Principal’s Update – Term 1 Week 3 2024

Dear Quinns Beach PS families,

Welcome to the new school year! We have had a fantastic start to the term with students and staff settling into their new classes, reconnecting with friends, revisiting expectations, and setting some goals for the term/year. All the staff here at Quinns Beach PS are committed to create an engaging and positive learning environment for your children and we are excited to continue our partnership with you as we support your child on their educational journey.

We have 20 new families joining the Quinns Beach school community this year. We welcome our new families and hope they enjoyed their first few weeks at Quinns Beach PS. As well as new families, we welcome Mrs Jorjah Starkey, who is teaching Year 5 in M3.

Despite the sweltering heat wave we have been experiencing of late, staff and students have coped remarkedly well. Air-conditioning has definitely helped, and we opened the library and some classrooms during the breaks so students had an opportunity to escape the heat to read a book, chat with friends or complete some mindful colouring in. We will continue to provide alternative indoors areas for children to access during break times as the heat continues next week.

Term 1 is a short term with only 9 weeks however, we have lots of exciting events planned, some of which include last Friday’s Ern Halliday Leadership Day for our Year 6s, STAR rewards, Halogen Leadership Day, M2, M4 and K4’s assemblies and the Interschool Summer Carnival. Our Reading Stars and Reading Café will commence soon in the library before school as well as Runners Club and Skipping Club run by Mr Shallcross (refer to Dojo for further information).

The Resilience Project – Student Mental Health and Wellbeing

This year we are excited to bring The Resilience Project to Quinns Beach PS. There is significant evidence that building the school–home connection is crucial to improving educational achievement and student wellbeing outcomes. There is a correlation between parent involvement and a variety of wellbeing metrics including:

  • School attendance
  • Social skills and behaviours
  • Further education

https://assets.hub.theresilienceproject.com.au/assets/Inspire/Parent/Introducing- TRP-to-Parents.pdf

Below is also a link for TRP Parent and Carer Hub (no login required). This Hub provides parents and carers access to five video presentations, as well as research and supporting activities for their wellbeing.

The Resilience Project

Classes from Pre-primary to Year 6 have started TRP curriculum with their classes. The program will form part of our mandated Health Curriculum that all students from P-Year 6 are taught. Each student has received a wellbeing journal that students will use in TRP lessons. The journals are filled with reflection opportunities, questions that focus on Gratitude, Mindfulness and Empathy, as well as practical activities.

Please speak with your child’s teacher if you would like further information.

Meet the Teacher

This week your child’s teacher will set up a meet and greet session with parents to go through the year and what to expect. If you are unable to attend, a Parent Information Pack will be provided. Any queries or further information you may need regarding your child’s education, please organise a meeting with the class teacher.

Have a wonderful week everyone.

Kind regards,

Ms Meyer

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