T4 Week 6 Newsletter
From the Principal
As we continue in this unprecedented time of change in our nation as a result of COVID-19, please know that you and your family are uppermost in my heart and prayers. The health and wellbeing of your family is my first priority and I wish to assure you that strong measures are in place to care for the wellbeing of your family.
I am pleased to pass on the following updates to you:
Premier, Stephen Marshall announced on Friday that all schools and preschools in South Australia will reopen to students on Monday 23 November 2020. In line with this direction, Torrens Valley Christian School is open to provide face-to-face lessons for all students as normal, as from Monday 23 November.Read more..
ACCESS TO SCHOOL GROUNDS
SA Health have advised that parents, volunteers, and non-urgent service providers should be restricted from entering the school site. We therefore ask that you drop and collect your child at the gate and maintain the appropriate physical distance from other adults.
ASSEMBLIES, CEREMONIES AND SPECIAL EVENTS
Assemblies, graduations and end-of-year ceremonies will continue. Sadly, restrictions will prevent us from involving parents in these events. Where possible, major events held at public venues and will comply with current COVID restriction. Events will follow an approved COVID-Safe plan or COVID Management Plan and have a capped attendance.
Arrangements will be reviewed regularly in line with the advice of Government and health authorities and in line with changing needs and we appreciate your understanding as we respond to changing directives.
YEAR 12 GRADUATION AND FORMAL CELEBRATIONS
At this point, we are still finalising details for these events. We are monitoring the updates from the Premier carefully and are hopeful that by early next week we will have information from the Government that enable us to be clear in our decision making so that this can then be communicated to you.
Transition visits for new students will continue as planned and we are looking forward to Orientation Day on Thursday December 3 for all students, Year 1 to 8. Unfortunately, we will be unable to welcome parents on site for these transition visits.
Intrastate excursions are continuing as planned.
Camps will be subject to an assessment and approval process undertaken by SA Health on a case by case basis to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students involved.
SAPSASA and interschool sporting events and carnivals have been cancelled. Sport and physical education confined to the TVCS site will continue.
Swimming lessons for Reception to Year 2 have been cancelled.
Staff and students are not required to wear masks within the school grounds. Information is available on the SA Health website regarding how to wear a mask.
SACE STAGE 1
The due date for results for all Stage 1 and all modified subjects is Friday 4 December. This date was extended as a result of the lockdown and remains the same despite the easing of restrictions.
The government’s coronavirus health information line can be called on 1800 020 080.
The Chief Public Health Officer, Professor Nicola Spurrier has reminded us that we must not become complacent. Risks associated with COVID-19 have not passed.
- As a school, we remain vigilant in the sanitising process being applied to all classrooms and workspaces and to implementing the four-square meter social distancing guidelines.
- If you, or any of your students, have any symptoms of COVID-19, even mild (fever, chills, sore throat, cough, runny nose, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell), stay at home, and get tested for COVID-19. Students presenting with symptoms are advised to self-isolate until given the medical clearance to return to school.
- We are monitoring the updates from the Premier carefully and the TVCS Leadership are meeting daily to review and plan accordingly. We appreciate your support and understanding in observing these important reminders and helping us ensure the wellbeing of our community as we work together.
A PERSONAL WORD
As Christians, we are reminded of the supremacy of our God over all things. God is our refuge, our hope, our anchor and our loving Father. And it is in these times, we draw close to Him, trusting the One who is victorious over all.
Let us ‘Fix our Eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith’ and consider afresh the finished work of Christ on the Cross. Please know that you are in my heart and prayers as we walk this journey together.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me via our designated email address COVID19@tvcs.sa.edu.au
CORONAVIRUS COMMUNITY UPDATES
As we continue to be guided by Government guidelines, we will keep you informed of any changes.
Any updates related to COVID-19 can be found on our website.
SA Health Hygiene & Water Advice
Is the SA Health Department currently allowing students to drink from water fountains and, if so, are there any additional arrangements around cleaning?
There are hygiene measures that need to be personally taken to ensure the safe use of shared drinking water fountains and bubblers. SA Health’s full advice on hygiene, water and sanitation can be found below.
Student Free Day – Monday 30 November
A reminder that next Monday is a Student Free Day.
Teachers have been very busy preparing their end of Semester Reports and will utilise this time to finalise their reports.
We thank you for supporting our wonderful teachers and we pray the students have a blessed day.
2021 school fees
Please read the TVCS Fee Schedule for information about fees in 2021.
Australian Reading Hour
On 12 November we celebrated the joy of reading with a reading party in the Library to celebrate Australian Reading Hour.
We had over 50 student’s in the Primary school come along and participate and read during lunch time.
Prizes were given out on the day and all Primary School readers were given a special personalised Australian Read’s Artwork.
On The Move… the Receptions have been learning about how things move in Science this term.
Reception A were involved in a variety of movement investigations and activities including a marble run, making gliding robots and designing and making a toy car.
Mrs Thorpe’s Year 6s were a great help, and Mr Tang from the Tech Shed came to visit and to present the Receptions with a new woodwork bench which he has re-purposed from an old desk.
New soft furnishings for Middle School
The new soft furnishings in the Middle School provide students with a comfortable space for quiet work and relaxation.
During class time, it will be used for reading and as a small group breakout space.
At recess and lunch, students are welcome to use the area to relax with friends.
Year 8 Multicultural Afternoon
On Tuesday 10 November, the Year 8s celebrated multiculturalism by participating in a Multicultural Afternoon.
They had the pleasure of inviting parents and grandparents to join them, who shared their cultural backgrounds and personal testimonies.
Students brought along food, artefacts and cultural dress, and enjoyed an amazing afternoon tea.
Thank you to parents, staff and students who supported this memorable event!
Year 9s create recipes with eggs
The Year 9 class looked at the different properties of eggs and designed their own recipes.
During the practical, they explained these properties and presented their chosen dishes.
Some of their creations include brownies, caramel flan and carbonara pasta.
Year 10 German Excursion to the Barossa Valley
On Thursday of Week 5 the Year 10 German class went on the full day annual excursion to the Barossa Valley.
Highlights included visiting the German bakery in Lyndoch for morning tea, Hoffungsthal (Valley of Hope) – a small German settlement deserted after severe flooding; a cemetery in Tanunda where all of the old tombstones are actually written in German, the Herbig Family tree, and a stop on the way home in Birdwood (formally known at Blumberg) for ice creams.
Year 11 Kuitpo Forest Bushwalking Camp
In Week 5 the Year 11 Outdoor Education Class completed their final camp Bushwalking through Kuitpo Forest.
The conditions were challenging in every way but through this experience students were able to learn so much about the weather, storms, camp craft, packing rucksacks, the flora and fauna in the forest and ultimately themselves.
Students carried all of their own supplies for the 3 day hike, slept in tents and cooked on trangias. This was a camp they are unlikely to forget.
Year 10 Food Studies
In term 4, the Year 10s have been exploring biological aeration in food.
They have been busy learning about the science of food and have come up with some exciting creations.
Some of these creations include making focaccias and pizzas.
Year 10 Geography Coastal Trip
On Friday 6 November the Year 10 Geography class spent the day visiting four of Adelaide’s recreational beaches. Beginning at Hallett Cove, one of the most famous geological sites in Australia students the observed evidence of ancient glaciation discovered in 1875.Read more..
The day was spent collecting data about the sand dunes at West Beach and Tennyson Beach and the effects a Marina has on the natural flow of Long Shore Drift at both Glenelg and West Beach. A number of fieldwork techniques including transects, quadrats, field sketches and photos were useful in understanding the environmental characteristics that are impacting the health of Glenelg Beach, West Beach and Tennyson Beach.
Uniform Shop News Term 4
In Uniform Shop News, new families are being fitted during term 4. Existing families should make preparations by making a checklist or by calling the shop with special requirements.
Lost Property is now being overseen by the Front Office.
Additional shop hours prior to school recommencing in 2021 are now available (please refer to shop times below).