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This week the Premier, Minister for Health and Victorian Chief Health Officer announced that preparations are well underway to manage the growing risk of an emerging COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in Victoria.
Victoria is well-prepared to deal with an outbreak, and the Department of Education and Training is working closely with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to plan for and respond to the likely impact on our schools.
If a staff member or student at our school is in one of the categories below, we must contact DHHS for advice on what to do next.
Categories for contacting DHHS:
- The person is a confirmed case of COVID-19
- The person is a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days
‘Close contact’ is defined by DHHS as someone who has had at least 15 minutes of face-to-face contact with a confirmed case, or shared a closed space with someone for more than two hours with a confirmed case.
Good hygiene practices are the most effective means of minimising the spread of COVID-19, and schools should continue to encourage these practices. Schools have a responsibility to help stop the spread of infection by providing soap and other hygiene consumables to support good hand hygiene. We remind staff, students and families that everyone can protect against infections by practising good hand and respiratory hygiene.
Here are some tips that everyone at can follow:
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing with a tissue, or cough into your elbow.
- Dispose of the tissue into a bin and then wash your hands afterwards.
Wash your hands regularly, using soap and water, including after using the toilet, and before eating. Alcohol-based sanitiser (greater than 60 per cent alcohol) is a good back-up if soap and water is not readily accessible. Hand sanitiser is one of the products people across the world have been panic buying in the hope of protecting themselves against the spread of the virus, but experts warn the product is far from a silver bullet. Professor Marylouise McLaws, an expert in infectious disease control at University of New South Wales, said that hand sanitiser may not kill the germs associated with the virus. "If you have a sanitiser that doesn't have an anti-bacterial and an anti-viral it won't work in this particular situation," she said.
Most hand sanitisers are anti-bacterial and the coronavirus is a virus.
The toilets upstairs and downstairs adjacent to the playgroup and science area will be completed next week and soon after work will begin on the DeCarle Street toilets upstairs and downstairs. At the same time work will begin on the staff toilets. All toilets are being refurbished by being totally stripped, painted, new vinyl and new fittings and partitions. They should be completed by week three of term two.
Parking over driveways
Please be considerate of residents in the area and not blocking their driveway by parking across it.
Playgroup is open to all families in our community with children 0-5 years of age. We meet every Tuesday and Thursday 9-11am during school term in the Playgroup room (between the Kindergarten and the Prep area). New families are welcome! The program is $5 per session per family. We offer indoor and outdoor play activities and an opportunity to socialise, meet new families and have fun.
The Cooking Project is open to all Moreland Primary School students and parents. In small groups of four, students and their parents come to school, shop for ingredients and prepare a meal of their choice. Cooking is arranged during school hours. The school allows $25 per group to buy ingredients. The purpose of the program is to engage in learning, to meet new families and to have fun. Students can choose their own group or we can arrange a group with new families.
If you would like to participate in Playgroup and/or Family Cooking, or would like more information, please email Gosia at: firstname.lastname@example.org or text 0432088016 - look forward to hearing from you!
Parents and Carers Association AGM & March Meeting
Monday 16 March
Annual General Meeting: 6.30pm
March PnC Meeting: 7.00 - 8.30pm
The time has come for our annual general meeting of the Parents Club. At this meeting, all of the office bearer positions are spilled and nominations are called for to fill the positions. After this meeting we will have our regular monthly meeting, at which we will discuss fundraising, parent engagement, upcoming dates and activities and of course, have a few laughs with other MPS parents.
All parents and carers are welcome to attend, new members will need to bring $1 to join, and this time around existing members will also need to bring $1 to renew their membership.
Hope to see you there!
Outgoing 2019 President
Coffee Cart - coming soon to MPS
The PnC recently purchased a professional grade coffee machine that will be used to fund raise at events and also set up every Friday morning in the courtyard. If you have coffee making skills and some free time on Friday mornings, please email email@example.com and we will add your name to the list of volunteers to receive training. It should be a lot of fun!
Merri Creek Mural
Hello MPS community,
Following from our Merri Merri Creekulum program last year, we will be making a big mural in one of the walls facing out to Moreland Rd. This mural will be a way of sharing with the wider community about the stories that we shared along the Merri Merri maybe short-finned eels, rain moths, tardigrades, nematodes and tawny frogmouth stories?
Artist Brendan Kennedy will lead this collaborative process and we want everyone to get involved!
On the last week of term 1, Brendan will be coming regularly to school to meet and share stories with all our MPS community. We invite everyone to make time to be part of this process. More details about specific days/times soon & for more info about what’s coming up for the Merri Merri creekulum this year come along next Monday to assembly!
Sarita (MPS mum and creekulum coordinator)
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