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Term 3, Week 7

Coming up this week

Date

Event

16 September

Last day of term

17 September

Student Free Day

MISSION STATEMENT

To work under God in partnership with parents to provide an inclusive, nurturing and high quality education for every student.

VIsion

Flourishing through faith, belonging and the pursuit of excellence.

From The Principal

How much do you know about resilience?

Take a QUIZ to find out: https://bit.ly/3mqFFWm

Resilience is important for a child’s mental health. It is their ability to bounce back from failure, challenges, adversity and stress. It’s not something that kids have or don’t have but a skill that they develop over time as they grow. Building resilience not only helps a child deal with current difficulties, but it also helps develop a resilient mindset that will help them deal with challenges later in life. All children are capable of working through challenges and coping with stress, but they require guidance and support from a charismatic adult role model.

Resources for all of us to build resilience

Our resilience continues to be challenged. My hero of resilience is the Paul, an apostle of Jesus who whose letters to Christian churches fill much of the New Testament. Paul worked full time to earn money so the church didn’t have to support him in his ministry. He spent time blind, hungry and imprisoned. Yet he says the following in Philippians 4 verse 12: 

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

I picture Paul in prison practicing mindfulness in prayer. Heroes of faith knew what science is now confirming: Mindfulness (including prayer) changes our brains for emotional regulation and increased wellbeing.

My prayer this week is that you find contentment, even in our current situation. By doing so, you will further inspire resilience in our young scholars.

Janet Moeller
Principal

Mark your calendars

Mufti Day
Friday 3rd September

‘A Place to Grow’ Family Fun Day
Saturday 23rd October

From The DEPUTY Principal

Online Learning

I just want to say a big thank you to students, parents and staff for the way everyone has engaged in the online learning since last week.

The Google classroom and Seesaw platforms seem to be working well for students in accessing and submitting their work, and receiving feedback from their teachers.

I encourage students and parents to keep communicating regularly if you have any questions.

In last week’s newsletter I listed a number of tips for students to help them during online/home schooling. I have listed them again below as a reminder.

  1. Manage your time carefully – set yourself some clear goals about what tasks you need to complete each day
  2. Organise your work space with minimal distractions
  3. Ensure you have regular study breaks
  4. Communicate with your teacher if you are unsure about a task using Seesaw and read your feedback about completed tasks
  5. Try and build in some exercise each day, a walk, a ride on your bike
  6. Ensure you are completing some ‘service’ tasks around the house, e.g. help with cleaning, washing up, emptying the bins, assisting in dinner preparation
  7. In negotiation with your parents plan a mini-celebration at the end of the week for completing all tasks to the best of your ability

Social media focus – Are they old enough?

An interesting piece of research from the eSafety Commissioner Government website shows that 81% of parents with pre-schoolers say their children use the internet. Of these parents 94% reported that their child was using the internet by the age of 4. This could be a tablet, iPad, a smartphone or computer.
The article poses a number of questions:-

  • Should your pre-schooler be using online devices?
  • How much time should my child spend online?
  • Is your child old enough for a smartphone?
  • When are they ready for social media accounts?
  • How can you determine your child’s readiness for social media?

An important message from the article states that whilst it can be easy to focus on the amount of time spent online, the quality of the social media they are engaging with, and your involvement and interaction with them while they are using social media, is just as important.

The article is easy to read and provides ‘common sense’ practical advice and guidance on how to support your child when they start to engage with social media.
To read this article in more detail please refer to the eSafety webpage listed below.
https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents/skills-advice/are-they-old-enough

Dylan Evans
Deputy Principal

Values Focus

It's ok not to know.........

In the book of John chapter 6, Jesus makes this statement after sharing a message that confused many of his disciples: ‘It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing’. In other words, ‘It’s not by intellectual effort that the truth is revealed to you’.

I find this such an encouragement, especially when I am faced with something new or challenging. If I can get in front of my desperate need to figure things out (easier said than done sometimes), I can lean back and rest in the knowledge that God can and will lead me through. This is reflected in the words of Solomon written in the book of Proverbs chapter 3, ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight’.

The Apostle Paul takes it a step further when writing to the Corinthians, ‘But he (God) said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”’ Even when we feel lost and without a clue, God shines through. And this is of course because he can see the big picture while we are limited to little more than the view we have of our own circumstances.

‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,’
declares the Lord.

‘As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.’ (Isaiah 55:8-9)

In these tricky times, as we come to terms with remote learning, social distancing, lockdowns and the impact of Covid, please take a breath and recognise it’s ok not to know… There is One who does, and he will continue to carry us as we lean on him.

Blessings,
Chaplain Mick

Curriculum Matters

Mystery Reader Competition Results

Thank you to all the students who entered our competition.

Congratulations to our winners and runners-up.

First prize is a $10 book voucher to use at our school book fair in the coming weeks. Runners-up will also receive a $5 voucher for the book fair.

Kindergarten: 1st Amy, 2nd Chelsea

Year One: 1st Riley L, 2nd Anaya

Year Two: 1st Georgina, 2nd Charlie F

Year Three: 1st Charlotte, 2nd Noah

Year Four: 1st Kylie, 2nd Joseph

Year Five: =1st Lance and Victoria, 2nd Beatrix

Team Six: =1st Zoe M and Allayna, 2nd Isabella

Please see Seesaw for the full list

Karri von Mengersen
Curriculum Coordinator

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OSHC

Although our numbers are small this week our spirits are high! We’ve enjoyed making play dough, building 3D puzzles and decorating dream catchers.

The children have also been enjoying the game Celebrity Heads as they take turns sitting in front of the whiteboard and guess their character.

Colouring in and playing games on the Switch have also been very popular this week.

Please remember the Spring Vacation Care program is now available. We encourage you to book early to avoid disappointment. If you would like a copy of the program please email me at [email protected].

We have some fantastic activities planned including a science day, trivia day, crazy hair day and much more.

Have a wonderful week!

Rebecca Cameron 

OSHC Coordinator

Lost Property

We currently have a size 6 and size 10 new school jacket in our lost property.  If you think these could belong to your child, please contact the school office.  Please take the time to put names on items, particularly school jackets.

UNIFORM SHOP

Orders are accepted via the e-form purchase request on the school app, or by phone call/text message to Tegan Peel 

0401 665 640

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