lion King at the Dromana Drive-In
19 November 2021 ECC Parent Information Evening via Zoom (current and new parents), 7.00 pm
23 November 2021 New Year 5 and 6 Parent Information Evening via Zoom, 7.00 pm
24 November 2021 New Year 5 and 6 Student Info Session via Zoom, 5.30 pm

As always, thank you for all you do to support us.

ROD DAVIES
Deputy Principal – Head of Minimbah Campus