From the Education Directorate Newsletter
2021 School Satisfaction & Climate Survey
Each year, the Directorate surveys all parents and carers, school staff and students in Years 4 to 12 about their experience of public education. The 2021 School Satisfaction & Climate Survey will be available online from 13 August to 3 September. The survey results will help us to continue to make quality informed decisions about how to improve our school. No personal identifying information will be provided to any school or college.
For each child in their family who attends an ACT public school, parents and carers will receive:
§ A letter about the student survey outlining the reasons for collection and privacy provision for the data; and
§ An email about the parent survey, including a unique link to access the survey. Genuine survey invitation emails will have the title "The 2021 School Satisfaction & Climate Survey is now open!" and will be sent from EDU Surveys & Evaluation with 'from' address EDU@qualtrics-survey.com.
If you do not receive the survey invitation, please check your Junk email folder; if it is not there, send your contact details to EDUSurveysandEvaluation@act.gov.au to request a survey invitation. If you do not have an email listed with the school, please contact the front office.
The Parents and Carers Survey will be available online in other languages: Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Urdu, Vietnamese, Punjabi, Bengali, Spanish and Telugu. Respondents can select their preferred language when they start the survey. A shortened paper-version of the Parents and Carers Survey is also available in the following 5 languages: Dari, Dinka, Farsi, Karen and Mon. These surveys are available at the Front Office.
For the results to reflect the opinions of our whole school community, we need as many parents and carers, staff and students as possible to complete the survey. Your feedback is important, and we hope you will take part.
For more information, visit: https://www.education.act.gov.au/public-school-life/school-satisfaction-and-climate-survey
Have you applied for a Respite Effect and Recovery Grant yet?
Are you a person with disability, or a family carer? Have you experienced increased financial pressures, a loss of regular activities, and/or increased social isolation as a result of COVID-19?
The ACT COVID-19 Disability Strategy is offering Respite Effect and Recovery Grants that provide financial support as a one-off payment, of up to $500, to adults and children with disability and their family carers. These Grants provide the opportunity for families of people with disability to reduce the impact of COVID-19 and to assist with community recovery.
Already under this program 195 applications have been approved to a total of $96,625. This funding has supported people with disability and their families to reduce the impact of COVID-19 by providing help for things like paying bills, spending a weekend away, or purchasing technology that increases their connection to friends and family.
The Respite Effect and Recovery Grants are open right now and have just received an extra $50,000 in ACT Government funding. Applications close when funding is exhausted, and will be processed on a first-in, first served-basis – so apply today!
For more information and to apply for assistance, visit a participating organisation, or see the Respite Effect and Recovery Grant Program Guidelines.
A reminder that the COVID-19 pandemic is still with us and while many restrictions have been eased since last year, some restrictions are still in place in our school.
It is important that students stay home and get tested if they are unwell.
Visitors to our school, including parents and carers, should sign in using established processes, meet density requirements of one person per two square metres, and maintain physical distancing of 1.5m from other adults. Students and visitors also need to practice good hand and respiratory hygiene. You can find more information on COVID-19 and ACT public schools on the Education Directorate website.
Safe Parking Behaviours
Unsafe driving and parking behaviours increase the potential road safety risk for children around schools. Failing to follow simple road rules like parking on verges, in no stopping zones, in bus stops, near children’s crossings, on footpaths or across driveways increases the risk to other road users.
It is also important to remember that members of our school community require access to the disabled parking spaces to allow safe access. Please only use the disabled parking spaces at the school if you have a disability parking permit. The fine for parking in a disabled space without a permit is now $615.
Creating a safe environment around our schools requires a collaborative approach for the whole school community.
Part way is okay
Traffic congestion is a common issue around most schools during the morning and afternoon peak periods. Roads aren’t designed to cope with the sudden increase in traffic volumes for 15-20 minute periods and there is no traffic engineering solution to resolve this problem over such a short period.
If you need to drive, a simple way to reduce the congestion around our school is to use part way drop off or collection points. Part way points can significantly reduce the burden on the school car park and the local road network.
A great example near our school are the carparks at the adjacent sports grounds. There are ample car parking spaces available and you are only a short stroll from the school. This will help to reduce traffic exiting and entering the school, creating a safer environment for everyone.