16 Jun 2022

Parent Teacher Interviews can now be booked online

Semester 1 reports will be emailed to families on Thursday 23 June (Week 9). Parent Teacher interviews are available in Week 10. These will take place in the classroom in Week 10. 

To book an interview online using the Session Keeper portal simply follow this link or type the link into your browser and follow the prompts to create or reset a password for your booking session:

https://torrensps.schoolzineplus.com/view-session/13

Please also ensure you scroll down to the bottom of each screen and select NEXT to progress through the booking. Under NOTES, please type in your child’s name and the name/s of those who will be attending the interview.

The link below provides a helpful video and guide on how to make a booking:

https://torrensps.schoolzineplus.com/sk-booking-guide

If you are unable to access the online booking function, or require a password reset to use it, please call the Front Office on 6142 0777 for assistance.

27 May 2022

Information regarding Household Contacts

If your child is a household contact, your child can learn from home. If this is your preferred option please contact the school on 61420777 or admin@torrensps.act.edu.au .

However, if that's not possible, they can attend school but need to follow the risk mitigation requirements for household contacts that are outlined on the ACT COVID-19 website. A household contact must comply with these risk mitigation requirements for a period of 7 days from the last time someone in the household tested positive for COVID-19 (the date of the collection of the test is regarded as day 0).

In order to attend school as a household contact, your child must:

  • Follow the risk mitigation requirements for household contacts on the ACT COVID-19 website
  • Have no symptoms of COVID-19. If they develop COVID-19 symptoms, they should undergo COVID-19 testing and isolate until a negative result is received.
  • If a positive result is returned, they should follow the requirements for people who test positive for COVID-19.
  • If a negative result is returned, and the initial test was a rapid antigen test, it is recommended to have a PCR test and continue to isolate.
  • If a negative result is returned, a household contact should stay at home until their symptoms resolve.

  • Undertake a COVID-19 test 24 hours prior to attending school and then every 48 hours during the time that they are required to follow the risk mitigation requirements.
  • Mask wearing for students in primary school is at the discretion of the student and their parents/carers and would not be recommended for children in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECECs) or Preschool to year 2.
  • Other exclusions apply for mask wearing requirements, such as if someone has a physical or mental health condition, or disability, which makes wearing a mask unsuitable. For more information, see the ACT COVID-19 website
  • Practice COVID smart strategies related to respiratory hygiene, sanitising hands, maintaining 1.5m distance wherever possible.

Please note, if a household contact has previously been diagnosed with COVID-19 and received clearance from the self-isolation period in the last 12 weeks, they do not have to comply with these risk mitigation requirements if they subsequently become a household contact.

If you have any further questions about what to do if you are a household contact, please refer to www.covid19.act.gov.au. More information on risk mitigation requirements for household contacts is also available online.

11 May 2022

Changes to COVID restrictions in ACT public schools

From Monday 9 May 2022, ACT public schools further relaxed COVID-19 restrictions. All public schools have adopted recent changes to ACT public health directions and follow a COVID-19 Management Plan, based on Australian Health Protection Principal Committee principles.

A summary of changes follows:

School activities

Families allowed back on campus to participate in a greater range of activities, including after-hours performances, fund raisers and events. You can also come onto school grounds for drop-offs and pick up. Checking-in with the Check In CBR app is no longer required.

Strict student cohorting is no longer required, however we will continue to manage school activities in COVID Smart ways.

Masks

Secondary students are no longer required to wear a face mask at school but can continue to do so if they choose to. School staff and teachers will continue to wear masks when moving around indoors on school sites, and when physical distancing of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained. Masks can be removed when teaching, when physical distancing can be maintained, when outdoors, or when eating and drinking.

Household contacts

People who live with someone who has tested positive to COVID-19 can attend school for work or study, if they have met ACT Health’s risk mitigation requirements for household contacts. Anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms must not come to school.

COVID-19 vaccination

With high vaccination rates across the Canberra community, COVID-19 vaccination will no longer be mandated for any staff working in ACT public schools, after 13 May 2022. Vaccination against COVID-19 and the seasonal flu is strongly encouraged for all staff and eligible students.

Rapid antigen tests

Rapid antigen tests (RATs) will continue to be available at our school and will be provided to staff and students on an as-needed basis, or in response to increased cases reported to a school.

Air quality and ventilation

Good ventilation will continue to be one part of our suite of measures to minimise COVID-19 transmission in schools. Our indoor air quality plan is being reviewed and we will balance thermal comfort and ventilation during the colder months. Outdoor learning and natural ventilation will be used where appropriate depending on weather.

Staying COVID Smart

While these changes will bring back many of the school activities that students and families love, this does not mean the pandemic is over. Our school will continue with COVID Smart measures to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission onsite, including good hygiene practise, cleaning and staying home when unwell.

Some restrictions may be reintroduced in the winter months if there is a significant increase in COVID-19 cases across the Canberra community.

We expect COVID-19 will also continue to impact our school staff and limit the availability of teachers at times. Where appropriate, our school may use temporary remote learning periods as a way to manage a local staff shortage.

More information about how COVID-19 is being managed in ACT public schools can be found on the ACT Education website. 

 

Message from the Principal


Welcome to Torrens Primary School! We are a vibrant, colourful P-6 school set in spacious grounds, with three offsite preschools in Chifley, Pearce and Torrens. We enjoy strong community involvement and support in all aspects of school life. The partnership between school and home is extremely important to develop and foster high academic achievement, meaningful relationships and a love of learning in our students.

At Torrens Primary School, teamwork and tolerance are promoted. High quality educational and extra curricula programs are presented by an extremely dedicated and involved team of staff. Torrens is known for the range of incredible opportunities offered to students throughout their years here. From gymnastics to soccer, carnivals to camps, djembe drumming to choirs,   concerts and talent quests. We have the latest technology, screens, devices and robots. We are part of an active cluster. Along with Mawson and Farrer Primary schools, we work with Melrose High School and Canberra College to offer outstanding transition programs.

At Torrens Primary School, we cater for a broad range of individual differences including gifted and talented students and students with special needs. Emphasis is placed on providing the best possible start during the first years of schooling. Early intervention programs include the development of early literacy and numeracy skills through an active support team led by the Deputy Principal. The team includes Executive teachers, School Psychologist, EALD staff, learning assistants, parents and special interest partners such as One Link, Woden Community Services and the Schools Volunteer Program.

Torrens Primary School is a resilient, thriving social democracy. Together we are building an inspiring and inclusive vision. The staff, students and community are united in working towards excellence in education, promoting diversity and nurturing a culture of wellbeing. Everyone is celebrated as an individual. Plans are personalised. Learning is differentiated. Students are engaged in their learning. Positive outcomes are achieved. Our collegial nature places a high priority on trust, collaboration and positive relationships. There is a sense of belonging and pride at Torrens. Welcome to the journey.

Every learner. Every day.

Rachel Matthews - Principal

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