IGS Notices

Welcome to IGS Notices

Wednesday 12 August

IGS Notices is for the benefit of the IGS community of staff, students, parents and caregivers. It includes details which may be legally privileged and confidential, not to be disclosed externally.

Whole School

Please place Canteen orders through Flexischools only  **new**
Parents and carers are asked to place all Canteen orders online using Flexischools which can be found on the IGS Parent Lounge.

A reminder that recess and lunch items may be pre-ordered on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday only. No over the counter sales will take place. Students should attend school with a packed recess and lunch on Mondays and Tuesdays. 

Account 3 fee reminder **overdue**
Parents are reminded that Account 3 fees were due on Friday 24 July 2020. Please note that any accounts with outstanding balances, and no payment arrangement in place, will incur a $30 per week late fee calculated from 24 July.
If you need to check your account balance, please log in to Engage, which can be accessed via the Parent Lounge. Payment options are listed on the invoice. If you need to make a payment over the phone, please call Raewyn Harris on 9219 6705. If the phone is not answered please leave a message with your name and contact number for a return call.

Students using public transport asked to “tap on” and “tap off” to assist with contact tracing  **reminder**
Transport NSW has asked students using public transport to “tap on” and “tap off” to assist with COVID-19 contact tracing if necessary. IGS parents and carers are asked to raise this with their children if relevant. Thank you.

Speech Night at State Theatre 7 December  **reminder**
Speech Night for Years 3 to 12 is expected to be held at the State Theatre on 7 December 2020. Please view our latest Term Dates which now include this event.

CareMonkey is rebranding to ‘Operoo’ **reminder**
We wish to inform you that International Grammar School’s digital forms and school operations platform provider, CareMonkey, has rebranded as Operoo. You will be automatically diverted to the new Operoo website if you go to the old CareMonkey website.

Check the Check!  **reminder**
Tutors or coaches who work with children must have a Working With Children Check. Parents engaging tutors for their children should be asking the tutor to provide a Working With Children Check application or clearance number – then verifying that number online.
Verifying a clearance online is quick and easy and ensures that a Working With Children Check clearance is current.
 

Practical Guide for Sport and Physical Activity (during COVID-19) **reminder**

Absence  **reminder**
Students who remain at home will only be marked absent if parents and caregivers notify the School that their child is unwell on a particular day.

Canteen  **reminder**
R

Water **reminder**
Students should bring their own water bottles, clearly labelled, and refill them (outside the hall, in the Global Learning Centre and kitchen areas throughout the school). Bubblers will be closed.

Out of School Hours (OoSH) Care  **reminder**
Supervision for primary students who arrive at school from 7.30am to 8am will be provided as usual, with Primary School staff greeting children.
OoSH Care will continue to function for Primary School students until 6pm daily.
In the afternoons, parents and caregivers are asked to phone OoSH Care staff on on 0418 182 645 as they approach the campus, so that carers can bring their children down to meet them at the gate.

Health and hygiene **reminder**
IGS is following advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) and NSW Health on how to best manage hygiene and wellbeing in a school setting. We will be monitoring the health and wellbeing of students. View more IGS COVID Safe details here.

Anyone who is at all unwell is asked to stay away from our campus.

Keep in touch
If you have any concerns about your child’s learning, please contact Deputy Principal Lisa Kelliher. If you are concerned about your child’s safety or wellbeing, please contact Deputy Principal Mary Duma or our Wellbeing and Counselling Team.

Do we have your up-to-date contact details?  **reminder**
It is important we are able to contact all IGS parents and caregivers. Please use our online contact form, email reception or phone 9219 6700 if you need to let IGS know of any changes to your contact details. 

Uniform Shop trading will continue in Term 3 as for Term 2  **reminder**
Ranier requests ordering online at ranier.com.au prior to collecting from store. If you are unsure of the size required, purchase your best estimate online. Can be exchanged for free if required (unworn items only).

For first time users, registration requires the exact student name and student number to be entered and the IGS password (igs2007). Email custservice@ranier.com.au for any problems with registration or visit ranier.com.au/contact.

Collection hours during Term 3: Mondays from 7.30am to 12.30pm and Thursdays from 12.30pm to 6pm.

Please observe social distancing advice (at least a metre apart). Only one family is permitted within the shop at a time. Please expect longer waiting times. Ranier appreciates your understanding and cooperation.

Letter to parents and caregivers: School Counselling and COVID-19   **reminder** 

Wellbeing resources from the Counselling and Wellbeing team  **reminder**
Parents may wish to discuss COVID-19 with their children with the help of these resources:

From the National Association of School Psychologists here 

From the Child Mind Institute here

From Beyond Blue here

From Parent Line NSW here

Please also see our general age-appropriate wellbeing resources under Early Learning, Primary School and High School. Contact the Counselling and Wellbeing team

Early Learning (Preschool & Transition)

All parents and carers are asked to refrain from entering the Campus  **new**
From Monday 10 August onwards, all Early Learning parents and carers are asked to deliver their children to, and collect them from, our Early Learning staff directly outside the Early Learning entry on Kelly Street. Thank you for helping keep IGS COVID Safe.

Early Learning & Kindergarten Enrolment 2021 **new**
View details 

Early Learning photo days coming up on 7 and 9 September  **new**
View details

Child Care Subsidy (CCS)  **reminder**
Families who were receiving Child Care Subsidy (CCS) before 6 April 2020 need to ensure they have stayed eligible and their enrolment is current for their CCS to start again. 
Families who are new to child care should claim CCS now to avoid paying full fees from 13 July 2020. You can find more information about eligibility for CCS on the Services Australia website.

Follow these five steps to make sure you’ve stayed eligible and receive the right amount of CCS:

  1. Give Centrelink your 202021 family income estimate to receive the correct CCS percentage and avoid an overpayment.
  2. Check your activity hours to receive the correct amount of hours of CCS per fortnight*.
  3. Make sure your child meets immunisation requirements.
  4. Check your child’s enrolment details are current with your child care service and re-enrol if you need to.
  5. Confirm your income for 2018–19 if you haven’t already by 30 June 2020.

ELC Before and After Care bookings – Term 3 – **reminder**
Families requiring extended hours of care for their child in Term 3 are kindly asked to rebook into before and/or after care sessions your family may need. Before Care is available from 7.30am to 9am each morning. After Care is available each afternoon from 3.30pm to 6pm. Permanent bookings to Before Care are $9.50 per session. Permanent bookings to After Care are $21 per session. Casual sessions are also available at $33 per session for Before or After Care. If requiring occasional bookings (casual) to Before or After Care sessions, families are reminded to request a booking by emailing Reception. Please note that we require at least 24 hours notice for casual sessions. 
Permanent bookings are made and billed per term. Bookings for Term 3 Before and After Care will open on Friday 12 June in Engage. Bookings should be made by no later than 15 July. If you require assistance, please contact Reception by email or on 9219 6700.

Please exercise social distancing  **reminder**
In the Early Learning Centre (ELC), we request that one parent or caregiver sign their child in and out of the service, and move swiftly outside and away from the campus.
Please do not bring older children into the ELC. Instead, please ask them to wait quietly for you at the main school gate.
All other parents and caregivers are asked not to enter the campus, nor to congregate at the gates. If you have older children and need to come onto the campus for any reason, you need to sign in at Reception.  

IGS Early Learning wellbeing resources for parents and caregivers  **reminder**

Planning for learning – What matters most  **reminder**

Early Learning Before and After Care Booking Form 2020  

Primary School

Primary School Athletics Carnival postponed
The Primary School Athletics Carnival which was scheduled for 12 August has been postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Child Care Subsidy (CCS)  **reminder**
Families who were receiving Child Care Subsidy (CCS) before 6 April 2020 need to ensure they have stayed eligible and their enrolment is current for their CCS to start again. 
Families who are new to child care should claim CCS now to avoid paying full fees from 13 July 2020. You can find more information about eligibility for CCS on the Services Australia website.
Follow these five steps to make sure you’ve stayed eligible and receive the right amount of CCS:

  1. Give Centrelink your 202021 family income estimate to receive the correct CCS percentage and avoid an overpayment.
  2. Check your activity hours to receive the correct amount of hours of CCS per fortnight*.
  3. Make sure your child meets immunisation requirements.
  4. Check your child’s enrolment details are current with your child care service and re-enrol if you need to.
  5. Confirm your income for 2018–19 if you haven’t already by 30 June 2020.

Changes to Out of School Hours Care and Vacation Care charges  **reminder**
On Monday 8 June, the Federal Government announced their plan to roll back the Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package. The Relief Package, originally scheduled to end on 28 June, has been extended until 12 July 2020.

This affects the cost of attendance at the IGS After School and Vacation Care programs for Primary students (Kindergarten to Year 6) and results in free care up to and including Friday 10 July 2020. After this time, the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) and Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS) will return for those families eligible.

For After School Care (OOSH), normal session rates at $21 will again apply from Monday 13 July 2020 onwards and $33 for casual bookings. For Vacation Care, the normal daily rate of $70 per session will resume on Monday 13 July 2020. 

How to explain social distancing to your child  **reminder**
Please watch this 40-second video, kindly shared by Sydney Local Health District. 

Primary School Work for Absent Students  **reminder**

IGS Primary School wellbeing resources for parents and caregivers  **reminder**

High School

Year 12 Breakfast Sessions 2020  **reminder**
Breakfast sessions for Year 12 students are taking place weekly on Tuesday mornings from 8am, covering different subjects. View details

IGS High School wellbeing resources for parents and caregivers  **reminder**

From Careers: Useful UAC Information for senior students

Please note: Many representative sports activities are on hold for now due to COVID-19 containment measures: Please complete this form for your child to indicate the sports that your child plays at a representative level outside of school. This will be used throughout the year to nominate students for ASISSA, CDSSA, AICES and CIS competitions.

Update on mobile phones and computer games at IGS

PTF - General Items

PTF Activities cancelled/suspended

Consistent with the ongoing public gathering restrictions and social distancing requirements, there were no PTF activities during Term 2 including PTF Rep organised events. The PTF Committee continues to meet twice a term via Zoom.

We hope that everyone in the IGS Community is keeping well. If you have any comments or questions, please get in touch with the PTF Committee via ptf@igssyd.nsw.edu.au

 

PTF - Notices for Class/Year Groups