KPPS School Council President’s Report May 2020

Hello Kingsley Park Community! Well, what a rollercoaster of a term. It goes without saying that Term 2 has been unlike any we have lived through before, and of course, it remains uncertain what the remainder of the year will hold. As we are already seeing with the staged return to school of our students, staggered drop off and pick up times and restrictions on gatherings, it seems things will not return to the way they were for a little while longer. On these matters we must continue to listen to and adhere to the guidance and governance of the State government. However, the way the community has rallied together to follow the guidelines and support our teachers and students has been truly commendable.

Of course, the way we have celebrated annual events on our calendar has been different. A huge thanks goes out to the Kingsley Parent Group who pulled together the online Mother’s Day stall – what a success! I hope all the mums enjoyed their goodies. I know I appreciated this important act in keeping our community together at this time. Seeing the poppies along the school front for ANZAC day was another important moment of solidarity. Even though we were unable to hold our usual ceremony and bring the community together, many families made their own poppies, wreaths and lanterns and lay them at the school or held them in their own street-side dawn service. It will certainly be an ANZAC Day to remember.

When council met last week we discussed how the unfolding situation of COVID-19 is going to impact events and plans moving forward. We do know that Snow Camp has been cancelled and at this stage, the Middle Camp will go ahead. However, we must continue to be guided by the advice given by the State Government, which means any plans for future events even as far ahead as Term 4 and 2021 are tentative and subject to change.

In closing, council would like to say a warm hearted ‘thank you’ to the teachers, support staff and school leaders for the way they have supported students and parents with generosity and grace, and managed the transition to remote learning and back into classrooms. You are superstars! And thank you to the school community for continuing to support the school through this time. Be kind to each other, we will get through this, together.