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Term 3, Week 8

Coming up this week

Date

Event

16 September

Last Day of Term

17 September

Pupil Free Day

23 October

'A Place to Grow' Family Fun 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

Shifting focus

After two weeks of remote learning, you have likely begun settling into a new routine, or a ‘new normal’. 

When staff in Melbourne reflected on their months of remote learning, they discovered that the ‘new normal’ required a shift in thinking. Teaching became as much about wellbeing and social-emotional learning as it was about academics. Catch-ups with students became focused on organisation, perseverance and initiative.

More specifically, you might think about learning ‘targets’. Our first two weeks of remote learning were about helping our young scholars work independently and show initiative. Like reading and mathematics, these ‘soft’ skills develop over time. We have mini-‘targets’ along the way. 

The first shift in thinking is this: Our young people are able to be more independent than we give them credit for. 

If you are struggling to motivate your children, consider changing the conversation from “finishing tasks” to hitting their independence/initiative target. What is their next step in hitting this target? It’s okay if they are still working toward their year level mini-target. It’s also okay if they are exceeding expectations. The question we continually ask is what is your next step as a learner?

Next steps

Our Term 3 student-led conferences will be done remotely. Again, the thinking shifts from students showing-us-what-they-have-done to students talking about themselves as learners.

Remote learning allows students the opportunity to reflect on their strengths and weaknesses as learners and then to set goals and establish work habits that work best for them.

We don’t all learn best by sitting at a desk. Some tasks require quiet time, some don’t. Some learners need frequent breaks; others prefer to work in larger chunks of time.

Next week’s newsletter and video will explain more about what you can expect in the student-led conferences. You will also hear more about the sign-up process. Until then, remember that it is okay to reach out to teachers with questions and struggles. They are here to partner with you.

Janet Moeller
Principal

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From The DEPUTY Principal

Remote Learning

I would like to continue to thank all of our school community, students, parents, teachers, and support staff for the way they have engaged with remote learning over the last couple of weeks. It has been most appreciated.  

As the lockdown was extended the teachers have started to set up daily ‘Google Meets’ with the students.

These have proven to be really useful. It gives the teachers an opportunity to connect with the students in their class, go over the ‘Must do’s’ and ‘Can do’s’, and gives the students a chance to ask any clarifying questions about the day’s learning. This will continue to be a feature of remote learning during lockdown.

Social Media focus – Be an eSafe kid

This week’s piece from the eSafety Commissioner Government website gives our students advice about being safe when online. 

There are 10 key tips listed below that provide practical advice about being safe and smart when online.

1. Explore together — ask your mum, dad, carer or a trusted adult to play new games or apps with you at first.

2. Stay close by — when you use a phone, tablet or computer by yourself, make sure your mum, dad or carer is nearby so you can get help if you need it.

Bonus tip — don’t use your device alone in your bedroom or in the bathroom.

3. Ask before you download, install or buy anything — check with your mum, dad or carer first.

4. Keep your personal information private — don’t give out your address, which school you go to,  which sports team you play with, your phone number or passwords. 

5. Check your privacy settings and talk about what to share — make your online accounts private and talk to your mum, dad or carer about the kinds of photos and information it is OK for you to share online.

6. Cyberbullying — if you receive a mean message, or a message that is mean about someone else, try not to respond and don’t forward it.

Tell an adult you trust about it.

7. If you see something online you don’t like — show your mum, dad, carer or a trusted adult immediately.

8. If someone you don’t know sends you a message or you receive a message that makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe — tell your mum, dad, carer or an adult you trust straight away. 

9. Only ‘friend’ or add people you know in real life — remember that not everyone online is who they say they are, so don’t accept friend requests or followers you don’t know.

10. Don’t meet up with online friends — it is best to keep ‘online friends’ online, so if you do chat to other kids in online games don’t meet up with them in person.

I would encourage you to share the link listed below with your child/children.

https://www.esafety.gov.au/kids/be-an-esafe-kid

 

Dylan Evans

Deputy Principal’

Values Focus

Jonah is a fickle character. We best know him as the subject of the ‘Belly of the Whale’ story but there is more to this character than just his maritime digestive experience.

Jonah ended up in the whale because he disobeyed God –  not as a punishment, but as a preservation. He had tried running away from the job God gave him, sailing off to Tarshish on a ship. He eventually got thrown overboard by terrified sailors in an attempt to calm a storm and the whale kept Jonah safe for 3 days before depositing him on the shore. 

Happily, Jonah decided to go and do what God had instructed him to do, to go and tell a bunch of naughty people to stop the naughtiness and to instead be good. The upshot of this is that the people listened to Jonah, changed their evil ways and God forgave them and blessed them.

And you would think that this is worth celebrating… but not for old ‘3 days preserved in a fish’ Jonah. He got grumpy at God for being… wait for it… compassionate! 

How ironic that Jonah, the very one who had experienced God’s compassion and protection, got upset that God was compassionate. While human justice is often framed around ideas of fair punishment and people getting what they deserve, we can be thankful that God’s justice is based in equal compassion for all.

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OSHC

Another week of lockdown but our spirits are still high as we enjoy our time at OSHC.

This week we have been talking about highs and lows for the day, focusing on the things that make us happy. 

We have been making some surprise Father’s Day gifts and cards, sewing bag tags and creating with foil art. 

The children have been loving a new magnet dart game we have set up in the OSHC room while they work on their coordination and sportsmanship skills. 

 

The Spring Vacation Care program is now available, please get your bookings in early. 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

Please check lost property in the school office for misplaced items. Unclaimed items of clothing will be donated to the school’s second hand Uniform Shop.

Please label your child’s items. This practice helps us to return your child’s clothing, etc. Thank you.

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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