Principal’s Update Term 4 Week 3 2023

Kaya Everyone,

Term 4 is well and truly underway. As we finish off the school year, we have many events lined up such as interschool athletics carnival, Year 6 leadership elections, excursions, P & C Colour Fun Run, junior swimming, and our end of year events such as the Year 6 Graduation and Book Awards.

Although we have lots going on, our teaching and learning programs will continue to run with minimal disruption. Teachers will soon be busy preparing Semester 2 reports to provide you with information on your child’s progress and achievement. If you have any queries or wish to further discuss your child’s social, emotional and/or academic progress please do not hesitate to speak with your child’s teacher.

Library

The library is finally open! It has been so wonderful to see classes visit the library to listen to a story with their class teacher and then the opportunity to borrow some books. We want every child borrowing books to read for learning and enjoyment. Mrs Greco has been sharing our new library expectations with all the students and everyone has done a great job being respectful and responsible as they spend time in the library. Please ensure your child has a library bag so they can take their borrowed books home to read.

Every child, reading. Every child, succeeding.

Positive Expectations

As part of our positive expectations program, we have a fortnightly focus that reflects one of our four positive expectations. Over Week 4 and 5 we will be focusing on resilience and learning about accepting that things don’t always go our way, that setbacks and challenges are a part of life, and they help us grow.

It is important that we support our children to overcome setbacks and problems as it builds their confidence and helps them feel more capable the next time a problem comes up.

Here are some ways we can help build resilience in children:

We can help children to…

  • Build positive relationships with their friends and other adults.
  • Learn to be independent in their actions and thoughts.
  • Understand, express, and learn to regulate their emotions.
  • Build their confidence by taking on challenges and allow them to learn from it even if they do not manage to achieve or overcome the challenge.

Some practical tips:

  • Set personal goals and challenges with your child. Discuss a plan and support them to achieve their goals.
  • Encourage them to develop a positive offline social network through sports clubs, extracurricular activities, play dates etc.
  • Model embracing change and how to problem solve.
  • Discuss the bigger picture when your child is faced with adversity.
  • Help your child name their ‘feelings’ and discuss ways to help them regulate.

Have a wonderful term everyone.

Kind regards,

Ms Meyer