Heads Up

Welcome to Heads Up, your one-stop source for news about your son’s upcoming activities and events.

Message from Tanya Sweeney

Dear Prep families,

Thank you for a smooth start to our 20-21 school year.

During these uncertain times, our normal routines and processes are taking a
bit longer than usual. The same is true for schooling, either at home or on campus.
I have encouraged our Prep faculty to take extra time this fall to build relationships,
ensure that technology is accessible, and make sure that students and families feel safe,
healthy and connected. Our faculty are growing accustomed to using cameras and
microphones to connect with learners at home—myself included! You may notice a
slower start to engaging with the curriculum. Please feel assured that we will get there.

Settling-In Conferences take place on Friday, October 2. These are an opportunity for the family to meet with the Form Adviser to discuss how the year has started and begin to build the parent-teacher partnership. Our “Pick A Time” system will be open on Monday, September 21 at 12:00 p.m for parents to choose a time to meet online with the Form Adviser.

A special ‘welcome’ to our new families. If you have any questions please reach out to the first to your child’s Form Adviser and then to the following as appropriate:

Martha Boyce, Counsellor

Lara Jensen, Tech integrator (Primary)

Sarah Barclay, Tech integrator (Middle)

David Girard, Assistant Head (Primary)

Gareth Evans, Assistant Head (Middle)

We’re reminding students, and in particular, those in Year 6 and 7, to maintain physical distance when outside. Although not required, wearing a mask outdoors is highly recommended. Please also remind your child about the importance of wearing a mask particularly if they travel home independently.  

A reminder that students are to enter the Prep through their designated doors in the morning. These doors are supervised by a teacher who will remind students to sanitize their hands on entry and proceed directly to their home form. Students who arrive after 8:25am will need to enter the Eaton Main doors. Attendance will be taken at 8:30am and classes will begin at that time.

A reminder that our After School Programming (ASP) is only available to families who have pre-registered; this is to ensure we have accurate contact tracing information. If you are late picking up your child, they will remain with their Form Adviser at the designated entry/exit door for 15 minutes after their dismissal time. Then, they will make their way to the ASP designated meeting spot, indicated by a large yellow sign by the ‘wood chips area’ near the Parkin building. 

After the 15 minute grace period has passed, ASP staff will supervise your student in this outdoor area until you arrive. There will be a charge of $25 to your family account for extended supervision, effective beginning Monday, September 21

Pre-registered ASP students are charged $7.50 per half hour or $15 per hour. Pre-registered students will move immediately after dismissal to the Wilder Arena lounge for programming. 

A link to the ASP Weekly Registration is available here

Thank you to returning families who agreed to ‘buddy up’ with a new family and offer support. You have made our new students and families feel welcome and comfortable at the Prep and UCC.

In collaboration,

Tanya Sweeney
Head of the Preparatory School

Upcoming dates

Primary parent information night (online)  Thursday, September 24
ISA testing Year 3, 4, 6, 7  Wednesday, September 30 and
Thursday, October 1
Middle parent information night (online)  Thursday, October 1
Settling-in conferences SK to Year 7 (online)  Friday, October 2