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Stage 1




Please use attached PDF as a guideline to use at home.

Dear Stage 1 Parents,

We are very sad that our learning journey in the classroom has had to be put on hold for a while. But it’s ok, we will get through this tricky time and we are here to support you with your learning while you are at home.

You will soon receive an emailed copy of the learning we are doing at school for the rest of this week. It will also be posted on our FaceBook page. We have put all our logins for Lexia and Studyladder on Facebook also. You have done most of these activities at school so you will know how to do the work fairly independently. Some of this work will be revision, but thats ok because practise makes perfect! Your caregivers can help you with them, hopefully with as little stress as possible!

We will be here to help! Mums and Dads can contact us by sending an email. (Parents, please contact your child’s teacher only).

Your teacher’s email address is:

S1W Deanne Witchard

S1T Joanne Turnbull

S1M Alison Mumford

S1H Lauren Harvey

S1C Rachel Cameron

S1D Danielle Hemmings

S1G Adele Loscialpo


Parent Information

Stage 1 - 2020, Term One

Welcome to Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2). Students have settled beautifully into their new classes and we have many happy faces, including students and staff. We are very excited about getting to know your child. We would like to introduce you to the Stage 1 teachers for 2020;                                                                                                                         

S1W    Mrs Deanne Witchard (Assistant Principal/Stage Supervisor)/ Mrs Merryn Handley (Wednesdays)

S1T     Mrs Jo Turnbull (Relieving Assistant Principal)

S1G     Mrs Lauren Grima

S1H     Miss Lauren Harvey

S1C    Mrs Rachel Cameron/Mrs Merryn Handley (Thursdays)

S1M     Mrs Alison Mumford/Mrs Elizabeth Jaron (Thursdays and Fridays)

S1D     Mrs Danielle Hemmings/Mrs Jo Wrigley (Fridays)



“Meet the Teacher Evening” – Stage 1 will be holding a meet and greet/information night on Wednesday 12th February 5.15 – 6.00pm in the stage 1 area.


Messages for the teacher/parent concerns - It is very important that teachers start their day on time (and students too), when parents hold up teachers in the morning to give them a message, it impacts on class routines and programs. If some information is required for that day, please write a note to the class teacher and forward it with your child. Otherwise a message can be left at the office for the teacher. If you would like your child’s teacher to call you to discuss something, please arrange a time, outside school hours or in their RFF time. Mrs Witchard (stage supervisor) always has an ‘open door’ and you’re welcome to drop in before or after school.


School Pack - Please pay for your child’s school pack as soon as possible. It has everything they require from pencils and glue sticks to whiteboard markers and books to do their school work in. The school pack also includes K-6 incursions held throughout the year (stage based incursions are an additional cost). For the first child it is $80, the second child $60, the third child $40 and for every child after that, it is free!

Crunch and Sip - Students participate in “Crunch and Sip” each day in the morning session. There is no set time for this, as it is scheduled at an appropriate time for the class. Students are only permitted to have fresh fruit or vegetables and/or water. The portions, however, need to be small so that they are consumed quickly and class disruptions are minimised. A very large apple can take a child a very long time to finish so if possible, please cut the apple into quarters/eighths/slinky as this is more manageable for them to eat.

School uniforms - Please label all items brought to school by your child. We ask that students not wear nail polish or jewellery to school (sleepers/studs and watches/Fitbits excluded) and that they adhere to the uniform as close as possible. This includes black shoes (no bright shoelaces please). Ribbons or bows in the hair should be school colours – navy, blue or white. 

Scripture – Scripture will be starting soon. Please inform the school office in writing if you wish to change your child’s scripture group.

Extra equipment - Please provide your child with;

- a paint shirt

- a library bag

Donations of the following are also much appreciated;

- hand soap or hand sanitiser

- baby wipes (for cleaning desks after gluing/messy work)

- a box of tissues

- old magazines/newspapers

Sport - We ask if students could wear joggers on the following days, so they are comfortable to participate in sport/exercise;

  • Sport for Stage 1 is on Wednesdays
  • Dance for Stage 1 is on Fridays.

Banking Day is on Thursdays (if your child has a Commonwealth bankbook). 

Money Procedures - All money sent to school should be in a labelled envelope and handed in at the school office.

Library Day - Our school library is open every afternoon and every morning with the exception of Tuesday. Books can be borrowed during this time as well as during class library times. We encourage ALL students to be regular book borrowers. 

Book Club - Book Club orders should be in a labelled envelope and returned to the office by the first Monday after being handed out.

Absences - The Department of School Education requires a note to explain all absences within 7 days. If your child is absent you will receive a SMS notifying you that your child has been marked absent and you can reply with reasons why. Alternatively, please send a note to school with your child upon returning to school. If your child is absent more than 2 days in a row, please consider obtaining a doctor’s certificate to explain the absence. 

Homework - Blackwell has a no homework policy, however home reading (this may include sight word lists) is still expected on a daily basis. Students will be bringing home a “Home Reading Log” where you will be required to enter the title of the book they bring home from school. Sometimes they may bring the same book home two or three nights in a row; this is to develop fluency and expression. A Stage 1 Home Learning Grid will also be sent home in week 3.

Facebook – For up to date information and to answer questions, please join “Blackwell Public School” on Facebook. Please do not send teachers a “PM” (personal message) or invite teachers as ‘friends’ as teacher’s will not respond or decline invite due to the departments Code of Conduct. You can also email the school - (your email will be forwarded to the person you wish to contact).


Assemblies – Combined Assemblies are held in our hall from 2-3pm in weeks 3, 6 and 9 each term. Merit and virtue awards are handed out other weeks during class lines.

School Newsletter (“Blackwell Post”) –Please make sure your email details are up to date in the office. Please read front page and the Stage 1 information page!